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Other people sayings that I could want reading again, because they express an awesome natural language ingenuity.

Profpatsch
You have the lawful good approach, which is something like quickcheck, and the chaotic good approach, which is something like AFL. The lawful evil approach is a chaos monkey, and the chaotic evil approach is “just throw your shit on the internet and see what DDoSers come up with“
skarnet
When I was born, the fairy who blesses (?) people with an undying attraction for discussion of documentation formats had severe diarrhea so she didn't attend my birth, for which I am grateful to her because fae diarrhea is something else.
dmbaturin
When brain implants become feasible, I’ll make a module that prevents me from writing until I’m fully awake.
newmanbe
Have you suggested turning the computer off? Usually the advice for computer problems is to turn it off and then on again, so this might through them off a bit.
Roy Fielding
Some architectural styles are often portrayed as “silver bullet” solutions for all forms of software. However, a good designer should select a style that matches the needs of a particular problem being solved.
Roy Fielding
REST is designed to be efficient for large-grain hypermedia data transfer, optimizing for the common case of the Web, but resulting in an interface that is not optimal for other forms of architectural interaction.
Ori_B
we don't happen to have any utils for that, do we? wait. we have.
skarnet
building pyramids is easy too if you just delegate the work to your army of slaves
cl
nothing is designed anymore everything is just historical accidents and hype
plan9 kernel iseve() checking user permissions
Originally the stand-alone file server kernel ran as adm, so whoever you run the cpu/terminal kernel as became eve.
khm, about plan9 venti
it's from the Caesar; vidi venti vuduavi: literally, "I saw venti, I was deprived [of my data]"
Leslie Lamport
A distributed system is one in which the failure of a computer you didn't even know existed can render your own computer unusable.
heliocat
These days the analogy is still fairly valid, only everyone has a cheap mainframe in the form of a laptop, every single thing has a crippled potato computer in it, and there isn't any way to own the meta-computer that arises from all of it. We've given that to amazon and google
Alan Perlis
When someone says, "I want a programming language in which I need only say what I wish done", give him a lollipop.
Paul Horowitz and Winfield Hill in The Art of Electronics
Don't anthropomorphize computers... they don't like it.
ZipCPU
If you want a design to work across the boundaries of multiple engineering teams, then you really need to get the engineers responsible for each portion of the design together into the same room and lock them in there until it works.
Someone
In the end, we do not need software/hardware that do not fail. We need software/hardware that fail in the right moment: during initial tests, not after it is deployed... Which is even harder than not-to-fail if you ask me.
@Reducible
If your mind is not blown yet, you have not been paying attention.
John Carmack
Low-level programming is good for the programmer's soul.
Bob Widlar
Every idiot can count to one.
ggg
If you wanna make something sweet you better add some salt into it too.
WeirdFaceMan about FPGAs
Simulation is salvation. Without it you're half-wit.
Eric Bogatin
Do not consider that things to work thanks to how we design them, consider them to work in spite of how we design them.
MadCamel
The definition of a submarine is not a ship that can go underwater, but a ship that can go back up.
Thomas Pornin
I have long been of the opinion that a good software project must be written at least three times: once to understand the problem, once to understand the solution, and once to actually write it properly.
Poster in the NASA / Jet Propulsion Lab cafeteria
Never underestimate the bandwidth of a station wagon full of tapes hurtling down the highway.