Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 17th Jul 2007 14:38 UTC, submitted by mikemuch
Windows "Way back in November 2006, when Windows Vista went from beta to RTM, Microsoft's Jim Allchin suggested that users might not need an antivirus program, thanks to the new OS's stronger security features. While the statement was subsequently clarified until it lost all its meaning, the question remains: Do Vista users really need an antivirus program running in the background at all times?"
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RE: Nice article
by kaiwai on Wed 18th Jul 2007 02:27 UTC in reply to "Nice article"
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Conclusion: The average user needs an antivirus because they are too ignorant to get along without one.

But that doesn't really get to the source of the problem. The problem isn't ignorance - we were all ignorant at one point in time about computers. The issue is what we did (versus what they didn't do) to address that problem.

Unfortunately ignorance is part of a bigger social issue in the world - look around. Society in general praises ignorance, as if it were something to be proud of - who gets more kudos, a 'book reading geek' or some muscle bound athlete who as think as two short planks.

Until people are willing to see that knowledge is a good thing to have, and learning for the sake of learning (rather than a job) is a great thing ti promote, we'll continue to have ignorant people who think they can get away with the bare minimum to be able to operate a computer effectively.

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