Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 31st Mar 2010 14:41 UTC
Windows As geeks, we're well aware of the importance of running as a normal user instead of as root (UNIX/Linux/BSD) or administrator (Windows). However, while this should be common knowledge to anyone reading OSNews, it's often hard to illustrate just how important it is - until now, that is. A report by BeyondTrust looked at how many security bulletins issused by Microsoft are mitigated by simply... Not running as administrator.
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RE: Comment by kaiwai
by darknexus on Thu 1st Apr 2010 04:06 UTC in reply to "Comment by kaiwai"
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I'm not sure they'd legally be allowed to do this. Under US law, a publically traded company such as Microsoft's first and foremost obligation is to the shareholders. If they did such a thing, and I agree such a move is long overdue (should have been done with the first version of NT imho), the shareholders could actually stop them via litigation if they could prove that a move would not be proffitable within a reasonable amount of time. Given the nature of removing all backward compatibility from Windows, they could probably prove this rather convincingly to your average judge who often has the tech knowledge of an insect. Couple this with the fact that the majority of MS's shareholders likely have as much tech knowledge as your average judge, and Microsoft's hands would likely be tied even if every employee from Balmer on down wanted to make such a move. It's crazy and stupid, like most of our legal system, but there it is.

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