How Predictable

Profile: BobGreene
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Insecurity
Ransomware
Windows 10
Microsoft marketing never quits-- unlike Microsoft security. Asked about the latest ransomware proliferative threat, the Microsoft marketing party line is, "Upgrade to Windows 10, of course!"

Yet, eons ago, confronted with essentially the same socially-engineered threat, a Microsoft product manager confessed, "Windows is just not designed for security". Exhibit A-- a flood of Windows Updates and nine Windows upgrades later, the situation still recalls the product manager's original comment.

We are left with a new but old version of the same Windows problem, but at a still higher cost. Windows may be "free" until July 29, but upgrading hardware to run it is not without significant cost. Although Microsoft has not minimized its threshold requirements to the degree it did in former years, it is likely the standard budget system will not do well on Windows 10-- particularly as it morphs into its later, still more bloated versions.

Running any risky operating system is costly, but running a vulnerable system known to be vulnerable for more than 20 years-- and in the face of the worst threat environment ever-- recalls the aphorism often attributed to Einstein, "One definition of insanity is doing the same thing repeatedly, but expecting different results."

The very definition of IT professional surely sets the bar higher than that.

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  • ncberns
    We're appalled by Microsoft's endless updates and bug fixes. Perhaps some really do help behind the scenes but far too many install with far too many problems. We simply don't have the time or inclination to be MS's unpaid beta testers and would far prefer to buy a finished product and get back to work
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