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Is your last name True?

Is your last name True?

April 2, 2021

In this episode we talk about this tweet - https://twitter.com/RachelTrue/status/1365461618977476610

"Anyone else getting this error from Apple iCloud ? In past or now? I’m 6 months deep freeze & looking for any help. I rem dead coding languages like kobalt.. & this seems like an Apple coding issue — not hardware"

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As you can see from the screenshot, the issue is that her last name is True and this scenario is not being handled by iCloud correctly. 

Mike Hrycyk of PQA , Nathaniel Couture and Suhaim Abdussamad talk about this bug and other similar issues with names and software bugs. Join us for this very entertaining episode. 

Did a cat run over your keyboard?

Did a cat run over your keyboard?

March 5, 2021

In this episode Nat and Suhaim talk about this bug - https://github.com/linuxmint/cinnamon-screensaver/issues/354 where some kids were able to get into a password protected machine. 

Facial recognition - plutonium of AI?

Facial recognition - plutonium of AI?

February 11, 2021

I read this article about a man spending 10 days in jail due to an AI saying he committed a crime that he did not https://www.inputmag.com/tech/a-man-spent-10-days-in-jail-based-on-misclassification-by-clearview-ai This was a terrible situation that shows the biases and pitfalls of AI and we decided to cover this on our podcast. I talk to four different people in this one

  • Abhimanyu Grover, founder of GameB Ventures & co-founder of Test Collab
  • Bradley Arsenault, CTO at Kwola.io
  • Nat Couture, VP Operations and Engineering at Patriot One Technologies Inc.
  • James Stewart, Founder of Troj.ai

If you have any feedback, we would love to hear from you! 

Buggiest game of all time?

Buggiest game of all time?

December 28, 2020

Cyberpunk 2077 was announced by CDPR in 2012, it was hyped for close to a decade. Unfortunately, the release has been a bit disastrous due to the sheer number of bugs. This tweet from 2018 is making the rounds now

https://twitter.com/CyberpunkGame/status/1013883730929340418 

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The game when released seems to be buggy across all the platforms, it crashed both on the new PS5 and also the XBox, from what we gathered, it was even worse on older consoles it was supposed to support.

From a call transcript from a recent CDPR conference call, Adam Kiciński Joint-CEO of CD PROJEKT said the following, “After 3 delays, we as the Management Board were too focused on releasing the game. We underestimated the scale and complexity of the issues, we ignored the signals about the need for additional time to refine the game on the base last-gen consoles. It was the wrong approach and against our business philosophy. On top of that, during the campaign, we showed the game mostly on PCs.”

Sony pulled the game from its PlayStation store on December 18th and Microsoft started offering refunds but chose to leave the game in its store.

CDPR shares lost a lot of value due to this news

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One technical reason for the issues appears to be that CDPR recommends that the game should be installed on to an SSD drive. With this in mind, maybe CDPR should have concentrated on just the newer consoles with SSD drives.

It does appear that the game could have used some more time for fixing of bugs before releasing the game, but not missing the holiday season was likely a reason why the company chose to release it despite the obvious bugs. We think that the intent was to fix these bugs post release, but in this particular case, this strategy seems to have backfired.

An Engadget article said the following – “In hindsight, the studio had other, better options. CD Projekt RED could’ve scrapped the PS4 and Xbox One versions of the game long ago and adjusted its marketing plans to focus on the necessary power of the next console generation. It could’ve released Cyberpunk 2077 in early access and asked for fan feedback in a welcoming, transparent manner. Instead, executives decided to publish a game that simply didn’t work on certain consoles, and lie about its performance to players and investors.”

On December 21st (i.e after Hotfix 1.05), I talked to a gamer named Ken about his experience playing the game, he said he experienced the following types of bugs pre-hotfix that he classified at three levels.

  1. Completely game breaking bugs such as infinite loops during the game, strange enemy AI that causes you to reload to a save or go back to that mission later on.
  2. Immersion breaking bugs such as AI pathfinding, NPCs will drive into the path of another car and just explode. Pathfinding for the actual cars is pretty bad. Overlapping dialogue, overlapping UI. A subtitle bug where the subtitle shows up even when you don’t enable it and won’t go away until you enable and disable subtitle. The subtitle bugs remains post patch.
  3. Bethesda layer – for example, there was a table with a lit candle under water which is immersion breaking but not affecting the game fully

Two bugs outside of this that I would like to discuss, one of the bugs that received a lot of attention was this one as it is hilarious – Cyberpunk 2077 characters can’t get their penises to stop poking through their pants. We can speculate that since this is not a crash, it is likely something that will likely get fixed a bit later.

Second bug that we thought that was pretty bad was one where there is an 8 MB file size limit, this seems like a bug that would affect people that are playing this game despite all the bugs. 8 MB is a strange filesize limit. Players have been advised to keep a lower amount of items and crafting materials by CDPR to avoid this bug. Fortunately, this bug has been fixed via a hotfix on Dec 23rd.

From what we are seeing, I expect the game to get better with a series of patches in the next month or so and the game will be pretty popular, but that is just a gut feeling without any data to back that up. My only reason to say that is because despite all the bugs, there are a lot of people still playing the game.

But, I hope that this will be the tipping point in the gaming industry where there is less of a crunch and games are released when ready.

So, is this the buggiest game of all time for a Triple-A game?

Down the rabbit hole - when a car dealership leaks information

Down the rabbit hole - when a car dealership leaks information

December 13, 2020

I noticed that a local car dealership did not require any authentication to book appointments and in turn found out that the site leaked information. The blog post https://thatsabug.co/down-the-rabbit-hole/ explains the issue in detail and the podcast is us discussing this particular issue. 

Is this really a bug? Covid outbreak scare!

Is this really a bug? Covid outbreak scare!

October 24, 2020

On Oct 9th, there was a screenshot being shared on social media showing that there was an increase of 66 cases of Covid-19 in New Brunswick, Canada. Which is quite high. On further investigation by @MageeCBC it was discovered that the data came from an incorrect Wikipedia entry which was scraped by Bing and then shared across social media. Nat and Suhaim debate whether this is a bug or not.

 

 

https://twitter.com/MageeCBC/status/1314578748310773760 

Don’t set this image as your background

Don’t set this image as your background

September 16, 2020

In this episode we talk about a bug where if you set an image a background on certain Android phones it would put your phone into a boot loop.

Tweet that started this craziness https://twitter.com/UniverseIce/status/1266943909499826176 

https://petapixel.com/2020/06/11/photographer-sad-his-photo-went-viral-by-breaking-android-phones/ 

Let us know if you try it out on our facebook page - https://www.facebook.com/Thatsabug 

Contact tracing apps, where will they go wrong?

Contact tracing apps, where will they go wrong?

June 14, 2020

We talk about contact tracing apps on where it could potentially go wrong. We have Matthew Sampson of safecontact.io as a guest.

Power cycling; not just for your PCs and routers

Power cycling; not just for your PCs and routers

May 9, 2020

We discuss a bug where Boeing 787s need to be restarted every 51 days. While looking into this, we found other instances of restarting the aircraft to prevent bugs. https://www.theguardian.com/business/2015/may/01/us-aviation-authority-boeing-787-dreamliner-bug-could-cause-loss-of-control 

Boot.ini bug - when a game borks your computer

Boot.ini bug - when a game borks your computer

April 1, 2020

https://www.eveonline.com/article/about-the-boot.ini-issue We go back to a bug from 2007 in this episode. Nat and I discuss a bug where upgrading to a new version of a popular game deletes the boot.ini from Windows leaving your computer not being able to boot up. 

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