Re: lazy saturday notebook comparo (long)
email@example.com (Michael Schmitz) wrote:
> > One other factor nobody has mentioned here is SECURITY. For
> > buffer-overflow type security holes, remote and local, almost all of the
> > exploits are written for i386, so non-Intel platforms are inherently
> > less vulnerable. Last week's LWN security section opened with a piece
> Security through obscurity? Nope, doesn't work. Thanks for playing though.
The poster implicitly distinguished between targeted and untargeted
attacks: calling his defense STO is, I think, an oversimplification.
Sitting outside the target group has its place in ameliorating
least-common-denominator attacks like Red Worm. By avoiding the LCD OS
and applications, you place yourself outside the susceptible population.
Choice of OS/protocal/application does not protect you against attacks
targeted specifically at you: your enemies will understand PPC buffer
over-flows, and will exploit them. Still, it's nice to know that you are
less likely than an Intel box to be taken down by random acts of
To bring this thread back on topic, I'm very happy with the price I paid
for an ibook dual-SUB. Checklists aside, it's an excellent value.
Michael Blakeley firstname.lastname@example.org <http://www.blakeley.com/>
Performance Analysis for Internet Technologies