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Epic Failures: 11 Infamous Software Bugs

CWmike (1292728) writes | more than 3 years ago

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CWmike (1292728) writes "Mark your calendars: Sept. 9 is hereby declared Debugging Day. It's been associated with removing bugs for more than 50 years now but is rarely formally celebrated. So let's start the tradition this year, argues Matt Lake. It all began with a log entry from 1947 by Harvard University's Mark II technical team. The now-classic entry features a moth taped to the page, time-stamped 15:45, with the caption 'Relay #70 Panel F (moth) in relay' and the proud boast, 'First actual case of bug being found.' OK, the history of computer bugs didn't really begin on this date (see "Moth in the machine" for the real story), but nevertheless, its anniversary seems a perfect time to examine famous bugs and other ghosts in the machine. Lake has assembled a highly selective — and therefore incomplete — collection of infamous software bugs. Unlike the relatively benign tale of the moth in the relay, he writes, some bugs have wreaked disaster, embarrassment and destruction on the world. Some have literally killed people."
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Good article but... (1)

climenole (1445167) | more than 3 years ago | (#33524352)

the computerworld.com web site suck. Having to browse 7 pages for ONE post is real shame. Web design=0! :-(

Re:Good article but... (1)

Zocalo (252965) | more than 3 years ago | (#33526130)

General solution for this kind of thing is to load page one then look for the "Print version" link at the bottom of the page. Works very well for Computer World. :)

My personal favourite "bug" is the slight flaw in Bob Morris' coding that led to the infamous Morris Worm [wikipedia.org] that pretty much brought Internet email to its knees instead of gauging the size of the Internet like it was supposed to. Definitely not happy days, although the consequences woke up people to ... I shudder to think how much cola and how little sleep I had that week! :(
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