Reply to post: Re: "Mechanical Sympathy" and magic

Naughty sysadmins use dark magic to fix PCs for clueless users

Michael H.F. Wilkinson Silver badge

Re: "Mechanical Sympathy" and magic

This is just one specialised example of Murphy's Law, called the Inverse Demo Effect (IDE). The Regular Demo Effect (RDE) states that the chances of a program being demoed crashing is a steeply increasing function of the number of people watching, potentially weighted by the Embarrassment Factor (EF) which increases the chance of a crash with the importance of the event, or pay check of those watching. Conversely, the IDE states that the chances of a bug or crash occurring is inversely proportional to the number of sys-admins or developers watching

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