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Re: [News] Vista Bugs Bounty Hunt Begins

__/ [ Sinister Midget ] on Saturday 13 May 2006 17:36 \__

> On 2006-05-13, Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> posted
> something concerning:
>> 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...
> I guess they aren't interested in finding them all.
> Proof there's an incentive to building buggy crapware. The same guys
> who screw it up can get paid for finding what they know they put in it.

See  my reply to Linonut. It's a total paradox. Break software at  daytime
(at work), then fix it at nightime (at home) to get a golden bunny.

If  there  was  a proxy, e.g. Windows developer creates a backdoor  for  a
friend  in the spyware industry, that'll be a separate matter  altogether.
Two  people make it harder for sustained corruption and they are easier to
expose,  which is why work in couple (or peer review) instills some  level
of /trust/. This new Microsoft strategy, much like their software, is inc-
ompetent at best.

Best wishes,


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