if programmers were like seismologists ...
But no one knew when they'd occur. Or indeed, if more will occur after last night. Or why this one didn't cause a tsunami. Yes, there are theories, but no hard evidence. Was this one too deep under the seabed to jolt the water ? Did it occur in an area of greater depth and did the water absorb the energy ? Was it a different type of quake altogether ? A so called subduction quake as opposed to the upthrust type that happened on the 26th of December ? Ask a seismologist that (and several TV channels did) and you'd get the verbal equivalent of a shrug of the shoulders. And a weaselly "we need more data to confirm our theory" accompanying a shifty eyed expression.
Compare this with the lot of the mythical programmer.
So, underpaid hireling, when's this project gonna be done ? Two weeks ? What ? You want more ? Ok, make it three. What ? What's that you say ? You don't even know all the requirements yet ? Oh, all right then. A month. How's that ? You can do all this in a month right? You have lots of fancy degrees in
Fire the lot of them, I say*
On a slightly more serious note, does anyone know where I can find reasonably hires maps of the Sumatran region (ie: ones that cover the Indian Ocean) ? They'd need to be public domain/free for non commercial use and drawn/reproduced to some sort of consistent scale. If you know of where I may find some, please leave a comment, thanks. IM or email would work too.
*If you didn't detect sarcasm and/or humour in the above, at least a little bit, then please take several doses of teh funnay and report in for laughter therapy. Your sense of humour will thank you.