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Re: [News] Vista Bugs Bounty Hunt Begins

__/ [ Linonut ] on Saturday 13 May 2006 15:35 \__

> After takin' a swig o' grog, Roy Schestowitz belched out this bit o'
> wisdom:
>> Bounty for Vista coders who squish bugs at home
>> ,----[ Quote ]
>> | A top Microsoft engineer has thrown out a weekend challenge to the
>> | Windows Vista team: Find and fix a bug in the current code and earn
>> | $100.
>> | 
>> | The employee who installs the latest Vista build at home and
>> | squashes the most bugs before Monday will get an extra $500.
>> `----
>> Only $100 per bug for a project of that scale?!?! Oh, well. I guess there
>> is a limited budget of one billion dollars on that bug hunt...
> It's like that Dilbert cartoon of a few years back, where the PHB offers
> $10 per bug-fix, and the whole staff gets excited as they realize they
> can add straw-man bugs and fix them for cash.  Wally screams
> "I'm gonna code me a Winnebago!"
> Now we know the secret!

The same arguments could be made with regards to OneCare (AKA Wanker). When
Microsoft compete for the market which 'fixes' their own O/S, they must
balance their desire to protect it and the desire to make it fragile yet

It might be worth mentioning that AV vendors used to unleash virii (sic) onto
the wild and then offer the elixir. You talk about bounty? I talk about

Best wishes,


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