[GLLUG] Teddy bear principle

Fred Youhanaie fly at anydata.co.uk
Wed Dec 23 11:05:01 UTC 2020

Hi Andrew

On 23/12/2020 10:42, Andrew Black via GLLUG wrote:
> Happy christmas everyone....
> Some time ago someone suggested the idea of solving a tech problem by explaining something to you teddy. He is very stupid so it makes sure you explain it well. Sometimes the process of explaining 
> makes you find the thing the clue you have missed.
> I cant put my finger on where it came from (does it matter). Google is taking me to all sorts of sites like "how to make teddies" and "why teddies are called ted".

I tend to use wikipedia for such questions - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Teddy_bear

For your Christmas homework you can try Martin's answer in the wikipedia search box ;-)

> I find it SOMETIMES explaining helps, but sometimes can get you further into the misunderstanding that is causing the problem. Googling for a solution when you are looking at a bad solution...  Asking 
> on Stackoverflow and like can be same:
>    "You dont want to do X, you want to do Y" "Yes in an ideal wolrd but if I do Y I will ahve a partial X and partial Y"....
> Any thoughts...

What works for me in most cases is to rephrase the query, or even reverse the order of the keywords!

Have a good one

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