On Wed, Feb 12, 2014 at 12:11 PM, Dave Angel <davea at davea.name> wrote:
> I did some of my best work before I learned that some of those
> problems were impossible.
Sounds like something from the invention of Post-It Notes. I can't
find an authoritative source, but it's all over the internet,
attributed to Spencer Silver:
"If I had thought about it, I wouldn't have done the experiment. The
literature was full of examples that said you can't do this."
Programming is often like this. Actually, computing generally. The
literature was full of examples that said that "Alice: Madness
Returns" required Windows 7, a hot video card, and so on. Turns out
that Linux and Wine will do the job quite nicely. Never mind that the
makers are completely uninterested in helping... I just did some
leg-work and got my favourite recent game going under my favourite
operating system :)