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A Coding Error

Many thanks to Bruce Schneier for pointing out this wonderful little blurb that boils down Bush's "I-can-hold-anyone-I-want-without-a-trial" Bill to a simple programming error:

if (person = terrorist)
{
   punish_severely();
}
else
{
   exit(-1);
}
The coders out there, I'm sure, spot the error right away, but for the non-geeks in the audience... executing this code automatically makes person a terrorist, and always executes the code to punish_severely(). Welcome to the new America.

Comments on A Coding Error
  Comment from Anonymous Anonymous at Friday, October 13, 2006 6:50:00 AM
Right to the point! A brilliant post.
  Comment from Anonymous Anonymous at Friday, October 13, 2006 11:16:00 PM
Wonderful stuff. Really insightful and pointed.

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