AOL Non-Lameness

Jim Popovitch jimpop at
Mon Oct 2 22:40:01 UTC 2006

On Mon, 2006-10-02 at 18:30 -0400, Joseph S D Yao wrote:
> All, this seems seriously NON-lame to me.  Of course, testing and fixing
> the bug before it was put out there would have been less so.  

Testing something like this would be difficult without duplicating
everyone's email into a development system (thus possibly opening AOL up
to a bad public relations or security problem).  I'm sure that there
were some initial tests. But given the complexity of differing emails it
seems to me it would be hard to robustly test in development alone.

> But think
> of this!  A large company has actually admitted that it was wrong and
> backed out a problem!  Isn't this what everyone always complains SHOULD
> be done?  ;-)  ;-)  ;-)

Kudos to AOL for responding quickly, and for doing this on a Monday
instead of a Friday afternoon.

-Jim P.

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