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What keeps the plaintiff from claiming it's a fake? They have little to lose anyhow such that being caught lying is not a big risk to them.
The name of the forums alone proves the rampant idiocy inherent in them. "Echo Chamber." Where you hear the same thing endlessly, reinforcing itself.
I’m similar, though not employed in that sort of field.
My code has to be bullet-proof, or I’m not satisfied with it. I basically ask at every step, “what could possibly happen here” (particularly when it comes to user interaction with the program). My answer to that question is as exhaustive as practical.
In fact, one of the first programs I ever played with was a BASIC program which started off by asking for a number. If you entered a non-number, the program crashed. The first thing I did to it was get the BASIC reference manual and figure out how to keep it from crashing, and have it repeat its query if you answered with a non-number.
Something along the lines of this, IIRC:
10 INPUT "Enter an integer: ", A$ : A = INT(VAL(A$))
20 B$ = STR$(A) : IF LEFT$(B$, 1) = " " THEN B$ = MID$(B$, 2)
30 IF A$ <> B$ THEN PRINT "That is not an integer." : GOTO 10
The VAL function finds as much as it can before giving up, but never crashes the program... VAL("A") = 0, VAL("1b") = 1, VAL("3.2 inches") = 3.2, etc. The STR$ function uses a space character in place of the plus sign, which is why I stripped it.
An engineer is someone who does list processing in FORTRAN.