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  •  Analogous to MS's bloated clunky software to (2+ / 0-)
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    La Gitane, memiller

    quickly produce a poorly written unmaintainable program to do an imitation of the functionality of other programs that are already out there.

    •  Unmaintainable (1+ / 0-)
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      kyril

      How do you know it's unmaintainable? Have you seen the code. Since it's close source, it's pretty difficult to figure out how you can comment on the maintainability of software you haven't seen. I would think it's pretty maintainable. Since they have been maintaining backward compatibility much better than Apple and also many open source software?

      •  I'm mainly going by how long it takes to patch (0+ / 0-)

        security holes and by their general reputation.

        The Wall Street Journal once gleefully reported that they had brought out their latest release with much less bugs by the brilliant method of not allowing applications to use any of the features which were giving them trouble.  (It was in the last week of 1999, now behind a pay wall.)

        MS has always been quite open about their first priority being speed out the door.

        •  FF (0+ / 0-)
           I'm mainly going by how long it takes to patch security holes and by their general reputation.
          Did you consider the amount of testing that needs to be done for even a single line of code change is software that's as big as an operating system?
          The Wall Street Journal once gleefully reported that they had brought out their latest release with much less bugs by the brilliant method of not allowing applications to use any of the features which were giving them trouble.
          You mean like how Firefox has done frequently.
          https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/...

          http://theunfocused.net/...

      •  13 years (0+ / 0-)

        Also take a look at this - http://www.openwall.com/...

        13 years to fix a security bug.

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