On the other paw, a twin-engine plane is more likely to land safely if one engine fails than a single-engine one. Reliability is greatly increased through redundancy. Simplicity helps, but in a critical situation like airplanes and high-end servers, redundancy is always good.

AIDX = A = Alderson loop

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.

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