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You bought a new car. You took it out for a ride. a tree falls before you. You brake, but the car proceeded to hit the tree anyway.

You call the car company and talk to their engineers. One of them ask. 'Did this happen on a Friday evening, when it was raining?' You say 'Yes, how do you know?'

The engineer replies.

"Our brakes does not work on rainy Friday evenings. If you REALLY want to brake on a rainy Friday evening, you should also pull the lever under the dash board that is normally used to open the hood. It is very clearly printed on our manual. Didn't you read it? Our car is not the problem. You are the problem"

You were enlightened. You came back home. You never took the car out on rainy Friday evenings. When Somebody asks about the car, You said. "Yea, it is a great car. But you got to know how to use it".

You took great pride in knowing how to drive this car, which can easily kill someone who hasn't read the manual. When you hear that someone got killed while driving this car, you simply said. 'That car is Ok. but you should really know how to drive it, sadly this guy didn't. He was the problem, the car ain't...




From now on, when I write “RTFM,” I will also link to this comment.


> You bought a new car.

There's your problem, wasting money on something that only depreciates in value. Tsk tsk.


It's not the complexity of the car manual, but the falling tree that I fear.


sure, everything should be done perfectly or not at all ...


We can accept that perfection may be impossible, difficult to obtain, or a poor tradeoff against other factors.

But that doesn’t mean that all imperfect designs are of equal merit.




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