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DOCUMENT: phage #156 [Predictable] (1 message, 695 bytes)
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From: encore!pinocchio!bzs@talcott.harvard.edu (Barry Shein)
To: [not phage]
Date: Mon 17:22:02 07/11/1988 EST
Subject: Predictable
References: [Thread Prev: 155] [Thread Next: 408] [Message Prev: 125] [Message Next: 158]


Spreading like the virus itself I am getting the following "thought
virus" argument from some very predictable (old guard) people:

	This worm is a good reason to stop the widespread acceptance
	of Unix. (INSERT FAVORITE UPPER-CASE DYING O/S HERE) would
	not have been infected by this problem.

Yeah, right, sort of like saying that if everyone drove their cars at
5MPH there'd be less fatalities on the highways.

Doubtless, but wrong.

The benefits of standards in operating systems far outweigh the risks.
Running one of each O/S and making your users try to use them
effectively is a pretty dumb way to try to achieve security.

I hope we can nip *this* thought virus in the FUD. Nice try though.

	-Barry Shein, ||Encore||

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