melissa and her daughters

Spike Jones (
Fri, 02 Apr 1999 23:36:01 -0800

The reason you saw a notice from me regarding the THAAD failure on Thursday afternoon when I actually posted it Monday morning (an hour after the event) was that our computers were melissa-ed and the network was down all week.

CNN reports they nabbed the dirty scoundrel who wrote the virus. I cheered. For about three seconds. Then I said: wait a minute. What charge? Is this not covered under the US first amendment granting free speech? If he is charged with obstructing public communications, should not Microsloth be named as a co-conspirator? Should not this perp and Bill Gates share a cell? Could not Microsloth have shipped their product so that macros were disabled until *specifically enabled* by the 2% of the populace that will ever actually read the manual and decide we *need* word macros? How many of you among the writhing amoeba of extropianism have ever actually used a MS word macro? More than once?

Legal eagles, help me out here: is the melissa author in real danger of going to the slammer? I am tempted to defend the unsavory character. He did us all a service by pointing out yet another bug in Microsloth word. spike