The codebreaker menace

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It’s an axiom of software development that every program will contain between five and 50 bugs per 1,000 lines of code. And five is reckoned to be only the most optimistic result; the reality is much closer to 50.

Consider then the potential for bugs in a program the size of Windows XP, with a core installation involving 40,000,000 lines of code (loc). Taking the most conservative figure of five bugs per 1,000 loc, the sum reveals that Windows XP, the world's most widely-deployed PC operating system, may ...

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