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* M. David Peterson <email@example.com> [2004-12-31 11:00]:
> My mistake was using the word crash. That was a poor choice of words
> and I apologize for that obvious level of insensitivety. My point was
> not to upset or insult. Apparently I need to be more careful as I
> hope you will when you start insulting people who have never spoken
> with and I can assure you will never speak with again.
> On Fri, 31 Dec 2004 07:03:25 -0800 (PST), Benjamin Franz
> <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
> > On Fri, 31 Dec 2004, M. David Peterson wrote:
> > > That and your not going to die if something goes wrong with each
> > > built-in safety-switch in your test code... Its hard for me to think
> > > of the implications of failed code compared to implications of a
> > > failed flight. Please don't take offense by this as I understand what
> > > it is you are suggesting but still have a hard time comparing a
> > > computer crash to a plane crash.
> > I'm of the opinion that software is where engineering was about a century
> > ago: In demand, unregulated, and open to anyone who wants to call
> > themselves a 'programmer', regardless of skill or training. Disasters
> > directly traceable to poor 'engineering' by people with neither skill or
> > training killed a number of people and laws were passed restricting who
> > can legally call themselves an 'engineer'.
> > By the end of this century, I will be amazed if you will still be able to
> > call yourself a 'software engineer/progammer' without a legally mandated
> > certification, license and professional standards.
Uh, riiiight. And, in the future, if I attempt to create an
Excel macro, my spread sheet will notifiy the authorities.
Alan Gutierrez - email@example.com