Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 11th Jun 2010 21:27 UTC
Microsoft "Microsoft has fixed the distribution scope of a toolbar update that, without the user's knowledge, installed an add-on in Internet Explorer and an extension in Firefox called Search Helper Extension. Microsoft told us that the new update is actually the same as the old one; the only difference is the distribution settings. In other words, the update will no longer be distributed to toolbars that it shouldn't be added to. End users won't see the tweak, Microsoft told Ars, and also offered an explanation on what the mystery add-on actually does."
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RE[4]: Gotta love it
by darknexus on Sun 13th Jun 2010 02:24 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Gotta love it"
darknexus
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2008-07-15

To watch out for, certainly, just as you have to watch out for a convicted felon once they're released from jail to make sure there's no relapse back into crime. However, the chance is often given and there are actually people who change. I think the same can be applied to companies too. Are Microsoft a shining example of perfection? Hell no, and given how large they are it's doubtful they will ever be. But is anyone or anything perfect when you boil right down to it? A healthy dose of caution is always best, but there's no sense living in the past. If everyone thought like you seem to, that "Oh, well this is what happened before", we'd never have developed anything in the first place, since many successful efforts begin with a failed attempt. WE, as a species, would've just said oh well that failed and never attempted anything again.

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RE[5]: Gotta love it
by UltraZelda64 on Sun 13th Jun 2010 03:16 in reply to "RE[4]: Gotta love it"
UltraZelda64 Member since:
2006-12-05

"However, the chance is often given and there are actually people who change. I think the same can be applied to companies too."

The point is--so far--that they haven't changed a bit. What's it been, not even ONE freakin' year and they're back at it a second time? Hell, it's barely even been half a year. It takes longer than that for respect to be earned--or at least it should, and if not, you're probably too gullible. And Microsoft shot their chance just now by doing it again. At this rate, within the next year they'll probably be at it yet again.

"A healthy dose of caution is always best, but there's no sense living in the past."

This isn't the past. This is NOW. They *just* did this again, for the second time, in less than a year. Just now.

Why doesn't Microsoft just adopt "Oops! I Did It Again" as their theme song? They seem to never learn. As much as sometimes they really do seem like they're "getting it" lately they always revert to their old ways or just plain do something dumb.

Microsoft has a long way to go before they can be considered even remotely trustworthy, and little incidents like these only set them back.

Edited 2010-06-13 03:20 UTC

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RE[6]: Gotta love it
by contextfree on Sun 13th Jun 2010 04:52 in reply to "RE[5]: Gotta love it"
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2009-06-01

Did what again? What did they do that actually harmed users in any way?

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