- when talking about Microsoft - that "There is no incentive to fix the code base if it can make additional money selling "protection.""
Is beyond me.
Such comments lead me to believe that the writer hasn't even a basic understanding of the commercial world, or of how software companies work. Any commercial director who seriously proposed a marketing policy based on that premise would soon (and deservedly) be out of a job.
Some people talk about 'fixing the code base' as if it's an afternoon's work - something that Microsoft is neglecting to do because they're all lazy, and can't be bothered. People like that might do well to spend some time contemplating what 40 million source lines of code look like (for that's about the size of Windows XP), before drawing such daft conclusions. When you have even a slight understanding of the way that such an operating system has to interact with tens of thousands of software applications and hardware devices the wonder is that it manages to work at all, let alone withstand the constant onslaught from hundreds of thousands of amateur hackers - all of them bent on bringing it down.
People who write ill-informed attacks on Microsoft in order to score a cheap point should remember that if it wasn't for the activities of sad people who derive pleasure from destroying what others worked hard to create, it wouldn't be necessary to 'fix' anything, or protect us from anyone.
The man is an utter fool with a paranoia complex and an unrealistic belief in his own talent. I have never read such twaddle from a supposedly human species. I suppose the same applies to Linux then as this can be 'hacked'.../sigh