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The underlying issue with bootcamps charging $30,000 for a 9-month curriculum patched together from free online sources and delivered by inexperienced instructors is just how dystopian "the opportunity" really is. It's capitalizing on a failed state approach to higher education.


Companies so eager to only hire senior people often forget that unlearning what doesn't apply can take longer than learning what does.


Here's a crazy idea for how to finance education: Taxes. We, as a society, pool our resources, educate people with no up-front charge, and fund the setup by taking a progressive percentage of everyone's income for life.


How to make progress: Pay attention to far fewer topics and people.


You can make a lot of mistakes, but they should all be novel.


Programming environments, patterns, and tools are rarely evaluated squarely on the merits. It's just as much "who has used that lately" and "was it cool". You can belabor that as a shallow process, or you can simply make cool shit people are interested in learning how was built.


Like they say, mortality is a feature not a bug. Not only for civilization at large, but as a personal liberation as well. Scarcity = focus.

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