An interesting collection of historyâ€™s worst software bugs. There are so many wonderful bugs that havenâ€™t made this listâ€¦.. like the bug that crashed a premier Wireless Service Providerâ€™s Mobile switches in Dallas last tuesday. But a good historical tally of some of the worst by Simson Garfinkel.
â€œLast month automaker Toyota announced a recall of 160,000 of its Prius hybrid vehicles following reports of vehicle warning lights illuminating for no reason, and carsâ€™ gasoline engines stalling unexpectedly. But unlike the large-scale auto recalls of years past, the root of the Prius issue wasnâ€™t a hardware problem â€” it was a programming error in the smart carâ€™s embedded code. The Prius had a software bug.
With that recall, the Prius joined the ranks of the buggy computer â€” a club that began in 1947 when engineers found a moth in Panel F, Relay #70 of the Harvard Mark 1 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 computerâ€™s logbook with the words: â€œfirst actual case of a bug being found.â€
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