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Tuesday, April 01, 2008

Immutable Laws of Life

Immutable Laws of Life
Will be Updated When, As, and If, Needed


Flavius Vegetius Renatus, "De re militari" (390 B.C.)
Qui desiderat pacem, bellum praeparat; nemo provocare ne offendere audet quem intelliget superiorem esse pugnaturem.
Whosoever desires peace prepares for war; no one provokes, nor dares to offend those who they know know to be superior in battle

Amara's Law:
We tend to overestimate the effect of a technology in the short run and underestimate the effect in the long run. Adding manpower to a late software project makes it later.

Callahan's Principle:
You can't argue with stupid.

Clarke's Three Laws:

1st: When a distinguished but elderly scientist states that something is possible, he is almost certainly right. When he states that something is impossible, he is very probably wrong.
2nd: The only way of discovering the limits of the possible is to venture a little way past them into the impossible.
3rd: Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.

Dilbert Principle:
The most ineffective workers are systematically moved to the place where they can do the least damage: management.

Edwards' Law:
You cannot apply a technological solution to a sociological problem.

Finagle's Law of Dynamic Negatives (AKA Finagle's Corollary to Murphy's Law):
Anything that can go wrong, will—at the worst possible moment

Goodhart's Law:
When a measure becomes a target, it ceases to be a good measure.

Hanlon's Razor:
Never attribute to malice that which can be adequately explained by stupidity.

Hutber's Law:
Improvement means deterioration.

Moynihan's Law:
The amount of violations of human rights in a country is always an inverse function of the amount of complaints about human rights violations heard from there. The greater the number of complaints being aired, the better protected are human rights in that country.

Murphy's Law:
If anything can go wrong, it will.

Mrs. Murphy's Law:
If something can go wrong, it will---when Murphy's out of town."
H/T: AlfredN

Occam's Razor:
States that explanations should never multiply causes without necessity. When two explanations are offered for a phenomenon, the simplest full explanation is preferable.

Parkinson's Law:
Work expands so as to fill the time available for its completion.

Pareto Principle:
States that for many phenomena 80% of consequences stem from 20% of the causes.

Peter Principle:
"In a hierarchy, every employee tends to rise to his level of incompetence".

Sturgeon's Law:
Nothing is always absolutely so.

Sturgeon's Second Law:

Ninety percent of everything is crud.

Sutton's Law:
Go where the money is.

Wirth's Law:
Software gets slower faster than hardware gets faster.

Zawinski's Law:
Every program attempts to expand until it can read mail. Those programs which cannot so expand are replaced by ones which can.

God Bless Ya'll !

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