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Comment Re:Follow the money... (Score 1) 524

The last Baby Boomer and the first Gen Xer will retire in 2030. Doesn't change fact that healthcare will be in great demand, young people will follow the money into healthcare, and two-thirds of the federal budget will go to Social Security and Medicare (which means taxes will have to go way up to cover everything else).

Comment Re:Follow the money... (Score 1) 524

Both are important, we need to do more with fewer workers (automation) as well as care for those who have put in their work life.

I went back to school to learn computer programming after the dot com bust. Healthcare became the new money major. So everyone and their grandparents switched from computers to healthcare. Cisco courses that had waiting lists to the waiting lists got cancelled due to a lack of students. As more baby boomers retire and the demand for healthcare increases, I expect students to follow the money major in healthcare. The last study I read suggested a 1.5M shortfall of skilled IT workers in 2030.

Comment Re:I wish half as muc time and money... (Score 1) 524

The problem with male teachers is that they're automatically viewed as sexual predators. I had several college instructors who encouraged me to become a teacher, especially as a role model to young boys. When the local university had a teacher fair, I was turned off by the outright hostility and the sausage making required to become a teacher in CA. I ended up taking computer programming and working in IT.

Comment Re: How much of that is entirely Microsoft's fault (Score 1) 517

So Mac, Linux, and PC support techs each support about 2,000 desktops - how does that prove Macs/Linux workstations are cheaper to support, or requires less technical support?

If the number of Linux and Mac workstations were doubled to 4,000 each, we would still only have one dedicated tech for each platform.

BTW, I suspect your Mac and Linux workstations rely on a windows network infrastructure to authenticate users, provide file storage, email, perhaps backup solutions and other services - do any of those 33 Windows technicians do double duty taking care of tech support calls on shared infrastructure issues?

With 76,000 Windows workstations, you "suspect" that it might be on a Windows network infrastructure? You must not work in IT. The domain team handles all issues related to the Windows network infrastructure.

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