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Researchers from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology looked at how many times over the past six years the two vendors were able to have a patch available on the day a vulnerability became publicly known, which they call the 0-day patch rate.

They analyzed 658 vulnerabilities affecting Microsoft products and 738 affecting Apple. They looked at only high- and medium-risk bugs, according to the classification used by the National Vulnerability Database, said Stefan Frei, one of the researchers involved in the study.

What they found is that, contrary to popular belief that Apple makes more secure products, Apple lags behind in patching.
http://http://security.itworld.com/4940/microsoft-patches-faster-than-apple-080327/page_1.html
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There was another article earlier this year that compared the monthly averages of errors (blue-screens, error codes, ect.) in both Vista and OSX Leopard. Leopard has aprox. 3x the average # of high risk bugs then Vista per month.
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well windows is going to paltch it first really... they always catch that stuff first.
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well windows is going to paltch it first really... they always catch that stuff first.
That's what 92% market share can do for you.
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OSX really is a bad OS.
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OSX really is a bad OS.
I thought about responding... But I decided that in the end it's completely futile. Absolutely in vain. All I'm doing is exhausting myself.

From now on, I'm just going to sit back and enjoy my OS while you guys update your AV and antispyware and whatnot. If I get hacked, I'll tell you guys, and you can laugh all you like.

- The Hundred Gunner, signing off.

PS: You gotta admit, though, I lasted a damn long time
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wait.. apple.. has more problems then microsoft...
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wait.. apple.. has more problems then microsoft...
it's only a matter of time when your spread your self out like MS did. Apple has computers, a specialized OS, a never made the light of day console, ipods, i phones, apple tv, and etc..

when a company does more then what it originally focused on and they do good, they start to slack on the fine tunning. for example Nintendo. They started off as a game company, and they still area a game company. they did branch pout to the whole IPTV, downloadable movies, multi-media center and what not. they focused on one thing and thats why they are doing so well this Gen.

If MS stopped trying to worm their way in to people cars, phones, blenders, refrigerators and just focus mainly on windows and the xbox, their quality probably would go up with the extra resources and man power to pay attention to vista's coding.
    
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Apple needs toughen up if they want to be number one.
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I thought about responding... But I decided that in the end it's completely futile. Absolutely in vain. All I'm doing is exhausting myself.

From now on, I'm just going to sit back and enjoy my OS while you guys update your AV and antispyware and whatnot. If I get hacked, I'll tell you guys, and you can laugh all you like.

- The Hundred Gunner, signing off.

PS: You gotta admit, though, I lasted a damn long time
I don't run any of the aforementioned items, as the only reason you need any of them is if go clicking all willy-nilly around the internet. If you actually pay attention to what you download antivirus software is unnecessary.

I find it funny that in other threads you were bashing on people for backing Vista over XP or OSX. The fact is Vista is a better OS than OSX. If someone could find a viable way of running all windows software on ubuntu or another linux OS, then it would be best OS ever, but alast, there is no such OS.

I am not bashing OSX for the sake of bashing OSX. I plan on buying my fiancee a Macbook soon, as she works in the journalism field, and most of the software they use at the newspaper is Mac software. OSX is good at specific functions (ie. video editing, newspaper/magazine layout, image editing).

Most people bashing Vista, either have never touched it (and no the one time you were over at your friends house and used his crappy gateway notebook does not count), or are too cheap to spend $50 to get enough ram for it. If you are cheap, you are going to have a crappy experience. The age-old saying, You get what you pay for, still applies.

I am happy that Microsoft is ending XPs life. I like XP a lot, and it has turned into a very stable OS. But the reason it needs to go is so everyone will update their 5 yr old hardware, and move towards the future. As soon as everyone has capable hardware, we can continue to move on to the future and crank everything over to 64-bits. The reason that there is not a ton of software in 64-bit, that supports multiple-cores, is because the majority of people do not have sufficient hardware. Granted most on here do, but we only make up a small percentage of the population.
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