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  • Netscape introduces automatic reporting of errors over the Internet. Said automatic reporting makes it into Mozilla. The open source community encourages everyone to use a talkback enabled Mozilla build to report errors, and congratulates itself on building a rock solid web browser.

    Microsoft introduces automatic reporting of errors over the Internet. Privacy alarms sound worldwide that the evil Empire of Redmond is spying on everyone.

    I'm not a Microsoft fan, either, but watch the double standard.

    J. David works really hard, has a passion for writing good software, and knows many of the world's best Perl programmers
    • I'm not sure it's a double standard, because the open-source community and Microsoft are actually different. People are allowed to take into account past behavior when looking for ulterior motives for actions.

      More important, Microsoft is in a much better position (because of Windows registration, Passport, and so forth) to connect reports with identifying information and bundle the data with all the other data they and all their partners have collected about you.

      I'm not saying it's the end of the world,