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[5]: certificates
by lucas_maximus on Thu 22nd Dec 2011 00:55 UTC 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[7]: certificates
by lucas_maximus on Thu 22nd Dec 2011 15:47 in reply to "RE[6]: certificates"
lucas_maximus Member since:
2009-08-18

Sorry It was my fault, I intrepreted it wrong.

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RE[7]: certificates
by zima on Wed 28th Dec 2011 23:33 in reply to "RE[6]: certificates"
zima Member since:
2005-07-06

You seem to think there that ~physicists are much different...

I ~knew (hardly knew, just "yeah, those were around" out of one random bunch, without looking hard) only one or two who seriously ended up close to CERN. Most don't really do that much with physics.

Anyway, this will be probably the century of ~biochemistry, ~biotechnology, and such - that's where we know little / there's much to be done / it's damn hard.
(~physics is a fairly "done" deal, in comparison)

PS. And "get ahead", that you mention in a post just below, is a zero-sum game - how too many people get taken by it, into thinking that should be the goal, is possibly even one of the main issues; perhaps precisely what leads to more or less sweatshops, for many.

Times are generally better than ever ...but it's quite possible you perceive them as worse also because of that "get ahead" ( http://web.mit.edu/krugman/www/ratrace.html )

Edited 2011-12-28 23:39 UTC

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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[7]: certificates
by lucas_maximus on Thu 22nd Dec 2011 15:47 in reply to "RE[6]: certificates"
lucas_maximus Member since:
2009-08-18

No you just come out with more debt than you can ever pay back.

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