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|+But software today is intelligent! Asynchronous front ends generated from esoteric scripting languages running on clusters of distributed virtual machines around the globe. Death to repetition! It's more productive! It's scalable! It's fault tolerant!|
|+But I haven't found this to be true.|
|+Intelligent systems have dark corners. Why didn't it work this time? It's hard to see everything. I'm not sure what it's doing. This is impossible! Is there even a bug, or have I simply lost my mind?|
|+<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>The problem with ARC is it's hard to verify the difference between you losing your mind and an ARC bug.</p>— Josh Abernathy (@joshaber) <a href="https://twitter.com/joshaber/status/274717093486800896" data-datetime="2012-12-01T03:30:33+00:00">December 1, 2012</a></blockquote>|
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|+Dumb systems are obvious. It's obviously doing something dumb — too much work, too inflexible. But the work is predictable. It's obviously doing too much work. I can see everything.|
|+Dumb software can do great things. It put humankind on the Moon. [It got us to Mars](http://lars-lab.jpl.nasa.gov/JPL_Coding_Standard_C.pdf). To me, it feels like the dumber the software, the more it accomplishes.|