The Bug Came Back (Joel Polowin) The program wasn't complex, and it wasn't very long, Though it seemed a bit erratic, its results were seldom wrong. But that little error nagged us, so we stayed up late one night Found a missing comma, and we thought that fixed it right cho: But the bug came back, the very next day The bug came back, we thought it was a goner But the bug came back, it just wouldn't stay away. We put away our documents, rewrote the code from scratch To find out where the new and older versions didn't match. A subtle shift of logic showed where we had gone astray; We felt a bit embarrassed, but at least it ran okay We wrote in other languages, from FORTH to APL And ev'ry one ran ev'ry time just sometimes not too well. Translation to assembler didn't give us any clue; The COBOL version crashed on ev'ry system it went through We gave it to the hacker squad, the folks who code for fun And asked them if they couldn't get the stupid thing to run. But less than one week later, they no longer wished to play Three paranoids... one suicide... and six who ran away... We got a summer student in to check the code by hand, With paper, pen and calculator, run through each command, But suddenly the lights went out the air went thin and queer A sudden FLASH! of lightning and the student... disappeared..? (Last verse and corresponding alternate chorus are optional) We set up an experiment that Schrodinger inspired: A box; a cat; some poison; a computer system wired Such that IF the program failed, the little moggy would be gassed. A quasar was almost the only remnant of the blast... cho: But the cat came back the very next day The bug came back, we thought they were a goner But they both came back, they just wouldn't stay away Copyright (C) 1991 by Joel Polowin JP apr97
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