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No.  Customers have to understand what they are getting for the 
money.  See John Cowan's occasional quote from Shirky.  The 
market is tiered.  Champagne tastes on a beer budget don't 
cut it, but we won't serve them near beer or fruit juice. 

When the systems are public safety systems, you really don't 
want us to.  Better fewer electronics and more paper if the 
result is the exposed components have high quality.  Saturn 
wasn't done on the cheap.  It was a triple-redundant system 
designed and managed by a team that completely understood, 
acknowledged and confronted the risks.  Accept no less. 
No Saturn ever blew up on the pad.  No Apollo returned 
astronauts dead in their capsules.  Shuttles have exploded 
when schedules were heeded but safety concerns weren't, 
and when the designs made budget but shed styrofoam at 
high velocity onto underspec'd wing surfaces and a culture 
of 'we've been getting away it' prevailed.

Cheap and fast is what one does in a race in which one 
doesn't care what is wasted as long as one makes the 
biggest splash ahead of competitors.  Slow and deliberate 
is what one does when the results of failure are catastrophic 
and potentially loss of life.  While no effort is perfect,
cost must be commesurate with risk.  To do otherwise is 
to abandon all pretense to ethics and integrity. 


From: roger.day@globalgraphics.com [mailto:roger.day@globalgraphics.com]

Umm. Cheap has to cut it. We have to reduce the costs (is that the same
thing?) while at the same time producing quality in order for our jobs to
survive. Commerce demands it - NASA demands it when a astronauts' arse is
dependant upon the cheapest components possible.


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