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My local rag seems to be trying to get readers to fork over money to see content by having some of its pages jump over to a subscription page. This can be defeated by clicking on the stop button quickly enough, so I figure that this is something that an add-on could do.
If something has a solution... Why do we have to worry about?. If it has no solution... For what reason do we have to worry about?
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1. If pressing "stop" on your browser is enough to allow you to view the paywall content, then they deserve to lose money
2. I have no sympathy for media outlets. The about of click-bait no-news articles that get spammed everywhere is extremely annoying. Why should anyone have to pay to read something that is designed solely to get people clicking on it just to make the website owners more money. You want to sell news, then right some actual, well researched news.
2. As I said, I can't stand the tactics of newspaper websites (in fact it applies to pretty much any form of marketing that tries to pray on peoples stupidity/inexperience to make money).
So although they are not all as bad, the few that are genuine have to suffer the fallout of the ones that I dislike. It's just being lazy on my part for sure, to brand them all the same, but it's not worth the effort to pick and choose.
Yep, they are pretty much the exact ones I avoid. Their click bating articles are terrible. They may have some genuine news hidden among them somewhere, but I have no intention of supporting them while I go looking for it.
I really wish Google had a feature to blacklist certain websites
PluralSight has come recommendations, but I want to know what YOU think. I am not here to advertise for PluralSight and, besides, I do not agree with what they recommend since I have never heard of some of the technologies that they mention.
For fun, I have had a look at what Plural Site and Udemy has to offer. I ran a search on Udemy for "Certification" There seems to be a lot of practice certicationi exams for "Scrun Master". I did not konw that was even a thing. Is it?
Speaking of Udemy: maybe I should just take a few corses there and put on my resume that I took the course. I wonder if Udemy offers some sort of verification that one takes a course.
IMHO, technology certifications (and often CS degrees) aren't worth the paper they're printed on. What matters is your ability to do the job. I've encountered holders of MS CS degrees and Certified Microsoft Developers who couldn't solve whiteboard programming problems during in-person interviews. It's quite depressing.
I'm a big fan of Pluralsight, but simply as a way to help increase my knowledge. The real benefit comes from applying that new found knowledge to building meaningful apps. IMHO, you should focus on that instead of garnering certifications. Trust me, they don't mean squat in the real world.
Yeah, formal training is useless. When I go to the doctor, or a surgeon for an operation, I couldn't care less if they have a medical degree and years of formal training. As long as they've checked it up on wikipedia it's fine by me.
Certs don't mean sh*t in the real world. All they show is that you can "talk the talk". But can you "walk the walk"?
".45 ACP - because shooting twice is just silly" - JSOP, 2010 ----- You can never have too much ammo - unless you're swimming, or on fire. - JSOP, 2010 ----- When you pry the gun from my cold dead hands, be careful - the barrel will be very hot. - JSOP, 2013
As per the consensus here, "certifications" are generally pretty meaningless. What you need is evidence that you bring value to the projects you work on. But beyond that, the certifications that might be useful for you depend on very much what you do, where you are, and who you want to work for. Some employers (the un-enlightened ones) may have a checklist, as may their recruitment agents. Find out what's on the list, get the cert, tick the box. Then go and show them whether you're any good. If you're working as a freelancer, who do you want to work for? If working for small businesses, most of their decision makers will have no technical background and being a "Certified Scrum Master" will just make them think you play rugby every weekend. Conversely if you want to get a gig with a national defense agency you'll need to prove your knowledge in, say, safety-critical realtime missile control systems.
If you don't know who your "target" is, you won't even know if you've hit it. Research your market and find out what they want, not what we think is good.
All that said, if you're dead-set on getting some certifications, probably the most recognised and respected (depending of course on WHAT it is you do) then Microsoft certifications are probably the ones to go for. Not easy or cheap to get (some of them, anyway) but that's rather the point and why they can be useful.
Take a step back and ask yourself "why" you want any certifications, then think about "what" certifications are relevant, then "who" can provide them.
As most people seem to agree, I don't certifications will help in any role on a day to day basis. They are only worth while to get you past the first hurdle of the CV scan by a potential employer and get you to a face to face interview.
I have difficulty finding jobs despite having these certs. My advice is only to pursue certs if it is in your strong interest or intrinsic motivation to improve/enhance your knowledge in that area. Salary does not usually commensurate with certs. Hiring manager is more concerned whether you are able to do the job. Of course, during the final stage of hiring and the selection comes down to 2 similarly experienced candidates, the one with cert will win out.