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Re: Desperate situation

On Monday 13 February 2006 15:27, Mike McCarty wrote:
>Anne Wilson wrote:
>> On Monday 13 February 2006 17:29, Mike McCarty wrote:
>>>Anne Wilson wrote:
>>>><g>  Just how anomalous can you get?  This was two drives, same
>>>>manufacturer, same model number.  They did not work correctly when
>>>> cabled as the diagram on the drive label suggested, but did if I
>>>> removed the jumper on the master drive.  Crazy!
>>>>Once upon a time I used to tell people that computers were logical.
>>>>  I don't risk my neck any longer <g>
>>>Computers *are* logical. It's the *designers* who need to be taken
>>>out and shot. Especially the ones who came up with CS. :-)
>> In fairness, computers are now so complex that it is almost
>> inevitable that some unforeseen circumstances will arise.  Not that
>> this has any relevance to the problem I've just had, but I don't
>> feel that it is possible, today, for any systems designers to be
>> absolutely sure that nothing odd could happen.
>Umm, not so. I recall my "software engineers" complaining that
>their software/firmware could not anticipate every possible
>circumstance. I would point out to them that "Your code is going to
>do *something* in every circumstance. What it does can either
>be something you *chose* for it to do, a *considered* decision,
>or it can be something you simply *let* it do, *without*
>any consideration. Which do you prefer to have to support?"

Which is exactly why, back when I was writing software, when *I* thought 
I was done, I always stood up and handed the keyboard & chair to 
someone else.  Thats usually quite a humbling comuppance when you 
suddently realize that even if *you* understand it, you are not sending 
a sufficiently clear msg to the user.  So you have to idiot-proof your 
work, and then hope a smarter idiot than you doesn't come along and 
break it.  Because he will, just as sure as taxes coming due...

>These days, all the "complex interactions" are pretty much due
>to intelligent devices with uCs running firmware. If it does
>something weird, then that's just some firmware writer being
>in a certain sense "lazy".
>This message made from 100% recycled bits.
>You have found the bank of Larn.
>I can explain it for you, but I can't understand it for you.
>I speak only for myself, and I am unanimous in that!

Cheers, Gene
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