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Tuesday, November 08, 2005

Wired News: History's Worst Software Bugs

Wired News: History's Worst Software Bugs

What engineers didn't know was that both the 20 and the 25 were built upon an operating system that had been kludged together by a programmer with no formal training. Because of a subtle bug called a "race condition," a quick-fingered typist could accidentally configure the Therac-25 so the electron beam would fire in high-power mode but with the metal X-ray target out of position. At least five patients die; others are seriously injured.

This is a very interesting post about 10 worst bugs in software history. I'ver ead only about a couple of them before.

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