David Schultz wrote:
> > So the worst possible outcome in the failure case is that it
> > fails -- which it already does, without the assumption -- and
> > the best possible outcome is that it succeeds when it wouldn't
> > have.
> >
> > "Anything that works is better than anything that doesn't"
> Sometimes.  But see http://www.tuxedo.org/~esr/jargon/html/entry/DWIM.html

I understand, but having a different failure is no worse than
having a failure, I think.  In either case, it doesn't work,
even if it doesn't work in an entirely different way.

| Everyone knows that dragons don't exist.  But while this simplistic
| formulation may satisfy the layman, it does not suffice for the
| scientific mind.  The School of Higher Neantical Nillity is in fact
| wholly unconcerned with what does exist.  Indeed, the banality of
| existence has been so amply demonstrated, there is no need for us to
| discuss it any further here.  The brilliant Cerebron, attacking the
| problem analytically, discovered three distinct kinds of dragon: the
| mythical, the chimerical, and the purely hypothetical.  They were all,
| one might say, nonexistent, but each nonexisted in an entirely
| different way ...
|                 -- Stanislaw Lem, "Cyberiad"


-- Terry

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