"We're not going to censor your results, but we're censoring results"
Precisely. What would our founding fathers, specifically Alexander Hamilton, who wrote at length on this subject, have thought of our powerful central bank?
Ouch! I've been shot!
This is completely a non-issue, the majority of people are on the main builds and you can specify in your program what firmware and hardware it requires so that it doesn't show up for people that can't run it. I'm not too worried about developing for the 3 people running Bub's AOSP Magic "Original" v 0.3.3. Fragmentation is a boogie-man and nothing more.
I can think of worse things to happen to gaming, but not many. Until the Internet is as reliable and widespread as electricity there isn't much chance of this happening and working.
I'm surprised there isn't a press release telling us Kim Jong-Il programmed the majority of the OS himself in his spare time, it is the type of thing the Glorious Leader usually does.
The industry doesn't like to change and switching a system that has worked for years is a big process. In a big organization the decision making process for a change of this scale can take years. Also many places are so technically illiterate that something like this is akin to magic.
We need more like the ones from this gal named Abby Normal.
It really depends on the system, the problem and the people involved. The system we run where I work has changes put into it in production daily with turnaround times anywhere from an hour to several weeks depending on the change. We have some customers where a fix can be worked on and implemented over the course of weeks due to testing and they have no problem with that and we have customers that expect things to be fixed later today. The real question to ask yourself and your team is is it reasonable in your product or system to be able to turnaround something that fast?