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On Windows 7 And The NSA

Posted on | November 20, 2009 | 2 Comments

I can not believe how many people complain just to be sure that they have not lost the ability to do so. Recently, there has been growing concern that backdoors may appear in Windows 7, simply because the NSA participated in part of its development.

To my knowledge, the only back door in Windows 7 is named `Internet Explorer’. Beyond that, what’s with this crazy hype? 

News flash: The NSA also participated in Linux development. These days, we call their efforts SELinux. If the NSA is helping in an OS development cycle, its because they want to reduce the number of domestic computers enslaved to criminal bot nets. Yes, you read that right, the Government actually trying to do the job it was put in place to do.

I am no fan of Microsoft, I am no fan of Windows 7 .. however, kindly, cut the FUD. The fact that NSA hackers are working to reduce my work load makes this conspiracy theorist quite happy.

Well, as they say, empty cans rattle the most. Just because Uncle Sam gets involved doesn’t mean its sinister, especially when its helping to secure an OS. Linus took their patches, why should Redmond refuse the same help?

Enough with the straw man arguments, ok?

If it turns out to be any different than I have described it, I will print this post and eat it on youtube.


2 Responses to “On Windows 7 And The NSA”

  1. Dusty Wilson
    November 22nd, 2009 @ 2:48 pm

    We’re just lucky that we can see the Linux source code. Not so lucky to not see the Windows code. I don’t think that they put in backdoors, but I can see why some people think that. They can’t prove for themselves that they didn’t. I’ll continue to use my open source awesomeness in any case.

  2. tinkertim
    November 22nd, 2009 @ 10:36 pm

    @Dusty: A healthy amount of skepticism is good when using software that you can not review and compile for yourself.

    Then, there is Hanlon’s razor, which was not employed by the majority of people kicking up the dirt in this case.

    Its one thing to worry .. its another to bother to rationalize before spreading crazy fearfud :)

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