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It's hard to hire good programmers. It's harder still if you're a non-profit or otherwise under-funded.
Many programmers are fanatical about their work, and want to program and worry about nothing else. This can be used to realize low-cost software development.
Set up an environment where programmers
receive little pay, but have all expenses, meals, living arrangements, doctor appointments, assorted toys and a small amount of spending cash provided. Such an environment could be modeled after a school dormitory, and would allow a company to harvest productivity from the above types of programmers.
The only real compensation might be a small amount of spending money disbursed daily, and contributions to a 401(k) or equivalent so the programmers can still feel secure about their futures.
A word I made up what it means. [Ian Tindale, Aug 05 2015]
Our Robot Future: Dont be a computer programmer
[Ian Tindale, Aug 05 2015]
||Sounds like a case study on how Asian coders were used to reformat the world's systems for the Y2K changeover.
||This has already done gangbusters in the textiles industry, but won't most programmers who want this already have moved back in with their mothers?
||Maybe it could be a separate service which would run your life for you in exchange for a flat fee which you could pay however you liked, without foregoing the rest of your salary. Sort of a high-priced co-op located in a city centre with all possible services on hand.
||The possibility of low-development-cost software is lost, but it may be possible to find people to work on it by open-sourcing it and seeking programmers in the usual places, if it's interesting and in a good cause.
||Better still, get computers to write the stuff.