And this is why testing is important

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The NYT reports on a foiled terrorist plot to bomb some synagogues in New York City:

The men, all of whom live in Newburgh, about 60 miles north of New York City, were arrested around 9 p.m. after planting what they believed to be bombs in cars outside the Riverdale Temple and the nearby Riverdale Jewish Center, officials said. But the men did not know the bombs, obtained with the help of an informant for the Federal Bureau of Investigation, were fake.

Maybe it's just me, but if I were going to blow some stuff up, I would think I would want to test my gear beforehand. How hard can it be to find some unobtrusive place to make sure your detonators work, explosives are good, etc.? This seems like good practice even if you're not worried about someone giving you fake explosives. I mean, your average two man open source software project does regression testing before they release; you'd think if your project was killing a bunch of people you'd want to take a similar level of care.

Of course, since it's not exactly a secret that the FBI likes to run this kind of operation, an extra level of caution seems appropriate. For instance, you could pick a random sample out of the explosives, detonators, etc. test it, and then you have some kind of handle on the quality of the product. Your average movie drug dealer knows about this kind of cut and choose. Don't terrorists watch TV?

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There were plenty of signs that these "Terrorists" were not the sharpest knives in the box. They would never have gotten this far without generous help from the FBI.

But they were important in creating a feeling of insecurity. It's been too long since the last terrorist attack and people begin to question the costs of this war on terror.

>> I mean, your average two man open source software project does
>> regression testing before they release;

Not so sure about that :-)

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