Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 7th Mar 2011 23:21 UTC
Legal Well, how about some positive news to end this day? How about annoying the heck out of the Business Software Alliance? There's a new proposal for a directive on consumer rights in the EU, and in it, digital goods - software, online services, and so on - are explicitly defined as goods that are no different than any other good - like bread, watches, or cars. In other words, you would suddenly own the copies of software you buy, effectively declaring the EULA as a worthless piece of paper. Surprise - the BSA is not happy about this.
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RE[5]: Um, I disagree
by ichi on Tue 8th Mar 2011 19:28 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: Um, I disagree"
ichi
Member since:
2007-03-06

It might not be obvious nor trivial, but if you can't trace an error and find it's origin you are either doing it wrong or you are running a POS system.

How many bug reports being actively worked on have you heard of where devs are still scratching their heads months later?

Maybe the day devs become liable for software flaws we could stop seeing companies like HP releasing barely tested hotfixes to fix bugs in the patch that fixed bugs in the previous patch, all this in their pricey enterprise grade applications.
Eventually you get tired of being betatester of apps worth over 100.000€ in licenses running on production systems.

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RE[6]: Um, I disagree
by TheGZeus on Tue 8th Mar 2011 19:50 in reply to "RE[5]: Um, I disagree"
TheGZeus Member since:
2010-05-19

Reminds me of when I was using Ubuntu.
Fix is released that fixes a bug and causes 3, 2 of which are fixed(at least one of which creates another bug), one marked 'feature request'.

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RE[7]: Um, I disagree
by ichi on Tue 8th Mar 2011 21:22 in reply to "RE[6]: Um, I disagree"
ichi Member since:
2007-03-06

Yup, but the potential losses due to software flaws on all the servers of a Fortune 500 company vs Ubuntu running on my desktop are on a different league. A whole different sport, actually.

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