There are situations where using your own computer is forbidden.
What a stupid bit of advertising here. It puts off resellers as the product is marketed to circumvent procedures and hence to engage in illicit activities. And in cases where circumventing procedures is beneficial to the common good, activists will already have spotted that opportunity.
I admit that I'm not a marketing guru. But why not elegantly appeal to people wanting to travel light for instance?
Also, we are moving towards a society where working is no longer required. Youths today are perfecioning the art of chatting and consuming. Although such a life style is not my cup of tea, I realise that the alternative would be unemployed peoplen rioting. Governments and corporations will come up with a scheme to keep the masses happy and consuming. We will live in even more interesting times
So basically they're paying the winners less than one year's salary for a picker,...
We shouldn't be sentimental about crappy jobs vanishing. It's the way we go and there's no stopping the train. The main question here is how we will transition into a society where entertainment is there to keep the masses sedated and to convince them to consume stuff (like entertainment.)
I'd shed another light. They're paying way less that what it would cost themselves to develop. Picking an item is actually pretty hard. Will they find "one of us" willing to put in the hours and willing to forfeit his IP? There are plenty of bright young people around that just don't realize the scam and perhaps just buy into it.
Too bad that Computer Scientists are a bunch of elitist Haters who only know COBOL from legend.
It's cheap to knock a language with a huge installed base as COBOL, mostly because the syntax and the conventions are slightly awkward for "modern" eyes. (I say modern but the elitist dislike for COBOL I believe started in the 70ies.) COBOL is damn good at solving the kinds of problems it was designed for. I have even seen a shop that had/has a COBOL backend to the web applications it offered/offers.