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cheap, when compared with the potential profits

Rachel Feintzeig:

[In] the frenzied job market of the latest tech boom, product developers frequently get multiple job offers and six-figure starting salaries right out of college.


Ayan Qureshi is now a Microsoft Certified Professional after passing the tech giant's exam when he was just five years old.

Hal Salzman:

Average wages in the IT industry are the same as those that prevailed when Bill Clinton was president.

Evelyn M. Rusli:

The average salary for a software engineer is about $126,000, up 20% from 2012, according to tech-jobs site Dice. Top engineers' salaries can be double that or more.

Lizzie Widdecombe:

Stephen Bradley had come to think that developers were like social media itself: "Ninety-nine per cent of them suck."

"What kind of price range are we talking about?" Bradley asked.

"Ballpark, for this role you're talking a hundred and fifty to two hundred and fifty dollars an hour."

In Silicon Valley, the average engineer's salary is around a hundred and thirty thousand dollars a year, according to a recent analysis by the Brookings Institution -- cheap, when compared with the potential profits. Apple makes more than two million dollars in revenue per employee each year.

you change it in ways you couldn't have expected

Vernon Bogdanor:

A.J.P. Taylor once said that we learn from history not to repeat the old mistakes. So we make new ones instead.

Paul Graham Raven:

Better technology doesn't necessarily mean thinking about what a technology does or how it does it, but about why you wanted the technology in the first place, and what you definitely don't want it to do.

Michael Hobbes:

This is the paradox: When you improve something, you change it in ways you couldn't have expected.

My favorite example of unintended consequences comes, weirdly enough, from the United States. In a speech to a criminology conference, Nancy G. Guerra, the director of the Institute for Global Studies at the University of Delaware, described a project where she held workshops with inner-city Latina teenagers, trying to prevent them from joining gangs. The program worked in that none of the girls committed any violence within six months of the workshops. But by the end of that time, they were all, each and every one, pregnant.

James Kynge:

Chinese children are taught that "diligence is a cash cow and thrift is a gold mine", while adults are warned in one somewhat humorous proverb that "going to bed early to save candles is not economical if the result is twins".

Quebec with more Chinese restaurants

Spy Magazine:

Whenever a traveler from the East Coast announces that he is making a trip to California, he is expected to express revulsion if his business trip takes him to the cultural cesspool of Los Angeles but to leap into paroxysms of ecstasy should his business to him to the shining city on the hill where little cable cars run halfway to the stars. (Should he announce that his business is taking him to San Diego, people will usually tell him to visit the zoo.)

We hold no brief for, nor have any ax to grind against, the burgeoning municipality of San Diego; it certainly has a nice zoo. Yet on the question of San Francisco vs. Los Angeles, we feel compelled to advance a minority view and admit that we generally like LA, while finding San Francisco, a quaint hamlet that has somehow confused itself with Byzantium, has long benefitted from an uninterrupted stream of booster-spawned propaganda that has hornswoggled the American public. Consequently they believe that what is basically a glorified Austin, a slightly less nippy Ann Arbor, a boho Vancouver, a New Hope writ large or a seismically suspect Charlottesville is actually a first-tier municipality, one that can take its place alongside such world-class North American cities as New York, Chicago, Boston, New Orleans, Montreal, and, of course, Los Angeles. Frankly we find this idea quite ludicrous. In our view, San Francisco is Quebec with more Chinese restaurants.

Siobhan Gorman and Adam Entous:

Visiting North Korea, James Clapper said, was "kind of on my bucket list."


Sweetness is the cancer that is slowly killing Korean cuisine.

A representative at the Jianning Cold Warehouse:

All lamb skewers right now are not real. There aren't any real lamb skewers anymore.

Lan Guijun:

China has such serious food safety issues these days that you need years of experience to buy well: you have to be like an antique collector who can sniff out genuine articles among all the fakes.

Zhao Lu:

I had some stomach convulsions, but I'm OK now. I wouldn't recommend that normal people try this.

Nicola Twilley:

Nearly half of everything that is grown in China rots before it even reaches the retail market.

Americans, too, throw away 40 percent of their food, but nearly half of that waste occurs at the consumer level, meaning in retail locations and at home.

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