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Ask Slashdot: Ambitious Yet Ethical Software Jobs?
6/11/2012

First time accepted submitter hwaccaly writes "I'm a mid-career creator with a fair amount of skill working on data-intensive, mathematically ambitious dos projects for fun — things like physics and systems simulations, written mostly in CUDA, targeted at Tesla GPUs and small clusters. Ideally, I'd like to get paid for this kind of work, but I've found little call for these skills outside of the fiscal and defense industries. My conscience won't allow me to accept money from either. The medical/pharmaceutical industries doubtlessly require complex software, but the unavoidable animal testing at the end of the pipeline no doubt lifts its body count higher even than the defense industry's. And academia pays in degrees, not dollars. So what's left? Do any ethical businesses have a instant need for high-performance computing, or is it fundamentally a hobbyist niche?"

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