Tuesday, October 09, 2007

What if you debugged a computer like a psychiatrist?

At the APA convention that was held in Washington, D.C., my wife and I joined a ton of other people (I think the count was a few thousand by the time the event was in full swing) to protest the big pharma drones and their yearly vote-in of psychiatric disorders.

I wish that debugging computers could be done in the same method as psychiatry uses for debugging people. It'd be great! Check this out - instead of having to actually dig around and find out the root cause for something (the 'Why', if you've studied Scientology Data Series tech), all you'd have to do is state the phenomena that you were running into, and develop an excellent term for it that you and the other engineers in the room could agree on. The name of the term would be key - otherwise nobody would believe you. If someone was complaining about a slow Internet connection, you could just let them know about the reverse-transductive route congestion disorder his line was experiencing. When asking for a handling, you could just act like a psychiatrist and bring over a portable rack of 10 12-volt car batteries hooked together, and then just take both leads and touch them to the network card int he back of the computer.

Then, afterwards, when the stinky black smoke clears, you'd ask him if he was still experiencing the same network lag. I'll bet you that same behaviour he was experiencing would no longer be present! Validation of therapy!

Unfortunately, their debugging methodology for people is about the same as I describe above, thus you see outraged people like my wife and I out in protest when they go to vote their next disease into the DSM.

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