as far as I can tell, Louis Savain is a Software Engineer. If he were a hardware engineer, he might feel differently.
Just to put it briefly, chips have bugs too. They often don't perform to spec. They are often late. And they're a lot harder to rev than software. Just like at Intel.
Maybe we should all program in Verilog.
Who sometime really does want to get one of [link|http://www.actel.com/products/tools/demoboards/Fusionstarterkit.aspx|these cool toys] and learn to program in Verilog