Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 15th Apr 2009 09:54 UTC
Bugs & Viruses Whenever the Conficker worm comes up here on OSNews (or any other site for that matter) there are always a number of people who point their fingers towards Redmond, stating that it's their fault Conifcker got out. While Microsoft has had some pretty lax responses to security threats in the past, it handled the whole Conficker thing perfectly, releasing a patch even before Conficker existed, and pushing it through Windows Update. In any case, this made me wonder about Linux distributions and security. What if a big security hole pops up in a Linux distribution - who will the Redmond-finger-pointing people hold responsible?
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RE: Another car analogy
by blahblah on Thu 16th Apr 2009 07:44 UTC in reply to "Another car analogy"
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Hmmm... Even ignoring the fact that the analogy totally falls apart because, in a malware breach of security, there's an individual actively trying to break the system, this still has issues.

I had a car. I'm reasonably knowledgeable about the inner working of said car. Did some work on it myself. I was moving out of state, and my friend needed a car, so I gave it to him.

Now, I know he doesn't know much (anything at all, zero, completely ignorant) about cars, so I get it checked over and maintained before I give it to him.

One thing I didn't fix was the engine light, coz I know it's just the OBD being annoying, and you just need to unplug & plug the battery to make it go away.

My friend pointed it out a light was on a year earlier, and I said "eh, no problem".

So a few months after I gave it to him, the oil light came on, he said "eh, no problem", and later reported to me that he was driving along the freeway and the car "made some noises, and stopped".

Now, as much as I wanted to just laugh my #$#, I did feel kind of bad, because I knew he didn't know anything, and probably should have took more time to explain how cars work...I tried going over the basic ideas, but failed to emphasize things like "orange light, OK. Red light, BAD", so I did feel somewhat responsible.

Now I had another friend that had built a classic car from the ground up over a period of two years, and took it out for the first time, and had never put oil in it (just forgot). Now, in that situation, I really wanted to feel bad, but just tried really hard not to laugh, and sound sympathetic.

Finally, note that I gave my friend the car for free. Just like you get Linux for free. So he felt silly and bad for not taking care of a free car. Whereas if he had bought the car, he might have been a little mad if the dealer never explained anything about checkups, etc. And I find that totally reasonable.

Windows = I paid for this so I didn't have to think, you didn't give me access to fix anything myself, so you better treat me, the dumb idiot customer, like the dumb idiot customer you made me. And also treat me like you really want to keep me happy, and make sure I can't screw it up too badly. And make me feel good about myself while you do it. I.E, if I have to think, you have an HCI bug!. In other words, If I can't figure it out, or do something wrong, your interface is broken.

Linux = it's free, you have the source. If you really had an issue YOU SHOULD HAVE FIXED IT YOURSELF. And you better not complain.

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