not2easy - 3:33 am on Oct 31, 2013 (gmt 0)
Two WP installs that I updated to 3.7 have updated to 3.7.1 today according to an email they sent. I read the Nacin article (while looking for a way to disable autoupdate) and while I agree that there seems to be a good number of WP sites I've seen that are not well maintained, I do not want my sites auto updating. One size does not fit all.
I believe there is good reasoning why they have always stressed that you backup your site before running updates and this totally sidesteps the process of backups unless you backup constantly. I'm not using their themes, and they can't possibly guarantee that an update won't ever break anything supplied by others. They do not standardize plugins, and that is another unknown in the process. I know for myself anyway that I will never run to do a backup after receiving a notification that an automatic update has been installed.
Sorry, but I prefer to schedule updates to account for other things that may be happening when they decide to do their auto update. I will be installing the update control plugin to simplify things as soon as I log in to update the two plugins that the notification tells me I must update. Something I would have done before backing up - or updating.
I don't see how having things done automatically for me allows me to vacation without thinking about site maintenance, this just makes it more urgent and possibly at a time and place where I can't do much about a problem.