From: Shawn McMahon (no email)
Date: Mon Nov 27 2000 - 11:28:12 EST
On Mon, Nov 27, 2000 at 11:07:34AM -0500, Marshall Eubanks wrote:
> In spacecraft work, JPL has found that, if you did not
> strive for "5 sigma's" or even "6 sigma's" of reliability, then
> there would always be something you hadn't counted on that would
> drive reliability to zero.
NASA's needs don't reflect our needs.
If my router fails, I can get to it to fix it in seconds, and if I need
to replace it I don't have to wait five years to launch and another year
to reach the target.
If I have to have a replacement overnighted, I'm still only down a day,
not a decade.
Also, NASA's budget for a POP on Mars is a little higher than my budget
for a POP in Colorado Springs. Hell, their budget for a single lander
is probably higher than my budget for an entire data center.