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(Silicon.com)   Man offerring money to anyone who can infect his computer with a virus   ( silicon.com) divider line
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4022 clicks; posted to Main » on 15 Oct 2001 at 3:18 AM (16 years ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»

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2001-10-15 03:28:12 AM  
Wonder how long it will take this to turn into a Microsoft rant thread.

They're so wonderfully enjoyable.
2001-10-15 04:02:06 AM  
The ablity to do that and 75 cents will get you a cheap cup of coffie[sp?]..
2001-10-15 04:07:03 AM  
Paul, allow me to begin. Linux and Unix are great for servers, but all the Linux-lovers want that bullshiat on every desktop. Linux is not a good desktop environment at all. As for security, my router and software firewall are enough for me. I will never use Linux again. Or at least until the Linux OS matches the compatibility, performance, and ease of use of my Windows box.
2001-10-15 04:09:55 AM  
2001-10-15 04:12:10 AM  
WTF am I doing up so late anyway? God damn it all...
2001-10-15 04:13:33 AM  
Does anyone here play Asheron's Call?
2001-10-15 04:27:03 AM  
My dad does, he's probably still up... ;)
2001-10-15 04:36:06 AM  
Linux + Microsoft = Timmmaa
2001-10-15 04:42:07 AM  
Ha ha ha ha ohhh man now you select few are the reason I keep comming back ha ha ha ha ha Paul asks how long it'll take to turn into a microsoft rant soylentgreen starts it kaiwuzheer states the obvious soylentgreen realises hes up to late and is starting a full on discussion he cant be bothered being a part of anymore (even before its barely begun) then wants to know if anyone plays a game completely off topic and qinopio would rather tell soylentgreen his dad plays the game then make a statement more along the lines of the link.

Completely unorganised - disfunctional - and hillariously funny.............. must be that time of the night.
2001-10-15 04:55:19 AM  
Linux is so cool
2001-10-15 04:58:40 AM  
It's nice that he doesn't have to use antivirus software on his Linux box.

He can fume and moan all he wants, tho...I'm playing Max Payne with a GeForce3. He's not. Sure is fun!
2001-10-15 05:15:03 AM  
Max Payne......... cool game for a while then you complete it.............. pah never to be picked up again. Now you want a cool game try commandos 2 - Im playing that at the mo and wow, its really nicely done. Controls are a bit to master at first but once you get them down its great. Has anyone tried Startopia? I got that the other day - Only quickly looked at it (because commandos takes up most my time) but what do you guys think of it?
2001-10-15 05:47:06 AM  
My favorite game is Dungeon Keeper 2. Like the title says "It's good to be bad" :-)
2001-10-15 05:59:25 AM  
I havent played that......... Whats it all about? How old is it?
2001-10-15 06:08:04 AM  
Easy way to win the money. Sneeze on his keyboard. Nobody said it had to be a computer virus.
2001-10-15 07:28:27 AM  
Mr Happy: Which one haven't you played? Max Payne? Think playing "The Matrix" in 3rd person, complete w/ slomo bullet dodging. Dark, gritty, and violent. Check it out here.
2001-10-15 08:02:48 AM  
People don't write viruses for linux is the same reason they don't write them for macs. There's no point in targeting 3-5% of the users when you can target 90%+
2001-10-15 08:46:52 AM  
gotta love trying to polarize readers into taking sides on some useless debate. both have uses, both have weaknesses.

blah blah blah.

Oh, and fb, there is a good target for writing linux viruses/worms recently. Lots of people with little knowledge, but a need to feel elite put linux on their pcs on dsl/cable at home nowadays. Unfortunately many vendor default installs are insecure, going the microsoft route of trying to set up everything the user may ever want for them.
2001-10-15 09:13:41 AM  
FB-, I think it has just as much to do with targetting popular systems as it does with targetting stupid users. Most people with the ability to compile their own kernel probably aren't dumb enough to open an email attachment that was sent in order to have their advice.
2001-10-15 09:34:58 AM  
First off, Sylpheed doesn't scripting (Evolution may?) Executable attachments would first need to be saved to disk and then given executable permissions (if it doesn't have them)... and then if you are certain you want to run it and it turns out to be a virus, it can't do much damage. The only way it will damage your system is if you run as root, which you never should (more secure Linux systems do not allow you to log in as root at all, you must use a regular luser account, then use the 'su' command.) Virus writing for Linux is more boring because you can not do the same things as you can in Windows... (where EVERYONE runs with root priviledges except on more secure NT/2000 systems.) A virus writer is basically restricted to harmless virii.
2001-10-15 09:36:09 AM  
"No matter what you do, you can't get around this - you just can't make Windows secure."

Yeah you can, unplug the modem.

Of course, I'm using Windows and I'm connected constantly thru a cable modem and, well, I don't see people "infecting" me with viruses all the time. I'd imagine they could sneak over in the middle of the night with a diskette in hand and install one.
2001-10-15 09:41:50 AM  
OverMuch: You're right. We're playing Wolfenstein.
Mr. Happy: Dungeon Keeper is a game where you create dungeons of evil. You fight off the virtuous knights coming down to kill you as you try to spread your darkness over an entire land. I can't remember the other things that you must fend off - I haven't played it in a long time. It came out... I'm guessing '97? The second one was released about a year later.
2001-10-15 09:47:33 AM  
Er, one last note before I stop reading Fark and get to work. "A computer is only as secure as the administrator." A Linux box can easily be less secure than a Windows 98 machine. It may take a bit of effort, but you can harden Windows 98 very well. It is possible - I have done so. Unfortunately, 98 (now 'ME') is used by a large portion of the market and most of it is quite inept when it comes to security.
2001-10-15 10:36:17 AM  
I'm kinda tired and want to get back out on the river fishing. I'll pay someone $10 if they can take my network down for the day.
2001-10-15 10:46:26 AM  
Did he say "computer" virus?
2001-10-15 10:47:18 AM  
Yes, 3M he did! (runs to corner)
2001-10-15 02:29:46 PM  
Umm, making Linux viruses isn't such a good idea. Why? Because, Linux machines may some day be just the same as PCs - like a naked straight man with a greased up asshole walking into a gay bar - he's unprotected, and will become violated.

-he who stacks pork
2001-10-15 04:04:34 PM  
No, a Linux virus would actually cause a great deal of chaos. Check out the market share of Linux and Unix versus Winblows in the server market.

I'm sorry, I don't know about you, but I'm rather attached to the internet, and don't really want it becoming as unstable as a two leg table if only Winblows was running the net.

And take a guess what Fark runs on? FreeBSD.

Leopold- I don't know WTF you're trying to say.
2001-10-15 04:31:16 PM  
Newbaca - what I'm saying is that if people are successful at creating Linux viruses, using a Linux box will be as frustrating as using a PC that has any of Micro$haft's shiatty-ass operating systems on it. We really don't want that to happen. Keep all the PC users to themselves, keep them away from the Linux and Macs. Virus-free computing is the way it ought to be always.

-he who stacks pork
2001-10-15 06:39:23 PM  
The man also said he will never have his modem connected, and will make sure his computer is off at all times.

Only farking morons use Linux, Windows is the best OS ever, get a life and get windows stupid idiots.
2001-10-15 07:44:43 PM  
(laughs at MrKitty) Buahahahhahahahhahaahh!
"Windows is the best OS ever"
OMFG you must have been dropped on the head one too many times as a child.

-he who stacks pork
2001-10-15 08:53:55 PM  
Mr Kitty honestly your a twerp. Leopold Porkstacker said it perfectly so I wont say it again.
2001-10-15 10:24:06 PM  
So you know it all do you?

go to yesterdays links

"sunday october 14 2001" 2 from the top is an article titled..........

"Bush rejects offer from Taliban to hand bin Laden over to a third country" then in the forums start reading from

10-14-01 11:07:05 PM Mr Happy

Anyone have anything intelligent to say?
2001-10-15 10:37:18 PM  
I feel like if I used Linux I'd be bored out of my mind. Can you run Cakewalk or Flash on Linux? If not I'm just going to continue writing it off as an OS for people who don't have any conventional talents.
2001-10-15 11:37:19 PM  
I'm gonna have to agree with Trapezoid. Show me linux that can operate some sort of music creation application and you have me sold.

2001-10-16 03:49:48 PM  
You all suck - MACS RULE!

Funny how Windows is looking more and more like my MAC OS everyday......

Oh yeah - XP is allright, but it seems to have slowed down my Max Payne frame rate! What's up with that? That game is da schizzzz-nitz.

PS- Norton has this thing called Antivirus now. So who cares.
2001-10-16 08:00:21 PM  
How can I contact this guy? I am gonna put a virus on his comp.
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