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Re: request discussion of two documents on SMTP relaying

2005-06-20 02:30:15

At 11:02 19/06/2005, Arnt Gulbrandsen wrote:
Paul Smith writes:
On Sat, 18 Jun 2005 17:55:25 +0100, Keith Moore 
<moore(_at_)cs(_dot_)utk(_dot_)edu> wrote:
I'd even go so far as to say we're going to continue to have massive
amounts of spam as long as Windows is the dominant PC operating system.

I'm sorry, but that's just ridiculous. The only link between Windows and spam is that lots of people have Windows, and it's relatively easy to use, so lots of spammers use it. Lots of spammers also use Linux or Macs, you just see less of that, because there are less of those systems in use by the 'spammer' sort of person, but if that's all there was, that's what the spammers would use.

Easy to use, you say.

I read a computer magazine called c't. High-quality thing. For example, when it reviews Windows games, the review specifically notes whether the game requires administrator rights to play. (Not to install. To play.)

About 40-50% of the reviewed games require that. Now, isn't that ridiculous?

Yes - but that's not Windows fault, or Microsoft's fault... It's the fault of the people who write the games software, and the users who accept that state. Because 50-60% of the reviewed games DON'T require administrator rights to play, it shows that it's not an OS problem, as those 50-60% of game developers have been able to done the job right with the same OS as those who haven't bothered.

I could easily write a Linux game which requires you to be logged in as root to play it. That wouldn't be Mr Torvald's fault. However, if I did write such a game, I wouldn't expect to sell many copies because Linux users tend to be more security aware than Windows users.

I bet that if Microsoft ever changes Windows such that people don't routinely run their day-to-day applications as Administrator, Windows will also be less "easy to use" for spammers.

Agreed - but whether that's Microsoft's fault or the application developers faults is debateable.

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