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Jan. 31st, 2007

03:24 pm - Computer security

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Date:January 31st, 2007 07:37 pm (UTC)
People are always going to be stupid, but you can limit the damage their stupidity will cause by carefully choosing the tools you give them. For example, there's something to be said for security through obscurity: there are far fewer Mac viruses than Windows viruses simply because nobody can be bothered to write a Mac virus. It doesn't solve the basic problem of user idiocy, but it helps.

I like the idea of giving a computer to anyone who wants one, but only in the form of its component parts plus a FreeBSD install CD. If you actually manage to put all the pieces together without breaking anything or electrocuting yourself and then manage to get FreeBSD up and running on your new box without leaping out the window in despair, then you probably have the skills to run a computer without getting screwed up the ethernet port by some hacker.
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