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none of the errors were found

2023-10-02 23:39:17.572578+02 by Dan Lyke 5 comments

Over on the Fediverse, I made reference to an old C compiler that reported success with "none of the errors were found".

I'm sure I wasn't making this up, but I went searching for it, and... damned if I can find it, on any search engine. Unquoted, it's finding all sorts of StackOverflow entries. Quoted it's finding one completely unrelated thing.

But it's kinda like this part of programming history only exists any more in the heads of us olds.

Completely unrelated: How Google Alters Search Queries to Get at Your Wallet

Google likely alters queries billions of times a day in trillions of different variations. Here’s how it works. Say you search for “children’s clothing.” Google converts it, without your knowledge, to a search for “NIKOLAI-brand kidswear,” making a behind-the-scenes substitution of your actual query with a different query that just happens to generate more money for the company, and will generate results you weren’t searching for at all. It’s not possible for you to opt out of the substitution. If you don’t get the results you want, and you try to refine your query, you are wasting your time. This is a twisted shopping mall you can’t escape.

Addendum: RT ResearchBuzz @researchbuzz

Y'all remember me mentioning a couple of weeks ago that I had backed out participating in an interview because the publication asked me to soften my comments about Google?

Just thinking about that now for no particular reason...

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#Comment Re: none of the errors were found made: 2023-10-03 00:25:36.637088+02 by: brainopener

GPT-4 claims that it was Lattice C.

#Comment Re: none of the errors were found made: 2023-10-03 00:38:58.511219+02 by: brainopener [edit history]

Well... I tried this copy of Lattice C under DosBox and can't get that message.

Lattice MS-DOS C Compiler, Version 3.10
Copyright 1985,1986 Lattice, Inc. All rights reserved.
Compiling TEST.C
Module size P=0005 D=0000 U=0000
Total files: 1, Compiled OK: 1

#Comment Re: none of the errors were found made: 2023-10-03 22:24:49.248057+02 by: Dan Lyke

Just for completeness, in response to "which C compiler said "none of the errors were found"?", Bard replied:

The C compiler that said "none of the errors were found" is a hypothetical compiler. No real-world C compiler has ever said that, because it would be impossible for a compiler to guarantee that a program is error-free without actually compiling and running it.

The phrase "none of the errors were found" is often used as a placeholder for the output of a compiler that is not yet implemented, or that is not yet able to detect all possible errors in a program. It is also sometimes used humorously to describe a compiler that is known to be unreliable or buggy.

In reality, all C compilers are capable of making mistakes. No compiler can perfectly understand the semantics of a program, and no compiler can perfectly predict the behavior of the hardware on which the program will be run. As a result, all compilers are capable of generating incorrect code, even if the program is syntactically correct and contains no obvious errors.

For this reason, it is important to always test and debug C programs carefully, even if the compiler has not reported any errors.

#Comment Re: none of the errors were found made: 2023-10-04 18:36:33.331616+02 by: meuon

partially unrelated: amazon tweaks queries for $$ as well.

It seems the combination of both $$ spent/spending and good real reviews favored ring-u.com enough a few of our wannabe competitors left the platform.

#Comment Re: none of the errors were found made: 2023-10-07 18:49:55.917365+02 by: Dan Lyke

On my phone, pardon the formatting. Wired is walking back the "alters search terms" claim...



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