Feb 16, 2005

Bad ideas

Seth has a post about bad ideas .... I found these words priceless...

The reason is simple: in most organizations, you don't get in trouble for embracing the status quo.
More than a hundred years ago, Kaiser Wilhelm wanted to get rid of his enemies in the German government. He noticed that they were all over 65. So he decreed that this was the official retirement age, and it still is.

I remember my prof, Dr. Madhukar Shukla giving some other examples....did you for example know why the metre gauge in railways is such a weird length? That's because that was the width that horse carriage wheels used to be ! Well, that's not such a bad idea, but more how frameworks get adopted blindly even when platforms (no pun intended ;-)) get changed !