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27 October 2005

Dealing With Terror

I've been spending all my available time fighting various infections on my computer - the latest has rendered all my e-mails unreadable (they're all blank) and my worthless McAfee unworkable. With the Patriot Act etc., would it really be so difficult for the authorities to track down each and everyone of these cyber-sleazes who make these things, put a bullet through each of their heads and dump their bodies in a river somewhere? Who would protest?


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Matt Lauer would definitely protest. Look how pissed he got when Pat Robertson suggested the USA assassinate Venezuela's Chavez.

The fact that he laughed when Frankel predicted execution for Karl Rove though, is rather telling.

But all that aside, I'm not opposed to your idea.

October 27, 2005 8:55 AM  
Blogger Dennis Dale said...

I would. Your suggestion is outrageous and frankly Ziel I'm disappointed in you. You can't just dump dead bodies in a river like that, you'll seriously contaminate someone's water supply.

October 27, 2005 11:19 AM  
Blogger Glaivester said...

Well, I am lucky enough not to have problems with viruses.

I love my Mac.

October 27, 2005 12:25 PM  
Blogger Dennis Dale said...

Glaivester, I've had enough of this elitist claptrap from you
Apple guys. I mean c'mon, there's no big difference.

(psst, you know where I can score a G5 cheap?)

October 27, 2005 7:38 PM  
Blogger ziel said...

Now are Macs more secure because the O/S is more fundamentally sound or because the user base is too sparse for viruses to take hold?

October 27, 2005 8:33 PM  
Blogger Dennis Dale said...

As I understand it the viruses are tailored to Windows systems because that gives them a way into some nintey percent of the home computers out there. There are some designed for Macs however. I'm sure the inherent instability of Windows doesn't help. Maybe Mr. Not-Me-I-Own-A-Mac-neener-neener-neener can further elucidate.

October 27, 2005 8:47 PM  
Blogger Glaivester said...

As far as I know, there aren't yet any viruses that attack the OSX operating system. However, I there are viruses that attack specific programs in Microsoft Word macros, for example, but they don't generally affect the Macs themselves, just Windows computers if the Mac user sends the information to a PC.

I think that the one reason for the greater security on the Mac is that it requires that the user explicitly authorize any software installation.

Mac OSX's modularity may be part of the reason as well; that is, each program is somewhat isolated from the others; this also means that a crashing program doesn't usually cause the Mac to crash so it needs to be restarted. (Example: on a Mac, the cursor is usually an arrow, but becomes a spinning wheel when something is being processed. Sometimes when crashing a program, the cursor goes permanently into "spinning wheel" mode. When using, e.g. Netscape, the cursor will be in spiinin wheel mode while over the browser window and will immediately revert to "arrow mode" whenever moved off of a window, and revert back if moved over the window).

October 27, 2005 11:57 PM  

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