Starving Code Monkey



  • So I just logged into Facebook and noticed a funny ad.

    So, they teach you how to code for the web, so that you can spend the rest of your career in poverty?

    The ad selection they have there is pretty much a WTF for me, because I mostly only 'like' old bands, geeky stuff from Thinkgeek etc.; yet just a couple of minutes ago there was a sponsored ad for lingerie.



  • @Renan said:

    I mostly only 'like' old bands, geeky stuff from Thinkgeek etc.; yet just a couple of minutes ago there was a sponsored ad for lingerie.

    I can see how that would be a terrifying ordeal for you.



  • @Renan said:

    The ad selection they have there is pretty much a WTF for me,

    I get a lot of ads for personal training, I think mostly because I comment a lot on the lateness of my commuter train.



  • Adverts (and job vacancies) titled "Web Developer" have always intriged me for their high level of abiguity, and the fact that job descriptions demand abillity to code in several different languages (server and client side), fairly high degree of proficiency in graphical manipulation tools, pretty good working knowledge of relational databases and webservers, an eye for detail, architecture and creativity, testing, release and project management skills as well as appreciation of SEO concepts and UI design - the starting salary is shit but starry-eyed innocents will read "you WILL build the next Angry Birdbook and people will fawn over ur leet skillz but u must start at the bottom".

    Now, if only there was a image depicting this discrepency between what the job advert says, what the employer actually wants and what a potential recruit misunderstands - all in a humourous yet satirical fashion to illustrate my point, conveniently placed to facilitate observation by a wide audience. That'd be guuuuhd.



  • @Cassidy said:

    Now, if only there was a image depicting this discrepency between what the job advert says, what the employer actually wants and what a potential recruit misunderstands - all in a humourous yet satirical fashion to illustrate my point, conveniently placed to facilitate observation by a wide audience. That'd be guuuuhd.
    I can't tell if this is sarcasm referring to something I'm unaware of...



  •  get an ad blocker for your own sanity



  • @morbiuswilters said:

    @Renan said:
    I mostly only 'like' old bands, geeky stuff from Thinkgeek etc.; yet just a couple of minutes ago there was a sponsored ad for lingerie.

    I can see how that would be a terrifying ordeal for you.

     

    I heartily approve of this joke.



  • @Renan said:

    This isn't an ad for learning how to program, this is an ad for learning Hindi and Chinese, without any prior experience!



  • @Cassidy said:

    Adverts (and job vacancies) titled "Web Developer" have always intriged me for their high level of abiguity, and the fact that job descriptions demand abillity to code in several different languages (server and client side), fairly high degree of proficiency in graphical manipulation tools, pretty good working knowledge of relational databases and webservers, an eye for detail, architecture and creativity, testing, release and project management skills as well as appreciation of SEO concepts and UI design - the starting salary is shit but starry-eyed innocents will read "you WILL build the next Angry Birdbook and people will fawn over ur leet skillz but u must start at the bottom".

    Now, if only there was a image depicting this discrepency between what the job advert says, what the employer actually wants and what a potential recruit misunderstands - all in a humourous yet satirical fashion to illustrate my point, conveniently placed to facilitate observation by a wide audience. That'd be guuuuhd.

    I love reading those ads. There is a certain category of moral idiot who believes his destiny is to play Jobs to the next Wozniak. When I read an ad like that, I can see in my mind how the entire drama will unfold and how rude the self-styled Jobs' come-uppance will be. Fat, bearded men living in their grandmother's basement just don't know how to program any more. WoW and automatic garbage collection have conspired to ensure that they don't. In fact, it's getting hard to find real programmers even among the college-educated.

    The people dragged up from grandma's basement retain all of the personality flaws that they had in the Wozniak / Jobs era, but without the skill.

    I have watched this process unfold in front of me and it can be very funny. Once the man with the money decides that quirky equates to skilled, all sorts of weird people get to hang around the workplace much longer than they nomrally would. My favorite example is the guy who showed up on day one with a horrible sunburn, and then proceeded to spend his first few days removing and consuming (by mouth) the resultant dead skin. How long would we have tolerated that from a secretary? And why must programmers be considered so vastly different? I don't get it.



  • @bridget99 said:

    How long would we have tolerated that from a secretary?

    d = b^3/w^2

     



  • @Sir Twist said:

    @bridget99 said:

    How long would we have tolerated that from a secretary?

    d = b^3/w^2

     

    You still need to subtract for loudness. Take some constant Kstfu and multiply it by the average instantaneous decibel level generated. This ends up as a term on the right-hand side of your equation. Kstfu is normally negative. It can be positive if the boss likes loud. Kstfu will be zero if the boss is deaf.



  • @bridget99 said:

    And why must programmers be considered so vastly different? I don't get it.

    I'm not sure if they should be considered such, but programmers that spend more time interracting with technology develop different social skills than.. "normal" people.


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