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Why old people in Germany have such a hard time finding work

The Economist just published a special on the problem of the ageing workforce (free for all). The whole article is worth a read, but the following piece of trivia caught me in particular: Britain and Germany used to have more or less the same unemployment rate for people aged 50-65. Not any more, today (2003) the rate is 3.3% for Britain and 9.7% for Germany. And now look at what people earn: In Germany, 50-65-year-old earn 60-70% more on average than 25-30-year-old, but in Britain, it’s roughly the same!

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These are REAL houses!

This is not a model or computer graphics – it’s a photograph of a housing project in Mexico City. Click

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Google censoring – in pictures

A picture says more than a thousand words: Search result from Google Images in China and elsewhere – worth a

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Apple’s 1984 Advertisement with iPod

This is so weird – for whatever reason I was looking for Apple’s 1984 Commercial. I found it – and

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Picking a Web CMS

I know that I’ll need such a study again one day.  Here’s an article on selecting an open-source CMS and

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The future of Publishing

Very cool way of Publishing: Pragmatic Fridays!  Dave Thomas comments why it won’t work for other publishers to simply copy

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Become a Lonely Planet Writer!

Alex Leviton, a friend of mine who is a Lonely Planet Travel Writer, pointed out that LP is running their Bluelist contest again. Participants can become a Travel Writer for a week – interested…?

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Spinning green dot

This Optical Illusion is really amazing!

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Google.org

Der Philantropische Arm von Google – mal schaun, was daraus wird.

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10 Things Every Java Programmer Should Know About Ruby

When I find a quiet minute I’ll read up on the 10 Things Every Java Programmer Should Know About Ruby

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