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If I ever set up my own software company, please remind me to hire people with the job description of "hacker". Their purpose will be to answer to nobody and just go around the company fixing things that need fixed but nobody can really justify working on them.

We accidentally ended up with having a person like that because of some political fuckup, and it's *awesome*. Issues that bug people for years but never get fixed because they are low priority are suddenly done and everyone's happy

@jon_valdes My Dad had a job like that. They called him a "Technical Associate". There can hardly be a more generic term for it than that.

@jon_valdes IBM. He solved both programming problems and electronics design failures.

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It's the most rewarding part of the job when I can do it. Making everyone else more productive feels so good

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