A List of Unusual Software Bugs

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Fri, May 20th, 2011 10:00 by capnasty NEWS

The always-fascinating Wikipedia has an entry that identifies unusual software bugs, like the Mandelbug -- a computer bug whose causes are so complex that its behavior appears chaotic or even non-deterministic -- and the Heisenbug -- a computer bug that disappears or alters its characteristics when an attempt is made to study it.

If you're a fan of Schrödinger and his cat, you will love the Schrödinbug:

A schrödinbug is a bug that manifests only after someone reading source code or using the program in an unusual way notices that it never should have worked in the first place, at which point the program promptly stops working for everybody until fixed.

(via kottke.org)

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