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Re: Perhaps it's time to regulate Microsoft as Critical Infrastructure?
From: Rohit Patnaik <quanticle () gmail com>
Date: Tue, 26 Jan 2010 19:05:15 -0600

Rafael,

Well, either Windows will no longer exist, or Windows will be the only thing
that will exist.  Remember, very few people in the government have the
necessary technical knowledge to evaluate operating systems accurately.
Therefore, they will rely on private industry for input.  In practice, this
will mean that Microsoft will get to dictate the standards that every
operating system must meet in order to be approved.

-- Rohit Patnaik

On Tue, Jan 26, 2010 at 4:07 AM, Rafael Moraes <rafael () bsd com br> wrote:

Valdis,

That's the way!!!! The government must have a kind of protocol to allow  OS
to be released.
I believe that Windows will no longer exist after that. LOL.

2010/1/25 <Valdis.Kletnieks () vt edu>

On Mon, 25 Jan 2010 20:03:03 -0200, Rafael Moraes said:
This is a subject that need to be discussed very carefully. I agree, It
should be "controlled", but, how far?

In particular, one must be *very* careful to not create unintended
consequences. For instance, in general the more regulated an industry is,
the
more risk-adverse the companies get - both because regulation implies
"don't
rock the boat" and the second-order effects of compliance paperwork and
similar
issues.  Look at the mountains of paperwork needed to get the FAA to
type-certify a new airplane as airworthy - what if Microsoft had to do
that
level of detail for Windows 8, the next release of Exchange, and the next
release of Office?

How do you make Microsoft "regulated" in any meaningful sense, and still
allow
them the ability to ship an out-of-cycle patch?




--
Att,
Rafael Moraes
Linux Professional Institute Certified - Level 1
ITIL Foundations Certified


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