That’s Your First Misconception

Here’s a mistake put into the mouths of users:

Most voting officials can’t possibly imagine how a voting machine might incorrectly count votes. After all, it’s been tested!

Link seen on TechDirt, whose author contends:

For computer programmers, who are intimately familiar with what goes on under the hood, the idea that we should automatically trust anything a machine tells us is a little bit ridiculous.

Try working in QA, pallies. Therein you will learn to dissuade yourself of the misconception that anything has actually been tested, and you will learn to not only distrust what computers tell you, but also what programmers tell you as well–especially when they’re cloaking themselves in false humility and belief in the potential for their own failures.

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