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st: My last word on strange world

From   "Allan Reese (Cefas)" <[email protected]>
To   <[email protected]>
Subject   st: My last word on strange world
Date   Thu, 10 Jan 2008 11:09:37 -0000

> Austin Nichols asks:
> ... on the issue of how often a qualifier such as "if x > 42"
> can lead to an incorrect analysis, I think there are many dangers of
> this sort, and many users fall prey to them.  Users of other software
> fall under other wheels, and it seems that some casualties are unavoidable.

Is an attitude I refute utterly and smacks horribly of Harry Lime's soliloquy on the Riesenrad (big wheel - Third Man):
"If I offered you �20,000 for every dot that stopped - would you really, old man, tell me to keep my money? Or would you calculate how many dots you could afford to spare?...Free of Income Tax, old man...".  

Also, the Herald of Free Enterprise disaster started with management who declined to add a safety alarm when directly asked.

Nick has reminded me I made the same suggestion (warning message) four years ago.  As in the case of the Herald, current law allows software vendors to deny any responsibility for malfunction or consequential loss.  Some time, this position will be challenged and changed.


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