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Funny! I felt this way the other day whilst my colleague presented a demo for a fairly new web application...customer asks, 'can it do x,y, and z?' Without hesitation, my colleague answered 'yes, yes, and yes...it can give you any statistics you need.' Meanwhile, I'm thinking 'no, no it can't! It was never designed for that. What you are talking about is a new project altogether!' Once again, I will have to backup that alligator mouth!
Dunno, still prefer the young Kirk's solution to the Kobayashi Maru exercise as the benchmark.
btw: If you haven't figured it out it's the programmer/engineer that is the real idiot,
perpendicular green lines in red & transparent ink is not that hard.
Example solution in black (too lazy to play colors):
1. green lines
2. green lines
3. green lines
4. green lines
Always give the customer what they ask for, even if it's not what they expect, because then:
1. they have to pay for it (contract fulfilled - of course you wrote down what they said and they signed it and then
2. you get to charge them again to do it as what they wanted (best not to iterate, less chance of new work from them)