OK, so you gone and done it. You smoked me out, goofing off down here in Chile!
As of now, exactly zero persons have responded to this thread.
But since this was probably written just for me, I will do my civic duty and respond, sort of.
Yes, I did recently work, for years, with a wonderful team of software development engineers at Cadence, a competitor of Synopsys and Mentor Graphics. We designed and implemented the guts of the Cadence SystemVerilog compiler-simulator tool, consisting of recursive descent parser, elaborator, code generator, simulator, VPI "C" interface, and run time TCL interface, accessed through the GUI. I, under the tutelage of the brilliant Jonathan D. and glamorous Françoise M., had the privilege of designing a number of SystemVerilog constructs and features, most notably the Virtual Interface implementation. I also managed to elegantly worm into the elaborator a deceptively simple "Tarjan" algorithm for sorting and ordering cyclic dependencies of "Overlay Tables", which converged in N time, for arbitrarily large user chip designs. We used Clearcase version control, and meta-data private branching, to keep track of many software versions and allow engineers from various locations to test their additions, without affecting everyone else. Whenever new functionality was added, we created relevant regression test cases. The regression test suite was immense, and was indispensable for proving that our changes did not break currently working software, on the various supported platforms.
This was a great job, with really excellent people, which was so hard to leave. But their only mistake was to pay too high wages. So after saving up some money, I quit, and decided to go on a vacation of indeterminate duration, here in sunny Chile. At least for now, I have the time to learn Schileno and Deutsch, shop at La Vega, and attend some excellent concerts, like the one last night, performed by pianist Christoph Scheffelt, over at the nearby Club Deportivo Manquehue. But, if my job and team had been located in Switzerland, or alpine Europe, I would have stayed on.
Then you read things like this, which appeared yesterday on the allchile forum:
> Re: Countdown to the U.S. default, downgrade, or devaluation
> Postby Red » Tue Aug 30, 2011 12:39 am
> The patsies in this tragedy are (most of) those who already have wealth-
> it will be evaporated- that's the source of the real devastation going forward
> Let's see, the little girl is about 2-3, mom is around 30.
> I'd say the grandparents, probably in their 50s-60s, are most likely to be decimated.
> They are the ones with the $, right? The other generations are the turnips
> ya can't squeeze blood from. One way or another they won't like it and will rebel;
> they have time and youth on their side- the two ingredients needed to recover.
> By and large the grandparents haven't a clue as to how to protect themselves.
> They've never disciplined themselves to determine who the real enemies are-
> at least the enemies of their wealth. Best to hope they get along well with their kids.
> Rank: Chile Forum Citizen
> Posts: 66
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So, guess who the patsy is. Yours truly!
There is zero incentive to bust your brain, while sleeping, on intractable software problems, to make profits for corporations, when the current popularly elected governments have contempt for the accounting of past earned wealth. What remains is the motivation to live long, live well, do not work by trading time to bank currency that "the Bernack" gleefully promises to devalue, and avoid voluntary participation in the "politburo" economy, as much as possible. So, one more primary industry engineering job out of the country for good. My replacement is a happy motivated engineer, located in China, who earns a good deal less than I did, and probably works a lot harder. Don't expect to ever see these jobs in the US ever again...
I suppose, that in a few years, when the dollar falls down to 50 Chileno pesos, my "vacation" will finally be over. Undoubtedly, by then, a nice job opportunity at Synopsis, in Chile, would not be available. I could end up licking toilets clean with the tongue, for a bowl of rice, in order to survive, but that would hopefully be located in Switzerland.
So ist aber das Leben!
"When you see that men get richer by graft than by work, and your laws don’t protect you against them, but protect them against you - When you see corruption being rewarded and honesty becoming a self-sacrifice - You know your society is doomed"