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Re: yet more VAPOURW~1 from Microsoft ..

Verily I say unto thee, that Andrew Halliwell spake thusly:
> DFS <nospam@xxxxxxxx> wrote:
>> Andrew Halliwell wrote:
>>> DFS <nospam@xxxxxxxx> wrote:
>>>> Secure, like the Linux kernel?
>>>> Results 1 - 10 of about 588,000 for linux kernel 
>>>> vulnerabilities
>>> And how many of those web pages are detailing fixes or saying 
>>> "has few" in between linux and kernel?
>>> STILL trying the old badly thought out google search fud?
>> You kidding, fscking idiot?
>> * just six weeks ago seven kernel vulnerabilities were discovered: 
>> http://www.ubuntu.com/usn/usn-714-1

Is that all?

"[I was] blacklisted by Microsoft for writing a story based on an
internal memo penned by Mark Lucovsky (now with Google, ironically) that
acknowledged *63,000 bugs were still left in Windows 2000* when the
product [was] shipped. I was barred from executive interviews at the
Windows 2000 launch as a result of my story. My "punishment" lasted for
a few years. Certain Windows execs refused to speak to me or meet with
me for ages because of that story. I believed, and still believe, that I
was just doing my job as a reporter." ~ Mary Jo Foley


> Software isn't perfect, what a shocker,

Some software is less perfect than others, it seems. Just ask Microsoft:

    No! We have lots and lots of competitors. The new version - it's not
there to fix bugs. That's not the reason we come up with a new version.

    But there are bugs an any version which people would really like to
have fixed.

    No! There are no significant bugs in our released software that any
significant number of users want fixed.

    Oh, my God. I always get mad at my computer if MS Word swallows the
page numbers of a document which I printed a couple of times with page
numbers. If I complain to anybody they say "Well, upgrade from version
5.11 to 6.0".

    No! If you really think there's a bug you should report a bug. Maybe
you're not using it properly. Have you ever considered that?

    Yeah, I did...

    It turns out Luddites don't know how to use software properly, so
you should look into that.


Meanwhile, bugs, like any other aspect of software, are completely
transparent ... when that software is Free. So even idiots like DooFy,
who have no hope of ever being able to fix any of those bugs, can
complain about them, thus motivating other, more capable, people to fix
them, and since those others are empowered by Free Software licensing,
they *can* actually do that. Of course when you're DooFy, "more capable"
is pretty much anyone ... from "cabbage" upwards, so other's being
"capable" is somewhat of a moot point, compared to the Freedom of being
*allowed* to do so.

How many of Win2K's ~63000 bugs did DooFy complain about, I wonder, and
more importantly, how many did he even know about, or even have access
to the information?

How many did he fix?

How many were *ever* fixed ... by *anyone*?


| "Necessity is the plea for every infringement of human freedom. It
|  is the argument of tyrants; it is the creed of slaves." ~ William
|  Pitt the Younger

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