Home > Bugs & Viruses > Windows Gets Tough on Spam, Viruses Windows Gets Tough on Spam, Viruses Eugenia Loli 2003-04-14 Bugs & Viruses 9 Comments Microsoft on Monday will detail a future version of Windows that will make it easier to detect and isolate viruses. Read the article at News.com. About The Author Eugenia Loli Ex-programmer, ex-editor in chief at OSNews.com, now a visual artist/filmmaker. Follow me on Twitter @EugeniaLoli 9 Comments 2003-04-14 6:17 pm Nice idea, can’t wait to see the first Virus that use this API… 😉 2003-04-14 6:25 pm From the article: “make computing as worry free as the electricity that powers their homes and offices.” If my OS is as reliable as my electricity, I have no wish to use it. They had better come up with a better motto because I only trust my power to the extent that it is there as long as I can see a lamp lit. If my trust for my computer extends only to “I trust it as long as the cursor moves,” then I do not want it. 2003-04-14 6:41 pm Electricity is reliable. And if you don’t have a UPS, machines do go down when electricity is down. In US and UK electricity is very reliable, in Greece is not. So, depends where you are. 2003-04-14 6:47 pm monday microsoft integrates spamassassin into OS (of course they will never admin that) 2003-04-14 6:57 pm I don’t see them integrating SpamAssassin… I see them stealing its design. I wouldn’t blame them if they did…. smart move if they did. It’s a very interesting design… 2003-04-14 7:34 pm > I don’t see them integrating SpamAssassin… I see them > stealing its design. I wouldn’t blame them if they did…. > smart move if they did. It’s a very interesting design… Bayesian nets have *hardly* been invented by the SpamAssassin authors. They’re a pretty old and well known concept in statistics, alternative to fuzzy logic, that just happens to be more suited to spam filtering. And, if you’ve ever been on the Microsoft Research site, they’ve been working on statistical analysis tools for mail and USENET posts for quite some time 2003-04-14 7:39 pm > I don’t see them integrating SpamAssassin… I see them > stealing its design stealing? it’s hardly new. It merely demonstrated in practice that Bayesian nets are more suited than fuzzy logic for spam filtering. You’ll also see on the Microsoft Research site that they’ve been working on statistical analysis of e-mails and USENET posts (with a pretty cool web interface, too) for quite some time 2003-04-15 7:56 am “Electricity is reliable. And if you don’t have a UPS, machines do go down when electricity is down. In US and UK electricity is very reliable, in Greece is not. So, depends where you are.” I recently participated in a study of electricity systems of several countries, namely Australia, the UK and the USA (mainly California). We found that the system in California is absolutely atrocious. There are far too many brownouts and blackouts. Most of this is due to poor planning and a badly-constructed electricity market, which is partly the result of having almost no regulation. The next time someone tells you that “free markets” are an inherently good thing, slap them in the face. Too much freedom can lead to anarchy and chaos. 2003-04-15 3:30 pm If windows didn’t require Administrator privlages to do anything useful, Virii wouldn’t be a problem.