Title text: There are probably children out there holding down spacebar to stay warm in the winter! YOUR UPDATE MURDERS CHILDREN
Users will often try to work around bugs in software, and are sometimes able to get used to having the bugs around. Some bugs are even interpreted as features and users complain when the software authors fixed them. A similar effect may be caused by other improvements, particularly those which involve changes in the user interface.
This comic shows a somewhat extreme example. An unnamed software had a bug causing the CPU to overheat whenever the spacebar was held down too long. In version 10.17, this bug was fixed. Soon, longtimeuser4 complained that they liked the bug of CPU overheating if the spacebar was held down. They hand made use this "feature" (which is, again, more weird than usual) to streamline their workflow, and they wanted an option to re-enable it.
Emacs is a text editor written by the GNU project (with ports to virtually all operating systems including Windows, Linux and Android) that features a very powerful internal macro language. Macros are little programs or scripts for automating repetitive tasks.
Examples of real life changes in software which, though often acclaimed by critics, caused great annoyance among existing user base include ribbons introduced in Microsoft Office 2007, Start screen of Windows 8 or Unity desktop manager bundled with Ubuntu since version 11.10. In the latter case, developers included an option to use the older interface; for the rest, applications emulating (to some extent) old behavior were developed by third parties.
The title text makes a hyperbole to humorous effect, children will freeze to death during the winter because they won't be warmed by a rather unconventional heater. Making (or creating an illusion of) a connection between one's opinion and care for children's welfare is a common method of gaining public support, as such arguments are hard to deflect by the other side of the debate.
- Latest: 10.17 [Update]
- Changes in version 10.17:
- The CPU no longer overheats
- when you hold down spacebar.
- LongtimeUser4 writes:
- This update broke my workflow!
- my control key is hard to reach,
- so I hold spacebar instead, and I
- configured Emacs to intepret a
- rapid temperature rise as "control".
- Admin writes:
- That's horrifying.
- LongtimeUser4 writes:
- Look, my setup works for me.
- Just add an option to reenable
- spacebar heating.
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