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Re: Possibly yet another MS mail worm
On Mon, 01 Mar 2004 10:35:05 PST, Henry Linneweh <firstname.lastname@example.org> said: > Everyday there is a new, news article on this and every day everyone > panics and eeryday some one says tell the government to make a law, it is time > to realize that no law is going to do anything for anyone soon. In the past we > just took care of the problem and we can do the same now by sharing the solutions we > shared then for FREE. The basic problem is that for the average ISP, requiring the users to have a clue and to use secure software is financial suicide. <insert obligatory Randy Bush reference here>. Until something happens to change the cost/benefit ratios, we're stuck with it. Remember that vendor lock-in is an issue - why should the user spend all the time/money of obtaining new software and learning how to use it if they're currently not experiencing high amounts of cost/pain? Many users will write off "I'm only losing 2 or 3 days of work a year due to virus/worms" and balance that against "Moving to <anything else> would screw things up for 2 weeks while I relearn and reconfigure", and decide it's not worth changing...