Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 28th Nov 2012 15:17 UTC
Windows "As we pass the one month anniversary of the general availability of Windows 8, we are pleased to announce that to-date Microsoft has sold 40 million Windows 8 licenses. Tami Reller shared this news with industry and financial analysts, investors and media today at the Credit Suisse 2012 Annual Technology Conference. Windows 8 is outpacing Windows 7 in terms of upgrades." Not bad, but there are the usual asterisks, as Ars notes.
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RE[6]: But....
by WereCatf on Wed 28th Nov 2012 21:43 UTC in reply to "RE[5]: But...."
WereCatf
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2006-02-15

1. Doesn't it also train users who are Ubuntu users to prefix everything with Sudo in the command terminal, without actually checking the script out?


Well, the difference is in that that actually writing something down yourself is a much more conscious effort than clicking twice. Also, a not-so-geek user wouldn't be typing scripts down anyways.

2. On your second point. One thing I don't like about unix style security is that it saves the system, but the users home directory can still be destroyed.


That is something I've mentioned multiple times in the past, but alas, you may not have read my comments; I've expressed the wish that someone would come up with a new OS where all applications by default are sandboxed and only given access to their own files, and that users could grant or deny permissions to any extraneous files and/or services. By default NO APPLICATION OR GAME should have access to all of the users' files.

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RE[7]: But....
by lucas_maximus on Wed 28th Nov 2012 21:49 in reply to "RE[6]: But...."
lucas_maximus Member since:
2009-08-18

Well, the difference is in that that actually writing something down yourself is a much more conscious effort than clicking twice. Also, a not-so-geek user wouldn't be typing scripts down anyways.


Not so, a lot of users copy and paste unfortunately. In fact a lot of developers do as well.

That is something I've mentioned multiple times in the past, but alas, you may not have read my comments; I've expressed the wish that someone would come up with a new OS where all applications by default are sandboxed and only given access to their own files, and that users could grant or deny permissions to any extraneous files and/or services. By default NO APPLICATION OR GAME should have access to all of the users' files.


I hear you. I probably haven't seen it otherwise I would agree, not sure about about the sand-boxing would work via application that read the same file type, but nonetheless I agree with the principle.

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RE[7]: But....
by Dave_K on Thu 29th Nov 2012 02:42 in reply to "RE[6]: But...."
Dave_K Member since:
2005-11-16

Well, the difference is in that that actually writing something down yourself is a much more conscious effort than clicking twice. Also, a not-so-geek user wouldn't be typing scripts down anyways.


On Linux forums confused newbies are routinely told to open a terminal and copy/paste strings of commands, often when the task could have been accomplished entirely from the GUI. Of course it's usually quicker for an experienced Linux user to write the commands rather than explaining how to find and use a graphical tool.

In my experience most of those users simply copy and paste and hope for the best, without any knowledge of what they're actually doing. I've seen that cause serious problems on more than one occasion.

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RE[8]: But....
by lucas_maximus on Thu 29th Nov 2012 12:20 in reply to "RE[7]: But...."
lucas_maximus Member since:
2009-08-18

Some are downright dangerous.

http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1901656

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