I am rather well-known for a long history of being at the leading edge of technology and often even serving as a guru for emerging technologies.
Could it possibly be that those 45 year olds that got laid off had become complacent and hadn't kept their skills current?
This is heresy on slashdot.
It was amazing how fast the younger guys got jobs even though they had less skills than we did.
Is there an objective measure for that? Or is that your opinion? Maybe their skills were more relevant.
Man is the best computer we can put aboard a spacecraft ... and the only one that can be mass produced with unskilled labor. -- Wernher von Braun