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Subject: Re: Majordomo hole my rear end!
From: Vince Sabio <vince @ vjs . org>
Date: Tue, 11 Feb 2003 08:58:13 -1000
To: List-Managers @ GreatCircle . COM
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** Sometime around 09:45 -0500 02/11/2003, Steve Werby said:
"Nick Simicich" <njs @
scifi .
squawk .
com> wrote:
** Sometime around 14:19 -0500 02/10/2003, Steve Werby said:

 >>Anyway, I just don't give any security alert creedence if it uses the
 >>phrase "evil spammers" not once, but twice. Redundant, don't you think?
 >
 >It may well be, but sometimes I don't think it can be said often enough
 >:-).

I'm with you on that.  I was just making light of the fact that the word
"evil" in "evil spammers" is redundant.  <g>

It certainly is. However, I agree with the sentiment in your first post. IMO, the use of the word "evil" attempts to pass judgment -- and the purpose of a security alert is not to pass judgment, but to objectively summarize a vulnerability. I'd feel the same way if the security alert used the phrase "evil hackers." We can probably all agree that spammers (hackers, pedophiles, [1] etc.) are evil -- but stating that in a security alert is unnecessary and dilutes the apparent validity of the alert.

Of course, in this case, the "security alert" was B.S., anyway.
--

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Vince Sabio                                                  vince @
vjs .
org

[1] Reference to Dubya's "Axis of Evil" elided to avoid the obvious political commentary that would ensue. <g>


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