Let's hope for Australia Brandis was there only to placate these idiots and is now laughing his ass off on the plane, telling the pilot "Can you believe these idiots want us to force our ISPs to play police and upset our taxes we generate from them? The audacity Dodd and company believe we'll fall for their numbers games. By the way, did you check out last night's episode of Game of Thrones? I paid $50 for that episode!"
It's not a lack of understanding. Read my post again. I said "start due process", which means this: "We, the members of Congress, were lied to by Clapper and other members of the NSA. We believe these individuals should be arrested for their actions."
I don't disagree with some of this, but Android does not give me the option to disallow permissions I believe it shouldn't need, and that's why I find it a risk.
Not that I'd be downloading malware. Google's pretty good at removing risky apps, but it seems to shrug its shoulders on given app creators significant leeway in what can, and can not, be used for app building.
As for the Microsoft holes, can't agree there. The majority of exploits are done via memory access, and it's impossible to protect against every possible threat, much in the same way it's impossible to determine every copyright is infringing.
Because many process remain in memory, especially those critical to OS operation, they're subject to attacks. Though there are individual processes, most still share memory address space.
Computers wouldn't work well without this sharing, unless every app takes minutes to load.
Most exploits take advantage of improper memory clearing, and this is not solely due to Microsoft's code.
If it were, then it truly would be a closed system.
"After all, free software is even cheaper than pirated software, and yet rarely has any of the problems identified in the new report."
This is a dangerous and disingenuous statement. Anyone who programs will tell you this isn't true, and worse, it assumes the habits of people will change when installing software.
All we need to do is look at Android, which now has an exponential growth on malware installs because both the user and exploits are easy to take advantage of.
I'm more terrified of using an Android device than I am of a Windows system, unprotected. Even without anti-virus software, there are built-in options I can set that prevents unauthorized installs on my computer (which most people argued Microsoft's UAC was too intrusive, which is a problem of users).
In addition to the malware threats are the oft-used "single sign on" systems, such as Facebook and Google, which allows a breach of multiple accounts because of one nefarious install/visit of an application.
Another study showed that the majority of users who download Android apps do not read the permissions, instead sacrificing understanding for the app. This is a problem, not the software.
Linux is also seeing a growth of exploits, as well as Java (which is used on most non-computer systems, just as DVR, phones, etc).
I'm not advocating Microsoft is untouched here, but most of the problems (often wrongly attributed to the company) is actually the fault of third party software, improperly written to allow the exploit. Adobe Flash, anyone?
Open source software will not remove the problem, which will always be the burden of the user.
Even Enterprise is finding "open source" to be a problem, since they're chasing profits and allowing uneducated IT people to install software they are not familiar with. Since it's open source, there's no licenses to be concerned with, meaning problems will get worse before they get better.
Education is key, but if Microsoft wants to turn things around, the first order of business would be to make its flagship OS easier to obtain financially.
Oh, wait. They are. Microsoft jut announced anything with a 7" screen or less has a zero cost to its OS.
That's a start, but it doesn't include the PC, the most targeted device at the moment.
When PC sales continue to decline for the tablet-based system, in 10 years from now, the tablet will be the new target.