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Re: [SLE] Gates [OT]
  • From: Mike McMullin <mwmcmlln@xxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 19 Jul 2006 11:23:25 -0400
  • Message-id: <1153322606.6141.9.camel@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
On Wed, 2006-07-19 at 07:19 -0400, James Knott wrote:
> Doug McGarrett wrote:
> > I would agree that M/S has certain deficiencies that they
> > know about, but I sincerely doubt that any bugs are deliberately
> > written into their software. I understand that XP has something
> > like 50 MILLION lines of code. If you have ever programmed anything,
> > and I have, altho it might have been only a few hundred lines
> > at a time, you know that bugs are inevitable.
> Some of the things MS has deliberately done, are extremely bad software
> engineering. Back in the mid 90's when they were being sued for
> bundling IE, they claimed it was part of the operating system and could
> not be removed, without crippling the operating system. At that time,
> IE was just an app, just like Netscape. However, when W98 came out, IE
> was deeply embedded in the OS. This means that flaws in IE can become
> flaws in the OS, with serious consequences. Further, you may want to
> read up on how Windows 3 tested to see if it was running on DR-DOS and
> then created an error message. This was done entirely to make users
> think DR-DOS was incompatible with Windows, even though it worked fine
> with it. Another "bug" was similar test code in MSCDEX CD-ROM drivers,
> which if run under OS/2 would also "fail". Bypass those few lines of
> code that tested for OS/2 and they worked fine. MS also has a history
> of deliberate incompatibility, sometimes even with it's own older products.

I think MS also checked to see if you were running PC-Dos along side
of 98se. I know I had a lot of trouble until I replaced it with an older

> All the above is well documented in the trial transcripts and elsewhere,
> and shows MS's contempt for it's own custormers.

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