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> trail is also out of the question. It has oft been publicly
> argued that "we trust computers to fly airplanes, so why
> can't we trust them to count votes?",
Every airplane I've ever (trusted and) flown on, has a human pilot in the
loop; in fact two usually. I don't think commercial aircraft ever take off
or land "no hands". We only trust computers to fly our airplanes with miles
of open space on all six sides, in cruise-control mode, and even then, a
human pilot is always less than seconds away from regaining full control;
the cockpit is never empty. So that analogy just "doesn't fly".
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> Whole article at
> "... the technology on Mars looks awfully like that on your
> desk--a general
> purpose, standards-based platform like many others running a
> operating system doing custom tasks."
> Relating the problem to previous problems years before with
> Pathfinder, a
> spokesperson said, "the bug wasn't in their code, but was dependent on
> abstruse aspects of the way the operating system worked.
> Linked to that, the
> mission engineers had to have an extraordinary knowledge of
> the guts of the
> operating system. As a report after the event said: 'A good
> lesson when you
> fly COTS [commercial off-the-shelf] stuff--make sure you know how it
> [Also other instructive one focuses on FLASH memory at
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