Quotes of The Week: May 23rd

Welcome to the this week’s Quotes of the Week: Software bug that could bring down a plane, Facebook software update goes wrong and more.


Microsoft engage with Testing World

Sources suggest that Microsoft employs almost as many software testers as it does coders. Plus, in this age of Agile, the need to embrace constant testing from ‘call stack analysis’ through to so-termed User Acceptance Testing (UAT) is very much a part of every developer’s role inside the development lifecycle.

Adrian Bridgewater reports from Microsoft’s Build 2015 conference where he looks at Microsoft’s approach to testing and the tools the company are bringing out for testers.  Read More here.


A software bug that could allow aeroplanes to drop out of the sky

The bug—which is either a classic integer overflow or one very much resembling it—resides in one of the electrical systems responsible for generating power…the vulnerability, which Boeing reported to the FAA, is triggered when a generator has been running continuously for a little more than eight months.

A bug has recently been discovered in the Boeing 787 Dreamliner. The Federal Aviation Authority (FAA), which govern flight safety in the United States issued the warning after Boeing reported the problem to them. The bug causes the aeroplane to basically shutdown  if it has been in use continuously for 248 days  as the aeroplane loses all alternating current (AC) electrical power due to the generator control units (GCUs) simultaneously going into failsafe mode. Boeing are expected to release a software update soon to fix the issue. Read More here.


Etsy Card Reader problems caused by bug

We are aware of this bug and are urgently working on fixing it. From what we understand, the issue is intermittent and affecting only some sellers using the Sell on Etsy app for Android to process in-person sales.”


Etsy Marie Kelly responds to the complaints that the card reader app for Android sales for the hand-crafted products website was not working last week. A number of users and sellers on Etsy complained. Etsy began looking into the problem and have issued the statement above. Read More here.


Facebook face issue with Software Update

An error in our system that helps block bad links on Facebook incorrectly marked some URLs [web addresses] as malicious or inappropriate. As a result, some existing posts were hidden, while other posts were blocked completely


Facebook updated its software last week and faced issues with photos being updated by users. The issue seems to have been with Facebook’s image -scraping tool that automatically detects pictures connected with links to content within posts. The tool seems to have not worked properly which led to the URL’s linked to being blocked. Read More here.



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