Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 1st Apr 2009 13:48 UTC
Bugs & Viruses We're well and deep into April 1 now, and if you were to believe some of the reports and hype on the internet, we should've all been paying in bottle caps right about now. As any sane person already saw coming, the Windows worm Conficker didn't do anything. It just kind of sat there, patiently mocking all those who did not update their machines properly.
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RE[4]: April Fools
by flanque on Wed 1st Apr 2009 20:41 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: April Fools"
flanque
Member since:
2005-12-15

Yeah.. I will blame people for not updating their system, visiting pr0n and warez sites then receiving virii which disables security updates, using pirated Windows, thinking they're smarter than the hacks out there so they don't need anti-virus or updates, etc.

OK fine your arguement about the hole shouldn't be there in the first place is true, but if we waited until every product was 100% bug free we'd still be using Windows 1.0, we'd have not have moved away from the first kernel release in Linux or have wonderful products like the iPhone or TiVo.

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RE[5]: April Fools
by sbergman27 on Wed 1st Apr 2009 20:51 in reply to "RE[4]: April Fools"
sbergman27 Member since:
2005-07-24

Yeah.. I will blame people for not updating their system, visiting pr0n and warez sites then receiving virii which disables security updates,

Might as well go ahead and blame people who notice that the allowed updates *observably* trash their systems more than any malware they perceive.

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RE[6]: April Fools
by flanque on Wed 1st Apr 2009 20:58 in reply to "RE[5]: April Fools"
flanque Member since:
2005-12-15

sbergman27, to be completely honest I have NEVER seen any update from Microsoft that trashes someone's system, either personally or professionally.

I'm in the support field and served years at the desktop level and am currently on the server level and I quite simply haven't seen it happen at all.

Maybe it has happened at some point in time but it's by no way the norm in my experience.

I do recall occassions where patches don't do what they're intended to do, but nothing to the extent where users systems are trashed.

If it were really a common problem we'd see a lot more media attention and it'd be far more commonly known within the community of people who actually participate in applying these patches on mass (thousands of machines in my case).

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RE[6]: April Fools
by BluenoseJake on Wed 1st Apr 2009 23:02 in reply to "RE[5]: April Fools"
BluenoseJake Member since:
2005-08-11

That can also happen to any OS, just like the xorg update that trashed Ubuntu a few versions back.

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