Re: Drivers License required for surfing?

From: Anne & Lynn Wheeler (lynn_at_garlic.com)
Date: 09/18/03


Date: Thu, 18 Sep 2003 14:35:05 GMT


"Fred_McGriff" <fmcgriff@nospam.com> writes:
> Why not make it illegal to ship or offer for download an operating
> system unless all inbound and outbound ports are closed by default?
> The OS needs to be explicitly told which programs can access the
> internet. This could be done during the system install for web
> browsers and email clients. But, all other programs would need to be
> turned on after the install.
>
> The average use does not know as much about security as the average
> OS vendor/packager. Responsibility for out the box security belongs
> to the OS provider. They cannot be allowed to hide behind assertions
> of limited liability -- especially when they ask for compensation.

the average user doesn't know much about repairing, building and/or
servicing a car ... the other analogy is require safe vehicle
inspection for PCs .... people get ticketed and fined for operating a
vehicle in an unsafe manner or operating an unsafe vehicle
... regardless of whether the indiviudal knows how to service a
vehicle or not.

individuals are are required to carry accident insurance for their PC
... and while specific kinds of operating systems may not actually be
street illegal ... they could be sufficiently prone to certain kinds
of damage to require significanlty higher insurance permiums.

random past threads on this subject:
http://www.garlic.com/~lynn/2001m.html#27 Internet like city w/o traffic rules, traffic signs, traffic lights and traffic enforcement
http://www.garlic.com/~lynn/2001m.html#28 Internet like city w/o traffic rules, traffic signs, traffic lights and traffic enforcement
http://www.garlic.com/~lynn/2001m.html#29 Internet like city w/o traffic rules, traffic signs, traffic lights and traffic enforcement
http://www.garlic.com/~lynn/2001m.html#30 Internet like city w/o traffic rules, traffic signs, traffic lights and traffic enforcement
http://www.garlic.com/~lynn/2001m.html#31 Internet like city w/o traffic rules, traffic signs, traffic lights and traffic enforcement
http://www.garlic.com/~lynn/2003i.html#17 Spam Bomb

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