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    Discussion in 'Mechanical Design news & events' started by GarethW, Feb 1, 2010.

    1. GarethW

      GarethW Chief Clicker Staff Member

      Jul 2009
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      Source: http://www.designnews.com/article/44648 ... eeable.php
      Author: Charles J. Murray, senior technical editor, electronics -- Design News,
      Date: January 28, 2010

    3. Pete

      Pete Well-Known Member

      Sep 2009
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      I feel slightly uncomfortable about that.

      As far as i know that's the theory that goes with software development - "here's our best shot, but if and when it breaks as we expect it to, we'll fix it for you" - which is fine for your latest windows update when the worst that can happen is your blood pressure raises a little.

      Using a similar test theory for a car is a little scarier. Knowingly releasing an unknown quantity on the market which can directly affect people’s safety. What if it was the break peddle that somehow got stuck off?

      Wouldn't a better solution albeit not such a cost effective one to change your test method rather than - we know this will break, but we can probably design something else which can probably stop it from hurting anyone.

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