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Monday, September 14, 2009

Complexity Leads to Error

This is Steven Petrick Posting.

The big event today was that the proofs for the new counter sheets for upcoming products arrived. This was the major push for the office, and they were checked and sent back out by UPS this same day.

Funny thing is that no matter how much things get looked at, there is so much detail that little things manage to slip through the crack.

There was one glitch on one of the counters for one of the products, despite all of the people that had looked at it. It was not caught until today. No one (outside of the office) would ever know about it if it was not mentioned here, and the specific does not need to be said. But it goes to show once more that the more detailed something is, the more likely it is to have something wrong.

We have lost two space shuttles since they first took flight. When you consider how complex they are, it is a miracle they work at all.

Can you imagine how complex a real warp driven starship is going to be?