not really OT: The Coming Software Apocalypse

Richmond Mathewson richmondmathewson at
Wed Oct 4 02:52:03 EDT 2017

Why do I have a feeling that once a system constructed by humans reaches 
a certain level of complexity
those humans are unable to predict how it will behave in certain 

We humans have, largely got ourself in trouble by starting to think we 
can explain everything,
and I have a vision of a God laughing his/her socks off at our hubris.

One of the kids I was teaching programming in the Summer pointed at a 
metal box connected to a monitor, a keyboard
and a mouse and asked, "What happens inside that?"

To which I replied, "Magic."

This answer was a bit too honest for the poor boy to cope with as he has 
been brought up as a naive realist.


On 10/4/17 2:42 am, Alejandro Tejada via use-livecode wrote:
> Ralph wrote:
>> This is possible because all current consumer OSs
>> have the same problems outlined in the article.
> Deep truth, but... Are you sure that hardware is not to blame
> for many of these unexplained bugs?
> Intermittent hardware failures, due to faulty soldering or
> overheating (etc...) are uncommon but possible...
>   Al
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