Disclaimer: this, contrary to appearances, is not an anti-Microsoft rant.
(Précis for the lazy: some routing software produced by Microsoft has been found to produce some rather silly routes. For example, Haugesund (Norway) toTrondheim (Norway) via London (UK) and Brussels (Belgium), or Swansea (Wales) to Birmingham (England) via Cork (Ireland).)
From this, I draw three conclusions:
- Computers are stupid.
- Computer programs which attempt to perform some kind of AI are capable of making computers seem even more stupid, because we, as humans, expect the task of producing “obvious” conclusions to be easy.
- People who write commercially-available computer programs without testing them properly are also stupid.