Slashdot has an exchange or rather a pissing contest going on about the merits of an innovative technical staffing service that promotes itself as “the way software gets done”. I suspect a better tagline or at least a more appropriate one would be “the way arguments start”.
At the end of the day, a staffing company connects resources with users of those resources. To make a profit, it needs to assess a fee greater than the cost of making and maintaining that connection – impossible to do with short-term relationships.
The service needs some way to monetize the long-term relationships it helps create. “You can’t make a living working off of RaC, but you can make a living working for clients you’ve met through RaC,” according to one of their contractors.