Linked by Howard Fosdick on Wed 21st Dec 2011 00:39 UTC
Editorial M.I.T. has just announced it is expanding its list of free online courses anyone can take. Attendees earn completion certificates. M.I.T.'s OpenCourseWare project already offers 2,100 courses used by 100 million people. OpenCulture, Free Ed, E-learning Center, and Alison offer competing free online courses, including many on computing and IT certification.
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RE[4]: certificates
by transputer_guy on Wed 21st Dec 2011 23:03 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: certificates"
transputer_guy
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2005-07-08

Well well, I did Physics A-level too back in 75 or so, it was my favorite but then the integrated circuit was just starting to get interesting and the prospect of working on a British microprocessor chip (later the transputer) was unbeatable. That eventually got me over here.

Back then physics also included nuclear energy and some binding energy stuff as well, enough to do rough calculations on energy which I have mostly forgotten. I want to get that back in my head to follow what is now coming along like SMRs.

The last time I met a UK prof, they were very sad about the decline in University enrollments in physics, like 20* down over the 70s, nobody wants to study hard for it anymore.

Kids I know that went the soft side into web dev haven't fared well either, easy degree means competing with kids from India.

US kids go to college 1 year earlier but stay for 4yrs so graduate about the same time. I think that's right, it is still very foreign to me even with kids in elementary.

small world

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RE[5]: certificates
by lucas_maximus on Thu 22nd Dec 2011 00:55 in reply to "RE[4]: certificates"
lucas_maximus Member since:
2009-08-18

Kids I know that went the soft side into web dev haven't fared well either, easy degree means competing with kids from India.


Bollox.

India Software dev is run like a sweatshop. If you want stuff cheap you get crap code. I know there are night shifts and day shifts over dev.

It isn't an easy degree. Front end code and design if done well it as difficult as the more "hardcore stuff".

Nice try trolling, I actually wanted to help you.

Edited 2011-12-22 00:56 UTC

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RE[6]: certificates
by transputer_guy on Thu 22nd Dec 2011 05:49 in reply to "RE[5]: certificates"
transputer_guy Member since:
2005-07-08

Sorry for the offense, just people I know didn't get the careers they hoped for, pretty much working for peanuts working hand to mouth, obviously you did much better.

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RE[6]: certificates
by transputer_guy on Thu 22nd Dec 2011 05:57 in reply to "RE[5]: certificates"
transputer_guy Member since:
2005-07-08

I was well aware of Indian sweat shops abilities, so you get what you pay for is right, they have been doing since forever.

Trouble is UK isn't cheap place to live in so you need a good salary to get ahead. Its not like I would have done well by staying, too many companies don't want to pay diddly squat.

BTW does everyone have to pay their way through Uni now?

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RE[5]: certificates
by Alfman on Fri 23rd Dec 2011 03:27 in reply to "RE[4]: certificates"
Alfman Member since:
2011-01-28

transputer_guy,

"Back then physics also included nuclear energy and some binding energy stuff as well, enough to do rough calculations on energy which I have mostly forgotten. I want to get that back in my head to follow what is now coming along like SMRs."

I would have enjoyed more of an engineering background. I opted for CS early on because I was thrilled I could do just about everything on my own personal computer without prohibitively expensive equipment. However I hadn't considered that the low costs of computing would eventually enable third world countries to displace so many IT jobs. The barriers to entry are just too low to have comfortable job security.

"The last time I met a UK prof, they were very sad about the decline in University enrollments in physics, like 20* down over the 70s, nobody wants to study hard for it anymore."

To be fair, there may be other factors contributing to that. How many times over has the cost of education multiplied since those days? I went to school at a yearly expense which was 20X more expensive than my parent's, and I earn a fraction of what they did in medicine. I started courses during the IT bubble and graduated when it popped, pot luck I guess. I kind of regret that decision, but it seemed the perfect fit for me back then, so I doubt I could have known better.


"Kids I know that went the soft side into web dev haven't fared well either, easy degree means competing with kids from India."


I agree completely, competing in low barrier fields is extremely difficult when such different costs of living are factored in.

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RE[6]: certificates
by lucas_maximus on Fri 23rd Dec 2011 12:45 in reply to "RE[5]: certificates"
lucas_maximus Member since:
2009-08-18

It depends how good at web dev. I get paid well even though I am only middle weight. If you are actually good and know your stuff you can make quite decent money.

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