For some reason this offends people. (Actually, I know exactly why it offends them - it's the miracle of cognitive dissonance.)
They spend hours explaining to us that we could be making thousands of dollars more if we took a test that said we knew stuff. They never give us any tangible benefits that a cert would give us - merely tell us, over and over, that we'd make more money.
Eventually, they inevitably end up saying something like this:
"I just got out of college with a Master's in CS and a bunch of certifications. If I didn't have those, I wouldn't be able to get nearly as high-paying of a job!"
So - who can spot the flaw in the comparison?
Here's the problem - they're comparing it to a version of themselves that apparently did nothing but goof off for the past (how many years does it take to get a master's? six? seven?) six years. If they wanted a *real* comparison, they'd have to compare to someone who went into the workforce six years ago, in a relatively uninteresting job, and worked their way up.
They'd also have to compare to someone with the exact same amount of motivation.
I finally got fed up with this latest one and explained this to him. His response? "Well, I don't know how to compare that, so it's not important!"
Uh-huh. Sorry, dude. Just because you don't understand how to compare things doesn't mean you're right.
Still, it's an interesting comparison. I wish I knew how to actually get a result for it.