Re: Features? Bah!
You are correct, however there is a big difference between security updates and "feature" updates.
Until a few years ago, you bought (or downloaded) some software (application, OS, browser, whatever), maybe paid a one-off price and the feature set would stay pretty fixed. Updates would be provided to fix security flaws and the odd bug here and there, but features typically wouldn't be messed with and you'd get a fairly reliable and consistent experience. Unless of course you made a conscious decision at some point to install a newer version with some new features.
Now? We're in this cycle where developers have this mad obsession with new features all the time - and forcing these features out to people as quickly as they can. They're under the belief that these new features are so incredible and necessary that they must be forced out to everyone as soon as possible. Some no longer even sell a one-off license for their product, but instead sell a "subscription" - because everyone must want this constant flood of new features. The problem is that adding new features increases the risk of breaking something, plus the updates are usually much bigger than for simple security patches. Plus the developers can't seem to comprehend that some people couldn't give a f**k about constant new features - they just want software which works in a consistent, reliable and stable manner.
Result? OS, applications, browsers etc. constantly updating (and breaking) themselves all the time, users increasingly getting "update fatigue" as everything around them constantly insists on applying the latest and greatest feature updates every 5 minutes. It is an obsession that frankly needs to end. I have a computer so I can use it productively, not so I can sit there like a lemon whilst Office, Windows, Chrome, Firefox, Acrobat etc. dick about every 5 seconds installing new features for me to ignore...