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Why Does Microsoft Always Get A Free Pass? Why Does Big Business Reek So Badly?

How Bad Must It Get?

  • December 3, 2008
  • By Carla Schroder
It's a funny thing how Microsoft succeeds in getting their logo and the Windows logo plastered on everything-- computers, advertising, and even other companies' ads. That "We recommend Windows Vista!" blurb is on every darned ad and product catalog that exists, it seems. Every word that falls from the mouths of Bill Gates and Steve Ballmer is dutifully recorded and reported. And yet the news media go all forgetful when they're reporting on yet another malware outbreak. The most recent example of this is the mass worm outbreak at our largest U.S. military base in Afghanistan. Or perhaps it was military computer networks in other locations-- I read a couple dozen news stories on this, and each one is a little different. So my guess it's very widespread and they don't want to admit just how bad it is. But there is one fact that becomes apparent to the tech-educated reader with the wit to look up little clues dropped in those stories like breadcrumbs-- such as SillyFDC and agent.btx-- it's all Windows computers that are affected. And yet in all of those news stories I read, not one single story said this. The closest any of them came to naming names was this ZDNet article:

"Our military is dependent upon commodity desktops whose software shares an enormous amount of DNA with systems that sit on every workplace in the planet"

A masterpiece of weasel-wording. Is Microsoft's grip on the news media that tight? Why isn't this a huge scandal? Weird-looking old ladies with thick shoes trying to catch their planes are not threats to this country's security, though they are treated as such, but Windows is a proven threat, and yet Microsoft gets a free pass.
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