December 29th, 2005

Flogging books at a discount is the new rock and roll, apparently.

One of the bad things about the computer industry is the number of arrogant w*nk*rs (*) For a particularly fine example of this here is a job advert for Amazon in Edge magazine, a computer games magazine (**)

"Software Engineers

"Do you have 2-20 years' experience in Java or C++, expertise in OO Development, a strong UNIX background (preferably Linux) and a good understanding of a broad range of algorithms and data-structures? Cool. Go work for a bank. If you're much, much better than this and want to write your own story, come talk to us. We have the best software jobs in Scotland"

Well, I don't know about you, but my gut reaction to this ends '... and the horse you came here on'.

But beyond this, putting aside my possibly unworthy feeling that 'best software jobs in Scotland' is about on a par with 'best cricket team in Nevada', I don't know whether my reaction should be one of acute distaste (as in 'I must find some other website to buy things from so I don't give these tossers another penny') or pity. As I am feeling pretty mellow I lean towards the latter. (***)

And why Edge anyway? I would understand it more if there were a more overt 'are you tired of animating breasts? Now, I know you may not think so at first glance, but actually building one of the world's top n e-commerce websites is pretty interesting, so why not talk to us?' pitch.

Ho hum.

(*) this is probably true of other industries, but I haven't worked in them.

(**) I find Edge magazine interesting despite my complete lack of interest in playing computer games - it is not necessary to want to play them to find this particular part of the military industrial pharmaceutical education entertainment complex fascinating.

(***) although I have to say that as if by magic, having reached half way through the 10 days off work, I had the odd unpleasant thought about work today.