The rat effect

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Sat, 2010-04-03 09:18 by Hans

People are like rats. If you offer them a perfect solution on a silver platter, but there is a garbage heap nearby, they instantly dive—rat-like—for the garbage.

Perhaps in today's world of unfulfilled promises and widespread low quality people have developed a general mistrust of the silver platter. They have stopped to believe that it exists.

Nowhere is this more true than in computer software. I'm not sure why. Perhaps there just is more garbage or perhaps the difference between perfection and garbage is, for many, not easy enough to see.

[Remember—you've read it here first, except perhaps a remnant of it in the following citation.]

Don't worry about people stealing your ideas. If your ideas are any good, you'll have to ram them down people's throats.

                Howard Aiken, pioneer in computing (1900-1973)