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Re: Creating a task launcher.....

On Fri, Jul 08, 2005 at 07:21:56AM -0700, Steve Lamb wrote:
>     Is it?  *looks at all the zombied machines spewing spam then thinks of
> what else they could do*  You're sure being computer ignorant can't kill
> people?  :P

Eh. Let's build computer systems with secure OSes, secure
programming languages, secure core applications, &c., and
good UI. Set up the system so that it fails well. I'm sure
we can design computers that aren't zombie-able and yet are
user-friendly and don't require their users to learn
command-line arcana.

In some ways automobile and road designers have a nice
constraint: they *can't* assume that their drivers are

a) literate,
b) interested in keeping their cars tuned,
c) aware of small failures.

If they assume any of these things, people die. It would be
nice if usability engineers for computer software had to
work under similar constraints.

Stephen R. Laniel
+(617) 308-5571
PGP key: http://laniels.org/slaniel.key

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