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Microsoft admit Windows Updates principally created to annoy

Postby Spudz » Thu Dec 03, 2009 4:17 am

Microsoft admits Windows Updates principally created to annoy

Microft claiming Windows 8 'will be, like, sooo much better'Microsoft has admitted that its regular software updates are ‘pranks’ largely generated by bored or frustrated programmers. The admission, which follows a three-year investigation by a special US Congressional Committee, has merely confirmed what many computer experts have been saying for some time.

Nigel Drake, a software analyst with Drayton Mann, said: ‘Honestly, when was the last time you actually downloaded a ‘critical’ update or patch from Microsoft, and it made any difference to anything you were doing? The screen doesn’t change, it doesn’t go any faster, it doesn’t stop getting attacked by viruses, it doesn’t boot up quicker, in fact if anything it gets slower and then your whole screen goes black.’

The updates, which are simultaneously offered to users in 82 countries, are programmed to make their presence known in a variety of annoying ways – as soon as the machine is switched on; before the machine can be switched off or in the case of modern Windows systems as soon as the machine detects the user is engaged in any activity of importance or interest.

‘Windows Updates are not compulsory,’ said a Microsoft spokesperson, ‘and the user has the option of simply switching off the prompts and ignoring them.’ However, Paul Strickland, who recently purchased Microsoft’s new Windows 7 package, said that when he turned off alerts and ignored updates he noticed that events took a sinister turn. ‘At first it was just harmlessly irritating, as usual. I’d get a message saying ‘you’ve turned off alerts’ every time I used the machine. Then when I was working it would randomly flash up ‘hey, you’re missing out on important updates’. A little later the machine began unexpectedly crashing, and I got a message saying ‘you were warned’.


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Re: Microsoft admit Windows Updates principally created to annoy

Postby Mystery » Thu Dec 03, 2009 12:09 pm

What??? ?>!
Why do geeks think Halloween and Christmas occur on the same day?
Because 31oct = 25dec ;)

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Postby Spudz » Thu Dec 03, 2009 2:56 pm

have a read of the site and some other topics then you wil find this rather funny :)
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Re: Microsoft admit Windows Updates principally created to annoy

Postby Mystery » Thu Dec 03, 2009 3:23 pm

Yeah, I've seen some weird "news" there.
But you know, if this article (or parts of it) is taken out of context, it could be pretty misleading.
Don't know if Security News subforum is the right place for it :)
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Postby Mindblower » Thu Dec 03, 2009 5:08 pm

Where do you think some of the movies or TV series get their start? Humans with an active imagination for the twisted. Anything taken out-of-context can and is misleading. Look no further than your local tabloid newspaper/magazine. Was told this years ago by a teacher, "don't believe everything you read". Wise words then and now, Mindblower! [v
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Re: Microsoft admit Windows Updates principally created to annoy

Postby Spudz » Fri Dec 04, 2009 3:04 am

Mystery wrote:Yeah, I've seen some weird "news" there.
But you know, if this article (or parts of it) is taken out of context, it could be pretty misleading.
Don't know if Security News subforum is the right place for it :)


When I first posted the article I was questioning (just like you) how this can be, so seemed the right place to post. Only after reading a bit more of their site did I see the funny side.
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