[linux-elitists] Are we Dead Yet? (or "For every sprinkle I find, I shall kill you!)

Martin Pool mbp@sourcefrog.net
Wed Feb 9 20:14:14 PST 2005

On  3 Feb 2005, Rick Moen <rick@linuxmafia.com> wrote:

> As I said in my original post, I'd have had no real problem with the
> study if it has included _some_ disclaimer like "Naturally, it was a
> really obviously crazy stunt to run these obsolete systems, in December
> 2004, completely without customary patching and exposed to the global
> Internet, but using more-realistic and modern systems would have made
> for a dull study."

I agree.

> Instead, it only has statements like "Recent data from our honeynet
> sensor grid reveals that the average life expectancy to compromise for
> an unpatched Linux system has increased from 72 hours to 3 months" --
> without bothering to mention that it'd be really _dumb_ to do that,
> normally, not to mention it requiring a deliberate effort to disable
> maintenance mechanisms and IP-filtering scripts.

I guess it shows more of an interest in getting headlines than in
advancing knowledge.


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