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An excellent resource.  Thanks Benjamin.  I will pass it on locally.

If you are asking me why these haven't been fixed, I could 
only speculate.  The author of the page notes that some 
have been and speculates his page has been noticed by 
Microsoft.  I do know security is getting better, and 
as David Megginson just noted, they have a ways to go 
in the code base and in the cultural change.  As one 
who is in a company that has a new CEO talking about 
major cultural changes, I can only repeat what I 
quoted from Paul Simon: 

"Orangutans are skeptical of changes in their cages."  

Orangutans are noted in the primate world for their inability to control 
spontaneous behaviors.  Even though they have  
collaborative skills, the inability to drop a 
grudge or resist an opportunity to take advantage 
of another member when it suits them screws up 
their collaborations.  It takes full frontal 
lobe development to do that and/or lots of practice. 
Anthropologists say that frontal lobe development 
in humans isn't complete until the early 30s, 
and ours is an industry thriving on the long hours 
of cheap labor put in by people considerably 
younger.  Somewhere between youthful enthusiasm 
and aged conservatism, there must be a sweet spot 
and we need to find it.


From: Benjamin Franz [mailto:snowhare@nihongo.org]

On Thu, 2 Oct 2003, Bullard, Claude L (Len) wrote:

> I don't have experience with Red Hat.  My experience with 
> MS is improving quickly.  The announcements now come fast 
> and the Windows Upgrade process is easy. 

No security updates from Microsoft in the last 3 weeks: NONE
The last one was on Sept. 10th.

And it isn't like they have fixed all the known [1] security problems. 
Some of the these are _more than three years old._

Benjamin Franz

[1] http://pivx.com/larholm/unpatched/


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