Just when I thought Microsoft couldn’t put out any more stupid ideas, this piece of genius comes along.
A top Microsoft executive on Tuesday suggested a broad Internet tax to help defray the costs associated with computer security breaches and vast Internet attacks, according to reports.
Speaking at a security conference in San Francisco, Microsoft Vice President for Trustworthy Computing Scott Charney pitched the Web usage fee as one way to subsidize efforts to combat emerging cyber threats — a costly venture, he said, but one that had vast community benefits.
“You could say it’s a public safety issue and do it with general taxation,” Charney noted.
Since, Microsoft’s software is the primary vector for most of the attacks that go on and since it is their crappy code that causes all this, I propose we tax the hell out of Microsoft to fix the mess they created.
As they’ve proven beyond a shadow of a doubt that they are either incapable or incompetent at writing secure code, and since this is a public safety issue, we should most definitely tax Microsoft the company to the tune of at least $10 billion to clean up their mess.
Any other bright ideas Microsoft?