The next big blue collar job is coding

Via Wired:

Politicians routinely bemoan the loss of good blue-collar jobs. Work like that is correctly seen as a pillar of civil middle-class society. And it may yet be again. What if the next big blue-collar job category is already here—and it’s programming?

I couldn’t agree more with this article. There are ranges in every profession, but development is filled with rich opportunities that more people could benefit from with the proper support.

Senators warn against net neutrality repeal

TechDirt:

In light of a Congress that long ago made it clear that it prioritizes telecom cash contributions over consumers, the best “solution” for net neutrality at this juncture would be leaving the existing rules – and the FCC’s authority over broadband providers – intact.

The unfortunate reality of the situation is that the current administration will always prefer the vested interest of corporate telecoms and lobbyists over those of the consumers they serve. Reversing net neutrality will be harmful to consumers and to any number of businesses — here’s hoping that net neutrality is, somehow, able to survive.

Trump FCC chair begins dismantling consumer protections and subsidies

Via Ars Technica

“The Federal Communications Commission’s new Republican leadership has rescinded a determination that AT&T and Verizon Wireless violated net neutrality rules with paid data cap exemptions. The FCC also rescinded several other Wheeler-era reports and actions.”

We’re barely two weeks into the new presidential administration and it looks like net neutrality will be yet another casualty of this administration’s drive to strip away consumer-friendly regulations.

If a ruling or judgement is good for telecoms or ISPs it is very likely bad for customers. This is one of those cases.

The FCC also took steps to scale back benefits provided by the Lifeline program to low income consumers:

“Regulators are telling nine companies they won’t be allowed to participate in a federal program meant to help them provide affordable Internet access to low-income consumers — weeks after those companies had been given the green light.”

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Updating to the latest version of git on Ubuntu »

A fantastastic read by Eric Elliott on what to stay on top of in the ever-changing JavaScript ecosystem in 2017.

Personally, I’ve been focusing in on React, Redux and the tooling ecosystem surrounding both. I can’t wait to see what else next year brings.

I’ve been reading quite a bit this year as well and have particularly enjoyed:

  • Functional JavaScript by Michael Fogus: iTunes Amazon
  • Learning JavaScript Design Patterns by Addy Osmani: iTunes Amazon
  • React: Up and Running by Stoyan Stefanov: Amazon

The year encryption won »

Via Wired:

It’s not a firm guarantee, and who knows what a Trump administration will bring. For now, though, it’s enough to appreciate the gains encryption made in 2016, and be hopeful that 2017 will only build on them.