They're just trying to make the rest of us feel better

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I saw an article this morning about the "world's most stupid bug" found in the firmware of a G1 phone. This flaw makes the phone interpret certain keywords in your text messages as system commands (among them: "reboot" to cause a system reboot). It reminds me of that quirky villian in the old Superman cartoons who could be banished only if you tricked him into saying his name backwards - it's that sort of a silly vulnerability.

As a software developer, I tend to shy away from characterizing other folk's bugs as stupid -- I'm sure I've released a few doozies myself, and I subscribe to that "glass houses" philosophy. But perhaps I do enjoy reading -- just a little bit-- about such silly flaws that get released in the wild; it paints a humble face on a powerful vendor like Google, reminding me that they are an organization of people who can mistakes too.

As I was following the links in the article, I found that it was actually a SAS employee who helped bring this G1 flaw to light. Good find Ed!

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Chris Hemedinger

Senior Manager, SAS Online Communities

+Chris Hemedinger is the manager of SAS Online Communities. Since 1993, Chris has worked for SAS as an author, a software developer, an R&D manager and a consultant. Inexplicably, Chris is still coasting on the limited fame he earned as an author of SAS For Dummies.  He also hosts the SAS Tech Talk webcasts each year from SAS Global Forum, connecting viewers with smart people from SAS R&D and the impressive work that they do.

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