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Reader Comments on Aardvark Daily 24 May 2001

Note: the comments below are the unabridged submissions of readers and do
not necessarily reflect the opinions of the publisher.


From: The Hobbit
For : The Editor (for publication)
Subj: Sheriff Bruce

"It's now time to start "outing" those repeat offenders who
have clearly proven themselves to be so stupid and such a
danger to others that they don't deserve Internet access."

What astounding arrogance - outing those who you consider
don't **deserve** internet access.  People slip up, itís a
fact of life.

While a safe email practice fence at the top of the cliff
is something we should all as a net community be preaching
to the newbies, the ambulance at the bottom of the cliff is
also an important part of the mix and you must take
responsibility for your own machine by firewalling and
running the latest and greatest AV progs and patches.

The 'net stopped being the domain of the geeks a long time
ago and it's time that we accept the new arrivals
into 'our' community, educated them and made sure they
understand *why* they have to do the things we ask of them.

I have these disturbing visions of Bruce, clad in a black
lycra sneaking suit running around industrial parks with
wire cutters at night, snipping phone lines... :)

Aardvark Responds
As I said, these guys have goofed up multiple times and,
each time they goof up, the expose others to unwanted
worms and/or viruses.

By not implementing even the most basic of virus-scanning
or proper email-handing policies they become a danger to
other Net-users.  Without this kind of carelessness these
email worms/viruses wouldn't spread beyond the writer's
own PC.

It is not a friendly (and soon it may not even be a legal)
thing to do when you send someone an email with a virus
attached -- whether that occurs either as a deliberate act
or as a result of (what may eventually become criminal)

You're right -- people do slip-up.  And, in the
real world, sometimes they go to jail for it -- because
"oops" is not always a satisfactory response to a
lack of care.

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