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'MongoDB ate my containers!'

Line Break Welcome back to The Register's weekly software bug parade, Line Break: Season Two. After a hiatus, and a vacation here or there, Line Break has been recommissioned. You can catch up on previous episodes, here. The idea is simple: if you spot buggy code in the wild that's driven you bonkers or to hysterics, drop us a line with …

Error checks? Eh? What could go wrong, really? (DoSing a US govt site)

Line Break It's time for your dose of Line Break, our Wednesday column of coding nightmares that have haunted Register readers at one time or another. This also means we're already halfway to Friday. Judging by some of these following tales, we can only assume one too many developers out there are already half cut by this point in the …
Chris Williams, 23 Mar 2016
The dashboard in Back to the Future showing the date 21 October 2015

'Just give me any old date and I'll make it work' ... said the VB script to the coder

Link Break Is it that time of the week again already? You've reached Line Break, our weekly roundup of terrible code you've seen in the wild. Today, we're going to delve into submissions from reader comments rather than the usual postbag. Line Break article comments are such a rich seam of snippets and anecdotes, it would remiss to not …
Chris Williams, 16 Mar 2016

'Microsoft Office has been the bane of my life, while simultaneously keeping me employed'

Line Break Welcome back to Line Break, our weekly roundup of terrible code you've seen in the wild. Over the past six weeks, we've featured all sorts of broken or ugly source – from insecure web apps to write-once-read-never-again scientific programs. Now we turn to ... the monthly report. The sort of thing you automate ASAP with a handy …
Ripley (Sigourney Weaver)

'Boss, I've got a bug fix: Nuke the whole thing from orbit, rewrite it all'

Line Break Hello, world. Welcome back to Line Break, our weekly column of terrible code readers have spotted in the wild – think of it as a group therapy session. Let's skip to the main() course. Beauty or the beast Since SSL/TLS is in the news again, let's start with some weird code spotted by Georgi in OpenSSL and LibreSSL, a fork of …

'I bet Russian hackers weren't expecting their target to suck so epically hard as this'

Line Break Welcome back to Line Break, our weekly column of terrible code our readers have encountered in the wild. So far we've featured astonishingly brain-dead designs in production and amusing code from yesteryear machines. Our emphasis has been on learning through others' mistakes while also brightening drab Wednesday mornings with …
Chris Williams, 24 Feb 2016
Node Knockout code

This is why copy'n'paste should be banned from developers' IDEs

Line Break Welcome to the latest instalment of Line Break, the column in which we share ghastly code readers have sadly encountered in the wild. Pen is mightier than the source We'll crack on with this appetizing anecdote sent in by Ian: A long time ago I was working on the driver for a touchscreen controller chip. This driver was …
Chris Williams, 10 Feb 2016

When customers try to be programmers: 'I want this CHANGED TO A ZERO ASAP'

Line Break Welcome to the first proper installment of Line Break, the weekly column in which Reg readers share truly horrifying code they've seen in the wild. We started you off last week with a pilot episode involving some close encounters of the absurd kind – and we've had fantastic responses from Vulture fans, which we'll roll out …

You've seen things people wouldn't believe – so tell us your programming horrors

Line break Shellshock. Heartbleed. That CCTV storage firmware with a hardcoded password. We've all seen some really bad code. Maybe that's just me. Given that many of our sysadmin readers have poured in tales of fixing impossibly broken servers for our On-Call series, we know our software-wrangling readers have faced similar battles …
Chris Williams, 28 Jan 2016

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