from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. An undesirable or incorrect feature.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Ill feature.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A distorted feature; a bad feature or trait.
- To mar the features of; distort or misrepresent the features of.
Fred von Lohmann from the Electronic Frontier Foundation sez, The sharp reviewers at iLounge spotted out a misfeature in the new iPod Shuffle that other reviewers overlooked: third party headphones for it apparently will require an Apple 'authentication chip,' something that is already required for various iPod docks.
My favorite misfeature had to do with the way the compiler handled variable declarations, so that if you tried to create for example, a large array to store sets of polynomials the compilers I worked with would bloat the executable it created....
But where Pidgin's UI is spare, even underdesigned, Trillian commits errors such as the worst default preference setting in the history of modern computer software, a misfeature which automatically links some terms in your conversation to Wikipedia articles.
Another misfeature we had in one Whirlpool microwave oven at a hotel we stayed in was that the beeper didn't shut off even if the door was opened; the salesman assured me that wasn't a problem any more.
The crushing misfeature of recoding PNGs as JPEG is no more, so you can easily add your flags, buttons, icons and other decorative flares of all kinds now.
And to make it work, you have to leave enabled a very dangerous misfeature of an operating system renowned for awful security?
It has already been pointed out, by Schneier I think, that this misfeature allows anybody doing simple traffic analysis to discover exactly what you typed.
Firefox 3 has that annoying misfeature of "awesomebar", but with the Old Location Bar add-on and some tweaking of the inis you can get the address bar to behave almost as well as it did in version 2, and after that it's OK.
I have noticed an annoying misfeature of the sound slipping out of sync with the video, though, sometimes by as much as two or three seconds.
HTTP cache validators (the ETag and Last-Modified headers) when the object requested has no Content-Type, to work around a Firefox misfeature.