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2013-04-08 02:52:14 PM
Algorithmic verification is a very important thing, and it's kind of stunning how few people there are in this field. I'm quite familiar with the researchers cited in the article.

/CSB
 
2013-04-08 02:54:13 PM

Old software engineering joke:

A software engineer, a hardware engineer and a department manager were on their way to a meeting in Switzerland. They were driving down a steep mountain road when suddenly the brakes on their car failed. The car careened almost out of control down the road, bouncing off the crash barriers, until it miraculously ground to a halt scraping along the mountainside.

The car's occupants, shaken but unhurt, now had a problem: they were stuck halfway down a mountain in a car with no brakes. What were they to do?

"I know," said the department manager, "Let's have a meeting, propose a Vision, formulate a Mission Statement, define some Goals and by a process of Continuous Improvement find a solution to the Critical Problems, and we can be on our way."

"No, no," said the hardware engineer, "That will take far too long, and besides, that method has never worked before. I've got my Swiss Army knife with me, and in no time at all I can strip down the car's braking system, isolate the fault, fix it and we can be on our way."

"Well," said the software engineer, "Before we do anything, I think we should push the car back up the road and see if it happens again."
 
2013-04-08 03:03:06 PM
Vasectomy?! Oops, it was set for castration.
 
2013-04-08 03:03:46 PM
A few years too late for the Therac 25.
 
2013-04-08 03:06:56 PM

MrEricSir: Old software engineering joke:

A software engineer, a hardware engineer and a department manager were on their way to a meeting in Switzerland. They were driving down a steep mountain road when suddenly the brakes on their car failed. The car careened almost out of control down the road, bouncing off the crash barriers, until it miraculously ground to a halt scraping along the mountainside.

The car's occupants, shaken but unhurt, now had a problem: they were stuck halfway down a mountain in a car with no brakes. What were they to do?

"I know," said the department manager, "Let's have a meeting, propose a Vision, formulate a Mission Statement, define some Goals and by a process of Continuous Improvement find a solution to the Critical Problems, and we can be on our way."

"No, no," said the hardware engineer, "That will take far too long, and besides, that method has never worked before. I've got my Swiss Army knife with me, and in no time at all I can strip down the car's braking system, isolate the fault, fix it and we can be on our way."

"Well," said the software engineer, "Before we do anything, I think we should push the car back up the road and see if it happens again."


Love that one.

The constant fight between the software and hardware worlds is a fun one to navigate.
 
2013-04-08 04:38:45 PM
Does the surgical robot look like this?

shittymovienight.com
 
2013-04-08 05:56:28 PM

zarberg: Does the surgical robot look like this?

[shiattymovienight.com image 546x300]


Came for this.

*golf clap, Subby
 
2013-04-08 08:17:02 PM
Since nobody else posted it:
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2013-04-10 12:03:30 AM
farm9.staticflickr.com
 
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