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Comment Re:Pointless battles (Score 4, Interesting) 360

neither you nor I fixed those bugs, either.

Have you tried fixing any Mozilla bugs? I have and it's a royal pain in the ass. You first post your patch to the bug itself, which is simple enough. Then the main cabal of developers critique your patch, and if it doesn't exactly conform in every possible way to what they would have coded themselves, they will reject it with little, if any, explanation. After you finally get an explanation out of someone, you can continue to submit changes to see if any will appease them. Of course, you will have accidentally violated a minor style guideline, but this won't be pointed out to you until you've submitted changes for their other critiques six times. After you've fixed that issue, they'll think of some other hoop that you'll have to jump through even though the patch fixes all aspects of the defect at this point. After another 16 edits of the three line patch that doesn't have any security implications and doesn't change any portion of the API, they'll ask you for a unit test that wouldn't test anything but the API for which they already have unit tests.

I'm all for being careful and making a stable, secure product, but I expect people to not be completely retarded about the process of writing software. Not even the system that delivers EAMs has a process this annoying for fixing trivial defects.

And *that* is why Mozilla defects don't get fixed for years.

Comment Not an issue (Score 5, Informative) 300

One has to wonder if this is another imperial/metric snafu.

Probably not. From the article:

The $27 million, Italian-built observation deck sports the biggest window ever flown in space. In all, there are seven windows that will offer 360-degree views.

The 11 astronauts aboard the shuttle-station complex opened the door Friday to the $380 million Tranquility, also made in Italy for the European Space Agency. The door leading from Tranquility into the observation deck was opened soon afterward, and that's when shuttle pilot Terry Virts and Kay Hire encountered the cover problem.

So, now even submitters aren't reading the article? Damn...

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It is masked but always present. I don't know who built to it. It came before the first kernel.