Yeah, I'm in Beta, yeah, I know surplus. Yeah, it blows. I'll try to avoid NDA issues here and hit stuff point by point.
The extra players invited to Beta aren't invited to bring bugs or suggestions to the devs, says so right in the Beta area. They have enough people doing that. So, they're obviously doing trend testing with the additional people brought on board with the additional liscenses. They HAVE testers (probably that speak the same language they do so there's less problems) that they're listening to now. The rest of us are trend testers. What's trend testing? It's finding out what the average idiot does on an average day when they're NOT testing your specific item. It gives them data to work from for later. Where's the roads, do we have enough aggro mobs here, too many here on a 'thoroughfare'. Do those AoE aggros hit too many at once? How many times does mage AoE hit non-involved enemies? Is cure too strong and cure ii too weak because everyone uses cure, even at level 30? That kind of stuff.
Surplus is a right royal pita. 8 hours/week is not horribly inaccurate from my limited testing, but from my understanding it's with xp earning as a hard value and SE's expectation, not time running around as the class, and you hit the barrier. Get in a really good group, it's quicker, crappy group, it's longer. This is... well, annoying. Then again, no RMT is going to outfish me again because his macros run 24 hrs a day. It's also hard to hit early on. Chewing off what I was going to say as further explaination because of NDA's that still exist... It's not just the hardcore its going to affect. It should nearly destroy the RMTs and automators. It's going to hurt hardcore, yes, though, and well, I tend to be hardcore. A shame.
That said, it's Beta, and while the mechanic may not be removed, it might be eased to a more realistic point of view. Except for basement dwellers who want to fight the gods in 2 weeks from launch, 20-28 hrs/week of xp'ing (note, xp'ing, not traveling, finding group, etc etc) a single job would serve just about everyone but the poopsockers. There's been translations (yes, I'll try to find the source because someone will ask) though that this system is specifically in place to keep the hardcores from blowing the casuals out of the water. I'd expect the system, but not the stringent limitations. Beta's a time for balancing, and you start tight to make sure you get a LOT of data quickly.
If you want to *****, head for the retainer/no AH threads, that there's a tragedy, if spoken a bit more about by SE.