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Minister in charge of offshore clampdown ran tax haven firm

Posted on March 22nd, 2009 at 18:27 by John Sinteur in category: News


The government minister in charge of stamping out corporate tax avoidance has himself set up a business in the tax haven of Bermuda. Lord Myners, already under fire for approving Sir Fred Goodwin’s massive pension from Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS), was part-time chairman of an offshore company which avoided more than £100m a year in taxes.

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Little penguins North and South are released in Australia

Posted on March 22nd, 2009 at 10:14 by John Sinteur in category: Great Picture



Two little penguins that received care at the wildlife hospital at Australia’s Taronga Zoo were released recently. North (above) and South, as veterinary nurses dubbed them, were found on beaches near Sydney and brought to Taronga for treatment.

Taronga spokeswoman Danielle McGill said it wasn’t unusual for the zoo to take in stray penguins during the birds’ molting season, when they lose their feathers — and their waterproofness. “They can’t go in the water at that time,” McGill told the Sydney Morning Herald. “They have to find somewhere around the beach that is relatively quiet, where there are not a lot of people or dogs. As you can imagine, around the Sydney area that is a pretty rare find.”

The zoo generally takes in more than 30 penguins each year during molting season.

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Moffett’s Law

Posted on March 22nd, 2009 at 9:53 by John Sinteur in category: Software


The convenience an interface provides to a user is directly proportional to the difficulty of implementation for the developer.

Another way of stating this is that it is hard to make things easy. When I meet with a developer to review my UI designs, I typically have a number of fallback ideas for aspects of the design that I expect may not fit within the constraints of the project schedule. I have found that a developer is much more likely to entertain my ideal solution as a possibility if I already have Plan B worked out. It never fails—the most compelling parts of the design are those that result in deep sighs and wrinkled foreheads.

But as I told one of my co-workers today, it’s better to inconvenience one developer during implementation than to inconvenience every user for the life of the product.


As a developer I can so nothing but: this is very true!

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  1. Absolutely, but this applies to all parts of the software really not just the UI.

Twouble with Twitters

Posted on March 22nd, 2009 at 9:48 by John Sinteur in category: Funny!


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