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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Only in America
by ideasman42 on Thu 25th Feb 2010 23:12 UTC
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2007-07-20

This post seem to ignore there are programmers outside USA, where healthcare is not such a disaster.

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RE: Only in America
by Karitku on Fri 26th Feb 2010 09:54 in reply to "Only in America"
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2006-01-12

This post seem to ignore there are programmers outside USA, where healthcare is not such a disaster.

What is there something outside America except rocks and terrorists???

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RE[2]: Only in America
by renhoek on Fri 26th Feb 2010 10:30 in reply to "RE: Only in America"
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2007-04-29

What is there something outside America except rocks and terrorists???


And communists like here in Holland, but at least i got proper health care. It's around 1100 euro's a year, which is even affordable by people on welfare.

But this a social issue and not a programmers issue. As far as i can tell all other non-union workers have thesame problem.

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RE[2]: Only in America
by Soulbender on Fri 26th Feb 2010 11:47 in reply to "RE: Only in America"
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2005-08-18

Mail order brides.

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RE[2]: Only in America
by Thom_Holwerda on Fri 26th Feb 2010 12:16 in reply to "RE: Only in America"
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2005-06-29

What is there something outside America except rocks and terrorists???


Don't forget drugs and prostitutes. Be honest: without us Dutch you Americans'd be lost during weekends.

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RE: Only in America
by Karitku on Fri 26th Feb 2010 11:38 in reply to "Only in America"
Karitku Member since:
2006-01-12

This post seem to ignore there are programmers outside USA, where healthcare is not such a disaster.

Yes but other things are. Starting business in Europe is like swimming with 100kg weight on back compared to USA. Taxes, employment costs and negative attidute are just tip of iceberg.

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RE[2]: Only in America
by Hoodlum on Fri 26th Feb 2010 13:45 in reply to "RE: Only in America"
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2009-05-22

The UK is part of Europe too and it's a hell of a lot easier to start a business here than in continental Europe. You can't paint all of Europe with the same brush, there are many different countries here.

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