[extropy-chat] Software exposure: was Re: Eugen Leitl, you got Klez

Rik van Riel riel at surriel.com
Thu Feb 12 03:01:49 UTC 2004

On Thu, 12 Feb 2004, emlyn on nagero wrote:

> This is now out of context. I know what Multiuser support is for and why
> it's a damned good idea. I wished I had it in the 80s on DOS and Windows
> PCs, but only for really geeky reasons; given the niche those machines
> occupied (non networked minimal computing platforms for homes and small
> business), it just wasn't necessary. They also didn't have 3D accelerated
> graphics, or DSL modems.

They had floppy drives, though, and virusses spread like crazy.
At least, they did in the early 90's.  No idea what happened
afterwards, since I haven't used a single user OS since 1994.

"Debugging is twice as hard as writing the code in the first place.
Therefore, if you write the code as cleverly as possible, you are,
by definition, not smart enough to debug it." - Brian W. Kernighan

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