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Typical programmer error

In the grand programming tradition of ‘off by one’ errors, yesterday was the birthday of Charles Babbage.

On two occasions I have been asked, ‘Pray, Mr. Babbage, if you put into the machine wrong figures, will the right answers come out?’ I am not able rightly to apprehend the kind of confusion of ideas that could provoke such a question.

How little things have changed, eh?

(and yes… I expect that regular blogging will resume shortly…)

2 Responses to “Typical programmer error”

  1. spyderkl Says:

    Happy belated birthday to Mr. Babbage!

    Good to see you posting again! Are things going okay there?

  2. protected static Says:

    Thanks! Yes, for the range of values encompassed by ‘okay’, we are okay. :-)

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