Feb/24
2011

Stop With The Fucking Bundles Already!

Seems like every fucking thing you download these days wants to install something else as well. For a while it was only Google or Yahoo or MSN toolbars. I generally catch these fucking bullshit add-ons but a few have (quite annoyingly) slipped past my attention and gotten themselves installed (and just as immediately uninstalled.) It really says something about a product when it has to be jammed down the users throat or snuck in as an aside. It means it's fucking useless bullshit crap, in case I had to spell that out for you, which I'm sure I didn't but I wanted to say it anyway. The latest salvo in this bullshit came today, from Java. Oracle actually had the fucking nerve, the NERVE to try and bundle McAfee with the latest Java update. Seriously? What-the-fucking-stupid is that all about? First they post a popup saying how "Java runs on everything! From your smartphone to your three-speed-multi-function-mega-vibe dildo..." Then ask if you want McAfee installed with it *with the check box already checked*. (Um, no thanks? I don't need that kind of virus protection for my dildo.) Oracle has a lot of goddamned nerve. Sun would never have done something that asinine. And if the fact that they purchased Sun doesn't spell the death of Java than cocktarded marketing stunts like this certainly do. And of all the anti-virus software they had to pick from, McAfee sucks most, btw. I could see Panda. I could see Bit Defender. I could even see AVG or MSE ffs. But McAfee? Please. If you're going to insult your client base at least do a decent job of it...
4 comments
Comment from: Theodore R. Smith · http://www.phpexperts.pro/
I am as appalled as you! I accidentally didn’t catch it until the McAfee installer popped up asking me if I wanted to uninstall my existing antivirus software (Avast 5 Pro, that I pay good money for). To think some free rinky-dink antivirus got installed in a malwarish manner via a stupid java upgrade was enough for me to research how to disable java updates for good. http://www.java.com/en/download/help/java_update.xml I no longer want Oracle Java on my machine and am looking for alternative VMs that work inside Windows browsers.
03/01/11 @ 09:25
Comment from: Theodore R. Smith · http://www.phpexperts.pro/
The latest java version DISABLES the Java control panel option to disable autoupdates. This is beyond shitty and deserves its own blog post!! See http://serverfault.com/questions/14303/cant-seem-to-disable-java-automatic-update for details on how to remove it manually, using the registry ;-/
03/01/11 @ 09:32
Comment from: Agree
I totally agree. How can I trust their software updates if they’re trying to sneak extra crap in? The language used by the original poster is perfect for this. I nuke front-end Java every few months I get so sick of it. And the only virus warnings I ever get these days is from the “sand-boxed” Java.
03/21/11 @ 18:45
Comment from: Larry Brown
It’s a fact of life, just deal with it. I’m just as annoyed as anyone else, but it’s mostly a problem for normal people like grandma. It’s bad when you have to support some neighbor that doesn’t know any better. For us power users, you just watch for it and deal with it. We have Microsoft to thank for this. Microsoft understood that playing fair was not going to win the game. They realized that they were going to have to trick, cajole, force, and bully everyone, literally forcing them to use and update their stuff so that they could increase their customer base and increase lock-in. For decades they were the only people sleazy enough to use these tactics, but now that everyone has seen the success of this model, everyone else had resigned themselves to play this way as well. Even CNET.com is doing it now. It’s no mystery way JAVA went with McAfee and not some tiny outfit like Panda, it’s because McAfee made some lucrative offer to pay JAVA scads of money in exchange for millions of new customers. When you say “why McAfee?” you indicate a gross mis-assumption that JAVA is trying to operate in a way that’s good for you. Microsoft taught everyone that the way to win the game is not to do what’s good for the users, but to do what is good for the vendor. Any kind of ethical or moral consideration is laughably stupid. The thing I keep wondering about whenever I see stuff like this is: what the heck are they doing with all the money? These days these vendors are pulling in literally billions of dollars, more than was ever thought possible.
11/23/11 @ 10:39