Broken: 2.71 binary release
Worked: 2.71 source tarball
It appears there is an issue with the release process. While at least two features are known to exist in the official 2.71 release source tarball, they do not appear in 2.71 binary releases.
On 16 June commit rB8c16f4c7d0b334b70ec3b01ac1d81d280e9759b1 added
BGE: New Property sensor evaluation types
This patch adds "Less Than" and "Greater Than" evaluation types to the property sensor.
On 13 June commit rB3de3987ea190415d0d088c3917b45f44afb43840 added
Cycles: Add dedicated nodes to split/combine vectors.
According to the blender download page and the 2.71 tag creation - 2.71 was released on 26 June so these two could be expected to be included.
My build from the release tarball has both of these features (I'm on FreeBSD so I don't have an official binary release to test). I have had two separate people say that one of these is not present and a third person confirm that both are not present in a binary release of 2.71
This leads to the question - do the release builds get final bug fixes before release? are any new bugs introduced through other commits that shouldn't be added to release?