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This man is a wizard. You can also thank him for ffmpeg and qemu. A company I worked for once tried to hire him as a consultant because he had implemented an LTE BTS in software. Is there anything he hasn't done?

EDIT: tombert beat me to it[0] by a couple minutes.

[0] https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=20413498

yes! he has been one of my favorite programmers over all these years. so happy that he continues to dispel the 10x programmer myth. at least, as far as i am concerned. we should all take note. it's less about productivity but more about focus and hard work.

this project seems to have started in 2017. from a quick glance at the code, they used c (his favorite language) -- which by the way people are still there convincing us not to use. many of us would have been discouraged, distracted, or simply fazed by the pace of our field.

that is so inspiring.

> from a quick glance at the code, they used c (his favorite language) -- which by the way people are still there convincing us not to use.

Here is an alleged UAF in this library https://twitter.com/qwertyoruiopz/status/1149424025111801858

that's an excellent point. kudos for that hacker!

> so happy that he continues to dispel the 10x programmer myth

What do you mean by that? The only way I see him dispelling that myth is that he's a 100x programmer instead of a 10x.

I think OP was saying the myth of the myth was dispelled.

if anything he's proving the 10x programmer. You will have a tough time hiring 10 different average programmers to build that.

Ha! Fabrice is prolific enough to where two people felt that they had to exclaim it to the world.

He's probably worth $300-$500/hr if not $1k...

There's at least two years of work in there as Fabrice Bellard's side project. This would mean about ~10-15 man-years of full-time work for a small team of experienced engineers, which is about what it took for jerryscript:


Granted, the targets aren't exactly the same (micro-controllers vs very small lib), but benchmark differences are impressive:


That's a pretty standard range for high level consultants. Bellard can definitely bill well above that, if there are tasks that require his talent.

How much higher above $1k/hr can he bill?...

Someone like him wouldn’t be billing by the hour, but rather as a portion of overall value created. For the kind of non-trivial jobs worth his time, six figures at least.

Any FAANG would happily pay him a 7 figure salary if he was interested.

Normally I'd consider this hyperbole, but if I had the means I would absolutely offer it. He's a generational talent.

Can you really put a number on this level of skill and productivity?

The problem with putting a $ figure on it is that people who create free software create emmense amounts of value but don't capture even a tiny fraction for themselves. OTOH to montize their genius they need to help corporates do things that are not neccesarily great for society. Also a coporate situation may hamper their genius, although at this level he probably gets to call the shots.

Also a lot of useless consultants would earn that much, as would people doing shady shit, as well as many talented people so the $ comparison is kind of insulting.

Yeah... his current employer already does.

You assume he's optimizing for money.

Do you know who his current employer is (if any)?

He has his own company now with another partner (https://www.amarisoft.com/) where they work on and distribute the LTE software he wrote.

Well, the scrolljacking is evidence no one is infallible. ;)

Well, not all lazy HN commentary, like criticisms of 'scrolljacking' should be taken seriously. ;)

It seems like he works here: https://www.amarisoft.com/about-us/

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