Government and software.

Read this sometime in Jan. But unfortunately lost the link to where I read it.

Regulating a society is like writing software. It sounds easy to amateurs, but it can be amazingly difficult.

Software programmers typically cannot prove that their software will work. At best, in many practical cases, they can test it for typical cases. Unfortunately, government regulators don’t follow any of the good practices software programmers use. Worse: they never accept bug reports.

Any programmer will tell you what to do when testing is hard and failure is not an option: keep the software as simple as possible.

That’s not at all what government do. And, unsurprisingly, they are full of bugs

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