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Re: When writing code for end users, what operator error surprises you the most?

by ww (Bishop)
on Nov 20, 2012 at 14:33 UTC ( #1004725=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??


in reply to When writing code for end users, what operator error surprises you the most?

    ... also sometimes stated as:
Every time you idiot-proof anything, someone builds a better idiot.
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Re^2: When writing code for end users, what operator error surprises you the most?
by tobyink (Abbot) on Nov 20, 2012 at 15:32 UTC

    "Programming today is a race between software engineers striving to build bigger and better idiot-proof programs, and the Universe trying to produce bigger and better idiots. So far, the Universe is winning."

    -- Rick Cook, The Wizardry Compiled.    

    perl -E'sub Monkey::do{say$_,for@_,do{($monkey=[caller(0)]->[3])=~s{::}{ }and$monkey}}"Monkey say"->Monkey::do'
Re^2: When writing code for end users, what operator error surprises you the most?
by chrestomanci (Priest) on Nov 22, 2012 at 14:24 UTC

    Or if you prefer, there is another story along these lines.

    In national parks such as Yellowstone, the campers use bear proof containers to keep their food in, and designers trying to make better ones.

    Their effors are frustrated by the fact that some of the smarter bears have more intelegence than the dumber campers.

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[Eily]: ah yes, I've starting feeling more confident about my accent when I realised I'm always going to be pronuncing it wrong for someone anyway :)
[Eily]: started*
[ambrus]: LanX: native speakers are close, but they aren't on the top. there are a _few_ foreigners who have such a thick accent that it takes more time to get used to it and understand the words behind than even the worst native speaker accents.
[ambrus]: but yes, typically native English speakers, who think that English is still their exclusive property, are the worst.
[LanX]: Eily: do you live in an English speaking country?
[LanX]: I think foreigners tend to simplify their phrases, whereby often native speakers don't know how to adapt
[Eily]: nope, France
[LanX]: That's pretty true for every language
[LanX]: so don't worry, anyway most spoken language in the world is broken English
LanX (especially in the streets of Singapore)

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