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Once again we are shown Microsoft knows how to fix their operating system, but chooses not to

Posted 12-20-2010 at 02:09 AM by William (Dthdealer)

This drives me insane.

http://it.slashdot.org/story/10/12/1...ls-20-Released

Microsoft has just released version 2 of their free Security Essential antimalware suite. In the comments, people are praising how 'Great it is', how 'Microsoft is getting it right' and 'Linux sucks because no one makes an equivalent to this'.

Listen to me, you have all been lead.

If Microsoft can provide a free anti-malware service to every Windows user, this shows us two things:
  • Microsoft knows how to FIX their operating system and make it much harder to infect, but instead of doing to puts such important protection into an optional tool only a small fraction of Windows computers will ever have installed.
  • Microsoft does not want their operating system to be any more malware proof, for it would not be good business. Instead they perform this PR stunt and provide all of the fixes as optional software that few know about instead of pushing patches to every Windows computer on the planet for free that would take Windows' security strength up to near that of the *nixes.

Do you see where I am going?

Remember, every time you lose your Windows system to malware, not only do the authors of such crapware succeed but also your loss is Microsoft's gain.

Need to buy a new computer because your old one is Malware-ridden and you don't know better?
+ money to Microsoft business partners who sell you the computer ( eg Dell )
+ money to Microsoft for Windows pre-installed on the new computer ( a couple of hundred dollars of the computer's total price )
minus hundreds to thousands of dollars from your pocket

Need to buy a new Windows installation disc?
+ money to Microsoft
minus hundreds of dollars from your now rather light wallet

Need to get the computer repaired?
+ money to Microsoft partners who repaired your computer
+ money to Microsoft as the repairs people need to buy a new copy of Windows if you can't provide your one. Yes, you will have to pay for this
minus hundreds of dollars from inside your mattress

Need to get over-the-phone support?
+ money to Microsoft partners
minus your money, and also the fact you will probably either have to take one of the first three options anyway

Regards, William
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  1. Old Comment
    Completely agreed. Everything is all about money for Microsoft's pocket; they charge for just about everything you do on the computer. The ancient Romans did the same thing: First they invaded other civilizations, then they charged them for the invasion. Then, they charged you for every good or service they could possibly think of, and their taxe$ were so high it was outrageous. In my opinion M$ is a modern-day Rome.
    Posted 12-20-2010 at 04:29 AM by Kenny_Strawn Kenny_Strawn is offline
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    Originally Posted by Kenny_Strawn View Comment
    Completely agreed. Everything is all about money for Microsoft's pocket; they charge for just about everything you do on the computer. The ancient Romans did the same thing: First they invaded other civilizations, then they charged them for the invasion. Then, they charged you for every good or service they could possibly think of, and their taxe$ were so high it was outrageous. In my opinion M$ is a modern-day Rome.
    It is also ironic that the English also had trouble with, believe it or not, windows.

    As far as I know at some point in British history the windows on your house were counted and you were taxed on how many you had. Some people covered them up and just used candles instead.

    And so a candle tax started. Parry riposte.
    Posted 12-20-2010 at 05:04 AM by William (Dthdealer) William (Dthdealer) is offline
 

  



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