Ian Bruene ianbruene at gmail.com
Fri Apr 21 12:46:18 UTC 2017

On 04/20/2017 04:57 PM, Hal Murray wrote:
> What's a reasonable life of a program like ntpd? [...]

Allow me to reproduce a lesson I learned the other day:

19:14 <ianbruene> One should always put a multiplier on one's estimate of
                   how long their code will be in use: code expected to 
                   for 5 years lasting 20 got us Y2K. Code expected to last
                   for 50 years had better be happy running on a vital
                   server in the Forgotten Closet of Doom for the next 150

Code randomly breaking for unforeseeable reasons is one thing; that is 
what continuing support and
maintenance is for. But designing the software to break horribly after a 
couple decades for perfectly
foreseeable reasons isn't going to cut it, not when dealing with core 

As Achim Gratz pointed out, there are still *PDP8s* running around.

In the end; what separates a Man, from a Slave? Money? Power?
No. A Man Chooses, a Slave Obeys. -- Andrew Ryan

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