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[4]: Another car analogy
by kaiwai on Thu 16th Apr 2009 23:05 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Another car analogy"
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Um. Exactly. My friend was the end-user, and I was saying I should have been more informative. Thus, it's not the end-users fault.

Where do we disagree?

We disagree when you claim in you original analogy that it isn't the end-users fault that he refuses to install updates (the analogy I made with the software company was an attempt to try and get my head around your analogy that has nothing to do with my original post).

Even if the end user weren't an expert - the major news stations have been running articles on how to make sure you're not infected, installing updates, how to get in contact with Microsoft etc; so it wasn't as though the information was being hidden in the IT media where only a small niche are interested in listening to.

What you seem to be hell bent on doing is attempting to create and argument that all end user problems sit at the feet of Microsoft - ignoring the fact that you as an end user have a responsibility to maintain your computer, just like a car or any other piece of machinery.

A computer isn't some sort of magical device that mysteriously does something. A computer is a glorified calculator that controlled by software written by fallible humans and because of this fallibility one needs receives updates to correct those problems. If you as the end user choose not to engage in the most basic understanding of running Windows update and getting informed of what could go wrong - why is it Microsofts fault?

Edited 2009-04-16 23:10 UTC

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