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Re: Why Internet Explorer Should Not be Used

__/ [ The Ghost In The Machine ] on Wednesday 29 March 2006 21:59 \__

> In comp.os.linux.advocacy, Roy Schestowitz
> <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
>  wrote
> on Wed, 29 Mar 2006 19:07:17 +0100
> <e0eig3$1cd1$3@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>:
>> Why is anyone still using Internet Explorer?
> Because it's preinstalled, that's why. :-)

Moreover, it's right there when you browse your drives. A menu titled
"Favourites" and possibly an address bar, too.

> After all, all one has to do is click on the big blue
> "e" and presto!  one's infected (or at least at risk).
> If one wants to be infected while using Firefox instead,
> one has to work a lot harder:
> [1] Visit, using the 'e', http://www.getfirefox.com/
>     (if one goes to http://www.firefox.com one gets a choice between
>     Firefox, the browser, and Firefox, the company.)
> [2] Click on Download Firefox.  The download starts immediately.
> [3] Install Firefox.  I'd have to look up the specifics at this point,
>     as I'm using Linux; the Linux variant comes over as a tar.gz.
>     On Windows one might very well be able to just double-click and
>     ta-dah; it's done.  I've not installed it in awhile.
> [4] Now click on the curled fox.

Dell already pre-install Firefox. That's a positive step.

>> ,----[ Quote ]
>> | OK, how many times must Internet Explorer be ripped open like a hot
>> | 16-year old in a summer slasher movie before people finally get it:
>> | IE is not safe. Period. End of Statement.
>> `----
>>         http://www.linux-watch.com/news/NS8517467708.html
> Assuming anyone at Microsoft is listening, I would
> gently suggest they remove the 'e' from the desktop
> and intentionally "damage" said desktop by putting a
> preinstalled copy of Firefox thereon.  That should be
> doable by an automated patch/reboot sequence and would
> fix a few problems.

Would you believe that some IT departments do not even give browser choice on
their cluster setup/image? In turn, it is /them/ who suffer, as well as the
innocent user.

> Actually, Firefox wouldn't need a reboot anyway...but
> there's a few issues here.  Note that I'm not advocating
> the total removal of all of IE plus things such as WinInet
> and WinHTTP and whatever else is buried in there, just the
> icon (a shortcut link) and maybe the shell executable to
> which it points.

Already done that. Mom whines that bank won't permit access (agent sniffing).
[rant] Must one then install the Agent Switcher extension as well? [/rant]
As someone said in a different newsgroup, if your bank only supports IE, get
the hell out of there. Someone so clueless on the merits of other Web
browsers has poor knowledge of IT and should deserve no trust with your
money. One would imagine that server choices will also be moronic, which
drives interest rates negatively and increases frequency of downtimes.

> (Removal of the "e" would also expose Microsoft to almost
> endless humor, of course, but which is worse: being the
> butt of rather bad jokes, or being the butt of even worse
> jokes and sucking up lots of bandwidth unnecessarily,
> participating in DoS attacks, and giving the user endless
> frustration for getting rid of the malware introduced
> because somebody clicks on the wrong link while using
> Explorer?  In any event, it's not like humorists have any
> dearth of material regarding Microsoft *now*...so hopefully
> they're used to it. :-) )

Speaking of DDOS attacks, although I have blocked them for over 6 months,
yesterday a new big wave began, which had PHP digest and generate almost
half a gigabyte of traffic. I am still trying to figure out how to tell
apart ham from spam. I can't just block all Windows users. If you ever see
me invading into a Windows cluster with a baseball bat, you'll know why.
Truthfully, I am getting sick and tired of this. But who can I talk to?
Windows *SHOULD* be made illegal. I never ever use it and yet it has a
negative impact on my day (and pocket).

Best wishes,


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