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Re: Sailing with excess brain power

Originally Posted by Captainmeme View Post
This kinda reminds me of the time I was riding in a car with a software engineer, and a quality control manager. As we we were coming down a hill the brakes failed.
Only by the grace of Poseidon or Zeus or Neptune did we safely reach the bottom. The quality control manager wanted to take apart the brake system, measure all the components and run metallurgic analysis to determine the failure. I being the mechanical engineer wanted to check the fluid level and pad thickness. The software engineer wanted to push the car back up the hill and try again to see if it failed.
That's funny, I was on that same car ride and remember there was a manager with us. After the near miss we couldn't do anything because he called us into a meeting for a couple hours to discuss the situation.

The lesson from the Icarus story is not about human failing.
It is a lesson about the limitations of wax as an adhesive.
If you have an engineering problem solve it.

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