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Comment Re:Gouge the middle class to make them poor (Score 1) 53

It sounds more fair when you say charge less in poorer countries. However when you turn it around, it is gouge the people in less poor countries.

Especially given that GDP is not evenly distributed among the population. The bulk of the added revenue from technology driven productivity improvements (at least in the US) has gone to the denizens of the C suites and the government, not to the workers. GDP has soared while real-inflation adjusted after-tax income has stagnated or dropped for decades.

That's much of why a nuclear family in the '50s got along fine on a single income and a two-parent family now involves both parents working and the kids in child care, and the bulk of kids are in "non-traditional" family arrangements and/or on some form of public assistance.

So "gouge the developed world's middle class" is indeed what such a GDP-based scheme would accomplish.

Comment Grey market. (Score 2) 53

Back in the day, I could get grey market Novell packages for less than the local Netmare distributor's wholesale price.

The world is a global market. You can get a genuine Chinese Fluke DMM for the price of a cheapy. They are blowing their peckers off to serve a market that mostly ignores brands in any case.

Comment Not good enough! (Score 1) 63

I want him to roll in the additions from Cilk++, Aspect-Oriented C++ and FeatureC++, the mobility and personalisation capabilities of Occam Pi, the networking extensions provided by rtnet and GridRPC, full encryption and error correction code facilities, everything in Boost, and a pointless subset of features from PL/1.

If you're going to do it all, might as well do it in style.

Seriously, though, Aspects would be nice.

Comment Re:Well, good (Score 1) 45

In my experience, at least half of working DBAs are just vastly overpaid backup monkeys.

Even among the 'good ones' you'll find a lot more competent SQL programmers then competent security specialists.

Of course 'security specialists' aren't, as a group, all that useful either.

The real problem is hiring and HR. It is a critical role and is almost always filled by someone who wouldn't know a competent computer geek if he was chewing her.

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