[linux-elitists] Should software apologize?

ESP evangelo@pigdog.org
Sun May 5 08:21:02 PDT 2002

>>>>> "DM" == Don Marti <dmarti@zgp.org> writes:

    DM> More on the Mozilla bug...
    DM> http://bugzilla.mozilla.org/show_bug.cgi?id=141061

Man, that's got to be the saddest bug report I've seen in a long time.

I have derived from it several laws of computer science that I will
now present to you.

1. THE LAW OF GAR: Any system that attempts to be a kitchen-sink,
   all-inclusive super-program, and isn't written in Lisp, will end up
   being a gigantic useless pile of poop.

2. THE NECROMANCER'S RULE: As t goes to infinity, the probability that
   the demon d in the basement b will somehow break out of its sandbox
   s and wreak havoc and warp reality and eat your immortal soul goes
   to 1.0, FOR ANY VALUE of b and s.

   THE EXORCIST'S LEMMA: So, don't keep demons.

3. THE DISCRETIONARY OPTION: It is a good idea to keep a
   security-related bug secret if and only if it hasn't already been
   published in The Register. Otherwise, you look like complete


           ESP <evangelo@pigdog.org> | http://pigdog.org/
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