Sun giving big hardware prizes for finding JRE 1.6 bugs

Discussion in 'Java' started by Mickey Segal, Feb 8, 2006.

  1. Mickey Segal

    Mickey Segal Guest

    Mickey Segal, Feb 8, 2006
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    Rhino Guest

    "Mickey Segal" <> wrote in message
    news:...
    > Sun is offering some impressive prizes for those who submit JRE 1.6 bugs
    > from Jan 31 through March 31, 2006:
    > https://mustang.dev.java.net/regchal/
    >
    > One more reason to stamp out bugs.

    I don't want to rain on anyone's parade but I think most of us already have
    plenty of T-shirts.

    The workstations they are giving away are, of course, much more impressive
    but they are only giving away 5 of those and they are apparently going to
    have a committee choose who will get them. I don't know how many regression
    bugs they will get - hundreds? thousands? - but I'm guessing it will be a
    lot more than five. And if I were setting the criteria for this committee, I
    would probably have them select the bug that would have cost Sun or its
    customers the most money if undiscovered. So, even if you find a bug - or
    several bugs - what are the odds of finding one of the most expensive bugs?
    workstation?

    While the odds are probably a lot better to win this than your local
    government lottery, you're probably also going to have to do a lot more work
    to earn a ticket. It sounds a lot like a way to get us to do work for them
    at far less cost than they would incur if they paid people to do it for
    them.

    Let's just say I'm underwhelmed by this "opportunity".

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    Rhino, Feb 9, 2006
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    Roedy Green Guest

    On Thu, 9 Feb 2006 09:19:49 -0500, "Rhino"
    <> wrote, quoted or indirectly
    quoted someone who said :

    >While the odds are probably a lot better to win this than your local
    >government lottery, you're probably also going to have to do a lot more work
    >to earn a ticket. It sounds a lot like a way to get us to do work for them
    >at far less cost than they would incur if they paid people to do it for
    >them.


    I'm going at least to try. I would love 2 gigs of ram and a 64 bit
    Opteron.

    It probably has enough disk space to let have Solaris, Linux and XP on
    there. The chip might even support virtualisation so you can run all
    three at once. see http://mindprod.com/bgloss/pacifica.html
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    Roedy Green, Feb 9, 2006
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  4. Rhino wrote:
    > "Mickey Segal" <> wrote in message
    > news:...
    >> Sun is offering some impressive prizes for those who submit JRE 1.6 bugs
    >> from Jan 31 through March 31, 2006:
    >> https://mustang.dev.java.net/regchal/
    >>
    >> One more reason to stamp out bugs.

    > I don't want to rain on anyone's parade but I think most of us already have
    > plenty of T-shirts.


    I don't. But one more is on its way...

    > The workstations they are giving away are, of course, much more impressive
    > but they are only giving away 5 of those and they are apparently going to
    > have a committee choose who will get them. I don't know how many regression
    > bugs they will get - hundreds? thousands? - but I'm guessing it will be a
    > lot more than five.


    The status page only has three bugs showing at the moment. One of those
    is a test and another a duplicate. I hope mustang isn't so buggy
    thousands of regressions are reported.

    http://download.java.net/jdk/Mustang-Regressions.html

    > And if I were setting the criteria for this committee, I
    > would probably have them select the bug that would have cost Sun or its
    > customers the most money if undiscovered. So, even if you find a bug - or
    > several bugs - what are the odds of finding one of the most expensive bugs?
    > workstation?


    Wouldn't you consider this an appropriate time just to give your code a
    quick smoke test and run your automated tests? If instead you later find
    you have to workaround a regression, then that's your own fault.

    Tom Hawtin
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    Unemployed English Java programmer
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    Thomas Hawtin, Feb 9, 2006
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    Chris Smith Guest

    Rhino <> wrote:
    > While the odds are probably a lot better to win this than your local
    > government lottery, you're probably also going to have to do a lot more work
    > to earn a ticket. It sounds a lot like a way to get us to do work for them
    > at far less cost than they would incur if they paid people to do it for
    > them.


    I have no doubt that it's exactly that. On the other hand, I have never
    paid Sun a dime for the right to use the results of their effort. Far
    be it from me to hold a grudge for their trying to establish incentives
    for users to help them out. I think it's wonderful. If only I had
    time...

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    Chris Smith, Feb 9, 2006
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  6. "Thomas Hawtin" <> wrote in message
    news:43eb66ed$0$1472$...
    > The status page only has three bugs showing at the moment. One of those is
    > a test and another a duplicate. I hope mustang isn't so buggy thousands of
    > regressions are reported.


    Java 1.6 ea has been out for a long time, so I'm sure most
    of the regression bugs have already been reported. If you
    find one now, you've got a pretty good shot. Your best
    chance is probably for a bug caused by the fix to a bug
    that was previously reported.
    Larry Barowski, Feb 9, 2006
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