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bitRAKE



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bitRAKE
Ever since I read Benoît B. Mandelbrot's The Fractal Geometry of Nature software errors seem to harbor an unseen mystery. So much work is put into engineering the errors out of software - when they do occur the symptoms help us home in on the offending code. Has anyone else here found value in software errors? I'm not talking about exploiting or abusing; but musing functionality which sprung from a mistake.

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Post 17 Mar 2008, 23:00
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edfed



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this is exactlly that.

we don't make new, we correct errors.
life and evolution is based on this principle. programming too.

For the things we have to learn before we can do them, we learn by doing them.

this is a truth and a fact.

we can spend 30 years in reflexions.
or we can act and make it. earn XP, level up, and see other problems.

look at the positive feedback during product life time.
first, beta, test it, and see what is missing
and reloop.

then, errors are really the signals of a problem. an error means an imperfection.
Post 17 Mar 2008, 23:22
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I don't see such a perfect hierarchy. Nature doesn't correct errors - quite the opposite, really. Nature mixes things up - maximizes diversity to fill every niche. There is a robust quality in diverse quantity.

Are we heading towards Homo Sapien 2.0™? All errors aren't like syntax mistakes. Nature doesn't always create stillborn errors - they live on and multiply. We are full of errors - once useful traits presently serving as genomic filler.

Level-up is a socialogical thing and has nothing to do with biology. The same is true with software - how advanced can a hex editor really become until it is something else? Some people want a hexeditor and not something else.

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