* Posts by Ian Noble

2 posts • joined 25 Mar 2008

Mrs Slocombe's pussy vanishes from Twitter

Ian Noble

Eponymous

"You keep using that word. I do not think that it means what you think it means."

Mozilla CEO blasts Apple for putting security of the internet at risk

Ian Noble

Couldn't agree more

I've been using personal computers of various types for 3 decades now, and in that time I've discovered that there's one form of behaviour guaranteed to put my back up like no other - software that tries to do *anything* that I haven't expressly agreed to. Psychologically, I'd have to admit that my computers are extensions of my personal space, in the same way that (to varyig degrees) my home, my car, my office and so on are. Behaviour that doesn't recognise that is a direct assault on m privacy (and a guarantee of a fast trip to the trash bin). So, I've trashed or rejected otherwise perfectly good software in the past for (amongst other things) "helpfully" hijacking file extensions, tweaking my browser settings, and installing code I didn't ask for. And I reached a decision when I bought a machine loaded with WinXP, and had to ask MS's "permission" to activate *my* copy of the operating system before I could use it, that, if at all possible, it would be the last copy of an MS operating system I'd buy unless that requirement was removed.

I haven't used Safari. For all I know, it may be a fine piece of software. But it could be a while now before I even consider finding out, because the idea that installing it covertly is somehow acceptable or ethical business behaviour is abhorant, and no more than an email attempting to infect me with a virus or a trojan.

Apple have just gone way down in my book, to join the loathed MS and the not-much-better Sony, and I shall think very carefully before going near anythin originating from them in the future (and treat it as I do any other software from a suspect source - like an unexploded bomb).

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