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Re: Re: product liability (was: Virus Update)

  • From: Jim Mercer
  • Date: Tue May 09 18:08:38 2000

On Tue, May 09, 2000 at 05:44:57PM -0400, Shawn McMahon wrote:
> You're talking about a product sold under the advertising promise that
> little to no training is necessary, and with default behavior that makes it
> TRIVIAL to write crap like this.

i guess this is the gist of my argument.

companies should not be buying into solutions that require "little or no
training".  computer networks/applications are getting more and more

if they think they can save money on salaries by getting software that doesn't
require a knowledgeable person to set it up, well, then they get what they
pay for.

> But as it is, even large companies that don't use Outlook had expensive
> damage, because of Microsoft shipping complex unmanageable
> cruft-accumulated bloatware that can't be locked down very well even by the
> top experts in the field without removing functionality that Microsoft
> proclaims to the world that you need to go Where You Want To Go Today.

crappy software is a fact of life.

> Where I want to go today is to work without having to recover 1,300 files
> damaged by two idiots double-clicking something they shouldn't have.
> Ask CBS' network folks where they want to go today.  They'll probably tell
> you "to Redmond, with AK-47s".

probably best to take those AK-47s and go after the bonehead who made the
decision to use the crappy software.

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