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Comment eh... (Score 1) 799

I might start up my own non-profit. Or I might start my own for-profit business. Normally that would be financially risky but...hey...billionaire. Then again if I'd already started my own business and had it be wildly successful, which is why I'm a billionaire in the first place, I admit I wouldn't be as motivated to try it again. Might just stash 50 million somewhere and give the rest away. 1% interest (after inflation) would be $500k/year.

Comment Re:Ageism is a problem everywhere, not just in tec (Score 2) 634

I'm basing this off the fact that I got my current job around three years ago, when I was 37, without much trouble. That and the volume of recruiting emails I get (including two from Google in the past 6 months) despite my age being pretty obvious from my LinkedIn profile.

Comment Re:Does indeed happen. (Score 2) 634

For what it's worth I've known "old" tech workers who don't "act" old, and I've known ones who do. So even though many companies may use "culture fit" as coded language for "too old" (or "too foreign"), there is still some truth to it. I've had to work with someone who acted like a grouchy old man and it wasn't enjoyable.

Comment Re:Commission (Score 2) 634

Can't just be the recruiters. Someone above them has to either be actively allowing them bring people back in who have already been rejected three times before or they're just so disorganized they don't keep records on that kind of thing. Given who we're talking about that seems less likely, but you never know. I can see maybe bringing someone in a second time if the first on-site interview is a "near miss", but four times? That's just weird.

Comment so... (Score 1) 248

Conservatively, let's say we could earn 2.5% annually in real terms (i.e. after inflation) on $10B. That's the rate the economy is projected to grow at long-term. So, $250M/year in perpetuity. That'd fund a lot of basic research, if that's what you're into.

I'd also feel better about spending $10B on a manned moon mission if the U.S. debt-to-GDP ratio wasn't about 70% higher than it was 8 years ago.

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