Large Hadron Collider has a bug…I mean, bagette (new computer term?)

The term “bug”, used to describe a computer or software problem, had its origins in an actual bug (a moth) causing failure in an old Mark II computer from the 1940s.

It appears we need to come up with a new term: a bagette. For it seems that the Large Hadron Collider stalled again… thanks to chunk of baguette, according to the Times Online. Perhaps “bug” can be used for small problems and “bagette” can be used for larger, more expensive problems.

So, kids, no miniature black holes being created this time. But given that the LHC can be shut down over a piece of bread, I am less assured when scientists say that such a device can’t create a black hole.



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