"So the thief wouldn't have to do that?"
Do what ? Use the command line to not install working codecs ? That's not even wrong. No, what i'm objecting to is this supercilious bit of FUD towards the end of a rather meely-mouthed article. Frankly I don't give a shit about what operating system or tools people choose to use - there are plenty enough of them out them to suit pretty much anyone doing anything, and what they decide to use is entirely their affair. Pathetic little jibes such as this - based on ignorance, the desire to show some section of the audience how super-hip they are, or whatever - just get right up my nose.
El Reg staff and supporters seem awfully quick to jump on the band-wagon that just how the site is, and always has been, 'biting the hand that feeds IT' - but there's a difference (in my mind) between between biting wit and humour, and spouting age-old, ill-informed, inflammatory and un-necessary twaddle. It's just like being back in bloody infants school, hence 'grow up'.