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Comment Re:The dilema ... (Score 1) 427

Trust is only established when there aren't any secrets. Espionage can uncover any secrets.

Commonly Espionage tries to find other peoples secrets so they have more secrets to keep to themselves, it doesnt increase the public knowledge, therefore doesnt increase trust within society.

Nice try, but still a fail.

Comment Re:The dilema ... (Score 2) 427

Wars are prevented when leaders of countries actually sit down and try to work out relationships with countries, without the intent of screwing them over for gain.

Agree, and its much easier to do that if there is trust between the parties/countries.
Trust makes relationships (economic and social) more efficient as it enables greater teamwork between parties, it also makes people feel safe and part of a community.
Trust is one the most valuable social resources we have, it takes years to nuture and grow, and these people constantly undermine it and destroy under the pretence that they are "helping" us.
They fail at being human.

Comment Re:lol (Score 1) 219

AGPL is not good ... cannot make changes necessary to tailor it to my particular site configuration without releasing the source to those changes

I dont know berkleyDB, can you explain the reasonaing behing concluding that "site configuration" changes are part fo the program.

Does it not have seperate config files or something... maybe you could submit a patch ?

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.

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