Technological ‘monoculture’ in the mass media

It is interesting to see claims like this one:

The idea, borrowed from biology, is that Microsoft Corp. has nurtured a software “monoculture” that threatens global computer security. Geer and others believe Microsoft’s software is so dangerously pervasive that a virus capable of exploiting even a single flaw in its operating systems could wreak havoc.

being published in the mass media. This story is starting to get some serious attention, as well as some serious thought, in mainstream media.

I still say the writing is on the wall. The curve of Microsoft’s decline is exponential, even though it is early in the process. The next few years will be very difficult for them. Eventually they will have to completely change their business model, though admittedly it will take them a while to go through the billions they are sitting on.

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