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Lighten Up 5 October 2001 Edition
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Quotes Of The Week
Yesterday, while reviewing the news, I noticed that there have been some real dumb things said this week.

First up, in this story published by the NZ Herald we have one Brian Valentine, senior vice president of the Windows Division of Microsoft saying of improving online security: "With the virus attacks of late and the numbers of those and how vicious those attacks have been ... it's incumbent on Microsoft, being in the leadership position we're in, to help drive forward the industry in this area"

Excuse me?

Does Mr Valentine not realise who's to blame for the ease with which these viruses and worms infect and spread our networks???

Then there's this story published today by IDG in which Gillian Vosper from Oktobor says of interstitial full-page ads: "We ran a trial with the TAB about three months ago and the response was huge. People like them."

Excuse me?

Now I know that most punters show a net loss through their betting activities and therefore can't really be considered genius material -- but they really like the ads that much? What does that say about the rest of the site?

Then there was the quote from this CNet story that I discussed in Monday's column where the recording industry effectively shot itself in the foot regarding copy protection of CDs.

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From Yesterday...
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    However, perhaps the best self-indicting comments of the week come from Kevin Findlater who submitted this feedback in respect to the comments I made yesterday about John Banks' website.

    Clearly, if Kevin is to be believed, John Banks only wants his website seen by those who use "conventional media." It seems that those who spend more time surfing the Net are just not the right folks to cast a vote in that direction eh?

    Don't we feel special?

    All in all, it would appear that foot-in-mouth disease is making a comeback on the Net.

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    Hey, before you dial a number on that touch-tone phone, be warned that you might be breaking someone's copyright!

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