Rushing poorly written firmware is what's ridiculous. As PB PM said above, how could canon have missed this?!
Who said Nikon ever lost the "lead"? :^)
No I agree the untested firmware is fairly ridiculous and I would be very pissed if that'd happened to my camera.
However I think Nikon's lack of any details on any of the models due for replacement is quantifiable as losing "the lead". Canon messed up on a firmware update bigtime, however they still have 1080p and manual control, and pointless or not higher mp (although this doesn't bennefit me, it does bennefit others), and undeniably much more competitive pricing at the "entry" level.
although all of that is arguable I suppose and you know much more than I do, so maybe I'm just talking to talk. WHERE'S MY D7000 : )