Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 1st Apr 2009 13:48 UTC
Bugs & Viruses We're well and deep into April 1 now, and if you were to believe some of the reports and hype on the internet, we should've all been paying in bottle caps right about now. As any sane person already saw coming, the Windows worm Conficker didn't do anything. It just kind of sat there, patiently mocking all those who did not update their machines properly.
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RE[6]: April Fools
by sbergman27 on Wed 1st Apr 2009 19:14 UTC in reply to "RE[5]: April Fools"
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What makes you think NASA writes bug-free code?

I've been following NASA lately. There's some really exciting stuff going on. For example, the Kepler mission is going to give us a remarkably reliable statistical map of "Earth-like" planets in their stars' "habitable zones" in just 3 or 4 years. But... as Thom asserts... it's not bug-free code[1]:

http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/kepler/news/keplerm-20090330.html

My assertion is that software projects, including those at Microsoft (and yeah, Mozilla), have come to expect that we won't roast them for being careless. (Hell, we heap praise upon Mozilla for being careless... after they release the fix.) And the more lax we become in our insistence upon quality, the more lax they will become in their development and release practices.

I used to despise DJ Bernstein and his attitudes. These days I'm not so sure.

[1] It is, however, well thought out and resilient.

Edited 2009-04-01 19:24 UTC

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