It occurs to me today that, after reading so many new critical security alerts tied to Internet Explorer 6, Microsoft’s decision to tie the operating system to the web browser is just about the stupidest decision ever made from a security perspective. Think about it. Let’s make the world’s most prevalent operating system with security that can already be hacked by Koko the Gorilla, and open it up to any yahoo with an internet account. And what have we seen time and time again? Critical flaws in IE that can erase all your data, spam everyone on your continent, and post your credit card and password information to Google.