[Gllug] Controversial Joel Spolsky article

Christopher Hunter chrisehunter at blueyonder.co.uk
Tue Dec 23 10:29:39 UTC 2003

On Tuesday 23 Dec 2003 12:12 am, Bernard Peek wrote:

> The worms spread because most Windows systems aren't properly patched
> because up until now users haven't needed to. Now that the worms have
> drawn their attention to this lapse a lot of them will hook up to
> Microsoft's automated patch delivery service.

...which dosn't usually work very well, often claiming that the "Operating 
System" serial number is wrong, and spuriously warning that it is probably 
pirated.  Also, there's no reliable and accurate way of knowing that their 
patches are uncorrupted.  Often, their "security patches" break more than 
they fix!

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