Embrace the FUD. Open More Fronts.
by Steve Mallett
The reason I pose this is that Microsoft's PR machine is now in gear trying to cope with Firefox. Check out this great quote:
Microsoft's security and management product manager, told attendees that IE undergoes "rigorous code reviews" and is no less secure than any other browser.
"Because IE is ubiquitous, you hear a lot more about it, but I don't think that Internet Explorer is any less secure than any other browser out there," English said.
This is really more desperate than pathetic isn't it? Ok, it's both, but the point of my post here is to pose the question of whether Microsoft's PR FUD machine could deal with fighting on as many fronts as we all have the potential to open. I have the feeling that we could easily scale to this while the fact that MS would be engaging is a bigger message than whatever they could say in response.
Ok, 'open source', Servers, DBs, Browsers, Email, Accounting, Media Players, etc etc etc...
Am I the only one who thinks it's ironic that the quote was from someone whose last name is English? English is a term in billiards to mean spin. Heh.
MS, lose the OR Logic
"Because IE is ubiquitous" AND because it's less secure than Firefox , "you hear a lot more about it,"
Ubiquity is the problem
I think we'd be better attacking them for being ubiquitous (ahem, via an illegally abused monopoly) than for being insecure. They can both deny that they are insecure (because *everyone* knows secret code is more secure) and even potentially fix the more egregious problems, but there's no escaping their ubiquitous status amongst users who don't know any better.