June 6th, 2006

ronin

[/.] Microsoft OSen: Broken As Designed.

MICROSOFT executives love telling stories against each other. Here's one that platforms vice-president Jim Allchin told at a recent Windows Vista reviewers conference about chief executive Steve Ballmer.

It seems Steve was at a friend's wedding reception when the bride's father complained that his PC had slowed to a crawl and would Steve mind taking a look. Allchin, says Ballmer, the world's 13th wealthiest man with a fortune of about $18 billion, spent almost two days trying to rid the PC of worms, viruses, spyware, malware and severe fragmentation without success.

He lumped the thing back to Microsoft's headquarters and turned it over to a team of top engineers, who spent several days on the machine, finding it infected with more than 100 pieces of malware, some of which were nearly impossible to eradicate. Among the problems was a program that automatically disabled any antivirus software. "This really opened our eyes to what goes on in the real world," Allchin told the audience.


http://australianit.news.com.au/articles/0,7204,19345228%5E15865%5E%5Enbv%5E,00.html

So even M$ couldn't get rid of the spyware their crap security OS (and even-worse-than-crap security browser) let onto the machine. Oh, the hilarity!

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ronin

[Digg] Reflections on trusting random websites.

Away from home? No compiler? Type your source code in and have it compiled online. Just choose a language and enter your code in the box. Choose a language by clicking on the language below. You can either use C#, VB.NET, C or Fortran currently.

http://www.caller.me.uk/Compilr/

I don't have any problems whatsoever with letting random websites compile binaries that I then run in completely unprotected space. Do you?

Security issues aside, how long do you think it'll be before someone uploads the whole X11 source tree and tells the servers to compile it 10,000 times in a row? ;]

Has someone alerted bruce_schneier?
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