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If you want to go crazy conspiracy theorist on us, I'd like to request that you at least limit yourself to something coherent and plausible. Among other issues:Wizardry said:What will be interesting is to see if someone a lawyer will prove they knew of these flaws for years so were knowingly abusing customers and their security.
This could lead to massive law suits,especially from any firm that can prove being hacked and suffer financial losses.
My gut feeling,is that it has always been planned that way as part of Microsoft spying and embedding and just all around corrupt ways of doing business.Anyone that can straight up say they trust Microsoft is super naive.
Definitely more news to come on this by end of month and what happens to all the systems that are basically downgraded because of the hit we will take after the patch?They sell their hardware based on numbers and various marketing schemes,well if all of that if smashed,then again it could create some lawful refunds or again law suits on misleading information but again has to be proved that they knew.
This leads to another problem and how law screws us over,i bet the most important "to know" employees inside of Microsoft that could leak out information are under strict contracts/oath to not say anything or land in jail.
I'd submit that one of the most important considerations in any proposed regulations is what will it do to competition. If you've got multiple good ISP options where you live, then your ability to switch to a competitor will do more to push them to offer you better service than any regulations ever could.k61977 said:There are really only a handful of providers most of the country already. Comcast and Timewarner pretty much have 2/3 of the country on lockdown. They bought up most of the competition let them keep there name but all the money goes to them. Just try going into an area that either of those as the major provider for landline internet and get someone else if you don't live in a major city. So yeah there is already a huge monopoly in this country for this service.