Systems disabling themselves when out of date
Posted Jan 23, 2009 0:22 UTC (Fri) by giraffedata
In reply to: LCA: The security panel
Parent article: LCA: The security panel
I hope no one seriously proposed that distributors should distribute software that disables the system, as a means of improving security in spite of the owner of that system.
A more legitimate take on this self-destructing system idea is that it's a service to owners who don't want to inadvertently run a vulnerable system. It might even make sense as a default configuration, but as long as a user who has considered what it means to run out-of-service software can easily turn off the feature, I don't see it as a heinous thing.
If I could buy a carton of milk that won't open after its expiration date, I wouldn't mind that one bit. It would save me some ruined cereal.
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