Microsoft: User Account Control Is Awesome, Everyone Should Use It

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The first thing I did after I installed Windows Vista was disable User Account Control—it's pretty much the most annoying OS feature I've ever dealt with. Microsoft's Chief Security Advisor in Australia, Peter Watson, however thinks that it's "a great idea and strategically a direction that all operating systems and all technologies should be heading down."

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Yeah, because I want every action I take to require slugging through a slew of pop ups asking if I'm super-duper sure that I really want to do whatever it is I'm doing. Every other OS should totally follow suit.

Microsoft: All operating systems should use Vista's UAC security [Builder via Ars Technica]
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"The road they SHOULD be heading down?" Um... Mac OS X already headed down that road. It's been well down that road since it launched in 2001 with a UNIX multiuser core, and an authentication API similar to sudo.

The difference is that Mac OS X only bugs you when it really needs to. That way, it's not the boy who cried wolf; when an OS X user sees that dialog, they tend to ask questions.