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Submission + - Specing a Project for Outsourcing. (

happyfeet2000 writes: We're a small software company in Latinamerica, we do web-based Manufacturing/Logistics software for regional companies, mainly factories and customs agencies. Our customers seem to like our products, so demand has started to outpace our small group of programmers. We're fully open source, Python, Django/Turbogears, Postgress, Linux, etc. which has created a problem for us since around here most educational institutions focus on the Microsoft stack. It's been hard finding people willing to spend some time learning open technologies, so we've been considering outsourcing some of our work, and we've found it's not easy to put together a document for internet freelancers that clearly specifies what we want, without us needing to clarify in person one detail or the other. Any suggestions from your always highly oppinionated audience on formal methodologies to specify a program or part of a program for outsourcing?

Submission + - German Millionaires volunteer to pay more taxes (

happyfeet2000 writes: A group of 51 German millionaires and billionaires founded a Club of the Wealthy and wrote to Chancellor Angela Merkel proposing to give up 10 percent of their income in the form of a "Rich Tax" for 10 years to consolidate the budget.

With an estimated 800,000 millionaires (in dollars) — about 1 percent of the total population — Germany is eye-to-eye with the USA and has long overtaken the UK as Europe's number one "millionaire-land", both in terms of absolute numbers and as a percentage of the population.

But traditionally, the Germans don't dare to feel good about their riches. A German would — by and large — never display his wealth too publicly. Being rich, one might think, is not necessarily viewed as a sign of success, but more as a flaw, something to be hidden rather than displayed.

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