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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If my math is correct
by Touvan on Sun 13th Apr 2008 18:23 UTC
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If my math is correct, Microsoft designed this to annoy users, then provided a business program that will allow developers to pay a fee, which will let them bypass the annoyance for their signed apps.

In Ubuntu, the app will either fail if gksudo is not invoked, or is canceled (or whatever), or will install in the user directory, and you either avoid all manner of popups, or get only one that you can't simply yes to death (and is easy to dismiss, and usually still get what you want). OSX seems to work in a similar unintrusive way.

I often wondered why MS didn't simply emulate what had worked for damn near everyone else, so well, for so long. Well, now we know - they wanted another revenue stream.

It's crap like this, why I switched to Linux (Ubuntu ATM), and will not go back.

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