* Posts by GOM256

2 posts • joined 29 Jan 2018

Sysadmin sank IBM mainframe by going one VM too deep


Surprised no-one's mentioned "sharp" yet ...

In France, the # symbol is always known as "dièse" - the musical term "sharp" - regardless of context. By the way, before Napoleon thought counting in tens would be easier, the French currency was Lsd, just like in Britain: Livre, sol or sou, et denier, with the same 12d to the s and 20s to the L. "Sou" persists to this day: je n'ai pas un sou - I have no money. And silk stockings are still measured in denier, though I leave it to someone else to explain the link.

Now, who still calls a slash a solidus?

Ever wondered why tech products fail so frequently? No, me neither


Meredith's first law of software: it is easy to make software do what it is supposed to; it is very difficult to make it not do what it is not supposed to. That's why you entrust testing it to people who don't know what it is supposed to do (and therefore don't know what it is not supposed to do).

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