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"Mac OS X is like living in a farmhouse in the country with no locks, and Windows is living in a house with bars on the windows in the bad part of town."

The battle between Microsoft and Apple in the computing market has raged on for decades. While Microsoft has a commanding lead in the operating system market with Windows, Apple isn't exactly backing down with OS X -- in fact, the Cupertino-based company continues to grab market share and a large portion of the $1,000+ computing market.

When Windows and OS X users get into arguments on the web, Windows users often point to OS X's tiny market share while OS X users point to how vulnerable Windows operating systems have been in the past to exploits. However, according to security guru Charlie Miller, OS X users should subscribe to the idea that "people in glass houses shouldn't throw stones".

Miller claims to have found no less than 20 zero-day exploits within OS X. Miller will present the exploits at CanSecWest next week in Vancouver, British Columbia.

Miller told Heise Security, "Mac OS X is like living in a farmhouse in the country with no locks, and Windows is living in a house with bars on the windows in the bad part of town."

"They sell lots of computers and nobody [shies away from] Apple computers because of a perceived lack of security," Miller added. "So in their minds, they don't have a security problem until it affects their bottom line, which hasn't been the case, yet"

OS X has made the news plenty of times over the past year for security holes. Last June, Apple finally fixed a Java exploit which went unpatched for nearly a year. In late August, Apple shipped Snow Leopard with a version of Flash that was susceptible to outside attacks.

Miller also took Apple to task last year saying that security protections in OS X weren't quite up to par with Windows 7. He noted, "It's harder to write exploits for Windows than the Mac, but all you see are Windows exploits. That's because if [the hacker] can hit 90% of the machines out there, that's all he's gonna do. It's not worth him nearly doubling his work just to get that last 10%."



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RE: $1000+ Computers
By Parhel on 3/19/2010 11:49:48 AM , Rating: 2
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People build them to save money, if you can go to newegg, make a few clicks, wait a few days and then quickly build machine faster than some generic Dell or Acer, also more reliable and more quiet, of a less size and weight too, and in addition a couple of hundred bucks cheaper, then why the heck not?


I spent over $3000 on my current build (including monitor) mostly from NewEgg.

It used to be the case, and somewhat still is, but it's getting harder and harder to build your own low-end machines for cheaper than what the big box stores offer. If you used a pirated OS, maybe you'll save a bit more, but that's just not worth it for me.

For quality, reliability and especially noise, though, I'll always prefer my own builds.


RE: $1000+ Computers
By Murst on 3/19/2010 3:48:20 PM , Rating: 2
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It used to be the case, and somewhat still is, but it's getting harder and harder to build your own low-end machines for cheaper than what the big box stores offer. If you used a pirated OS, maybe you'll save a bit more, but that's just not worth it for me.

I find it pretty much impossible to build a cheaper computer than what I could get at Dell or HP. But I can build one for about the same price, and it will have the parts I want in it, not some PoS motherboard that I can't do anything with.

From a time perspective, I think it's a wash... It takes probably 1 hour to build a computer from parts (OS install time included). It also takes about an hour to remove all the crap that was installed on a pre-built PC.


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