classic government program designed to funnel public money into the hands of a few private contractors or corporations
Fix the the problem and the games over...
A young boy enters a barber shop and the barber whispers to his customer "This is the dumbest kid in town.... watch while I prove it to you." The barber puts a dollar bill in one hand and two quarters in the other, then calls the boy over and asks "Which do you want, son?" The boy takes the quarters and leaves. "What did I tell you?" said the barber. "That kid never learns!"
Later, when the customer leaves, he sees the same young boy coming out of the ice cream store. "Hey, son! May I ask you a question...
Why did you take the quarters instead of the dollar bill?"
The boy licked his cone and replied "Because the day I take the dollar, the game's over!"
Yes, but there needs to be a context and a purpose to that chore.
I found calculus an arcane mystery until the teacher explained how to calculate the optimum shape for a can to use the least material. About the simplest use but immediately demonstrated the potential of what I was learning.
summon their cars that already happen to be parked.
Who get's the $10 tip?
they will leave in bugs [...] to ensure any apps relying on that continue to work. I've submitted my share of bugs that ended up in the "won't fix" pile due to this.
This is often not good for any API. What tends to happen is the another function with the bug fix is created and then you end up with groups of functions (A,B,C,D and W,X,Y,Z) that have apparently the same functionality, but if you mix calls between the two groups you end up with the most obscure and difficult to find bugs. I suspect that this, and the half a dozen different string pools account in large measure for the legendary instability of Win32 API applications.
It is much harder to find a job than to keep one.