surveyork writes “Firefox 4.0 beta 9 (AKA “a huge pile of awesome“) was released on January 14, 2011. Firefox 4′s release schedule includes a beta 10 and a release candidate before the final launch in late February. However, one wonders if this schedule won’t slip again, since there are still more than 100 “hardblocker” bugs, more than 60 bugs affecting Panorama alone and 10 bugs affecting the just-introduced Tabs-on-Titlebar. Some long-standing bugs wont’ be fixed in time for Firefox 4 final either (example, example). Many startup bugs are currently pending, although Firefox 4 starts much faster than Firefox 3.6. As a side note, it’s unlikely that Firefox 4 final will pass the Acid3 test, despite this being a very popular demand amongst Firefox enthusiasts. Perhaps we’ll have to wait until Firefox 4.1 to have this “huge pile of bugs” (mostly) fixed.”
Source: Firefox 4, A Huge Pile of Bugs
reillymj writes “Despite hundreds of media reports to the contrary, Sam Bonis, a geologist whose life work has been studying Guatemalan geology has plainly said that the dramatic ‘sinkhole’ in Guatemala City that opened over the weekend isn’t a sinkhole at all. Instead, he called it a ‘piping feature’ and warned that because the country’s capital city sits on a pile of loose volcanic ash, the over one million people living on top of the pile are in danger. ‘I’d hate to have to be in the government right now,’ Bonis, who worked for the Guatemalan government’s Instituto Geografico Nacional for sixteen years, said. ‘There is an excellent potential for this to happen again. It could happen almost anywhere in the city.’”
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