Sometimes the Internet just makes me laugh. In fact, the Internet often makes me laugh. Like this, for example:
Computers that are not protected or have been compromised with a bot put others at risk and pose a greater threat to society. … Simply put, we need to improve and maintain the health of consumer devices connected to the Internet in order to avoid greater societal risk.
Besides just being stupid at any level, I found myself raging to reply “If you hadn’t spent decades churning out shoddy operating systems, the world wouldn’t have this problem now.”
But the Internet had already taken care of this for me. There were three pages of replies when I visited, and I could count on one hand the number of posts that (even just vaguely) supported Scott Charney’s proposition.
The bulk — no, the overwhelming preponderance railed against Charney and Microsoft in general, for creating a problem the company apparently now says it can’t solve on its own. Good grief.
You and I both know that it is possible to run a clean, safe and threat-free Windows system without relying on heaps and heaps of third-party software, resource-heavy system updates or endless tiers of firewalls.
You just pull the network plug out of the wall.
I’m kidding, of course — but only in part: The simple, plain fact of the matter is I trust my 150Mhz Pentium running an outdated version of Feather Linux to navigate the Internet before any machine running any Microsoft product. Except maybe MS-DOS1.0.
You might feel Microsoft is an easy target these days, what with its recent history of sub-par releases. But Microsoft is a billion-dollar corporation, not some kid who did something dumb online and gets heckled as a result.
Gates and Ballmer built their fortunes by dumping a shoddy products on decades of computer users, and now they are suffering the backlash.
So if a billion people make a point of sending Scott Charney and Microsoft a little hate, via a blog comment, then I am afraid they will find no sympathy with me. You reap what you sow.
P.S.: Oh yeah, and this doesn’t help matters either. Stop thinking it’s cool not to understand something.