Friday, February 02, 2007

New From MS: Verbal Viruses

Microsoft has apparently admitted that it is possible for someone to create an audio file which, when played on a computer running Vista, will trigger said computer's speech recognition function and cause it to execute commands, even to the machine's detriment.

In other words, it will be theoretically possible for you to download an innocent-looking audio file, and when you play it it will literally tell your computer to self-destruct.

Apple has long since prevented such a possibility by including customized keywords in its own speech recognition software. Apparently MS refuses to do so. Instead, they are just advising that Vista users either disable the speech recognition function or keep their speakers turned off unless operating in a "secure environment".

Translation: stick with XP.

(What won't MS come up with next?)


Don Snabulus said...

I would just like everyone to know that OS/2 version 4 had speech recognition... IN 1996!

Welcome to the 20th century Microsoft.

Dean Wormer said...

I'm really torn on this.

I have to buy a new pc and might simply partition to use XP v. Vista.


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Anonymous said...

I wrote a song called "Format Drive C:\" Would you like me to sing it for you?

Anonymous said...

Control Alt Delete! Control Alt Delete! Microsoft smell my feet, Ooh yah baby! (groin scratch)