Thursday, February 17, 2005

Oh Wow: Microsoft Anti-Spyware Tool Will Be Free

After reading this article and especially this quote:
"We've looked hard at the nature of this problem, and made a decision that this anti-spyware capability will become something that's available at no additional charge for Windows users-both the blocking capability, and the scanning and removal capabilities. Those are features we think should be available to protect every system," Gates said.

All I can say is Wow, so generous an offering by Microsoft. First, they create one of the most lax excuses for an operating system on the planet. Then, after letting the spyware problem fester for a few years, causing tons of people untold amounts of grief from stolen privacy to loss of the general usability of their machines -- after all of that, they come forward and say "I guess we'd better not charge you again."

Let me translate: "After we cost you so much in the past by our blundering about, I guess it would be a bad idea to charge you to clean up our mess at the same time -- especially when you consider that we've already plundered a lot in the past and now we're a company with several 10s of billions of dollars in the bank."

I think that kind of puts it in the right context...

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