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November 08, 2008, 20:53

I think the fundamental issue that Dijkstra is bringing to the table with "it is finished before you start" is that to be finished means you grok the problem fully, have solved it, and your solution is 100% correct. For me the crux of this is that our brains are too small to really grok much of anything so extreme elegance is our only path to success. This is very hard, but if we don't solve it then we are stuck launching people into space "on hope".

Thank you for sharing this video with us!

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