That’s Not A Bug; It’s A Feature. Really.

When can you say that phrase unironically? ABC News’s blog reports on the heir to Stuxnet, Duqu:

Duqu is designed to record key strokes and gather other system information at companies in the industrial control system field and then send that information back to whomever planted the bug, Symantec said.

Look at the Symantec posting to which ABC News refers. Find the word ‘bug’ in it? Me, either. Because Symantec knows computer terminology.

QAHY grants you permission to say say “It’s not a bug; it’s a feature” only when refering to someone reporting on technology thinks bug is a synonym for Trojan horse.

2 Responses to “That’s Not A Bug; It’s A Feature. Really.”

  1. abrothman Says:

    It’s an intersection of specialized vocabularies. In spycraft, a device that covertly records conversations is a “bug,” as in, “I think the hotel room was bugged.”

    The phrase “planted the bug” confirms this, as that is the terminology used to describe the installation of such a device.

  2. The Director Says:

    I think you give the journalist too much credit.

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