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CamelTrader writes: A forthcoming paper by Princeton's Martin Gilens and Northwestern's Benjamin Page analyzes policy over the past 20+ years and conclude that policy makers respond exclusively to the needs of people in the 90th wealth percentile. A summary at the Washington Post by Larry Bartels:
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Comment Re:oh duh (Score 5, Insightful) 301 301

This is cool because he isn't just calling out as bogus, but identifying the source, such as python julian calendar library, or C image library. It's pretty nerdy to know that the scene in the matrix where he's scrolling through code is the source for netstat.

Comment Re:guy at the top was in on the ruse too (Score 5, Insightful) 494 494

Guess you're not the CEO of the Fortune 500 I used to work for. I see this frequently the time in corporate structure as well - the bigger the structure, the worse it is.

Underling: "That's impossible. We might get it done in N days, and C isn't actually possible without a complete rewrite."
Low-Boss: "Great. The time frame is tight but we can do it with some extra elbow grease! Let's meet about the specs."
Mid-Boss: "Timeline is great and we'll iron out the details."
Upper-Boss: "It's all on track."
BIG Boss: "Great job."

The developer has to do the work, and is the most accurate about time constraints and difficulty of the project. At each level of reporting, though, the prognosis get's a little better because nobody wants to deliver bad news. Low management says it will be tough and there are some problems. Middle management says things are looking good and they're working out the kinks. Upper management says everything is great. The Boss has no idea. The more levels there are, the more dilute the bad news becomes.

I have yet to see any problem, however complicated, which, when you looked at it in the right way, did not become still more complicated. -- Poul Anderson