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Unexpected problem with a software or hardware that causes it to falter or fail, or is just annoying to the user. Hardware bugs are remedied by a new circuit design, software bugs are usually 'debugged' by including a small program (called a 'patch') to bypass the problem. Patching provides temporary relief, until an updated (supposedly bug-free) version of the software is available. Patches and updates, however, often generate their own bugs and thus perpetuate the debugging-updating cycle.


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