Wednesday, June 30, 2010

FarmVille Fudges Up Firefox

If you are one of the millions of people that use FireFox as your web browser, you probably noticed the lengthy update that occurred this weekend. For more of us, it didn't mean a thing. But to some of us geeks, it's an amusing issue.

Here's the initial bug report:

This bug was initially created as a clone.

[W]e discussed increasing the "hang plugin" timout, but ultimaely decided to leave it at 10 seconds, as the value of the OOPP is decreased if it takes painfully long to kill a hung plugin.

However, now that 3.6.4 has shipped, we are seeing an increased number of reports that some users are unable to play Farmville, because Farmville hangs the browser long enough for the timeout to trigger to kill it.

So there were hangups with FarmVille. Now I don't play FarmVille, but there are a lot of users out there that do. Over 82 million active users. That's a lot of FarmVille. Seeing the high popularity of this web game, I can understand why Mozilla was quick to react and send out an update to Firefox to correct the situation. Just goes to show how the power of gaming can make things happen. Even if it's just to update a web browser.


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