Good point. They also get in the way of the soldering on the bottom of some shields. I might just rip them up next time the atmega does blow (because it's inevitable).
The other thing I noticed was that you have parts on each end of the DIP socket that would seem to making pulling the IC a difficult proposition without a DIP extractor (I'm not even sure they still sell them?).
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