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Fatal Defect:
Chasing Killer Computer Bugs

by Ivars Peterson

ISBN 0679740279 / 9780679740278 / 0-679-74027-9
Publisher Vintage
Language English
Edition Softcover
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In Fatal Defects: Chasing Killer Computer Bugs, Ivars Peterson describes dozens and dozens of hoary computer bugs and gives biographical sketches of the bug detectives who located and fixed them. This book, which reads like a novel, is both entertaining and informative. Many of the bugs that Peterson discusses are not in computer programs per se but in the human systems that run and operate the computers. Very often the operator fails to understand what the computer program requires as input and types in an incorrect command. The computer then executes the command, with potentially disastrous results. Fatal Defects has important lessons for both those who design computers and those who use them. [via]