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Final Virus

2004-07-16 19:36:59.751504+00 by Dan Lyke 1 comments

I've become less and less likely to link to Eric Raymond's stuff, but The Final Virus: A Science Fiction Story is worth reading for his exploration of the implications of shoddy Windows security and the current push for "digital rights management" by organizations like the RIAA and the MPAA.

[ related topics: Microsoft virus Civil Liberties ]

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#Comment Re: made: 2004-07-17 12:01:09.449871+00 by: meuon

The DRM issues are real. I understand why they need to protect themselves. And a few geeky friends wonder why I have a decent sized, legit DVD collection. Personally, I find that the $5 to $20 I pay for a good movie on DVD is worth it to me. It seems fewer and fewer people think so.

SMTP needs to die to address the junk spam issue, UCE (Unsolicited Commercial E-Mail) and SCE (Solictied/Opt-In) comes from legit mail servers with legit messages (mostly legit anyway) and if we change to an auth based protocol, or other e-mail sender method, UCE and SCE will work.. as will real e-mail.

But it might take 'Final' for the world to realize how MS-SwissCheese operating systems are the very bane of the very computing world we geeks would like to create. Which is sad, so very sad.