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Comment I dont think he has worked it out yet. (Score 1) 297

"The hardest part of solving a problem is understanding it" - ?

The reason its hard to estimate development time is because programming involves design, design is a creative task.

Nobody can predict how long it takes to be creative, its a universal unknown. Creative workers (such as graphic artists) often estimate the design phase by giving themselves a hard limit and then just choosing the best idea they could come up with.

Most programmers dont even acknowledge their work is a creative expression, so they are bad at estimating what a reasonable "hard limit" might be. But even so, im not sure the same method of 'choosing the best idea within a given time limit' is suitable to programming. Some things just have to meet certain objective benchmarks or there is no point continuing.

Best idea i can come up with is to allocate your self "design time" first, which wont be long enough. Then you should be able to get a reasonable estimate of implementation time.

Comment Re:Worse than that! (Score 1) 466

Anyway as pointed out, it is simply a PR campaign and an awareness thing. Anyone who believes they are actually doing something significant should be looked at with an arched eyebrow.

When a notable portion of the worlds people unite for the same cause, telling the various leaders that YES, WE DO CARE, they are doing something significant.

Comment Re:Flat-rate benefits (Score 1) 224

The difference between rich and poor, is that to poor people money is a means of survival, to rich people its a reward to make them feel important. (IMO)

Perhaps given your experience you can understand that ?

When rich people want to take back, or give less to society i feel its because they want their contributions to be recognised and not taken for granted. The best way to respond to that is to do everything possible to make sure that money IS spent wisely. If government basically just gave high income earners a refund because government isnt using it properly it would indicate the government is totally incompetent.

I dont think its unfair to take more from people who use money as an ego trip.

Comment Re:Flat-rate benefits (Score 1) 224

in any country where the wealthy carry the majority of the tax burden ( = the bulk of tax income comes from flat or progressive taxes) it's hard to justify them receiving fewer direct benefits than the poor

Benefits are given to those who need it most.

The government would be very inefficient if they gave out benefits to people who dont really need it.

Greater incentives for the poor to work harder.

Have you considered people might be poor because they dont have the opportunity to work "harder" (or work at all), that their wages are so low already they struggle to survive even with full time work.

Smells like indentured servants.

Comment Re:Just a desperate PM (Score 3) 224

Election at any cost, screw Australia. Reality and what's even good or necessary for this country to 'move forward' are irrelevant to this woman who's twice got into the role via a backdoor.

Whats good for this country is implkementing the Goonski recommendations, something this PM is committed to.

Twice go in through the back door... its called politics mate, she was pushed to the top by her peers, and she deserves to be there, best PM since Hawk.

Comment Re:Just a desperate PM (Score 4, Informative) 224

This is just a ploy by a desperate PM ...

Oh lovely, its blame Julia time again, do you have a spare pitchfork and ditch the witch badge ?

the public doesn't actually get the real facts...

Many in academic circles have stated that there is a clear media bias against the government. I guess its Julias fault people watch MSM too ?

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