“How will we ever get a leg up on hackers who are infecting computers worldwide? Microsoft’s security chief laid out several suggestions Tuesday, including a possible Internet usage tax to pay for the inspection and quarantine of machines,” Robert McMillan reports for IDG News Service. “Today most hacked PCs run Microsoft’s Windows operating system, and the company has invested millions in trying to fight the problem.”
“Microsoft recently used the U.S. court system to shut down the Waledac botnet, introducing a new tactic in the battle against hackers,” McMillan reports. “Speaking at the RSA security conference in San Francisco, Microsoft Corporate Vice President for Trustworthy Computing Scott Charney said that the technology industry needs to think about more ‘social solutions.’
“‘I actually think the health care model … might be an interesting way to think about the problem,’ Charney said. With medical diseases, there are education programs, but there are also social programs to inspect people and quarantine the sick,” McMillan reports.
“The idea that Internet service providers might somehow step up in the fight against malware is not new. The problem, however, is cost,” McMillan reports. “So who would foot the bill? ‘Maybe markets will make it work,’ Charney said. But an Internet usage tax might be the way to go. ‘You could say it’s a public safety issue and do it with general taxation,’ he said.”
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MacDailyNews Take: Oh, for the love of Jobs! You want to see some real tea parties? Enact an Internet usage tax to pay for Microsoft’s ineptitude.
How about this instead: Microsoft, which raked in $14.569 billion in 2009 net profits alone and has some $31.5 billion in cash on-hand, along with their Windows PC sufferers (at checkout time) pay for their mistakes, not the U.S. Mac users who were, are, and will continue to be more than smart enough to avoid Microsoft’s shiteous Windows like the plague that it is.
And, oh by the way, what the hell happened to personal responsibility in the USA? You bought that Windows PC piece of junk, you face the consequences of your stupid decision and you pay for the full “experience.”