Cargo Cult Software Engineering

In the South seas there is a cargo cult of people. During the war they saw air- planes with lots of good materials, and they want the same thing to happen now. So they’ve arranged to make things like runways, to put fires along the sides of the runways, to make a wooden hut for a man to sit in, with two wooden pieces on his head for headphones and bars of bamboo sticking out like antennas—he’s the controller— and they wait for the airplanes to land. They’re doing every- thing right.

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