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airplane rule n.
"Complexity increases the possibility of
failure; a twin-engine airplane has twice as many engine problems
as a single-engine airplane." By analogy, in both software and
electronics, the rule that simplicity increases robustness. It is
correspondingly argued that the right way to build reliable systems
is to put all your eggs in one basket, after making sure that
you've built a really good basket. See also KISS Principle, elegant.
--The Jargon File version 4.3.1, ed. ESR, autonoded by rescdsk.