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Closing the door on updates - The Open Source Column

Oct 14, 2013, 19:00 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Simon Brew)

The update where the gate locks behind you and closes off a path is an evil, and not always a necessary one. There are times when security dictates that something needs updating, but there’s an inherent arrogance in the assumption that said update itself is going to fix leaks without springing new ones. That said, where a vulnerability has been detected, common sense does need to come into play. But the update where new features are being brought in? Something surely isn’t right there.

I list this right next, incidentally, to any download that casually seems to think that what I’ve been missing in my life is the Yahoo! toolbar. Or the Bing toolbar. Or the Ask one. What’s wrong with a dose of manners?

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