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Comment Not really... (Score 1) 206

People are choosing to be "confined" by these companies and their services. No one is forcing you to use them. One might argue that ISP censorship is different, and one in which is forced upon us. However the rulers of that "small free internet" that once was, well they are doing the same thing now, that they were doing then. They are not using the services by which strip the individual of their rights, they are using alternatives. Their data is not being filtered by Verizon/Comcast/etc, because they are using a VPN. The issue is that people who weren't on the Internet now, are on it now. Those people probably liked shopping at Walmart, and now they like shopping through Google, and that's fine. The alternative does exist, and those people who care, utilize it. This sounds like someone is just sad that sites aren't using scrolling marquees anymore.

Comment Re:Especially if they are training developers (Score 2, Insightful) 141

I would have to agree with your statement. As a soon-to-be graduate of Virginia Tech in Computer Science and Finance, the CS department's curriculum has about 2.5 years of programming before you even see any SA classes (of which cover a very limited area). It's almost as though the message is that one needs to be a good programmer (perhaps exposed programmer would be more appropriate) in order to be a good system administrator, which I don't believe is the case. I thoroughly enjoy net/sys administration and am a terrible programmer. It would certainly be nice to see these two coexist without one being such a prerequisite. It would also be nice for courses to prepare the students better for certifications, which hold a lot of weight in the corporate IT world.

Why Coder Pay Isn't Proportional To Productivity 597

theodp writes "John D. Cook takes a stab at explaining why programmers are not paid in proportion to their productivity. The basic problem, Cook explains, is that extreme programmer productivity may not be obvious. A salesman who sells 10x as much as his peers will be noticed, and compensated accordingly. And if a bricklayer were 10x more productive than his peers, this would be obvious too (it doesn't happen). But the best programmers do not write 10x as many lines of code; nor do they work 10x as many hours. Programmers are most effective when they avoid writing code. An über-programmer, Cook explains, is likely to be someone who stares quietly into space and then says 'Hmm. I think I've seen something like this before.'"

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