Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 11th Apr 2008 21:47 UTC
Windows User Account Control is easily one of the most hated features of Windows Vista, according to readers. The seemingly endless stream of UAC pop-ups, asking you to confirm this action or that action, just get in the way (and aren't particularly zippy, given the screen redraw). Others don't mind UAC, but there's no doubt it's a controversial 'feature' of the OS. At the RSA 2008 confab in San Francisco, Microsoft admitted that UAC was designed, in fact, to annoy. Microsoft's David Cross came out and said so: "The reason we put UAC into the platform was to annoy users. I'm serious," said Cross. Cross had more to say than just that: Microsoft is going to put more emphasis on whitelisting.
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UAC vs. sudo
by johnnysaucepn on Sat 12th Apr 2008 00:18 UTC
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The problem is not that UAC stops you from doing things you didn't intend, it's that it stops things happening that you did intend, because it thinks that maybe something else requested it.

It's the user interface equivalent of 'Are you talking to me?'

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