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A 42 post collection


The Surprising Amount of Time Kids Spend Looking at Screens - The Atlantic

 •  Filed under Mobile, Technology, Future, Kids, Present

The Surprising Amount of Time Kids Spend Looking at Screens - The Atlantic

I think this is only surprising if you’re naive or not around any real kids. My other thought is that I wonder how many adults only spend 2 hours a day looking at screens?

Like games and TV before them, setting arbitrary limits for phone or tablet use seems pointless to me. Sure, doing nothing all day but playing on a device is bad for anyone, but every person is different. Humanity is more adaptable and resilient than we realize.

Why Game Developers Keep Getting Laid Off

 •  Filed under Technology, Game Development

Why Game Developers Keep Getting Laid Off

I really don’t understand why any great software engineer would work for these sort of companies. It’s not a sustainable life. I’d guess game companies hire 20-something developers much more than experienced devs for this very reason.

Why Mark Zuckerberg and Michael Bloomberg Are Having the Wrong Debate Over Job Training | Inc.com

 •  Filed under Technology, Software, Coding, Stupidity, Bloomberg

Why Mark Zuckerberg and Michael Bloomberg Are Having the Wrong Debate Over Job Training | Inc.com

Bloomberg saying "you can't teach a coal miner to code" is worse than offensive. It's akin to saying "you can't teach a slave to read." He should be called to account for it.

While his larger point about needing a variety of solutions to unemployment problems is fair, coding is a skill exactly like reading and writing any natural language. No one would hold up Hemingway or Tolstoy as a reason not to teach reading and writing, so please don't do it for technical skill. You don’t have to land a job as a senior engineer at Google or Facebook to develop coding proficiency and benefit from that knowledge. We live in a technological society now; people should be encouraged to adapt, not discouraged.

Silicon Valley's Youth Problem

 •  Filed under Technology, Startups, Software, Web, Silicon Valley

Silicon Valley'™s Youth Problem

A real great article. At places early on, it borders on youth bias, likely because the guy writing it is in grad school and doesn’t realize his own bias. But once you get passed that, the piece has some excellent insight and ideas as it carries along. Good stuff.