Slashdot | Calling Software Reliability Into Question -
It appears a debate is finally starting amongst everyday (read: non-geek) people about vendor liability for buggy software. Some opponents of the liability push are unsurprising: Says the story, 'Microsoft contends that setting [reliability] standards could stifle innovation' Or to put it more clearly: MS actively discourages bugfixing, in favour of creating the next version nobody asked for. This is why you can't get rid of that stupid paperclip; and why you have to restart your windows machine twice a day.
It'll be interesting to see if this story gets any legs in mainstream media. Geeks have been pointing out these problems for years now; it's time the mainstream broke the story :]