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Submission + - Half Life of a Tech Worker is 15 Years 1

Hugh Pickens writes writes: "Matt Heusser writes that when he went to work for Google all the people he met had a sort of early-twenties look to them. "Like the characters in Microserfs, these were “firstees”, young adults in the middle of the first things like life: First job out of college, first house, first child, first mini-van," writes Heusser. "This is what struck me: Where were the old dudes?" and then he realized something very important — you get fifteen years. "That is to say, your half-life as a worker in corporate America is about age thirty-five. Around that time, interviews get tougher. Your obligations make you less open to relocation, the technologies on your resume seem less-current, and your ability find that next gig begins to decrease." By thirty-five, half the folks who started in technology have gone on to something else — perhaps management, consulting, on to roles in “the business” or in operations. "Yet a few stick it out. Half of the half-life is fifty, and, sure, perhaps 25% of the folks who started as line technologists will still be doing that when they turn fifty," adds Heusser. "But by the time you turn thirty-five, you’d better have a plan.""

Submission + - Major budget cuts to slow down progress at LHC (

Gnaget writes: Major budget cuts at the world's biggest atom smasher over the next five years are set to slow down its quest to unlock the deepest secrets of the universe, management and staff warned on Wednesday.

The director-general of the European Organisation for Nuclear Research (CERN), Rolf Heuer, presented a proposal for 450 million Swiss francs (433 million dollars, 343 million euros) in savings in 2011-2015 to its 20 member states at a meeting here, spokesman James Gillies told AFP.

Great, each country saves less than $25 million dollars at the cost of human advancement. I'm sure that will make a huge dent in those deficits.

"Necessity is the mother of invention" is a silly proverb. "Necessity is the mother of futile dodges" is much nearer the truth. -- Alfred North Whitehead