A hint for those asking technical questions - Jay Maynard

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Tuesday, 6 February 2007


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1032 - A hint for those asking technical questions

When asking a technical question: If you get an answer you don't like, asking the same question again is not likely to get you an answer you do like.

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From:unspeakablevorn
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Okay, I'll bite. What was the question?

Vorn
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From:jmaynard
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I wish I could answer this one in public.
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From:howardtayler
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Ye gods, how I remember that from my Tech Support days.
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From:damsel_ophelia
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Doesn't that fall under the definition of insanity?
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From:jmaynard
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Not really, since people are involved on the other side of the equation. It just falls under the definition of "some things won't change no matter how much effort you put into them".
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From:damsel_ophelia
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I was thinking of the saying that the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over, expecting a different result. Of course, such an exercise could drive the person who was being *asked* the question insane LOL.
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From:korgmeister
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I'm glad to hear it's not just me who has this problem.
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From:chipuni
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As a few corollaries...

Even the best computer scientist cannot do something that's logically impossible (i.e.: both change a database and not change a database at the same time.)

Repeating the same question, month after month, will get you the same answer, month after month.

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