May's Law:

Software efficiency halves every 18 months, compensating Moore’s Law.

@fribbledom No, I think it's not that simple. I think that current devs are not the equal of their intellectual forebearers.

Previous generations of devs had to work miracles in highly constrained environments, often working very hard to optimize their code effectively. In the era of "cheap' CPU and RAM, nearly everyone has forgotten the art of optimization.

Seriously, go ask a modern dev to describe the functionality of a specific CPU register of your choice and see what he says.

@profoundlynerdy @fribbledom

Ok, but go back in time to 1980 and ask a programmer to describe how he'd implement an internet-enabled service with cloud backups.

You're not asking for programmers as knowledgeable as ones from the 80s, you're asking for some union of both sets of knowledge and experience.

That's going to be rare in any era.

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@apLundell @fribbledom At 300-1200 bps, he wouldn't have the bandwidth to do any of that. Not withstanding the math of the situation, I get your point.

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