TONT 41423 有时候,它就是想崩

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原文链接:https://blogs.msdn.microsoft.com/oldnewthing/20031219-00/?p=41423

I think it was Internet Explorer 5.0, when we discovered that a thirdparty browser extension had a serious bug, the details of which aren’t important. The point was that this bug was so vicious, it crashed IE pretty frequently. Not good. To protect the users from this horrible fate, we marked the object as “bad” so IE wouldn’t load it.

记得应该是在Internet Explorer 5.0那时候,我们发现有一个第三方浏览器扩展有一个严重的bug,bug的细节并不重要,重要的是这个bug实在是太严重,以至于会相当频繁地把IE搞崩溃。这可不是件好事。为使我们的用户免于这种可怕的命运,我们将这个扩展标记为『有害的』,这样IE就不会加载它了。

And then we got an angry letter from the company that wrote this browser extension. They demanded that we remove the marking from their object and let IE crash in flames every time the user wanted to surf the web. Why? Because they also wanted us to hook up Windows Error Reporting to detect this crash and put up a dialog that says, “A fix for the problem you experienced is available. Click here for more information,” and the “more information” was a redirect to the company’s web site (where you could upgrade to version x.y of Program ABC for a special price of only $nnn!). (Actually I forget whether the upgrade was free or not, but the story is funnier if you had to pay for it.)

接着我们就收到了一封愤怒的、来自这个扩展的开发公司的来信,要求把标在他们扩展上的『有害』标签去掉,让它能在每次用户要上网浏览时把IE搞崩溃。为什么呢?因为这家公司还希望我们(将他们的扩展)与Windows错误报告挂钩,检测到这类崩溃,然后蹦出一个对话框来说,『有针对您刚刚遇到的问题的修复方案,点击此处获取更多信息』,而那个『点击此处』点了之后,会跳到这家公司的网站上(在那里,你可以将某产品升级到新版本,只需特价xx元!)(实际上我忘了这个升级要不要钱了,但如果要钱的话故事就更搞笑了。)

In other words, they were crashing on purpose in order to drive upgrade revenue.

换句话说,这个扩展是故意造成崩溃的,以此来驱使用户升级软件。

(Astute readers may have noticed an additional irony: If the plug-in crashed IE, then how could the user view the company’s web page so they could purchase and download the latest version?)

(精明的读者可能会注意到另一个讽刺的问题:既然这个扩展会把IE搞炸,用户要怎么浏览这家公司的网页,来购买并下载某软件的新版本呢?)(译注:大概有例外、浏览他们的网站时就不搞崩吧?)

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