Except it doesn't. Biological viruses are not driven by self-aware controllers with a financial interest, nor do they evolve in the biological sense.
But apart from that, a sound analogy.
But Sophos has pushed out alarmist trolling press releases every quarter or so for years now all implying how OSX is about to be hit by a tidal wave of viruses, worms etc (other sites have credited Sophos as the source of this story - not Slashdot though, it seems.
Every single year, OSX loses the Pwn2Own competition first. Windows and Linux always go down on the same day. No matter what version has been current, OSX has always been less secure than Windows when both are up to date on patches. If Apple changes its security culture, it could mean big things for Apple in corporate environments.
So in a competition that is basically set up for Apple to lose, Apple loses ('cos no-one gets publicity for breaking the broken)
Seriously, did you really just use pose2own as evidence?
Those who don't know their history are condemned to get it wrong. Simply making a statement like that doesn't make it true.
The most important question back then was "Is it IBM compatible?" because back then the people who approved computer expenditure were the biggest buyers by a mile and they never got fired for buying IBM (compatible). These days "Will it work with my iDevice" is much more likely, as even MS realises.
Back then Jobs was fired. He might die any time soon, but he is a lot less likely to get fired that Ballmer.
Back then Apple tried to set its own standards, now it actively pushes industry standards (CUPS, Webkit etc etc)
Back then the world was a place of geeks and nerds, now it is a place of consumers who can't even remember what an autoexec.bat or config.sys is and don't fucking care. They just want it to work, so a curated garden that keeps the weeds out looks pretty fucking cool as they try to clear conficker off their PC yet again..
I wonder what Jobs would think if Google decides to take Apple off their search engine.
Probably "Fuck me, they really have taken leave of their senses, cutting off such a valuable revenue stream", while watching Google's share price collapse.
how many times will apple learn this lesson?
When it stops them growing into the second largest company in the world?
the nerd mindset truly is a joy to behold.
Most companies dont care to cater to their competition, its not fear its logic.
Most companies don't try and control what you can see and do with their products after you've bought them. Apple do.
When was the last time some major company was sued to stop production of a product, and they were actually stopped? Never, of course;
Kodak by Polaroid over instant film.
It is probably getting pulled up as a similar item to the "largest chocolate bar" story, which is current.
There is never time to do it right, but always time to do it over.