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One of the benefits of being an 800-pound gorilla in this world is that you can use your strength and influence to help others. So, apparently, seems to be the altruistic thinking at Microsoft these days. Not content to rule the world -- or at least try to -- with its Windows desktop dominance, the software behemoth has now apparently paused to propose a way to tackle the Internet's malware problems too. Isn't that thoughtful? Linux bloggers, as might be expected, aren't buying it.
How do you patch to "be protected" if they cut you off the Internet if you're "not protected"?
Will floppy disks, like vinyl records, be making a comeback? What next - bell bottoms and disco?
The reality is that any "Internet license" scheme they can concoct will be cracked. This of course will just create a false sense of "We've fixed the problem", and more opportunities for scammers, spammers, and flim-flammers.
"Microsoft has created a new Internet License plan - you need to upgrade your computer within the next 2 days to be able to continue to access the Internet. Please visit http://rnicrosoft.com/free_internet_upgrade for more details."
Please note the first two letters of the domain: r-n-i-c-r-o-s-o-f-t - this is NOT microsoft.com
@David: "if someone manages to use my computer to launder money, I should be found guilty of money laundering"
And if someone commits rape in my back yard, I should be convicted of rape? And if someone steals my car as the getaway vehicle for an armed robbery, I should be convicted of armed robbery?
Did you spend even a millisecond considering how we could afford to imprison the entire freaking nation?
These are corpor-rats talking about this BS. Much like health care, wages, avoiding economic collapses, not paying any taxes, etc., its **your fault** of you don't have 3 layers on retainer, an entire staff dedicated to making sure you are not part of a bot net, and a massive bankroll, to cover both the costs of surviving, never mind bribin.. uh, 'asking' public officials to keep you out of jail for it, when caught anyway.
But, yeah, I can just see this on the news, "Old lady is fined $1.5 million for accessory to bot netting. Says granddaughter used computer only one time, to read Facebook, which just *happened* to occur when the latest ad worm was being spread through a bug in Infernal Exploder." Shear idiocy.