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Re: Re: Microsoft Security, baby steps ?
From: "Paul Schmehl" <pauls () utdallas edu>
Date: Tue, 16 Mar 2004 21:58:40 -0600

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Nick FitzGerald" <nick () virus-l demon co uk>
To: <full-disclosure () lists netsys com>
Sent: Tuesday, March 16, 2004 8:15 PM
Subject: Re: [Full-disclosure] Re: Microsoft Security, baby steps ?

(it's just a pity that there is such a huge lag between MS
freezing the disk's contents and pressing and shipping it -- for moost
Xp users it will arrive about a wek before they face downloading SP2
and that is likely to be around 150MB I hear...).

As an aside, this is a problem with just about all software.  By the time
they freeze the "contents", warehouse it, ship it to distributors who ship
it to the retailers, who sell it to the consumer, the first thing they have
to do after installing is update.  That's why the online download model is
so much better (although even *it* isn't perfect.)  If you've ever worked in
a "shared" programming project, I guess you can understand the problem of
versioning and how that affects the "end product", but it's still
frustrating, especially on the corporate level, where constant updates are a
way of frustrating life.

Paul Schmehl (pauls () utdallas edu)
Adjunct Information Security Officer
The University of Texas at Dallas
AVIEN Founding Member

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