Made by Monkeys: Software & Bugs

Computer memory shortage causes air traffic system failure

Had to flag this one, a report on recent air traffic control problems in the US. According to the BBC a spy plane “was responsible for a computer glitch that caused air-traffic chaos in western US states last week, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has revealed.” The problems started…

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Mobile OS app crash comparison

This one on The Register caught my eye earlier in the year – iOS 5 ‘crashes more apps’ than Android Basically, Crittercism – the company behind software that provides crash reports for mobile apps – has revealed data indicating that Apple iOS apps are more likely to crumple on impact than equivalent Android…

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Excel's Stubborn Refusal to Display Superscripts

Who wants to look at 60.45E-3 when they can see 6O.45xl0-3 instead? While it is one of the most popular tools used by engineers on the planet, Excel’s formatting capabilities can leave a lot to be desired. Jon Titus was particularly peeved over the fact…

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Mathcad Offers Solution for Legacy Fortran Code

At a Halloween party we threw for MIT students this weekend, the subject of Fortran came up (yeah, I know, nerdy stuff) which pretty much drew blank looks from the more junior witches and warlocks. For those of you who don’t know, Fortran is the most widely used general…

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