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Work expands so as to fill the time available for its completion (wikipedia.org)
29 points by apsec112 on Sept 1, 2020 | hide | past | favorite | 1 comment

I've been thinking this phenomenon is so common it should have a name. Traffic expands as to fill the time people are willing to spend in traffic. Software slows down as to be as slow as we can bear and grows to be as big as the medium it's transferred allows. It seems like we are good at collectively optimizing systems for the least individually bearable optimization; natural-born procrastinators.

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