FileTitle: Prose2111.html
Category: Humor
Type: Prose
Description: Software on Airplanes
At a recent computer software engineering course in the US, the participants
were given an awkward question to answer.  "If you had just boarded an
airliner and discovered that your team of programmers had been responsible
for the flight control software, how many of you would disembark
   Among the ensuing forest of raised hands, only one man sat motionless.
   When asked what he would do, he replied that he would be quite content to
stay on board.  Of course the response was, "You have that much faith in your
   "Well, not exactly," replied the man, "but if the plane were using my
team's software, it would be unlikely to even taxi as far as the runway, let
alone take off."
--Tom Harrison