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Technical debt - was Re: datetime seems to be broken WRT timezones (even when you add them)

On Wed, Feb 12, 2020 at 12:00 PM Michael Torrie <torriem at> wrote:
> On 2/11/20 5:42 PM, Chris Angelico wrote:
> > Yes, if you consider the term to be synonymous with TCO, then
> > naturally you'll see it as useless. But it isn't. Technical debt is a
> > very specific thing and it CAN be paid off.
> We'll agree to disagree on the last bit. And I'm not the only one that
> believes technical debt can never be paid off.  Microsoft got fabulously
> wealthy incurring vast amounts of technical debt.  We can argue that
> Windows is the result (it is), but what's killing Windows isn't the
> technical debt. It's the cloud and the web.

So what you're showing is that, sometimes, technical debt isn't paid
off. It's a bit of a logical leap to go from there to "technical debt
CAN'T be paid off", don't you think?