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Re: Anti-Virus

  • Subject: Re: Anti-Virus
  • From: The Ghost In The Machine <ewill@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 09 Feb 2006 20:00:07 GMT
  • Newsgroups: comp.os.linux.advocacy
  • Organization: EarthLink Inc. -- http://www.EarthLink.net
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In comp.os.linux.advocacy, Linønut
on Thu, 09 Feb 2006 11:05:36 -0600
> After takin' a swig o' grog, Roy Schestowitz belched out this bit o' wisdom:
>> __/ [mlw] on Thursday 09 February 2006 16:28 \__
>>> Could someone call a consumer protection agency or something?
>>> http://www.theregister.co.uk/2006/02/08/windows_antivirus_protection/
>>> This is so bogus. Microsoft makes a product so defective that a whole
>>> industry exists to fix and secure it.

Fix?  No.  Secure?  Maybe.

>>> Rather than FIX THEIR DAMN PRODUCT, they continue to sell the defective
>>> software and now sell a subscription to software that fixes their defects.
>> Microsoft have learned a lesson or two from your typical garage.
> Yeah, but you can always go to another garage.

And if one's lucky they'll have the right part.

> I think Microsoft should be forced to open up their software so that
> competing versions of Windows can be written.  May the best Windows win.

Windows is already, to some extent, open -- WinE is an
interesting venture, for example.  I'll admit I don't know
how much of WinE is because of specifications and how much
is reverse engineering, though.

And then there's Vaporware Vista.  Microsoft may have to
walk a bit of a line here: how many 3rd party products
are they willing to break to ensure a continued monopoly,
bearing in mind that if they break too many the vendors
might just find an alternative (Linux)? :-)

> Critical infrastructure should not be dependent on a sole-source vendor.

Not sure how "critical" the Internet is, though it's very important.
A bit like television and/or radio and/or electric power in that
respect (though refrigeration/food preservation complicates things).

One would hope the "football" doesn't have a NIC card... :-)

#191, ewill3@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
It's still legal to go .sigless.

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