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Re: Benign Worms
From: Valdis.Kletnieks () vt edu
Date: Fri, 13 May 2005 12:44:21 -0400

On Fri, 13 May 2005 11:13:03 CDT, k k said:
(Yes, even the best of us hit 'send' too soon sometimes ;)

There is debate surrounding whether releasing benign worms such as Nachi or 
Welcha, in general is ethical or not.

Oh?  Who has lined up on the "it's a good idea" side of the room?

I suspect that "There is debate" means either:

1) The same sort of people who are still debating if the world is round or flat.

2) Ass-wipe academics who probably have never even *tried* to patch their
own systems, but feel qualified to talk about doing it to other people without
their prior informed consent.  Given that most academics agree that "prior
informed consent" is a Good Thing, it will be a true ass-wipe (even for an academic)
who thinks doing it without consent is a wise idea.

3) Somebody thinks that somebody else saying "Yeah, it would be a good idea, except
this long list of reasons its's bad" indicates a debate.

Yes, there's quite likely overlap between the groups.

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