SkyDrive issue causing Opera to become unstable


SkyDrive is sending Opera users more than 2 million NULL characters in the middle of its source code.

Opera users attempting to access Microsoft's SkyDrive cloud storage service are being faced with problems that cause the browser to become unstable, an Opera employee states.

According to a blog post by Hallvord R. M. Steen, a core quality assurance tester at Opera Software, Opera received a bug report sometime between Friday and Saturday indicating SkyDrive was causing Opera to "hang and use 100% CPU." Steen states the issue isn't related to JavaScript or other plugins, but rather in Microsoft's coding of SkyDrive itself.

SkyDrive is sending Opera users more than 2 million NULL characters in the middle of the service's source code, Steen says, although he's unsure of the root cause of the issue.

The issue is currently only causing problems for Opera users – Internet Explorer, Chrome and Firefox remain unaffected by SkyDrive, although Steen notes "Opera gets way more confused by the unexpected NULL characters than Firefox does, [judging] from the CPU usage."

Source: Hallvord R. M. Steen Blog | Image via Hallvord R. M. Steen

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Vannos said,
So this affects what, less then 1% of browser users worldwide?

Not sure about the market share. Opera has 300 million or so active users worldwide.

Teebor said,
Did they count them all? or get to 2 million as said "Screw it"
Haha. I would hope that they found or wrote a tiny program to count them.

pickypg said,
Haha. I would hope that they found or wrote a tiny program to count them.

You don't even need a script, copy the source to a file, remove all the non-null characters and check the file size, each byte = one ASCII character.

Poof said,

You don't even need a script, copy the source to a file, remove all the non-null characters and check the file size, each byte = one ASCII character.
I suspect there's more to the script than what's shown above, thus providing a potential tedious headache, but otherwise that's very true.

Opera has the most problems with the world wide web.

It also looks like ****. And I mean like total ****.
Not **** like Firefox looks like **** on Windows 8, pure uttermost repulsive ****.
It takes way too long to configure opera to function and work like Chrome or IE10.
Tab Management - get it right opera - CTRL-TAB means switch to the next open tab!

ArialBlue said,
Opera has the most problems with the world wide web.

It also looks like ****. And I mean like total ****.
Not **** like Firefox looks like **** on Windows 8, pure uttermost repulsive ****.
It takes way too long to configure opera to function and work like Chrome or IE10.
Tab Management - get it right opera - CTRL-TAB means switch to the next open tab!

Huh, looks-wise that's subjective and offers a lot of themes.
What exactly do you have to "Configure"? Simply because it has more user-configurable settings isn't a bad thing.
Tab Management is actually consistent (at least with Windows' ALT+TAB) by default where tabs are cycled in most recently-used order rather than tab bar order. Also, able to be changed in settings.

Fred 69 said,

Huh, looks-wise that's subjective and offers a lot of themes.
What exactly do you have to "Configure"? Simply because it has more user-configurable settings isn't a bad thing.
Tab Management is actually consistent (at least with Windows' ALT+TAB) by default where tabs are cycled in most recently-used order rather than tab bar order. Also, able to be changed in settings.


Default theme should not look like eye cancer.
Default theme should look OS native.

A good browser should not be bundled with a torrent and an e-mail client that almost no one will ever use except for some idiot or two.

A good browser is by-default configured properly. There should be no need to fix an issue like top-of-screen tab thumbnails (wtf?) or insane ctrl-tab order (wtf?).

No one cares about recently-used order. No one. Is it too hard to ask that CTRL-TAB would work the same across all browsers? CTRL-TAB = Switch to the next tab as it is currently in the tab bar on top.

Obviously there are other issues like plugin issues with OOPP and HWA being a joke. And incompatibility with a multitude of websites.

Alas, Opera likes to bitch instead of adapt.

ArialBlue said,

Default theme should not look like eye cancer.
Default theme should look OS native.

A good browser should not be bundled with a torrent and an e-mail client that almost no one will ever use except for some idiot or two.

A good browser is by-default configured properly. There should be no need to fix an issue like top-of-screen tab thumbnails (wtf?) or insane ctrl-tab order (wtf?).

No one cares about recently-used order. No one. Is it too hard to ask that CTRL-TAB would work the same across all browsers? CTRL-TAB = Switch to the next tab as it is currently in the tab bar on top.

Obviously there are other issues like plugin issues with OOPP and HWA being a joke. And incompatibility with a multitude of websites.

Alas, Opera likes to bitch instead of adapt.

As someone said, its subjective... A browser might be good for you based on what you wrote... for someone else it might not be... Also, the email and the torrent client are hidden from sight and no one is forcing you to use them... so stop complaining... I found its IRC chat capabilities to be quite good...

ArialBlue said,
Default theme should look OS native.

Then you must hate Chrome

A good browser should not be bundled with a torrent and an e-mail client that almost no one will ever use except for some idiot or two.

Why not? It doesn't affect you at all if you don't use it. And Opera is actually smaller/more compact than the other browsers.

Alas, Opera likes to bitch instead of adapt.

Nonsense. Opera has been adapting forever. If they didn't they wouldn't have been around still.

Hmmm... no indication of which version(s) of Opera this issue affects? To be fair, the Opera team are releasing updates to Opera at quite a pace at the moment (like 4 release candidates and 12.10 "final" in the space of about a week!), so it won't be long before this issue is addressed!

Anthony Muscat said,
Why don't the two people who use opera just upgrade to chrome?

How about stopping with the spewing B.S nonsense, and realize not everyone's going to jump on the chrome bandwagon.

Anthony Muscat said,
Why don't the two people who use opera just upgrade to chrome?

Because they have chosen to use Opera, and don't need random trolls telling them which browser to use?

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