Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 24th Nov 2015 17:57 UTC
Microsoft

Malware means software designed to function in ways that mistreat or harm the user. (This does not include accidental errors.) This page explains how Microsoft software is malware.

Malware and nonfree software are two different issues. The difference between free software and nonfree software is in whether the users have control of the program or vice versa. It's not directly a question of what the program does when it runs. However, in practice nonfree software is often malware, because the developer's awareness that the users would be powerless to fix any malicious functionalities tempts the developer to impose some.

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RE[2]: No respect
by stereotype on Wed 25th Nov 2015 23:55 UTC in reply to "RE: No respect"
stereotype
Member since:
2007-04-06

Diskpart lets you *modify* a partition to be read only, which is a twisted way of doing it.
Plus I often format my drives partition-less to avoid a layer of complications such as alignment or legacy issues, so it won't work for me.

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RE[3]: No respect
by ultrabill on Thu 26th Nov 2015 09:30 in reply to "RE[2]: No respect"
ultrabill Member since:
2008-08-07

I agree it's not a perfect solution.
It's funny to note that diskettes or SD Cards are write protectable, and noone at Microsoft thought about doing a simple sofware write protection for external drives.

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RE[4]: No respect
by swerfot on Thu 26th Nov 2015 13:10 in reply to "RE[3]: No respect"
swerfot Member since:
2012-10-20

It's funny to note that diskettes or SD Cards are write protectable, and noone at Microsoft thought about doing a simple sofware write protection for external drives.

I have a suspicion that hardware write-protect switches present on early USB drives were removed later because of high volume of users returning their memory sticks complaining "It's broken, unable to write anything to it." As always, because of ignorance of statistical user, we all suffer.

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