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Posted Aug 7, 2008 18:47 UTC (Thu) by vmole (guest, #111)
In reply to: 1000x by ncm
Parent article: Kernel Hacker's Bookshelf: The Practice of Programming

it is vanishingly rare to find a star programmer of Per's or Val's caliber paid more than three times as much as an ordinary programmer.

That's because it's directly against standard accepted management theory to accept that workers are anything but interchangeable cogs.

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Posted Aug 7, 2008 21:26 UTC (Thu) by nix (subscriber, #2304) [Link]

By extension, if a programmer should implement something requiring 
algorithms more complex than can be explained in three lines of crude 
pseudocode, such that a random monkey pulled off the street can't 
understand them in five minutes, it's the fault of the person who 
implemented that algorithm.

(I get this all the time. I ignore it. The proposed replacement 
algorithms, if any are provided, are invariably brittle, slow, and don't 

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