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It seems that Jeff (and most of those who agree with him) argue against letting "mere mortals" learn to code because they're afraid of losing their job security, and frankly that's pathetic. If you're worried your employer is going to outsource your job to the Mayor of New York, please get a job in the service industry, because frankly, I'd rather have to maintain and debug his code than yours. And yes, I'd like fries with that. Those who argue against learning to code as a meaningful exercise in expanding ones mental faculties, or as a way to better understand what code does to avoid being duped need only look at how easily politicians swindle the ignorant masses who can't read or add. @Konrad was a particularly elucidating example of that mentality. By all means eliminate math and reading as well as keeping coding from the core curriculum if you want ignorant slaves. But don't complain when your chamber pot smells because the surly churls haven't got around to changing it yet.
Toggle Commented Aug 7, 2012 on Please Don't Learn to Code at Coding Horror
You are right about the dinosaurs and asteroid, but folks like YCombinator, Techstars, etc. aren't real investors and they aren't in it for investing. They're either A) Attention seekers who got lucky in the first internet wave or B) Hucksters looking to make a few bucks off of people's dreams. They don't really even care if any company they back "makes it" because they're all about collecting fees on the way up. They'll go the way of the dinosaurs faster than the big lizards, though there'll always be a snake oil huckster trying to sell beans to people trying to sell milk cows. And it always works.
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