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  • by ajt (2546) on 2003.06.26 5:31 (#21438) Homepage Journal

    I think it's fair to say that Windows is very broken, and Microsoft made a number of very poor design decisions along the way. In hind sight I think even they wish they wish they had dome some things differently now.

    The ORA book Malicious Mobile Code [oreilly.com], though somewhat overtaken by event is a very good and frightening read. Not that I used IE or Outlook before, but I'm now very anti these products now.

    However engineering aside, Microsoft and others encourage a culture of trust, easy of use, and poor security practice, that is far more damaging. It's more important to them that something is easy and automatic than it is that it's safe, and the result is what we see, lots of business for anti-virus vendors.

    If there were the same number of ill-educated BSD/Linux users as there are Windows users, then there would be lots of problems with these systems too. Though I will grant that the problems would be different as nix systems are different at the core to Windows, but it's always easy to do stupid things....

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    -- "It's not magic, it's work..."
    • Funny, that was the same culture that brought us rsh et all on early BSD and Unix workstations. It took years to convince vendors to not ship with that stuff turned on by default and to provide secure alternatives. I don't see Microsoft being any slower or quicker.

      -Dom