On Sun, 30 Oct 2005 01:13:01 +0100, Roy Schestowitz
> __/ [r.e.ballard@xxxxxxx] on Saturday 29 October 2005 19:02 \__
>> This has been a Microsoft strategy at LEAST since Ultraviolet.org
>> released a list of reasons why people should not use IE 4.0 with
>> ActiveX controls.
> ActiveX, to me at least, has a major notoriety. I cannot believe how
> much freedom an operating system is willing to give merely anyone. To
> be stupid enough as to permit this is either suicidal or intentional,
> maybe shrewdly so.
ActiveX was originally invented as a panic response to Java applets.
Since MS got caught off-guard there wasn't time to engineer a real
response, so they just repurposed the OCX concept. They tacked on some
code-signing bullshit to be able to sell the lesserly-clued that it was
"just as secure" as Java applets running in a sandbox.
-| Bob Hauck
-| A proud member of the reality-based community.