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  Forogar  8-Oct-20 3:47
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I got a job after debugging by phone.

I was working in Germany using software from a company in the US. There was an intermittent bug that was driving us crazy and the company could not fix it. The president of the company had me describe the bug in detail to one of his developers so they "could better fix it". I ended up describing to him the steps it must have gone through and the kind of code it must be running at the point the bug came up - he found the appropriate code and I said something like:
"...and then it will have a pointer to a block that it constructs the message string in before adding the terminating null at the end of the string";
"Yes, there is a pointer for the message";
"Has it allocated enough memory for the block? Perhaps it didn't allow for the terminator.";
"Allocated memory?";
...at which point the problem was solved! The president had been listening in on the call and immediately offered me a job.

Ah, the good old days!
- I would love to change the world, but they won’t give me the source code.

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