Linked by snydeq on Thu 25th Feb 2010 22:26 UTC
General Development Fatal Exception's Neil McAllister writes about the no-win scenario facing today's independent programmers: "In a knowledge economy, programmers rank among our most valuable workers, yet the current legal and regulatory climate makes a career as an independent software developer virtually a dead-end prospect." Section 1706 of the 1986 Tax Reform Act, the hurdles and costs of obtaining health care for one's own family, a hostile legal climate in search of accountability for any defects in code - these harsh realities make it "easy to see why software developers would give up on entrepreneurship. For many, the risks simply don't match the potential rewards. Better to keep their heads down, not rock the boat, and hope they can hang onto their jobs until retirement."
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RE[2]: organize
by JoeBuck on Thu 25th Feb 2010 23:58 UTC in reply to "RE: organize"
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It's not about competency.

I have an incurable chronic medical condition, though it's completely controlled by a rather pricey drug (about $1K per month). Since I'm in the US, this means that I can't work as an independent consultant or even in a very small business.

Health care reform could fix this.

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