Computer Error in Your Favor – Collect $200

The State of Missouri in the United States has uncovered a computer error in its favor:

¬†Missouri acknowledged Monday that it reported inflated numbers of food stamp recipients to the federal government, calling into question millions of dollars of bonuses paid to the state for running one of the nation’s top-flight programs.

The Department of Social Services said a computer programming error has consistently exaggerated the figures submitted since September 2002.

You know, the most cynical amongst us would claim that computer errors that “accidentally” would give preferential treatment to the organization using or writing the software would get qualified as lower priority defects and would be allowed to run as long as possible.

However, the teams I’ve worked on probably wouldn’t allow that sort of thing to occur.¬† But maybe I’m not cynical enough.

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