|| ||Leon Brooks <firstname.lastname@example.org>|
|| ||Vice President Gates|
|| ||Sun, 22 Sep 2002 09:11:30 +0800|
|| ||email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org|
At http://msnbc-cnet.com.com/2010-1071-958721.html you wrote:
> the image of Bill Gates getting his marching orders from President
> George [W] Bush just doesn't compute.
Before dealing with your main point, I don't think you understand how the
people dealing with *any* nation's security think, and your conclusions will
be invalid until you do.
William Henry "Trey" Gates III or one of his subordinates may or may not shut
down China's computers (hey, CodeRed4 may well do that anyway...), but you're
about to bet one and a half billion lives, including yours, on whether he
does or not. Does this impact your thinking? It would impact mine.
The question flips from "is it certain that Bill can pull our collective
plugs?" to "is it *possible* that Bill could pull our collective plugs?" -
and of course that flips the answer from "Ha, ha" to "Yes."
Now, as to whether Bill has the capability to actually do this, let's use
Microsoft's own words:
"The OS Product or OS Components contain components that enable and
facilitate the use of certain Internet-based services. You
acknowledge and agree that Microsoft may automatically check the
version of the OS Product and/or its components that you are
utilizing and may provide upgrades or fixes to the OS Product that
will be automatically downloaded to your computer."
[Text from the Windows 2000 SP3 EULA and Windows XP SP1 EULA]
The implication is that Microsoft can alter the software on your computer at
will, AND you agreed to let them do that when you installed it.
Wouldn't it be handy - but not for China - if a wartime update to Windows was
or included a TCP stack that stopped recognising Chinese IP addresses at a
specific date and propagated itself as hard as it could by fair means or foul
As to *how* Microsoft propose do that, well, why not just read the source code
yourself and find out? (-:
Finally, given that Microsoft seem to have both means and opportunity, how
about motive? Bush orders Gates, so-so, maybe. National Guard orders Gates at
gunpoint is quite a different scenario. CIA plant pushes button for Gates yet
another. Is a troublemaking cracker from Saint Petersburg unprecedented?
The possibilities are myriad. Just don't be dumb enough to say that it's
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