[LMB] OT: Comment markers (was Best One-Liners)
Michael R N Dolbear
m.dolbear at lineone.net
Sun, 17 Feb 2002 15:06:17 -0000
> From: Damien R. Sullivan <phoenix at ugcs.caltech.edu>
> Subject: Re: [LMB] OT: Comment markers (was Best One-Liners)
> Date: 17 February 2002 05:28
> I'm no MS fan, but I'll speak up here. "63,000 known problems" doesn't
> tell as much. What's the threshold? Official bug reports? Any flaw
> they're tracking? Software only, or software and documentation? If the
> On the flip side, how does one count a basic design flaw such as
> "doesn't use basic memory protection and applications can crash the
My take on this is that defects in the initial specification are not bugs
unless they can be removed without causing an incompatablity. Some systems
were famous for their "designed-in" bugs.
Anyone involved with mainframe CICS will remember that one application
could stop all others from making progress. Getting round this was one
unexpected advantage of multiple-cpu machines.
OTOH perhaps a crash/freeze rate due to sofware has an optimum value of
about one/week, otherwise humans get into bad habits and/or forget how to
deal with hardware or power supply caused failures.