As evidenced by the computer crackfest of the past few weeks, Microsoft has raised the bar for software suckitude in a defiant challenge to brain-injured developers everywhere. What's that? The users bear some responsibility for failing to install security patches? Perhaps. But consider this: when is Microsoft going to download a patch to teach it that people are too dadburned stupid to patch their computers? Seriously: how many times do the the big corporate intranets of the world have to cry "I've fallen and I can't get up!" before the dogs of Redmond start thinking differently? Apparently Rob Pegoraro of the Washington Post agrees with me; his latest diatribe, entitled Microsoft Windows: Insecure by Design, lambasts the megacorp (in untechnical, fairly vague language) for creating an operating system which "in its default setup...amounts to a car parked in a bad part of town, with the doors unlocked, the key in the ignition and a Post-It note on the dashboard saying, 'Please don't steal this.'" Some recent worms have allegedly been scouting for spam relays, an activity which you would imagine would be platform agnostic, yet Macs and Linux PCs have remained immune. From the article:
Windows XP, by default, provides unrestricted, "administrator" access to a computer. This sounds like a good thing but is not, because any program, worms and viruses included, also has unrestricted access...Yet administrator mode is the only realistic choice: XP Home's "limited account," the only other option, doesn't even let you adjust a PC's clock.

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