Saturday, January 14, 2006

Never ascribe to malice...

Slashdot posted to WMF Vulnerability is an Intentional Backdoor? as Napoleon Bonaparte? or Robert J. Hanlon?(:

Quoth uncle mole
Never ascribe to malice that which is adequately explained by incompetence. Napoleon Bonaparte

This is most commonly referred to as
Hanlon's Razor, and a direct attribution to Napoleon has yet to be discovered.

And then there is "Marshall's Axiom": :

Never ascribe to incompetence that which can adequately be explained by laziness.

Which I think is an even better explanation for how the WMF vulnerability came about.