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lastchancename

This is an old statement, from the earliest days of computers and software development.

Computers execute instructions, very fast.  Whether the instructions are correct or not is up to you!

Because of that speed, it appears they are making dynamic decisions, however all the possible outcomes for various input  conditions have been assessed by an analyst/programmer to implement the 'correct' decisions in near real-time.

These choices are written in code that determines their sequence, precedence, warnings and error conditions.

There is another old saying from pre-1960s... 
GIGO : Garbage In Garbage Out

If you're getting the wrong results from your system, it's 99% chance the program or other inputs are 'garbage'.

If you're planning to succeed - enjoy, study and learn, but don't give up!
The same applies equally to hardware and software.
Experienced responders have a nose for laziness, (they were beginners once)... Sure, there are trolls, chest-beaters, and pretenders - but the help you'll get here is about as good as it gets - if you try to help youself!.

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Thank you for taking the time to post this.  True to the adage.  Although redundant and known, it sets precedence for the type of knowledge to be gained here.  cheers.

lastchancename

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Jun 29, 2019, 02:11 am Last Edit: Jun 29, 2019, 02:13 am by lastchancename
Exciting things you can read on a cold/wet weekend...

KT Introduction Link

Many years ago I worked with a large computer (hardware) company...
We had weekly sessions to develop our diagnostic & fault-finding skills using KT methods.

Every now & then, the session leader would invite a non-technical staff member in - to diagnose a mini-computer fault.
With zero understanding of the equipment or experience - using the fundamental KT principals on the whiteboard he/she could ask symptomatic questions of the group and eventually (correctly) identify the faulty part - and sometimes rectify the problem on more than 80% of occasions - within half an hour.

That 80% also applied to the appearance of issues in peripheral, cables or power systems - not the actual computer itself.
Experienced responders have a nose for laziness, (they were beginners once)... Sure, there are trolls, chest-beaters, and pretenders - but the help you'll get here is about as good as it gets - if you try to help youself!.

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computers do not do what you want them to do
they can only do what you tell them to do
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lastchancename

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computers only do what you tell them to,
then they do what you want them to.
Experienced responders have a nose for laziness, (they were beginners once)... Sure, there are trolls, chest-beaters, and pretenders - but the help you'll get here is about as good as it gets - if you try to help youself!.

bkucenski

The art of programming is dumbing down problems so that even a computer can understand them.

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