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Hacker terminology: “Golden”

When I was starting out as a young programmer, I worked on (among other things) an air-traffic control system. A full set of hardware for the system—including multiple rack cabinets containing maybe a couple dozen computers and specialized boards, user consoles, testing apparatus, and the cabling to connect it all was called a “channel”. A […]

The real 10x developer

Ask me for a 10x developer, and I’ll show you a hacker who can take a list of 10 tickets, and reject 9 of them because they don’t appreciably advance the project goals. Like some kind of “project manager”, or something.

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