[linux-elitists] random questions
Thu Dec 6 10:49:49 PST 2001
On Thu, 6 Dec 2001, Don Marti wrote:
> Attention Linux elitists:
> Linux Journal has me doing an email column
> (http://www.ssc.com/mailman/listinfo/atc) and it looks like my
> plan to become the Jerry Pournelle of Linux is starting to work.
> I made some random comments about the Mandrake install and instantly
> got mail from them. All give tech support unto me, bwah, ha, ha.
> Anyway, here are a bunch of random questions I still don't have
> answers to but that you people probably do.
> How many damn "The Linux viruses are coming! Virus checkers are still
> relevant!" articles are we going to have to read until even the
> Mainstream Media starts ignoring the anti-virus vendors? (Rick Moen
> explains the UNIX/Linux security model and its virus-resistance in
> this article:
And how long will the Linux kernel and many GNU utilities be compiled
with all standard buffer overflows enabled? How long will the C library
force overflows and other holes into most every C program?
> If WiFi is so insecure and so popular at the same time, where are all
> the WiFi Skript Kiddiez? With all the publicity around WEP cracking,
> and the easy tools to do it, you'd think that there would be all kinds
> of DoS attacks, warez sites, e-mail forgeries and such from every
> insecure corporate access point.
There are only a few, some say two, people in the world who write all
worms/viruses/trojans. They will get to the distribution of WIFI attack
scripts as soon as they have produced a superior GNU/Linux worm, using
overflows et al., to encourage better practice in the free software
> What's the plural of Zaurus? Zauruses or Zauri?
ZAURENASAURUS KILOFLORA BLOOMENENSIS
> Why does Silicon Valley, which is full of the high-tech elite, have
> the deadly dull "The Tech" museum, while the latte-drinking artistes
> of San Francisco have the majorly kick-ass Exploratorium?
Computer programmers do not understand computers.
See "buffer overflow".
> How come you never hear anything from Rick Belluzzo since he went from
> SGI to Microsoft? Or did M$ make him an "executive" like the Soviet
> Union made Kim Philby a "KGB Colonel"?
Rick Belluzo is Kim Philby and defends the free world by keeping Microsoft
even more incompetent, hard to use, and insecure than GNU/Linux.
> Now that there is a decent selection of web browsers:
> http://kmself.home.netcom.com/Linux/FAQs/browsers.html for Linux, is
> it time for independent sites to start breaking compatibility with
> that nasty old Netscape 4.x in order to do the new web standards
Premise wrong. No brower exists.
> Why do people mess around with little text boxes on web sites when
> they could be using their editor of choice to post to Usenet? Is it
> because the historic groups are too spammy, and the elitists at
> usenet2.org scared everyone away?
> Don Marti What do we want? Free Dmitry! When do we want it? Now!
No Usenet button on AOL dashboard.
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