Friday, April 19, 2019

"Not Everyone Should Code": the Dunning-Kruger Effect


OK, “Not Everyone Should Code”, at least according to PolyMatter, which offers a new online class called Skillshare.  It strikes me that Skillshare could help with some projects I have (music - Sibelius -- and video -- Final Cut).  


The average programmer salary is now said to be about $79800 in the US.  When I left ING at the end of 2001, I made $73000.

Tech companies push the idea and politicians in countries with the tech companies (the US) push it because it gives them cultural power.
  
The video talks about the public perception of a Dunning-Kruger Effect.

Monday, April 08, 2019

Will former Trump administration officials really be blackballed? Dangerous idea



SJW’s are pressuring Fortune 500 companies to blackball former Trump administration officials in hiring, especially over the family separation at the border issue, Phil Bedard story in the Washington Examiner here. 

This sounds a lot like some conservative commentators being cut off by payment processors.
  
Maybe it sounds like the beginnings of a social credit score system in the US.
  
Should people be blackballed for having worked for an employer whom we now decide is anti-social?  What about a tobacco company?

Tuesday, April 02, 2019

More techies tell newbies "do not 'learn to code'"; maybe, learn to sell?



There are quite a few videos out there about (don’t) “learn to code”.


This monologue from Silicon Valley is pretty typical. He warns that artificial intelligence may eliminate the jobs.

I can remember being called a “coder”.  I was the grunt who did the work, and fixed the abends in the night cycle (at my own expense, undermining other people’s jobs). Remaining an individual contributor made your personal life freer, however, as to other "choices". 
  
So I’m glad I’m “retired”, developing the content of websites trying to help people “connect the dots” among policy issues.