The Unfortunate Result

[screengrab from Ron Garret's talk on the Common Lisp Remote Agent software use on NASA's Deep Space 1 and its history : ]

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[T]here is nothing more difficult to take in
hand, more perilous to conduct, or more
uncertain in its success, than to take the lead
in the introduction of a new order of things,
for the innovator has for enemies all those
who have done well under the old
conditions, and only lukewarm defenders
in those who may do well under the new.

Nicolo Machiavelli
“The Prince”, Chapter 6

@theruran In context, it was actually about different "wings" of JPL each having their own projects they were promoting, and that the "defection" of any of the wings could have led to the cancelling of the project, so non-ideal integration of various projects was necessary for political reasons. @stman

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