A few years before Bill Gates and his friends started Microsoft—well, in 1604 actually—William Shakespeare wrote Measure for Measure, his penetrating meditation on the relationship between justice and mercy. It is a complicated tale involving pompous authority figures of unbending moral certainty, delegation of power to the ill-prepared, concealed and mistaken identities, abuse of the innocent, virtue corrupted, reputations ruined, and, of course, the ever-popular lust and greed. Now, everyone agrees that Shakespeare was a genius, but how could he so perfectly describe the modern software development environment four hundred years in ...

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