A few weeks ago I wrote about Microsoft’s “browser choice” ballot page in Europe, which in its debut used a flawed algorithm when attempting to perform a “random shuffle” of the browser choices, a feature specifically called for in their agreement with the EU. This bug was fixed soon after it was reported. But I recently received an email from a correspondent going by the name “Skoon” who reported a more serious bug, but one that is seen only in the Polish-language translation of the ballot choice screen.
You can go directly to this version of the page via this URL www.browserchoice.eu/BrowserChoice/browserchoice_pl.htm. Try loading it a few times. Does it look random to you? I tried it in Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome and Opera and get the same result each time. The order is unchanging, with Internet Explorer always first, followed always by Firefox, Opera, Chrome and Safari, in that order. There is no shuffling going on at all.
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