Perl Skills Test

David Cantrell david at
Wed Sep 28 17:05:07 BST 2011

On Wed, Sep 28, 2011 at 04:07:50PM +0100, Paul Tweedy wrote:

> I know three people (all good engineers) who lost their jobs this year
> and are struggling to find work, so I find it hard to complain about
> any sort of adjustment to my salary in the current climate.

I think that amongst my circle of good engineer* friends and
acquaintances, someone has been out of work and having trouble finding
any for *all* of the last ten years, so I am unmoved by their plight.

And "not able to find any work" usually means "not able to find any work
that I like and that pays lots of money", so I am moved even less.

* I assume that for the purposes of this discussion, programmers,
  sysadmins and net-wookies are engineers

David Cantrell | Reality Engineer, Ministry of Information

  engineer: n. one who, regardless of how much effort he puts in
    to a job, will never satisfy either the suits or the scientists

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