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Programming

Submission + - Hardware is Cheap, Programmers are Expensive (magheap.com)

Sportsqs writes: Given the rapid advance of Moore's Law, when does it make sense to throw hardware at a programming problem? As a general rule, I'd say almost always.
Consider the average programmer salary here in the US:
You probably have several of these programmer guys or gals on staff. I can't speak to how much your servers may cost, or how many of them you may need. Or, maybe you don't need any — perhaps all your code executes on your users' hardware, which is an entirely different scenario. Obviously, situations vary. But even the most rudimentary math will tell you that it'd take a massive hardware outlay to equal the yearly costs of even a modest five person programming team.

The Internet

Submission + - Korean Internet boycott leads to travel ban for 20 (pacificmorningpost.com)

martijnd writes: "South Korean Internet users are finding that leading a product boycott in cyberspace can lead to a real-world travel ban and prosecution. Following the mass protests against beef in recent weeks many netizens had called for a boycott of products promoted by Korea's main conservative papers. The boycott was so effective that both the newspapers and their advertisers felt the pinch, with some companies going under. Now prosecutors are trawling through website logs to match IP addresses with real world identities to find the boycott leaders and bulleting board admins. So far twenty South Koreans have been banned from leaving the country."

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