Dark corners of Google code search
kottke.org has some very interesting posting about Google code search (a must read):
Tags: code, copyright, Google
Code search is a great resource for web developers and programmers, but like the making available of all previously unsearched bodies of information, it's given lots of flashlights to people interested in exploring dark corners. Here are some things that people have uncovered already:
- Key generation algorithm for WinZip (via airbag)
- Profanities. Try your own. (via andy baio)
- Possible buffer overflow points. (via live aus der marschrutka)
- Tons of nerd jokes like "here be dragons".
- Confidential code and code with restricted rights. (via digg)
- Coders complaining about stupid users. (thx, zacharie)
- All sorts of code that needs to be fixed. (thx, andy & david)
- Programmers who want to get a new job. (thx, brian) In the office just now, we were talking about turning Google Code Search into a job posting board by inserting "Like our code? Come work for us!" text ads in the comments of source code which is then distributed and crawled by Google.
- Programmers coding while drunk. Also: "I am drunk and coding like I am the greatest coder of all time." (thx, tom)
- Code vulnerabilities: "this will crash". (thx, james)