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Release It! by Michael T. Nygard

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Chapter 6Stability Summary

In time, even shockingly unlikely combinations of circumstances will eventually occur. If you ever catch yourself saying, “The odds of that happening are astronomical,” or some similar utterance, consider this: ten million page views per day over three years (assuming fifty assets per page) gives your system 547,500,000,000 chances for something to go wrong. That’s more than five hundred billion opportunities for bad things to happen. Recent astronomical observations indicate there are four hundred billion stars in the Milky Way galaxy. Astronomically unlikely coincidences happen daily.

Astronomically unlikely coincidences happen daily.

Failures are inevitable. Our systems, and those we depend on, will fail in ...

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