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Posted: Mar. 10 2005,19:21 QUOTE

To-may-to or to-mah-to, I don't care what you call it, just gimme one, quick!

Seriously, though, IMHO, I am 100% against downloading and running unknown who-knows-what-they-do executables on my system.  I *refuse* to run MSIE and Outlook in Windows just due to the malware risks.  When I surf the web, I am primarily looking for information, not flashy eye candy and other such silliness.  Most of the time I run Opera with image and popup downloading turned off, and I can't count the number of websites I've visited that try to change my homepage or install a bunch of useless b.s. on my system.  I even hate visiting sites (usually by big corporations) where you can't navigate around without first downloading all their graphics.

With that said, your "software jail" sounds a lot like Java's "sandboxing" concept.  Don't know if that helps, but maybe your "jail" could run inside a separate "virtual" OS (?).

Never surf the web as root or with Administrative privileges, as most Windows users do.

Run DSL from a frugal install and allow full downloading/executions (?).  If your system gets FUBARed by some drive-by download, simply reboot.  Still a bit of a pain, though.

To me, it all represents little more than wasted time, space, and CPU cycles.

Don't say "No" to Digital Restrictions Management, say "HELL, NO!!!".
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