Purple_Martin - 11:20 pm on Jul 13, 2004 (gmt 0)
Should Microsoft (or any software producer) be forced to recall and wildely defective product?
Taking that question by itself and ignoring the obvious practical difficulties, the answer is a big YES. People have a reasonable expectation that stuff they buy works OK.
If so, who decides that it is "rotten to the core" like many of use feel IE is?
You'd need a legal expert to answer that one, but my guess would be a regulatory consumer body (office of trading standards, or whatever you want to call it).
Gates once said something akin to "if a car or plane is radically defective, then people die; but, when a browers breaks, people don't".
So what? If my fridge breaks a week after I bought it, I'm entitled to a replacement/refund. If my telephone broadcasts my conversations to the entire city, I'm entitled to a replacement/refund. Heck, if my ballpoint pen doesn't do it's job, I'm entitled to a replacement/refund! Why should software be any different? Talking about people dying is just irrelevant emotive b.s.