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Comment Re:Do you let users run as root on Linux? (Score 1) 79

If you develop in Windows, you often need to run as a member of Administrators in order to debug services. It's either that or elevating the MSVS at the start (and I am not even sure that would work in allowing you to attach to services). If you do elevate MSVS though, you'll be creating files as a different user, so then you won't be able to edit them as your non-administrators user. So there is quite a bit of incentive to do all development as a member of administrators and have UAC turned on (both for 3rd parties' and for MS-authored software).

Comment Re:Do you let users run as root on Linux? (Score 1) 79

The issue is not that you don't run things as a root user. The issue is that you can limit what processes you run as root on Linux by only using sudo and only having it set to allow a limited set of commands. In Windows, an admin user is not running in a privileged mode by default (so all processes only have regular user privileges). The admin user can elevate to the privileged mode (and needs to answer in the affirmative to that UAC prompt if the policy is set to require UAC). But with this workaround, as soon as admin user logs in, a malicious process can elevate to admin level without ever presenting a UAC prompt. The sole act of an admin user logging in is enough for a malicious process to elevate and run in privileged mode. This downgrades Win 7 and Win 8 security to the security level of Win XP (in which all processes of the 1st logged in user run in the same session as the background services).

Comment wow (Score 1) 79

A security boundary not worth considering? For real? UAC and FS/registry virtualization are the only OS-level security paradigms added to Win 7 over Win XP. Without it, any background process running with administrative privileges can do what a logged-in administrator can do. This includes installing new software and doing essentially anything that a local TrustedInstaller user can do. Worse yet, if this ever happens when an admin user is logged in, the process would not even need to authenticate itself. It would just run it in the session of the logged-in admin user without the admin user ever knowing about it, with the admin user's full confidence that nothing can installed under his credentials (because he has UAC turned on and not allowing any installation to happen without first presenting a "may I, mother?" prompt). If they don't think the session security improvements are worth anything, why don't just start to openly support Win XP again? This is somewhat disturbing.

Comment Re:Carnegie Mellon University (Score 1) 187

Didn't know that about CMU. I guess just because CU lasted as a free school for much longer. In the end, for most schools it's about the current value of the endowment. A few (maybe all?) Ivy Leagues won't charge tuition for families under certain income levels. But the ability to offer high-quality free education really lasts only as long as the alumni keep making donations and the endowment is not invested poorly.

Comment It's not a radical experiment (Score 5, Informative) 187

Cooper Union was established by the industrialist Peter Cooper in the 19th century and until recently also had a free tuition. It was established for the same reasons: lack of skilled labor needed by the industrialists in New York. The school has 3, essentially independent, divisions: art, architecture and engineering. While their ability to offer free very high quality education (Cooper Union was ranked 1st among engineering schools by US News for many years) has diminished, the idea was still pioneered in the 19th century. So it's not all that revolutionary.

Comment Re:Here's more credible evidence of Trump-Russia t (Score 1) 769

Regarding your comments about Trump: the fact that the only accusation they managed to dig up against him is that some of his businesses failed and that he's been sued is a pretty good indication that he's clean. His conglomerate participates in dozens if not hundreds of ventures. Some fail, some succeed. That's how business works. And virtually every successful business in the US has been sued... even the smallest business you can imagine would be foolish not to have some legal representation on retainer. That's just the society we live in. The barrier to suing someone with deep pockets is very low because the cost of litigation is universally larger than the cost of settling. Trump had failed businesses and there were times when he was in a technical bankruptcy (the value of his assets was lower than the value of his debt), but that did not mean that he was in an actual bankruptcy (failing to make payments to creditors). Orange County was in the same "bankruptcy " at some point during the 90's. And yet they never failed to provide any of the services. US government is in a constant state of such "bankruptcy" because it never collects as much in taxes as it spends (not even in today's world where it has record-high tax receipts).

Oh, and don't take this to be a cue to talk about "Clinton balancing the budget." Because I actually remember that year and I remember that it was

double booking

the same revenue (which was not even received yet) which allowed them to make that claim.

As for Trump's integrity, he actually bothers to get a divorce when he leaves his wife (unlike the Clintons staying in a marriage out of political convenience). Divorce is the honest way to leave your wife in case any one forgot.

Comment Re:Here's more credible evidence of Trump-Russia t (Score 1) 769

Her only support comes from uninformed or zombified. And the thinking people are only supporting her because they see money in it or they are scared of her. Her power grows just like the power of any two-bit dictator. She uses power to gain more power. This is why we have term limits. Although she obviously found a way around them.

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