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Crashes only on Wednesdays

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Ants, Gardens by the Bay, SingaporeSit back and grab a drink: it’s time for the story of one of my favorite bugs.

‘Twas my very first IT job, a software developer summer internship at a manufacturer of very serious medical equipment, primarily anesthesia delivery systems and hospital patient monitors. The latter are the boxes you see bleeping next to bed-ridden patients, drawing graphs of pulse, blood pressure, respiration etc and summoning nurses when they flatline.  The office was full of 2-meter cylinders of laughing gas, luxuriously bearded gurus expert in embedded systems, and entire rooms devoted to the documentation needed for the FDA certification of various devices.  Hushed voices still spoke of a bug that had slipped through testing ten years ago in one piece of anesthesia kit and caused the machine to reset in the middle of surgery, and needless to say a teenage greenhorn like myself was kept well clear of all…

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