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Comment: Re:Such systems have been proposed before (Score 1) 1065

by spells (#38981443) Attached to: The Zuckerberg Tax

Either way, the answer is simple. Rather than having a tax system based on how much money a person makes, why not have a tax system based on how much money people spend? Jobs borrowed billions using his stock as collateral. What happened to that money? I'm going to take a guess and say he spent it at some point.

Chances are he just reinvested the majority of it.

Comment: Re:Not many tears (Score 1) 362

by spells (#36024236) Attached to: Attachmate Fires Mono Developers
I did find a couple of implementations of semaphores that implemented fifo outside of the core libraries, but the implemetation seemed very slow with lots of context switches. Reviewing comments on the java implemention, "fair" semaphores are also a lot slower than non-fair.

Shamefully, I will admit that I assumed they were always fair, so I definitely learned something.

Comment: Re:DEAR SONY (Score 1) 437

by spells (#35139898) Attached to: Sony Lawyers Expand Dragnet, Targeting Anybody Posting PS3 Hack

There is no such requirement in any jurisdiction I've looked at

I'm not sure which jurisdictions you've looked at but you may want to look again. Usually there are five elements of a valid contract:

  1. Valid offer and acceptance
  2. Legally competent parties
  3. Consideration
  4. Genuine intention
  5. Lawful object

Consideration is exactly what the gp post was talking about. Of course, never take legal advice on slashdot.

Comment: Re:I see both sides digging in (Score 1) 807

by spells (#31245962) Attached to: Debunking a Climate-Change Skeptic

Personally, I trust scientists much more than businessmen. Good scientists are trained to be brutally honest with themselves, and to use methods that expose rather than hide flaws in their own reasoning.
Businessmen are trained to be confident in their abilities and conclusions regardless of reality.
This means that when businessmen look at the objective opinions of good scientists, with their "given this" and "see chart X for exceptions", they blow them off. Then they spend millions pointing out how the scientists can't even make up their mind.
For me, it's an easy choice.

Wow. So in your over-generalized world, scientists are smart and good and businessmen are evil and stupid. I'm shocked that you choose to side with the scientists.

Comment: Re:Oh god, the still use Waterfall? (Score 1) 126

by spells (#30956060) Attached to: Mozilla Tries New "Lorentz" Dev Model

Also, it is the Scrum Masters job to shield the team from pressure from higher management. Stakeholders are allowed to (and must) prioritise tasks, but the influence should end there

In my experience, people at the level of a Scrum Master may have the responsibility to shield the team but they rarely have the authority. If the Scrum Master, or even a level higher, is unable to deliver to management's expectations, don't believe management is meeting to decide how they failed or how to replace themselves.

If at first you don't succeed, you must be a programmer.