'There is no need for software to be mistreated in this way so that companies
like these can market new products.' said Sascha Endlicher, spokesperson for
PETS. 'Alternative methods of testing these products are available'
According to PETS, these companies force software to undergo lengthy and
arduous tests, often without rest, for hours or days at a time. Employees are
assigned to 'break' the software by any means necessary, and inside sources
report that they often joke about 'torturing' the software.
'It's no joke,' Sascha said . 'Innocent programs, from the day the are
compiled, are cooped up in tiny rooms and 'crashed' for hours on end. They spend
the whole lives on dirty, ill-maintained computers, and are unceremoniously
deleted when they're not needed anymore'.
Sascha said the software is kept in unsanitary conditions and is
infested with bugs.
'We know that alternatives to this horror exist.' he said, citing industry
giant Microsoft Corporation as a company that has become successful without
resorting to software testing.