apparently microsoft is considering adding to its software the equivalent of a black box
in its software for bug tracking. what isn't like the average bug tracking software, though, is the fact that this will send to microsoft a much more comprehensive report of what's going on, in terms of all applications that are running on the system at the time of the crash, as well as the contents of the documents being created. to be fair, they will allow users to specify how much information is sent. but one might first ask, what is the default choice? microsoft is notorious for having poor judgement in terms of default options. also, how many regular mom and pop users will know that they have an option to change this? finally, the fact that the infrastructure exists for grabbing this much data is scary to me, because it will be far too easy to abuse the feature.