Friday 9 March 2012

It's only a bug when you're looking

If you haven't guessed already, I'm a big fan of science.

I especially like it when science cross paths with programming. I've always remembered the suggestion for the only time the <blink> tag should ever be used:

In related news, it turns out there are various names for different kinds of bugs- heisenbugs, for example.
If you haven't seen it, Geek & Poke is an easy to read web comic about all things geeky - click on that link for the punchline to that panel.

If you haven't guessed, it relates to Heisenberg's uncertainty principle and to the Schrödinger's paradox of the cat.

Other web comics I subscribe to also feature this paradox:
An early xkcd - make sure you check out the alt text

It makes me wonder whether defect tracking software should have an attribute for developers to assign these various bug types.


Kevan Gelling said...

You should like Calamities of Nature too -

Scott Wesley said...

Oh, indeed I do. It's very much on the pulse of science.

must be quite a few out there who read both, with the overlap the natural they share :-)

Scott Wesley said...

The Oatmeal is also a firm favourite :-)