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Comment: Number of programmers younger than 40 (Score 1) 349

by richieb (#49542405) Attached to: Median Age At Google Is 29, Says Age Discrimination Lawsuit
Well, it's been estimated that the number programmers doubles about every 5 years. So if you 40 that means you have been programming for about 20 years, so that means that about 90% of programmers will be younger than you. So if a company's median age is 43 that means they discriminate against young people. Here is a link with some data.

Comment: Stanislaw Lem - "Return from the Stars" (Score 1) 368

by richieb (#48550403) Attached to: Overly Familiar Sci-Fi
This is an example of a culture shock novel. The hero of the store returns from to Earth 200 years in the future and finds the culture incomprehensible.

It is pretty difficult to imagine what a thing you cannot comprehend is like, and Lem does an outstanding (though still imperfect) job.

If you haven't read this book give it a shot.

It is not well to be thought of as one who meekly submits to insolence and intimidation.