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Fri, 18 Jun 1999 01:21:11 EDT
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>Speaking of horror stories of commercial code, i saw this today in
>the news from the microsoft trial and laughed my ass off...
>"Felten, who examined the secret "source code" for Windows 98 under a
>court order, said he had found 3,000 bugs marked by Microsoft
>programmers in the portion of Windows 98 he had examined -- and he
>had looked at only one-seventh of it."
>3000 bugs in 1/7th of the code!

That was not a count of the bugs.  That was a count of the bugs that
Microsoft knew well enough to ascribe to a particular part of the
source code, but decided not to fix.

Certainly there are many good reasons for deciding not to fix a known
bug, especially as the release date approaches.  But 3000 of them in
1/7 of the code seems excessive.