Tag Results for error reporting (5)

  1. Microsoft Error Reporting: Really A Search for Artificial Life?

    In historian Felipe Fernández-Armesto's survey book Ideas that Changed the World, there is a section entitled "Impossibilism." In it, he reviews some of the paradoxes that philosophers like William of Ockhamâ''s raised for contentious debate in the 14th century, such as â''God can order you to commit murderâ'' or â''God can reward good with evil.â'' If William of Ockham were alive today, he would probably coin something appropriate about Microsoftâ''s problem reporting. As I noted a few weeks ago, Microsoft captures and analyzes those errors that unfortunately but not unexpectedly pop up every so often, which …

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  2. What Does Microsoft Do With All That Error Data?

    On a "good" day, some 50 gigabytes of error data flows into Microsoft, according to a story in today's Wall Street Journal (subscription required). Two dozen programmers pore over the data, looking for OS kernel and or application problems resulting from design flaws, programming, errors, resource conflicts, and other sorts of programmer and designer ingenuity. Microsoft won't say where the majority of errors lie or who is at fault, nor give any details about how Vista, XP, Windows 98, Windows 95 all compare, which is too bad. Nor does Microsoft say how errors are prioritized for repair, and whether …

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