When asked how difficult it might be to identify (and apologise to) the affected senders and receivers of the incorrectly routed communications, 2degrees spokesperson Michael Bouliane said, "Its quite complicated to find the number of customers who sent texts and look at the numbers that received the texts and do the cross referencing - it's very technical."
Whaddayamean "it's very technical?"
Just because YOU don't understand, doesn't mean the rest of us are clueless.
Surely it's an easy matter to identify those calls and messages sent during the period in error and locate the recipients. How hard is it?
Too often, stupid people in the IT industry are wont to believe both that they are smarter than they really are and that they're definitely smarter than "the average bear." This is a classic case of people assuming smarts in areas outside their area of expertise. Just because Bouliane thinks it's a hard task, doesn't mean that it is.
In fact, here we have a slight variation of the Dunning-Kruger Effect which observes (and I paraphrase) that the less competent one is, the greater one's assessment of one's abilities. In Bouliane's case, he is clearly assuming that because he doesn't understand the problem, no-one else will either.
For those readers not willing to read the linked article, the Dunning-Kruger effect is based upon work done by Justin Kruger and David Dunning who found through repeated experiments that, for a given skill, incompetent people will:
1.tend to overestimate their own level of skill;
2.fail to recognize genuine skill in others;
3.fail to recognize the extremity of their inadequacy;
4.recognize and acknowledge their own previous lack of skill, if they can be trained to substantially improve.
We also see this effect manifest in our political leaders (of both persuasions!) with the obvious exception of item 4 above - they simply cannot be trained by any means! In illustration, I offer the climate change debate as a perfect example.