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DOCUMENT: phage #273 [bugaboo (just when you thought you'd seen everything)] (1 message, 949 bytes)
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From: mckay!dwight@ee.ecn.purdue.edu (Dwight D. McKay)
To: phage
Date: Fri 13:38:29 18/11/1988 EST
Subject: bugaboo (just when you thought you'd seen everything)
References: [Thread Prev: 313] [Thread Next: 274] [Message Prev: 280] [Message Next: 274]

I though some of the news coverage of the Internet worm was bad, but
this is seriously silly.  I saw the following ad in the Wall Street
Journal.  The text below was next to a picture of an IC with a couple
pins bent up and a little smiley face glued on one end.

	COMPUTER VIRUS SWEEPING THE NATION

	Downtime, Inc. introduces BUGABOO

	Bugaboo, the computer bug that wards off glitches, software bugs,
	and all strains of viruses.  The idea is to place it on top of your
	computer where it will work like a charm to keep computer boo-boos
	away.

	This electronic scarecrow, about an inch-and-a-half long, is made
	from "genuine defective computer parts" and is housed in a plastic
	cube.  Bugaboo also comes wiht an owners manual.

	MILLIONS ARE AT RISK -- THESE GLITCHES, VIRUSES, AND SOFTWARE BUGS
	LURK AROUND EVERY CORNER
	* Credit card users	* Department store shoppers
	* Bank account holders	* 27,000,000 Computer Owners

	PROTECT YOUR SYSTEM FROM TERMINAL MALFUNCTIONS -- ORDER BUGABOO
	TODAY!  NO TWO ARE ALIKE!  SATISFACTION GUARANTEED

How soon before we can buy the "I survived the Virus" Tee-shirts? :-)

--ddm

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