10 comedic computer bugs
Computer bugs resulting from errors in programming or as a result of embarrassing omissions can cause terrible disasters and heavy losses. However, not all bugs have such tragic consequences. Sometimes the result can be comical. Or confusing. Or comedic and confusing at the same time.
1. Mistake of the First National Bank of Chicago
Imagine an ordinary employee of a local gas company who checks the balance of his bank account and discovers that he has become richer by $ 900 million. That is what happened to Sylvestre Dorsey in May 1996. The same thing happened with other 825 clients of the First National Bank of Chicago. “I showed the receipt to a friend, and we just started screaming,” said Dorsey. Jeff Ferrera, another “lucky” bank customer, said: “It was just a unique event - to become a billionaire in one day.” James Lancaster, senior vice president of the First National Bank of Chicago, said that these incredible events were caused by a "software bug in the computer."According to the Chicago Tribune newspaper, “no one, according to the bank, escaped with money to the Cayman Islands.” This is probably great news, because the “mistake” has drawn on 764 billion dollars. This amount many times exceeded all assets of the bank. At that time, this incident was the biggest banking mistake in US history.
2. Windows Phone 8 requiring insert disc
Windows Phone was Microsoft's answer to the iPhone. The first version of this operating system, called Windows Phone 7, was launched in October of 2010. The launch of the next version, Windows Phone 8, took place in October 2012. In general, the gadget with the new operating system was well received by users, but far from everything was smooth with it: some users of Windows Phone 8 faced a funny situation when the system could not start up, and an error message appeared on the screen saying: "Insert the installation disk, and restart the computer." True, it did not specify where exactly to insert the disc. It seems that some users tried to download the modified firmware to their phones, and it seems that in this way the phones said “no” to them. At the same time, other users claimed that the above error occurred on their devices without any reason.
This message arose because Windows Phone 8 was based on the Windows NT kernel, the first kernel of which appeared back in 1993, and was used as the basis for all desktop operating systems since Windows 2000, and including Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7 and even Windows 8. And Windows Phone 8 sometimes thought that it was also a desktop operating system.
3. Siri recommended Nokia smartphone
Siri is a personal assistant developed by Apple for the iPhone and iPad. You can ask this program questions using a simple spoken language, and the program will answer you. In 2012, for example, you could ask Siri: “Which smartphone is the best?” And get the answer: "Nokia Lumia 900 4G Mobile Phone Cyan (AT & T)." That is, Siri has recommended a competitor's device to a user of Apple devices.
This bloop happened because Siri misses incoming questions through Wolfram Alpha, a knowledge base combined with a set of computational algorithms. And this base is managed by a completely different company. Wolfram Alpha believed that she was being asked a question about a smartphone, which is considered the best in the customer reviews. The information, which at that time was in the database, led Wolfram Alpha to the answer that this is a Nokia smartphone. Since then, Apple has updated its application, so now the answer may be different.In fact, there may even be several answers; among them will be “You are joking, right?” And “The one that is in your hands.”
4. "Baby glitches" in The Sims 3
The Sims 3 is a computer game often referred to as a “life simulator.” The developer of the game is The Sims Studio, and the publisher is Elektronic Arts. The game was released in 2009, and became the best-selling video game of all time. But video games are notoriously hard to make perfect, and The Sims 3 is no exception. Unlike most other games, there are babies in The Sims 3, which cause a lot of strange and confusing glitches in the game. For example, in The Sims 3, users can create their own content and share it with others. It turned out that with the help of clothes for adults you can distort the animation of babies, as a result of which their tiny children's bodies stretched and turned into something unimaginable. Some users called them "demonic children." Another confusing fact: some babysitters in the game took babies away. They just took the child, and carried him out of the house. This could be explained by the perverted logic of the game developers, who thus tried to add drama, but the nannies seemed completely oblivious to the fact that they had a child in their arms.Glitch with the "nanny-kidnappers" was fixed in June of 2009.
And in the game there is a cycle of endless birth of children. When a child is born, you get the opportunity to choose a name for it. Sometimes you are asked about a name a second time, then a third time, and so on. And with each new name a new child appears. In this way you can get dozens of babies, and this seems far from the limit.
5. Backdoor on Xbox One
Children and parents often play on the same console, but many parents do not want their children to play certain games. To solve this problem, the Microsoft Xbox One console has a separate user account system, in which different entries give users different options. It was possible to set up accounts for adults and children, and some entries could be password protected.
In March 2014, a five-year-old child discovered that he could get into his father’s account on the Xbox One by entering the wrong password for the first time, and during the second attempt by entering some spaces. When asked how he felt when he discovered this backdoor, he said: “I liked it, yes”! Suddenly, the baby was able to play his father's games.His father was a computer security researcher, and when he saw that his son was using his account, he wondered how he managed to get the password. When he found out about the backdoor, he reported it to Microsoft, and the company fixed everything. And his son, Christopher Wilhelm von Hassel, the company added to its March "official list of computer security researchers." Some call Christopher the world's youngest "hacker in a white hat."
6. Android text messaging bug
Imagine that you are typing something personal in your smartphone, a text that your second half should read later, and that this text is suddenly sent to your boss. There was a bug in the Android operating system, which was exactly what happened. This bug was in a text messaging application that was installed by default in Android. For the first time, a bug was reported to developers on June 28, 2010, but the bug was not recognized until January 5, 2011. Then, on the official forum, one user (who was probably a Google employee) wrote: “Thank you for keeping patience while we were studying your reports.Some users have reported that their messages are sent to the wrong people. It took us some time to recreate this situation, because it seems to happen very rarely. However, we were able to recreate it, and developed a fix that will soon be available. ”
7. Early release of prisoners
In 2011, the California prisons were overcrowded, so it was decided to release some prisoners serving sentences for minor crimes. Unfortunately, as a result of a computer error, prisoners convicted of serious crimes were released. According to one estimate, 450 people were convicted for illegal possession and distribution of drugs, for crimes against private property, and for other crimes. Moreover, the program for the early release of prisoners discharged them on parole without any comments, which meant that the released criminals should not have been regularly noted in the precinct by their warden officer. And the worst of all is that no one tried to take prisoners into custody after they were mistakenly released.
A similar incident occurred in Michigan, where a “programming error” caused 23 people to go free, who had previously been convicted of crimes such as fraud, drug trafficking and theft.
8. Electricity bill for $ 90 million.
Nigel and Linda Broterton from Lancashire, England, once decided to change their electricity supplier. They moved from Scottish Power to Npower. Their first electricity bill from Npower was: “Your monthly payment increased from 87.00 to 53.480.062, 00 pounds sterling” (that's about $ 90 million).
What happened? Apparently, after switching to Npower, an employee of the company came to Broterton to reset their counter. When he did this, the Npower computers erroneously assumed that all the wheels with numbers on the meter went full circle, with the result that a huge bill was issued. Although of course, computers can not "assume". They simply run the appropriate software. The one who created this program probably just did not take into account the fact that there is another way to reset the counter - set zero manually, without waiting for the counter to reach the maximum value.
9. Windows 98 crash during first demo
The Windows 95 operating system appeared in August 1995. It was a great success, and in the first year it sold 40 million copies. Could Windows 98, replacing this system, be even better? The world was hoping to find out about it, looking at COMDEX. In those days, COMDEX was a huge computer show. Reporters from all technical publications came to see the latest developments in the field of computer "hardware" and "software." Microsoft decided to use this exhibition to showcase its new beta version of Windows 98. The presenters of this show were Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates and Chris Kapossel, a company employee. The show was broadcast live on CNN. It all started well. But when it came time to demonstrate that Windows 98 has enhanced support for Plug and Play devices, trouble began. For the demonstration, a scanner was connected to the computer. The system should have recognized it, and started working with it. Instead, the system collapsed, and the notorious “blue screen of death” appeared on the monitor, indicating a fatal system error.
10. Fountains of cats in Minecraft
Minecraft is a popular video game that kids love.Players in it can create a variety of things, the amount of which is unlimited. You can even create working computers and large cities. In general, it is impossible to imagine all the bizarre things that can be created in this game. One of the most fun and absurd things is the endless fountain of cats falling from the top of a stone pillar.
Among the animals represented in the world of Minecraft, there is an ocelot. Ocelot can be tamed. And as soon as they are tamed, they become cats, and follow the player everywhere. As a rule, they follow him on the ground, but if the player is too far away from them, they are “teleported” to be near.