[svlug] 'Stupid Tax' -- origins?

Ian B MacLure imaclure at mail.arc.nasa.gov
Wed May 31 19:04:35 PDT 2000


>I'm trying to track down the origins of the term "Stupid Tax" to
>describe the rationale for contributing code modifications back to the
>codebase maintainer.   Or specifically, the cost of not doing so, that
>being having to maintain a seperate and divergent development branch.
>Unfortunately, Google and Deja searches tend to point back to me.  I
>know I'm not the person who invented the phrase.

	First time I ever heard the phrase was in relation to
	lotteries. Implication being that lotteries were a tax
	on those too stupid to realise just how bad the odds were.

	IBM

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