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DOCUMENT: phage #110 [Sensationalism in the papers] (1 message, 794 bytes)
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From: Gary J. Rosenblum <rosenblg@cmcl2.NYU.EDU>
To: phage
Date: Mon 12:49:55 07/11/1988 EST
Subject: Sensationalism in the papers
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On Friday, the Wall Street Journal contacted me and was doing a phone
interview.  He wanted to know if the scene here was akin to "people
in a nuclear reactor control room during a melt-down" (not a direct
quote, but close).  and he kept asking me about this.  He also wanted
me to commit as to how much money I thought the virus (I repeatedly
told him it was a worm, but I guess viruses are more interesting) cost us.
I described its effect, and how many man-hours, but he asked from time
to time, "Do you think it was in the hundreds of thousands?  maybe MILLIONS?"
(again, not a direct quote, but that's the gist of it).  When I did not
give him the adjectives he wanted, he said he was going to call other

From the article in today's journal, I can see he did not get the
answers he was looking for.  No "blow-by-blow" story, just most of
the facts.

Our own local paper did a good job, however. 


Gary J. Rosenblum
UNIX Systems Manager
New York University