History Of NSA Computers

Discussion in 'NZ Computing' started by Lawrence D'Oliveiro, May 20, 2010.

  1. <http://www.schneier.com/blog/archives/2010/05/history_of_nsa.html>

    Every time somebody publishes something on the history of computing, you
    always get reminiscences in the reader comments. In this case I was quite
    taken with the one about programming with mercury delay lines (which store
    information in acoustic waves), and creating a bug that put the program into
    an endless loop that set up some kind of resonance that caused the delay
    line to break and spill mercury all over the floor.

    I wonder if the same person had to clean it up every time ...

    I also wonder if this could be the earliest case of a software bug causing
    the hardware to self-destruct ...
    Lawrence D'Oliveiro, May 20, 2010
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    Sweetpea Guest

    As apposed to hardware "bugs" (ie moths trapped in the hardware) causing the software to fail?
    Sweetpea, May 21, 2010
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