the anvil problem

tpurdy at tpurdy at
Thu May 30 06:08:16 EDT 2002

On Thu, 30 May 2002 0:02:05 EDT, Jeffrey Altman <jaltman at>

The first pass at this I had a lot of crosstalk in the office and
mangled things, badly.  One more time:

Say 3/4ths of the world offices use Microsoft software of one variety or
another and these systems all need regular reloading for proper
operation.  After reloading, you hook up with MS's computers in Redmond
to (re)license things.

Say a large aircraft full of fuel torches the place (Microsoft's campus
in Redmond), some fanatical bunch of wackos nuke the place, or maybe,
some demented engineering student lobs a home-made EMP device onto the

What's the world gonna do when the master licensing borg croaks and
nobody can (re)license their office equipment warez?

Is this disaster recovery a Microsoft issue or a US Government national
security issue?

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