Thursday, February 15, 2007

Microsoft Security is an Oxymoron

New Fronts in Microsoft Security Battle - I love the hack where you can take control of a Vista PC just by having a web-site issue commands in English, taking advantage of the voice capabilities in Vista. As WaPo says, "a remarkably low-tech hack."

Add to this the "feature" that you can only install MS approved device drivers on 64-bit Vista, and the whole thing seems a waste.

Large numbers of small electronics companies make things to connect a ships navigation instruments to PCs. Not to mention the uses we make of Ham Radio (for things like email from the middle of the ocean). Few of them will have the 40 grand required for "approval." Sounds like blackmail to me. HW vendors can get device drivers Linux certified for free. (Ubuntu anyone?)

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