A group of programmers were presenting a report to the Emperor. “What
was the greatest achievement of the year?” the Emperor asked.
The programmers spoke among themselves and then replied, “We fixed 50%
more bugs this year than we fixed last year.”
The Emperor looked on them in confusion. It was clear that he did not
know what a “bug” was. After conferring in low undertones with his chief
minister, he turned to the programmers, his face red with anger. “You are
guilty of poor quality control. Next year there will be no
‘bugs’!” he demanded.
And sure enough, when the programmers presented their report to the
Empoeror the next year, there was no mention of bugs.
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