Greywolf greywolf@starwolf.com
Wed Apr 26 20:55:00 GMT 2017

POLA: Principle of least astonishment.  When something behaves in a way 
which transcends the concept of not only "non-intuitive", but 
"counter-intuitive", by doing something that could be only more out of 
phase if it were also rotated 90 degrees on the Z axis, as it were, it 
is said to "violate the POLA".  An example would be a backup program 
which, when restoring selected files, deleted everything else in the 
directory which was not on the restore list.  Not that I'd know anything 
about that happening, of course, nor that duplicity would do such a 
thing when instructed to restore some files in place...


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