Sandbox up the spout

Autopilot was supposed to be a labour saving excercise. Just like a real robot. Trouble is, when a robot goes beserk it trashes your furniture and scares your cat, then goes on a rampage through town until it gets stopped by tanks.

That’s what happened to the sandbox today. The autopilot was run in a loop to restart it in the event of failure. Then the game crashed. The same crash happened when it was reloaded with that saved game, and autopilot didn’t know better than to try again. It was joining and leaving the IRC channel several times a second when it was stopped by tanks – an IRC Op k-lined it.

Now I’m thinking that running it in a loop is not such a good idea. In future, when it fails it’ll fail safe – and wait for human intervention.