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Wednesday, July 18, 2001 @ 11:21 | Challenge?

What (not) to say when you're losing a technical argument

This joke probably already toured the internet a few gazillion times, but it never passed me before, so I'm taking a chance and posting it anyway. It's a series of one-liners that (lame) managers usually say when they're out of arguments and needs to close a technical discussion before it gets embarrassing (because the world would come to an end if they lost, of course).

Top five things to say when you're losing a technical argument (and want to look like a fool):

  • Yearh, we already tried that, but it didn't work.
  • Yes, well, that's just not the way things work in the real world.
  • Our support infrastructure simply can't handle the volume that change would involve.
  • No, no, no. We're really working on an N-TIER architecture, here.
  • It would probably be best if we deferred that until version 2.0.
I've experienced all of them in one form or another. Thanks to my main man Curtis for forwarding them to me.

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