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What is the meaning of "idiot-proof", as in:

Programming today is a race between software engineers striving to build bigger and better idiot-proof programs, and the Universe trying to produce bigger and better idiots. So far, the Universe is winning.

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closed as general reference by Andrew Leach, waiwai933 Jan 25 '13 at 9:26

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1 – Kris Jan 25 '13 at 9:14
Look up the adjective proof. I think this is General Reference. – Andrew Leach Jan 25 '13 at 9:15

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It describes programs that anyone can operate and that no one can damage, not even idiots.

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It means programs that are so easy to use that even an idiot (someone with a very, very low IQ, maybe < 30) cannot use it incorrectly. This, of course, is contrary to Murphy's Law, so it'll never happen, which is what "So far, the Universe is winning" means.

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