[thelist] Site check: Staples.com

Robert Gormley robert at pennyonthesidewalk.com
Tue Sep 20 02:16:49 CDT 2005

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From: Shawn K. Quinn <skquinn at speakeasy.net>
Sent: 20/9,  0:29

> Assumes facts not in evidence. It's rather well known that letting any
> old site run Javascript on your system is poor security practice (this

No, it's rather well known that letting any old site run JS on your site was a source of potential security issues, the overwhelming majority of which are resolved ... 

> is, after all, how Microsoft's excuse for a browser got the nickname
> Internet Exploiter among other less than flattering names). So, over

JS? Maybe, but you don't slag off Netscape here, which had several deficiencies of its own. MS's biggest security failing with IE was ActiveX.

> time, I will have more money in my pocket than the guy that just spent
> $300 on the latest version of Microsoft's latest OS and $100 to $1,000
> to get all the viruses cleaned off his computer *again*.

I think that if you're accusing Ken of pulling figures out of thin air (and it wasn't a bad guesstimate - I worked on Australia's largest office supplies chain's ecommerce site and the client bill for that came in at c A$250,000), you're pretty guilty of it here, not to mention you're nquoting costs that probably will never be encountered, not to mention working off an extrapolation several degrees removed - quoting OS licensing costs as the result of a website's decision to use JavaScript???


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