Netflix does offer something similar to ISPs so they don't need to route all that traffic over the backbones, but since Netflix charges a fee to maintain the cache system, ISPs don't want it. Besides, if they did that, they wouldn't be able to complain and extort more money out of the backbone and edge providers.
It seems like the "vulnerability" that the article is talking about only happens when a recipient of the dropbox file link copies that link address into a google search query. If the user just clicks the link like a normal person, there is no problem.
What was so bad about ME compared to 98? It seemed like it was just a bunch of overblown hype, with no noticible differences. Also, the only real issue I had with Vista was the incredibly slow vendor response in making updated drivers. Also, driver makers could get the works for windows vista logo by only making 32 bit drivers, which left a lot of 64 bit OS users with non-functional hardware. With 7, MS changed the logo requirement to requiring support for 32 and 64 bit OS.
they are also probably using a scripted set of tasks for the bot to execute, rather than being an AI. things like go to A location, activate npc for quest, go to B location, kill all rats within 10 meters, etc