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Get a load of this......
User POSEY, BRUCE A [Non-Pharmacia/1000] (firstname.lastname@example.org) posted:
SURPRISE SETTLEMENT EVENLY SPLITS MICROSOFT; ONE FIRM TO MAKE SOFTWARE,
OTHER TO MAKE PATCHES Decision Keeps Redmond from Monopolizing Massive
Microsoft Patch Industry Redmond, Wash. (SatireWire.com) - In a surprise
settlement today with nine U.S. states, Microsoft agreed to be split into
two independent companies -one that will continue to make Microsoft
operating systems, browsers, and server software, and another, potentially
larger company that will make patches for Microsoft operating systems,
browsers, and server software.
See the story at: http://www.satirewire.com/news/jan02/patchsoft.shtml
I especially like the following piece at the end of the article.....
"Patchsoft developers will not have any foreknowledge of bugs or security
holes before software is released. They'll just have to be surprised," he
said. "So it will be just like it was when they were at Microsoft," he
added. One Reuters reporter, meanwhile, questioned the long-term viability
of Patchsoft. "This seems like a logical split right now, but what if
Microsoft's products improve to the extent that patches are needed less
frequently, or perhaps not at all?" she asked. "I'm sorry, I can only
respond to serious questions," Blumenthal answered. "
Do you all think they could use some QA/QC folks?
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