This article lists the 10 worst software bugs in computing history. “In 1945, engineers found a moth in Panel F, Relay #70 of the Harvard Mark II system. The computer was running a test of its multiplier and adder when the engineers noticed something was wrong. The moth was trapped, removed and taped into the computer’s logbook with the words: “first actual case of a bug being found.”
History’s Worst Software Bugs
Submitted by jayson.knight 2005-11-10 Bugs & Viruses 7 Comments
the important point is this:
“when the engineers noticed something was wrong”
as the stack from software to hardware becomes bigger and bigger one starts to wonder what kind of flaws may hide in there somewhere that can lead to calculations coming out wrong.
the only real way of telling is by taking the same input numbers and do the math manualy. but as the calculations become bigger and the timeframes become smaller we may well risk a flaw going unnoticed until it kills someone…
can we realy trust our new electronic overlords?
Edited 2005-11-10 19:40