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Apple's new Snow Leopard OS apparently comes with free antivirus software.  (Source: Intego)
Apple is rumored to make its upcoming OS more secure





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RE: Explanation
By lamerz4391 on 8/26/2009 10:36:47 AM , Rating: 4
Interesting that Apple can build it in to Snow Leopard, yet if Microsoft, with Security Essentials, did the same it would be evil and monopolistic. Apple should be forced to unbundle their security app, and should also be forced to offer a browser ballot screen to allow for browser selection.


RE: Explanation
By Ordr on 8/26/09, Rating: -1
RE: Explanation
By ChristopherO on 8/26/2009 1:56:58 PM , Rating: 5
Well, the problem is that people just want fairness applied to corporations. And we all know how the government works... Everyone is too afraid to admit they made a mistake, so they'll never take pressure off MSFT because doing so would be akin to admitting they were idiots in the first place. Once you create a government *anything*, bureau, policy, etc, you can't kill it.

As a result, the best anyone seeking fairness can hope for is that the same pressure is applied to competitors.

What always makes me laugh is that the government attorneys have no idea what they're doing... If they had their way no web browser would be included. Seeing as how a person generally needs a browser to get another one, well, that's difficult.

Put another way...

They would remove IE and Safari requiring FTP to be used to get a new browser...

But wait, you can't use FTP since commercial clients exist!

Oh, and you can't include TCP/IP because you might put the guys who wrote Trumpet Winsock out of business.

So technically, if they had their way, I'd need to call trumpet on the phone, have them mail me a CD. Then call up ipswitch and have them mail me a CD with an FTP client. At which point I'd need to find a company that sells a text editor, because Notepad has commercial competition, so I'd have no idea how to install Trumpet, or Ipswitch, because I couldn't open the README files. And after I do that, I'd have to FTP somewhere to download a browser. Or maybe, since my last name begins with O, the UN will pass a resolution that everyone with a last name beginning with O has to use Opera to help with their really, really low marketshare.

And these are seriously the same buffoons that people want running health care. We'd all be using 8-tracks if we let them control innovation.


RE: Explanation
By hiscross on 8/29/2009 5:52:38 PM , Rating: 2
Capitalism is about generating wealth. It wealth that powers an economy. That is what is fair. No business should give any of it's profits that it earned through the production of products to anyone who won't work. That what is unfairness. If you work for someone and get paid, then that is what you have determined is your value. Now if you start your owe business, the profit you make and the wealth you generate is yours and on;y yours.


RE: Explanation
By afkrotch on 8/26/2009 8:49:50 PM , Rating: 1
It's the difference in product. Microsoft makes software, while Apple makes a whole platform. This is how Apple can get away with it.

If Microsoft make a complete platform, I can see them being able to scoot around these issues. That or Apple would get thrown onto the EU's "take money off American companies" list.


RE: Explanation
By gstrickler on 8/26/2009 9:15:30 PM , Rating: 3
There is not yet confirmation that Snow Leopard actually includes any anti-malware software. There is a report from one reputable company and a few individuals, but nothing from Apple yet. At this point, it's still an unconfirmed rumor, but it may be correct.

From another article about it:
http://www.theregister.co.uk/2009/08/25/snow_leopa...
"The feature is said to warn users if they try to install applications known to be malicious. However, according to the Register's anonymous source, it's quite limited; for one, it's only checking for two known Mac trojans, and two, it only flags those files if they were downloaded from the internet using Entourage, iChat, Safari, and a handful of other applications."

In short, it's more like Microsoft's "Malicious Software Removal Tool" than a full anti-virus or anti-malware software.


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