"Noting the large number of major virus epidemics during the past two years, Gates said that in some ways "hackers are good for maturation" of the platform, because they have forced the company to develop new inspection techniques for the code."
Too bad they don't fix the problems before they are discovered in the field.
"A high volume system like [Windows] that has been thoroughly tested will be by far the most secure," Gates told the audience at the Developing Software for the future Microsoft Platform conference at London's Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre.
Anyone ever hear about the disaster in Vietnam called the M16? They fixed those problems post deployment too. After thousands of men died because their guns jammed in a fight.
If you care, one M16 story can be found here