Monthly Archives: May 2005

Making Money Off Your Software Bugs

  • Cnet:  Security gripes?  Microsoft feels your pain.  It’s not news to Microsoft that many, if not most, average Windows users have gripes about their PC experiences.  In response, the software company is unveiling on Friday a new subscription-based computer fix-it service, aimed at automatically patching security holes, blocking viruses and spyware, and generally automating the chores of maintaining a computer’s health.Dubbed Windows OneCare, the service will draw in part on existing tools like the company’s anti-spyware software, as well as on basic PC management functions inside Windows. But it will add a more powerful firewall, ongoing antivirus protection, and the right to get a live support person on the phone without paying extra, the company said.

So how does this work exactly?  The more bugs they have, the better this service does.  On one front they can tell their customers they care about the security problems and buggy software and are working diligently to correct them, and on the other front they can make more money on the more bugs they cause.  Hmm.  This just doesn’t seem kosher.

United States of America – The Motherland?

I was sitting down with a glass of wine and some Yo-Yo Ma to write a nice little story in the Inner Space section about the nice Mother’s Day I spent with my daughter.  I was, that is, until I saw a few blog entries on the National ID clause that has been tacked on to the latest military appropriations bill.  Like many of my fellow bloggers, I wholeheartedly agree that our military needs the best equipment possible, and we need to take care of our veterans and their families and those of our soldiers killed in the line of duty.  That said, things as important as the issue of a National ID should not be tacked onto a very important military appropriations bill.  The President would have us all believe this bill is for the good of the military, yet he has failed to mention the National ID clause in the bill.  Most of Congress is silent on the issue.  Come on Guys!  This isn’t Communist East Europe where you need papers to cross state borders.  We can’t even trust companies who make money on our personal information to keep it safe, how can we trust the government to keep safe such important information and trustguard it?  And to do all this without even a little good old fashioned debate?  What is becoming of this country?  THINK!  Everyone needs to think for themselves and investigate the bills this congress and President are trying to push through.  Be Patriotic – Think!

For more information on the Real ID clause and how to take action against it see and The EFFs Take Action page.