Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 3rd Oct 2005 14:52 UTC
Linux In a conversation that began as a request to include the SAS Transport Layer in the mainline Linux kernel, there was an interesting thread regarding specifications. Linux creator Linus Torvalds began the discussion saying, "a 'spec' is close to useless. I have _never_ seen a spec that was both big enough to be useful _and_ accurate. And I have seen _lots_ of total crap work that was based on specs. It's _the_ single worst way to write software, because it by definition means that the software was written to match theory, not reality."
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RE: What an idiot
by bryanv on Mon 3rd Oct 2005 16:11 UTC in reply to "What an idiot"
bryanv
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2005-08-26

Indeed. I know a lot of companies that wouldn't be operating today if it weren't for the specs that drive their business models, computer systems, accounting practices, etc.

Stupid is as stupid does.

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