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Microsoft Sued for Defective Software 641

Door-opening Fascist writes "eWeek is reporting that a South Korean citizen action group, People's Solidarity for Participatory Democracy, is suing Microsoft for putting the SQL Slammer vulnerability into Windows. They are doing so on behalf of the South Korean people and businesses affected by SQL Slammer."
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Microsoft Sued for Defective Software

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  • by Scoria ( 264473 ) * <> on Tuesday May 06, 2003 @06:54PM (#5896060) Homepage
    Gates: Ballmer, loyal comrade, I've an assignment for you.
    Ballmer: Yes, master?
    Gates: Say, how much would it cost to purchase the country of South Korea?
  • by mrseigen ( 518390 ) on Tuesday May 06, 2003 @06:55PM (#5896067) Homepage Journal
    is suing Microsoft
    for putting the SQL Slammer vulnerability into Windows

    Conspiracy theories inside, who actually intends to put a vulnerability into a product? Perhaps this should be "not fixing the vulnerability" or potentially even "ignoring the problem". I don't think any of Microsoft's programmers intentionally insert bugs into their shipping products... although... nah, it couldn't be.
  • by slyxter ( 609602 ) on Tuesday May 06, 2003 @06:56PM (#5896075) Homepage
    South Korea.NET
    Does have a nice ring to it.
  • by wfberg ( 24378 ) on Tuesday May 06, 2003 @06:56PM (#5896077)
    Ow wait, South-Korea.. Those are the good guys, right? Dagnammit!
  • by George Walker Bush ( 306766 ) on Tuesday May 06, 2003 @06:57PM (#5896088) Homepage
    Fellow Americans, this blow by Korea against the great American bastion of Microsoft is just the latest act in a string of transgressions by this rogue state. Te must remember that they are part of the axis of evil. As all of you undoubtedly know from watching the news, we believe they already have several nuclear weapons, and they are currently working on developing more.

    Many American lives have been killed by the Koreans, and if we don't stop Korea now with diplomacy or force if need be, there will certainly be more bloodshed in the near future.

    They are a rogue state, and while it may be true that when people may think of Korea, they think great Starcraft/Warcraft players, cell phones, and cheap cars, we must remember that they are a dicatatorship lead by a megalomaniac leader, Kim Jong Il, who wants to see the downfall of the West.

    We must view Korea as the threat and enemy to global peace and the American way like they are.

    Thank you and God bless America.
  • Re:BAH (Score:4, Funny)

    by setag ( 549313 ) on Tuesday May 06, 2003 @06:58PM (#5896094) Journal
    MS is worth more than South Korea as a whole

    fuck them!

    Wow. Your logic is flawless.

    In other news MS is worth more than Ty(15982) [] ...

  • Like (Score:5, Funny)

    by NetMasta10bt ( 468001 ) on Tuesday May 06, 2003 @06:58PM (#5896106)
    They actually bought Windows in the first place!!
  • by WndrBr3d ( 219963 ) * on Tuesday May 06, 2003 @07:05PM (#5896194) Homepage Journal
    Obviously they haven't read Microsofts EULA for SQL Server 2000 which simply states:

  • by int2str ( 619733 ) * on Tuesday May 06, 2003 @07:05PM (#5896196)
    You mean:

    Gates: Ballmer, loyal comrade, I've an assignment for you.
    Ballmer: Yes, master?
    Gates: Tell GW, South Korea needs to "liberated", too! ;)
  • by WTFmonkey ( 652603 ) on Tuesday May 06, 2003 @07:09PM (#5896247)
    Right... South Korea's currently at 56% pirated.
  • by JackMonkey ( 631985 ) on Tuesday May 06, 2003 @07:12PM (#5896276)
    Following Microsoft's audit of South Korea, North Korea has agreed to dismantle its nuclear program, fearing repercussions.
  • by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday May 06, 2003 @07:12PM (#5896279)
    For wrecking Blizzard's Diablo servers.
  • by camusflage ( 65105 ) on Tuesday May 06, 2003 @07:19PM (#5896354)
    This is funny, considering the crushing amount of spam that comes from misconfigured boxen in the .sk address space. As has been pointed out, the patch was available well before slammer hit. That they didn't apply it points more to poor administration than anything else.
  • by Troll_Kamikaze ( 646926 ) on Tuesday May 06, 2003 @07:27PM (#5896436)
    Ballmer: Well, Bill, looks like it would be more cost effective to just pay North Korea to "get rid of the problem". If you see what I mean...
  • by TheDukePatio ( 621176 ) on Tuesday May 06, 2003 @07:31PM (#5896486)
    I wouldn't be surprised in the least of M$ countersued and asked to prove that every single copy of SQL Server and every Windows box it ran on had a license.

    With as rampant as piracy is in Asia, M$ can probably knock the case down to a single count since the only person that has a license over there is Bill Gate's sponsored Sally Struther's hungry child.

  • by skinfitz ( 564041 ) on Tuesday May 06, 2003 @07:36PM (#5896543) Journal
    Has anyone actually tried to interpret the SQL Server license agreement?

    In court:

    Judge: "So can the court see the software license for this software?"

    (shuffling of paper)

    "Ah we see from this that you have 10 user licenses for your SQL server."

    "Yes your honour"

    "...yet your server was connected to the Internet - correct?"

    "Correct your honour"

    "But according to this license agreement, you must acquire a separate CAL for each Device that ... accesses or otherwise utilizes the services of the Server Software [] (which techically includes every worm infected machine) and seeing as the server was behind a website, that would come under Hardware or software that reduces the number of Devices directly accessing or using the Server Software does not reduce the number of required CALs. The number you need is based on the number of distinct inputs to the hardware or software "front end." therefore you would theoretically need a license for anyone who could access your site, which right now is a total of around 619 Million people [] if it is connected to the Internet.


    Judge:"...and then we have the Windows 2000 server CAL's..."
  • by oogoliegoogolie ( 635356 ) on Tuesday May 06, 2003 @07:44PM (#5896649)
    I'm just wondering where did all these click-thru EULA supporters suddenly come from? Any previous postings about licences went something like 'the EULA is not legal','I agreed to it but I did not understand it so it is not binding', and 'click thru licencing has not been proven in court'

    EULA's have been one of the biggest things for slashdotters to complain about, now it seems everyone is supporting them and saying that ' the EULA states MS cannot be held libel and since the EULA is law and legal and binding they are SOL and can't sue'

    WTF is going on? Bring back the normal EULA-hating world I used to love.
  • by Ballresin ( 398599 ) on Tuesday May 06, 2003 @08:03PM (#5896896) Homepage Journal
    Gates: Hey lapdog...get over here!
    Ballmer: Sir, I don't like it when you call me...
    Gates: Shut up lapdog.
    Ballmer: Yes, sir.
    Gates: Buy Korea.
    Ballmer: What's by Korea?
    Gates: No, purchase it.
    Ballmer: Which one?
    Gates: There's more than one?
    Ballmer: North and South.
    Gates: Oh...does it matter? No. Buy both.
    Ballmer: I don't have that kind of money sir.
    Gates: Charge it to the company.
    Ballmer: Yes sir.
  • by G27 Radio ( 78394 ) on Tuesday May 06, 2003 @08:10PM (#5896958)
    They should at least have a warning during installation of the software for those who aren't aware. Sort of like the "unplug your computer before installing" warnings that come with hardware. Something like:

    WARNING: Unplug your computer before installing this software. And under no circumstances should you connect it to a network until all the patches have finished downloading and installing.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday May 06, 2003 @08:57PM (#5897339)
    > This isn't funny. We need a +1 DISTURBING modifier for GW jokes.

    -1 Unelected
  • by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday May 07, 2003 @12:31AM (#5898537)
    So, have you personally audited every line of code running on your machines, or are you "just fscking stupid" ?

    What do you think I have my army of code auditing underlings for?! Huh?

  • by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday May 07, 2003 @05:32AM (#5899571)
    The parent post was irrelevant and absurd. With that in mind, I will make a contribution of similar value.

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  • by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday May 07, 2003 @05:52AM (#5899624)
    and ballmer says:
    sorry but South Korea allready is liberated
    maybe we should tell GW to support North Korea in future

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