I don't think it's doomed to failure. I think it's comical. I've lived through the entire cold war, and unless you've seen the Russian copy of the XB-70 "Valkyrie" bomber, you probably wouldn't get the joke. Russian engineering has always lacked a certain amount of subtlety. Most of their approach is brute force. The Mig 25, "Foxbat" is a prime example of this, especially when compared to the SR-71. Both of these aircraft are claimed to be Mach 3 planes. The Foxbat however will do it for about 10 minutes, before the engines are totally destroyed. OK, so that's apples to oranges. Reinforcing your viewpoint, don't the Russians write some of the best malware around? That said, it's a long way from a spambot, to Windows 7. I suppose we'll see. A final note, while there is a huge disparity between 5 million, and M$ claimed development estimate on each Windows issue, one wonders how much of that is waste. I still think they'll be decompiling other OSes, to bring their project in at that figure.