[Dshield] Re: Most Absurd

Amy Roueche aehawk at comcast.net
Fri Sep 12 17:00:42 GMT 2003

Ok,  I see where everyone is going with this and can empathsize.  The question needs to be at what point does the end user, or average consumer, or whatever you want to call them, take responsability for securing their own system.  This all has the ring of Jonathan Swift's A Modest Proposal .   At most, a warning on the case, would be appropriate.  That would be akin to the airbag or seatbelt warning in your car.  If the consumer is not taking it upon himself to become educated about what he's using then an infection is inevitable.  The same is true with the car analogy.  You can buy a car without knowing how to drive but to do so would be foolish.  Placing blame with hackers, or software developers, or ISPs (btw comcast provides 1 yr of McAfee free via a link on thier member services site.  Big banner.) doesn't make any sense.  To summarize,  the end user of a computer is responsible for data safety the same way the driver of a car is responsible for passenger security.  

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