The first regards this paragraph:
Less clear is why 27 unemployed people would spend nearly a month competing for a $40,000-a-year entry-level job as a junior programmer in the Jersey City offices of Maple Securities U.S.A.and my question here is simply: Has the reporter ever been unemployed? (I was going to suggest that the NYT introduce a section titled 'Those Wacky Unemployed People', but then I noticed that they already have a section titled 'Job Market'.)
The second question is more interesting and involves this paragraph:
He received 300 responses. He invited the 300 to download a 500-page computer manual on A.P.L. and an accompanying quiz. The 38 applicants who returned the quiz were given a chance to learn the language and take a chance at one or possibly more available positions.Basically, I'm wondering what the other 262 people's reaction to the APL manual was.
Let the speculation begin! References to GLAGOL are welcomed!