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Hypocrisy anyone?

Microsoft’s Spynet network has gained less than positive reviews at the show.

This is a company that has consistently said that open source can’t be taken seriously because it relies on amateurs to do its tech support.

Yet what is their answer to spyware? Not take the Symantec/McAfee route and invest in laboratories around the world to deal with new security threats but to rely on beta test volunteers as source material. Plenty of people are smelling a rat.

February 16, 2005 | Permalink


the word is spelled hypocrisy

Posted by: Kate Luxemburg | February 16, 2005 12:12 PM

However the word is spelt you have to give credit to Mr Gates for trying to pull a fast one (and spawning an entire industry peddling add-ons and snake-oil to fix their hoakey products)

Considering Microsoft are not above spying on their own customers one wonders if they will block their own spyware?

The vast majority of spyware and virii are a direct result to poor design and sloppy programming in Microsofts products.

Don't want to catch a virus via email? Simple: don't use Outlook. Use groupwise. Use anything other than a Microsoft product. An email client is for reading email, not running scripts and other little doo-dahs.

Want to reduce (eliminate?) getting spyware don't use Microsoft explorer.

Posted by: M Curtis | February 17, 2005 09:15 AM

That's what I like to see, nice impartial discussion. Of course there are no security issues with Linux, Opera, Firefox and other open source products....are there?

Posted by: L Tourvalds | February 17, 2005 09:26 AM

Bias doesn't come into it, as the lead item on our web site shows.

Posted by: Iain Thomson | February 17, 2005 04:04 PM

No genuine user of FOS would claim that there were no problems or flaws in Opensource (linux, BSD, Mozilla, firefox, et al).

The opensource model does not seek to hide or ignore these problems. Without labouring the point it is open. Unlike the proprietary model which really hopes that no-one will notice on the premise that ignorance (it's not really secrecy) is safer.

Last time I looked in the dictionary I didn't see bias defined simply as "Anything criticising Microsoft"

Posted by: M curtis | February 18, 2005 08:29 AM

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