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Comment: Re:Still Mowing (Score 1) 765

by Lotharus (#49329171) Attached to: A Software Project Full of "Male Anatomy" Jokes Causes Controversy
Being startled and being offended are fundamentally different effects. When you are startled, your autonomic nervous system takes primary control and the conscious mind is bypassed; this is known popularly as the fight-or-flight response. It is a reasonable assumption that most drivers are not specially-trained to maintain safe control of their vehicles in this situation. Offense, on the other hand, is a reasoned response to the offender's expression. It is not autonomic; it is conscious.

Long story short, in your water-balloon scenario, the balloon-thrower is still at fault.

Comment: Re:This is very bad design (Score 1) 215

by Lotharus (#36011218) Attached to: VMware Causes Second Outage While Recovering From First
I think you're still missing the point. The point is that they made a statement which leaves room for interpretation. Your mindset leads you to make certain inferences that you feel are common sense. There's nothing wrong with your interpretation of the statement; what's wrong is that they made the statement in such a way as to require you to reach your conclusions.

A better statement could have been, "a technician mistakenly entered commands that resulted in the system failure," if that is what happened. Then there's no room for you or me to reach any conclusions, because they told us what really happened.

Life in the state of nature is solitary, poor, nasty, brutish, and short. - Thomas Hobbes, Leviathan