To answer your question, no. I'm probably not the best person to ask about CS/SE practices - I see a list of impressive looking subjects which friends from 1st/2nd year CS tell me they are doing, so I assumed that that was a standard CS course. You're probably right if you say their CS course is thin on the ground though.
Having gone to bootcamp I can verify the 'hackers playground' mentality of ArsDigita - however when shit hits the fan they can certainly come up with the goods, so I wouldn't dismiss them out of hand. I'm not sure about the 70-100k salaries though, it's probably a holdover from pre-dotcom collapse times, who knows (I dont work there)...
The most interesting point I see though is the use of the word 'fuck' in comments. It's a cliche example, I know, but it's always fun to do:
[root@iago:/usr/src/linux]$ grep fuck -r * | wc
23 239 1760
Of course, your views on the professionalism of Linux may vary :) I certainly don't see it as a rousing tribute to software engineers everywhere...
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