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I am browsing a website. There is one sentence:

50x better software quality

here x should mean times, but I don't know how to read it. Can someone explain it to me?

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not sure what you are asking - pls clarify. –  Regmi Apr 13 '13 at 7:40
    
ell.stackexchange.com –  Kris Apr 13 '13 at 7:58
    
That should have read “50× better”, not “50x better”. –  tchrist Apr 13 '13 at 14:49
    
The 50x may be a riff on some current slang for describing speedy coders: "So, you're a 10x developer or a 25x programmer..." developers.slashdot.org/story/13/04/11/2216236/… In that context, it's "10 ex". –  Wayfaring Stranger Apr 13 '13 at 15:38
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Read

Fifty times better software quality

(But, just because we can read it, we cannot conclude it makes sense.)

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The phrase "50x better" implies some sort of metric for quality, perhaps the relative infrequency of "bugs" or better achievement of project goals. @WayfaringStranger has pointed us to an example where the construction is being used (and the exact meaning is disputed in some of the comments.) @Kris is likewise pointing out, somewhat elliptically, that this is arguably not an English language issue, but rather a geekish-language concern.

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