Shall we talk about "bullshit"? Let's start with your comment, a charming blend of distortion and fabrication.
Issuing IOUs to state employees during budget crises is not standard procedure in California nor, to my knowledge, any other state. The last time IOUs were issued to state workers in California was when Pete Wilson (another Republican governor) attempted it in 1992, when the state ran out of cash during protracted budget negotiations — something controller Chiang assures us will not happen until at least the end of September.
Banks refused to accept the IOUs, and public employees were finally driven to take legal action. The state was ultimately forced to come to a settlement with workers in 1996, after a 1995 ruling by U.S. District Judge Garland E. Burrell Jr. found that the state's IOUs were not "cash or its equivalent" and violated the federal Fair Labor Standards Act. California has never since issued IOUs as pay.
Your simply justifing Microsoft's incompetence.
I realize that I'm being a bit of an idealist... but seriously, when did it become OK for anyone to just do the bare minimum necessary to make a buck. Microsoft has repeatedly failed to go beyond what was required to keep them ahead of the competition, and they didn't do it by creating a better product than the competition in most cases.
I am sure you have heard "WITH GREAT POWER THERE MUST ALSO COME - - GREAT RESPONSIBILITY" (Stan Lee). It's a bit cliche, but it is true. MS is one of the most powerful companies in the world... if not THE most powerful were they to exert their influence. With that power they need to assume some responsibility. They could start by ensuring that the users of their products are not placed at risk by simply connecting it to the internet.
Call me an unrealistic, or nieve, or whatever. But it doesn't change the fact that Microsoft is not even coming close to doing all that they could do to make the best OS on the market and to ensure that those buying it are safe. In fact, I would guess that they spend more money hiding or distracting users from the problems with Windows than they do actually fixing them.
Microsoft has the power and the resources to develop an OS that is so stable and so secure that it could be compared to medical equipment. Sure it would be overkill, I realize that, I just want them doing more than dumping the responsibility for their shortcomings to third parties and requiring thier customers to purchase a third party product just to be protected from the problems within their software.
MS is not evil... just negligent.
"Mr. Spock succumbs to a powerful mating urge and nearly kills Captain Kirk." -- TV Guide, describing the Star Trek episode _Amok_Time_