you can have fun and help someone who might not be able to afford it at the same time.
That's an interesting idea, but I can imagine many situations in which buggy code hacked together over 48 hours would be detrimental to the operations of a small business or non-profit.
Nah. This thing will come out for $300-$400 and will be drastically underpowered compared to even a moderate range gaming PC, just like the PS4
You are an idiot. I have a 'moderate range' gaming PC with only 4GB of RAM, an aging first-gen i7 CPU, and a 2-year-old video card I purchases for just a little over $200. I'm still able to play new PC games on at least high settings. 8GB of RAM on a console is huge. Granted this new platform has a lot of software to run in addition to your game, but I imagine the footprint of all of that stuff is still going to be significantly lower than a modern desktop OS. Blu-Ray can't be obsolete when there is no superior solution out right now.
I'm not sure we can call non-coms and lower middle class
As a married Senior Airman (E-4), I was probably making a bit over $40k per year after base pay and allowances. Taking into account a lack of healthcare premiums, free tuition for my college courses, and the fact that my wife worked nearly full-time as a waitress, and we were definitely in the middle class. Neither of us had second jobs, and we always had money to blow foolishly on entertainment.
My salary as a civilian in the private sector is amazingly better when you just look at the raw numbers, but it's not that much better once you account for all of the things I pay for now that I didn't have to pay for in the military. There are a lot of overlooked benefits in the military that allow you to stretch out a dollar much further than you can as a civilian.
some of these graduates actually believe they are already "real programmers"
I didn't RTFA, but I don't think the story is about programmers. I believe this guy is saying that any college grad regardless of major should know how to program.