Why administrative passwords will never be like nuclear missile launchers

Wednesday, 22 November 2006, 9:33 AM EST

During the past few months many people have lamented that Windows lacks a nuclear missile style control option for administrator passwords. Surely you've read about or seen photographs of missile silos where two operators, separated by a distance greater than the span of a single human's arms, must each simultaneously turn a key in a switch to launch a missile. Such a fail-safe is important when considering missile launches: presumably a nation can't thus be committed to global thermonuclear war on the deranged whims of a single raving lunatic.

At the Steve Riley blog.

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