Re: article: "Silicon Valley's next boom could be profitably patriotic"

From: Samantha Atkins (
Date: Sat Dec 22 2001 - 19:55:26 MST

"Robert J. Bradbury" wrote:

> > "Last week two House leaders proposed the $7.5 billion Cyber Security
> > Research and Development Act."

Unfortunately much of what is proposed does nothing for real
computer infrastructure security but goes out of its way to prop
up dinosaur economic groups that no longer make since in the
digital age with draconian legislation to limit the natural
evolution and benefits of said age.

If we really cared about cyber security we would insist on
secure (from various cracks, worms and viruses) OS and
application platforms. But I see little evidence anyone
seriously means that.

> Early on in its life the Code Red Worm was estimated to have cost $1.2 billion.
> Makes sense -- maybe 100+ million machines, 1-3 hours to upgrade, $10-50/hr.
> The costs of security holes mounts quite quickly.

I would suggest a class actions suit against negligent companies
like Microsloth to recoup the costs incurred due to their
inadequate and grossly irresponsible software. Oh, I forgot.
All the licensing models they use totally tie the hands of the
consumer and the courts and absolve them of all responsibility
for damages.

> > "will take to task departments that don't spend *more* on computer security"
> Spend the money & be secure or be insecure and potentially amplify
> the problem. Should "Thyphoid Mary's" be allowed to walk the streets
> and spread the disease?

No. Let's mandate non-Microsoft OS machines in all sensitive
areas. :-)

- samantha

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