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"Lawyers are still citing Blackstone’s Commentaries on the Laws of England which was completed in 1769. Now there’s an example of a profession where knowledge capital deteriorates at a very slow rate." True, but then again, computing (and programming) is a new profession, just under a century old if you're being *extremely* generous. Law on the other hand is thousands of years old. How is it fair to compare the rate of knowledge turnover in these two professions? I like your point about the PMs though. I just got my first programming gig, and I'm so glad it is with a software company rather than just as an internal developer. This should give me a much better chance of getting managers with at least some technical ability. I'm going to try my best to stay cutting edge, but if as you say, increasing age makes it more difficult to learn new things, I may consider a switch to academia.