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Comment: Re:What's the score now? (Score 1) 77 77

One of the hardest lessons I ever learned in this business is that if you tell a customer (often any customer) about it, you support it. It does not matter in the slightest whether it's officially documented or not.

I learned this lesson long before I started reading Raymond Chen's blog, which is full of examples.

Comment: Re:the battle of the selfless (Score 1) 305 305

And they involve coercion.

In what possible universe is an incentive "coercion"?

I wish you that you end up out of work on the street with no retirement, because that's the world you want to create.

I want a world where people are held responsible for the actions of corporations. How much prison time did those responsible for the Bhopal disaster do, again?

Comment: Re:The farce is pretending emperor has clothes (Score 1) 153 153

They can't, and the idea that Sweden should have to make a guarantee to a fugitive from justice is silly.

This is correct, however it's the law in many places that you can't be deported to another country if there's a risk of that country doing something that is abhorrent. I don't know what the law is in Sweden, but it is likely that he could not be extradited to a country where he may face execution.

Yes, the large number of US politicians calling for Assange to be executed is probably bluster. However, the fact remains that the US still executes people despite it being the 21st century, and still has execution on the books for crimes that Assange could conceivably be charged with, should he ever end up in US jurisdiction. Yes, those charges may only be used to try to coerce a plea "bargain". Still, the risk is nonzero.

This isn't something that Sweden can really deal with upfront, but were he to end up in Sweden and were the US to demand extradition, that is something that may well be fought in the Swedish courts.

Comment: Re:the battle of the selfless (Score 1) 305 305

Any government policy addressing climate change necessarily involves coercion.

Incentives and nudges are approaches which could work in theory... ...but you're probably right. There's no such thing as enlightened self-interest (to a first approximation), and the Invisible Handwave of the Market has proven that it won't fix this by itself. If the alternative to a modest amount of coercion is a reasonable-sized risk of destruction of the planet's life support system, I guess we're stuck with a modest amount of coercion.

Everything is a tradeoff.

If you screw corporations, you screw the people owning them.

If only that were true. Limited liability sucks in that respect.

Comment: Re:the battle of the selfless (Score 1) 305 305

Notice how everybody who proposes ways of addressing climate change agrees that people need to be coerced to live differently [...]

Uhm... no? Everyone who thinks that climate change is an issue that needs addressing (i.e. everyone who is correct) agrees that the behaviour of people needs to change. Whether that happens by coercion, by persuasion, or by some other means, is an open question.

P.S. Corporations are not "people".

Comment: Yes, black nail polish (Score 1) 126 126

Some people wear black nail polish for the same reason that Steve Jobs wore black turtlenecks: because black goes with everything.

If you're as fashion-impaired as I am, it's useful to stick with something that you know will work. Dressing with some modicum of sense is a courtesy to others.

Comment: Re: BI == Business Idiots (Score 1) 260 260

Still, the problem remains, that Pike is no Torvalds.

Well, they've both had only two truly brilliant ideas in their respective careers and both have severe attitude problems. The only substantive difference between the two is that Pike is older, so his brilliance per unit time rating is lower.

Don't worry, Linus' day will come.

"Silent gratitude isn't very much use to anyone." -- G. B. Stearn