One of the interesting things about viruses are the, ahem, extreme reactions. There’s always a lot of blame being directed at Microsoft (basically for building a petri dish into every machine) and there’s usually a lot of people blaming end users who open such e-mails (on the grounds that, at this point, they ought to know better).
This article is interesting, though, because it adds the cost of patching for viruses into the total cost of ownership for Windows. Has that been added into TCO equations before?
And there were two completely new (to me) reactions:
John Dvorak has, in a fit of full-on mouth foaming, suggested that pc users should be licensed like car drivers. I don’t think licensing works unless the technology is stable, but Dvorak is apparently claiming that a driver’s-license level knowledge of computer systems from 2001 would have helped here.
The most interesting reaction was the idea of building a second worm, though. What does the second worm do? It goes around killing the first worm and installing microsoft security updates.
This latter worm actually bothers me more than the original. All of a sudden, the internet turned into a giant game of core war
Any other new and interesting ways to cope with the worm?