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Microsoft's random browser ballot
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When I saw what the page was supposed to do, (first five and last five sets displayed in random order) the first thing I thought was, "Man, I hope they tested the fool out of that or someone will make a fool out of them."

Looks like there wasn't quite enough testing. That said, I don't think that anyone could argue that the bug was damaging. No one browser was ever left out or in the same position.

Doing the Microsoft Shuffle

not damaging?


2010-03-01 07:43 am (UTC)

I do find it somewhat interesting that the bug happened to put IE in the rightmost position quite often. I don't want to attribute to malice that which can be adequately explained by stupidity, but on the other hand the rightmost position does represent one of the two most likely places to look (leftmost and rightmost). And of course leftmost would raise more suspicion. Consider the possibility of trying a few different random shuffles of the same data and seeing what statistically gives results you like while proving easy to deny and fix later.

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