On Thu, Dec 22, 2005 at 02:00:49PM +0100, TSa wrote:
> HaloO,
> Larry Wall wrote:

> >but you do not want your rocket control software
> >throwing unexpected exceptions just because one of your engine
> >temperature sensors went haywire.  That's a good way to lose a rocket.
> But then again you might want to do something about temperatures out
> of deadbands. Otherwise you could just optimize the temperature sensor
> away in the first place. IIRC that is the case for rockets used on
> New Year's eve ;) Here the question to the operator is how to handle
> a rocket that didn't lift off. Walking there and inspecting it with
> bare hands and *eyes* might be a bad idea!

I think that Larry is referring to slightly larger and more expensive rockets
than regular fireworks: http://www.siam.org/siamnews/general/ariane.htm

(ie real software, not a metaphor)

Nicholas Clark

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