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Last Firefox Update Was Because of Farmville

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Mozilla rolls out Firefox update to remedy FarmVille issue.

Mozilla rolled a pretty big update for Firefox at the end of last week. However, the company rolled out another update right after. It was a teeny, tiny, update that fixed just one problem (adding an increase hang detector timeout) and it looks like the reason for the update was FarmVille.

Gamasutra reports that Mozilla rolled out v3.6.6 because the previous update was causing problems in the wildly popular social-networking game, FarmVille. Some FarmVille users were complaining that Firefox v3.6.4 "hangs the browser long enough for [a] timeout to trigger and kill it". It seems the issue stems from Firefox's new feature that terminates Flash if it is not responsive. However, because the likes of FarmVille and MafiaWars take longer to load, unnecessarily triggering this hang protection feature.

So, the latest version of Firefox has been updated to include an interim solution that increases the timeout, as developers look for a more ideal fix.

Mozilla's Justin Dolske posted the following on Bugzilla:

"… now that 3.6.4 has shipped, we are seeing an increasing number of reports that some users are unable to play Farmville, because Farmville hangs the browser long enough for out timeout to trigger and kill it.  As an interm solution, we can increase the timeout and then look for a better solution. The SUMO article suggests that 30 seconds is a good value, so let's hit this with a big hammer and make it 45s."

Though FarmVille is mentioned specifically, a comment from Mike Beltzner, Director of Firefox at Mozilla, revealed the problem wasn't isolated to FarmVille. That said, it appears the surge in complaints from FarmVille users is what finally pushed Mozilla to release a temporary solution.

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    Anomalyx , July 1, 2010 9:39 PM
    I lack a legitimate sympathy for the affected farmvillers
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    lauxenburg , July 1, 2010 9:33 PM
    I lack a legitimate comment.
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    maestintaolius , July 1, 2010 9:54 PM
    The only casual farming game worth playing is plants vs zombies anyway. :p 
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  • 29 Hide
    lauxenburg , July 1, 2010 9:33 PM
    I lack a legitimate comment.
  • 34 Hide
    Anomalyx , July 1, 2010 9:39 PM
    I lack a legitimate sympathy for the affected farmvillers
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    Thunderfox , July 1, 2010 9:43 PM
    They don't expect any flash app to take more than 30 seconds to load? Newgrounds might as well close up shop.
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    kurahk7 , July 1, 2010 9:47 PM
    Laugh Out Loud.
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    deltatux , July 1, 2010 9:53 PM
    /facepalm, why not set the hang limit to 1 minute?
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    maestintaolius , July 1, 2010 9:54 PM
    The only casual farming game worth playing is plants vs zombies anyway. :p 
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    Pyroflea , July 1, 2010 9:55 PM
    ThunderfoxThey don't expect any flash app to take more than 30 seconds to load? Newgrounds might as well close up shop.


    Loading =/= Non-responsive
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    RipperjackAU , July 1, 2010 9:57 PM


    Ha! Ha! Haaaaa! Trust Farmville to screw up firefox!
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    tpi2007 , July 1, 2010 10:08 PM
    What I don't understand is this simple fact - by the way, could Tom's investigate this ? - Why is this minor update called 3.66 instead of 3.65 ?

    I've been to Mozilla's site and 3.6.5 does not exist at all. Why the jump from 3.6.4 to 3.6.6 ?
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    halcyon , July 1, 2010 10:09 PM
    This news is way way late THG!
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    digitalrazoe , July 1, 2010 10:28 PM
    My virtual crops died along time ago ... Cows ran off .. Cyotes probably ate the fowl ... and that was pre 3.6 so ... Thanks for the news but anyday Farmville rules the browsers ... it has gone too far ..
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    christop , July 1, 2010 10:34 PM
    I have had problems as of late with firefox not opening on my desktop. I have done all the updates and it still acts buggy..
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    DM0407 , July 1, 2010 10:34 PM
    I had a solution to Farmville crashing.

    It involves a noose, a piece of paper, and a pen.
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    drutort , July 1, 2010 11:48 PM
    3.6.6 sucks, flash stuff crashes it like every other, and esp random ads that do that really sucks, im back to 3.6.3 though 3.7alpha looks good as far as mem and seems faster but still suffers exact same flash crashing as 3.6.6
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    drutort , July 1, 2010 11:50 PM
    also i believe the crashing is due to the new 10.1 flash, previous 10.0.x didnt crash almost never but it seems that its very difficult to get older flash versions to work :/  or even find
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    bustapr , July 2, 2010 12:55 AM
    Ok, ever since the updates my flash player has gone horribly wrong on youtube. Here it explains something about 45s timeout whatever. When I go watch youtube vids the video is fine for exactly 45s then flash crashes. I cant watch any videos because of this update, It used to work just fine. Im gonna switch to Chrome for the time being until they release a fix that actually fixes the problem.

    FU FARMVILLE!!!!!
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    hunter315 , July 2, 2010 12:58 AM
    It kept people from playing farmville, and they fixed this feature why? I thought they were out to help the world and kill off everyone's addiction to farmville
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    Anonymous , July 2, 2010 1:19 AM
    my farm js completely gone ******@yahoo.com
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    eddieroolz , July 2, 2010 2:11 AM
    They've grown to a group that can influence broswer developers. That is scary.
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    vinehoyle , July 2, 2010 3:56 AM
    both farmville and fishville cause me trouble now and then, esp. fishville. But I suspect it's a heat problem. My puter goes super hot after a few minutes of playing any of the Zynga games. About 20F on the cpu and about that or more on the mobo. I have a 120 mm fan, and normally my puter is cold as a rock, but them zynga games will make things heat up. Perhaps Tom's should investigate the matter.
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