Yeah it's sort of the opposite, it stops working if you do
I always set it up with all the latest updates, pray it keeps running, then set everything to off and use it for as long as possible before doing a reinstall.
Random ABI breaking kernel updates are NOT appretiated in a stable build machine (i.e. 2.6.31 that just came out)
I don't know what ever happened to not breaking the ABI in the even numbered "stable" kernels