Tuesday, February 27, 2007

A rough day

Or, when people trust computers to always be right, bad things can happen. Basically, the computers that compute the Dow Jones Industrial Average fell way behind today, and when they finally caught up, it gapped down 150 points, sending people into a panic. Back of the envelope calculations should have shown it was way off, but no one uses envelopes anymore, I suppose. Alas.

I may be a programmer, but I don't trust a supercomputer further than I can throw it. Which is not very far.

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