Why does everyone say that there is a singularity at the center of a black hole? Isn't that just an indication the that mathematical model has no answer as to what is there?
You fixed a bug sure, but you didn't fix the bad (or in this case non-existent) error handling. A fault occurred which was not detected and brought to the attention of the system administrator. The cost: one month of your time. The prognosis: a repeat performance somewhere down the line.
"...where a wait is never notified caused by bad error handling, which was fixed by simply renaming a file
Bad error handling is fixed by renaming a file? Really?
I'd say not enough eyeballs there.
The Drake equation is the silliest equation ever. It is little more than a statement of how much we don't know.
"The killer app soon followed, Lotus 1-2-3. One showing of this app to anyone in business made DOS so valuable that pc's became as ubiquitous as water."
Sure businesses were buying PC's by the truckload for the spreadsheet apps. But where was the productivity? I remember hearing this refrain for almost a decade in the late 80's and early 90's on CNBC: "where is the productivity increase from all these PC's?"
That refrain stopped with the advent of the World Wide Web. The web was where the productivity turned out to be.
Back then, Sun and Netscape had a vision for the web that is still relevant today. Their vision got stomped on by MS. Hard.
MS couldn't stop the tide from coming in however, but they sure made a mess down by the shoreline.
I have long advocated community provision of local internet service as a public utility, like city streets and county roads. This posting leads me to believe that other people are starting to see the benefits of going in this direction too.
"If anything they could use it to spin some lingerie for the female astronauts to help with those lonely space nights."
Or to offer to the green women.
Numeric stability is probably not all that important when you're guessing.