[Dshield] Microsoft - Threat to National Security?

Kenneth Coney superc at visuallink.com
Thu Sep 25 23:54:10 GMT 2003

You are kidding right?  Most of the managers and procurement people I have 
dealt with read very little.  A EULA?  They never even see it.  They have 
some technician install everything over the weekend and then they just sail 
on.  If they do actually see something like a EULA by now they know, they 
don't worry about it.  Just click Accept.  They believe all problems are 
prevented by a splash screen that warns of penalties for unauthorized use 
or access.  What vulnerability?

Subject: Re: [Dshield] Microsoft - Threat to National Security?
From: Josh Tolley <josh at raintreeinc.com>
Date: Thu, 25 Sep 2003 11:08:20 -0700
To: General DShield Discussion List <list at dshield.org>

Kenneth Coney wrote (excerpt):

 > Sadly, more and more of the Pentagon has become Windows based. 
Government and industry was forced by software compatibility issues, back 
in the days, to pick which box was going to be the future.  User friendly 
added impetus to the changeover. End consumers didn't want a system that 
forced them to manually deal with "174 If A3$  = DY$, then goto 9382," or 
arrays, and pixels, etc.  Windows software is what 99 out of 100 businesses 
(including government offices) run on.  Oil tankers use Windows based 
software to steer the big ships.

I'm not sure if anyone has paid attention to the Windows EULA lately... in 
fairly recent memory the license agreement we all agree to when installing 
Windows had a disclaimer at the bottom saying "this software should not be 
used on critical systems such as air-traffic control" or something like 
that. Is it still there?

Josh Tolley

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