John C. Dvorak, writing for PC Magazine, asks, “Does Microsoft think it is going to get away with charging real money for any sort of add-on, service, or new product that protects clients against flaws in its own operating system? Does the existence of this not constitute an incredible conflict of interest? Why improve the base code when you can sell ‘protection’? Is Frank Nitti the new CEO?”
Dvorak’s article, “The Microsoft Protection Racket,” continues:
Why protect the users when you can fix the code? Therein lies the rub. Microsoft cannot fix the code—that’s the point. It apparently cannot be done. Microsoft talks about how when it releases Vista, there will be various versions such as Home, Small Business, Enterprise, and so on. Why doesn’t the company just bite the bullet and bring out various exploitable versions? Here are some suggestions:
Vista – Won’t Boot Edition… $29.95
Vista – Preloaded with Viruses and Spyware Edition… $39.95
Vista – Initially Clean but Use at Your Own Risk Edition… $49.95
Vista – Clean with Firewall and Weekly Protection Update Edition… $200
You get the idea. How about this for a concept: One Version that Works Edition.
Full article here.
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