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

emlyn on nagero nagero at chariot.net.au
Thu Feb 12 04:52:15 UTC 2004

At 12:31 PM 12/02/2004, you wrote:
>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.

True enough. OTOH, can you convince me that 90+% of machines which were 
single user machines wouldn't have been always used with administrator 
permissions, circumventing all security?


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