It's Easy! #Coop

🕤︎ - 2000-10-06

Finally, there seems to be a willingness to configure the cost of ease as necessary. Ease is never "Those who embrace ease may not be able to move past it" free: its gain is matched by a loss in choice, security, privacy, health, or a combination thereof. This is well represented in deployment of a large quantity of Internet software. For example, Netscape's Smart Download makes downloading easier by handling decompression automatically and resuming download if a crash occurs, but it displays advertising while doing so [[11]]. Microsoft Outlook uncompresses and executes e-mail attachment files automatically, saving individual users a small amount of time per e-mail message, but creating a huge security risk, which at the time of this writing is still a fundamental flaw in the software [[12]].

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