And if you don't have any "problems" anymore, you're not trying too hard... or you've solved every problem there is to solve.
I'm 23 years old. I started programming when I was 13. All my problems in software now revolve around people issues.
Because I think another aspect to look at this article with is that learning how to hack is fine, though start-ups should be focusing on the toughest problems, and ignoring history (how things got to where they are today) won't help anyone.
All of you working on the next social platform better beware of the history.
Some things change fast, others don't. Most don't take the time to understand this--the best will.
Maybe I have acquired some kind of taste, but then I always think about the many successful PHP projects out there (PHP is horrible in my opinion). So maybe even that "taste" is overrated. Just doing it seems to be all that counts.
Another thing is that I somehow try to optimize for the changing demands, and try to become faster at picking up stuff. I try to make it seem normal to pick up a new technology, rather than a reluctant effort. Not sure if it is the right way to go, though, and I also don't have a system for it.
How about (d) all of the above, making this "necessary but not sufficient"?