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November 22, 2007

Theme round complete

srikanth @ 10:37 am, GMT +0000 ( 1195727840 ) Play

And with that previous question, we wrap up the theme round :-)

The answers
Question 1: Heisenberg
Question 2: Benoit Mandelbrot
Question 3: Neils Bohr
Question 4: Schrodinger
Question 5:Eric S Raymond

What connects this strange bunch of people?

Bugs.

Eric S Raymond is the current Maintainer of the Jargon File (A glossary of commonly used hacking terms). The clip in Q5 has ESR talking about bugs. The Jargon File defines four classes of bugs:

Heisenbug: A bug that disappears or alters its behavior when one attempts to probe or isolate it.
Mandelbug: A bug whose underlying causes are so complex and obscure as to make its behavior appear chaotic or even non-deterministic
Bohrbug:one that manifests reliably under a possibly unknown but well-defined set of conditions
Schroedinbug:A design or implementation bug in a program that doesn’t manifest until someone reading source or using the program in an unusual way notices that it never should have worked, at which point the program promptly stops working for everybody until fixed

Lots of people guessed the Unusual Computer Bugs part of it right. None got the jargon file connection :-) Read through the answers for some interesting guesses


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