Re: The per captia figures may be better but that's not the point.
I think I'd find it easier now. Information is cheaper and more accessible.
*Data* requires processing to turn it into *information*, there is *more data*, not *more information*, again you need a guide to help you tell the difference.
Just a small example, I think someone really did fly a plane into the twin towers, I also think man walked on the moon, there is huge amounts of data on the web which appears to contradict these viewpoints,
without some basic knowledge, it's quite hard to make educated judgements of the quality of a data source.
Tuition is cheaper (not all subjects may be mastered within the state education system, even when grants were avilable for uni). Prospective employers are more accessible. The internet means I can produce and sell software 24x7
A logistics operation allow one to trade twenty-four hours a day, three people on eight hour shifts let you keep a phone answered around the clock, I'm not sure how you make the leap from your web server being on all the time, to a logistics operation, I've set a few up for customers, they take quite a bit of effort and cash.
I get that customers can look at products all the time, like the Littlewoods catalog and telephone shopping, perhaps? The web basically changed the cost of distribution for certain things e.g. product catalogs, it reduced the marginal cost for other things, e.g. spam, but basically it has had a less profound effect than it's credited with, I'm open to being convinced but other than search which is a new business if you ignore the phone directories, advertising (that disruptive new business model) is what makes money online.
Good for you, and shame it got shut down. I was never one of the smartest kids but I've always believed opportunities like that should exist. Why waste our brightest minds simply because they;re working class?
I was lucky enough to have a wonderful primary school teacher who gave a shit about the kids under her care, my only contribution was passing the entrance exam, it's her achievement as much if not more than it was mine, more so as my parents wouldn't have known about it without her.
Or, you could always do a distance learning dgree for about £12k
Firstly unless you get a degree from a Russell group uni, now days I'd say don't bother, it doesn't confer the advantage it used to, which it also my secondary point about it being more difficult to "level up", all you had to do before was get a desmond or better degree and you had a better than average chance, now it just means you're in debt, and it's not a point of differentiation, as everyone has one.
The best bit is that you'll be able to work while funding it. Had this been an option when I was young, I would be a very rich man by now, because I'd have bought a nice house back when they were cheap and would have had no university debt (grants didn't cover books, food, rent etc by the time I went).
The OU started taking students in 1971 and nowadays most degrees count for nothing, with certain exceptions.
It does, but it also has more practical content than MIT, if you wish to persue a trade or even just repair your own home without having to stump up for a tradesman to visit. I've done a couple of crypto courses online myself and to say they were of a very high calibre would be an understatement.
YouTube may well be a good source of data for something visual, but I can't really take it seriously as a teaching tool, nor recommend it in good conscience.
Books are excellent. I'm reading several just now. You missed free wifi off your list though. I frequently used to use it at service stations, shopping malls, coffee shops etc when on call and its certainly fast enough to use the internet for research and learning.
You need portable computing equipment, at a few hundred quid, or a smartphone which is really more of a consumption device then a creation platform, so not sure how free wifi somewhere where your presence costs money really counts as free, I'm fairly sure if you rock up to starbucks and sit without buying anything for long enough, they'll turf you out on your ear, I suppose you could go from shop to shop but it not sure that's that conducive to learning, it would be cheap.
Libraries still exist, or at least my local one does, though I accept they are a shadow of their former selves... if only people had used them... like say those persuing knowledge to better their situation while on a low income?
Libraries are being shut down, for several reasons, it's discussion all of its own, suffice it to say that its a happy coincidence that a less educated population is easier to control.
Education is not more expensive. £12k for a full BSc degree. It means you can do a BSc and an MSc cheaper than what I ran up in rent while doing my first degree. I see where you're going regarding quality of tuition, but even allowing some falling standards, an MSc has to be equivalent tot he BSc when I did mine, and it was well worth having. 12K is a lot of money, not for me, and not for you, but 12k is more than some people earn in a year. If you are on the dole, you'll get about 65 quid a week of actual cash (leaving aside benefits in kind, like housing benefit and council tax benefit, as you basically don't see them) that's (52 * 65) = 3,380.0 per year of actual money, for food, and bills, it might as well be twelve million.
most people derive their income from work, if their work never pays them enough money to allow them to "upskill" they'll at best stay where they are
Even taking minimum wage, you'd only need an additional part time job of 17 hours per week in order to fund the 4k fees while keeping everything you earn today. So work overtime for three years then study for three and you have your BSc. The income increase from that will be enough to fund the MSc and now you're made. Oh, I already deducted taxes from the minimum wage and assumed no assitance at all.
In our country, you can legally pay a nineteen year old worker £2.73 an hour https://www.gov.uk/national-minimum-wage-rates, which assuming fifty weeks per year, forty hours per week, is 5,460.0.
By the way, this means your 2,000 hours of labor earns you 1.04 over sitting at home on JSA (5460 - 3380.0) / 2000.0 = 1.04 oh and you'd lose council tax/housing benefits.
I think you're doing most peopel a disservice, or you worked considerably harder than I. I believe most people capable of doing what I did because I've seen so many others do the same.
I can't speak to your experience, perhaps it would have been easier for me had I known then what I know now, but I genuinely feel that both education confers less advantage than it once did, and the kind of jobs I did are both harder to come by and worse paid, while housing and all other costs of living are higher.
It's a network and an application layer protocol, not the second fucking coming, with extra cherries.
ROFL. Best description I've heard of it to date. The internet is a vast opportunity and open market for those that wish to use it. I wish I had the motivation to use it properly rather than mostly browsing... I could be getting paid for content (Give me a Guardian OpEd piece and watch the page hits fly while they go into meltdown seeing who can disagree with me the most), or writing and retailing software to do things.
find a functional recipe for black powder online, report back with all your fingers.
In the days before the web I had a small library of these culled from Gopher and FTP. In these post 9/11 times, I'm not even going tot hink about looking for that, sorry. And yes, I destroyed my small library many moons ago before it was verbotten to have such.
Gopher that made me smile. You have no intention of using that knowledge for evil purpose, yet you fear even the taint of its association and that in and of itself is not an issue, not a barrier in your educational path?
So no teaching yourself chemistry then, really read that again and please tell me that is not acceptable, I liked making things go bang as a kid, science is fun, fuck anyone who wants to paint a box around knowledge, my actions are what should count, frankly it won't keep me out of prison if the .gov really wants to push the point, but fuck em anyway.
Yeah... I'm not the one pretending what we did was beyond most people, or that most people are incapable of learning unguided. Anyone can better their situation in the UK, literally anyone without sever disability, if only they're motivated to try.
The high horse is in response to the blatant assumption that I'm saying "don't bother" from a position of ignorance and the frankly patronizing tone of your first response, a tone which is *markedly* absent from this response.
But, I don't say it's beyond most people, I just don't think the social ladders are as numerous as they were, I don't think the degree helps like it used to, I don't think that its easy and just getting by has got harder, it takes a lot of work to make it, and I think it's harder in almost every way, you clearly disagree and that's your right.
I admit that my view is coloured by my experience, I genuinely hope that it's less bleak than it appears to this cynical old sod.
I can't really find it in me to blame you for your optimism, even if I think you are misguided.
Have a drink with me.