31 Jan 2004 ib   » (Master)

I really do. See, the new "virus" (or as I like to call it: "Windows User Reality Check") doesn't bother me. I don't run vulnerable software, the system that does the filtering has a large enough pipe to the 'net, to survive, and I won't, as a matter of principle, help anyone who got infected. Other than by loaning them a copy of Gentoo, or taking them to the Apple store, that is.

What pisses me off, really, are the stupid drones out there, who don't care enough for the 'net to turn off their fscking email-responders and virus-scanner warnings. Every admin, no matter how clueless, should be shot and buried if s/he hasn't read the advisories concerning this worm, yet. The worm spoofs email addresses. There is no bloody sense in sending a "your email has been quarantined" email to the From: or Reply-To:. Nobody here but us drones. These are not the virus-spewers, you are looking for. Move along.

Funnily enough, it was one of those self-proclaimed security companies that got hit first, and hard. Predictive analysis - my buttocks. Mailservers all over the web are keeling over from the triple whammy created by bounces, braindead virus-scanner mails, and the Worm.

To make this as clear as possible - two thirds of the traffic I am getting right now as a result of the worm, is not the worm. It's misconfigured mailsystems, stupid scanners, and the like. I've got a mind to start sending out 42.zip to make sure they shut the heck up and leave me alone. Idiots.

There's a worm out there. It's mildly problematic to the 'net, and heavily so to morons who still haven't learned their lesson, yet. And at one point, it'll be more than just a bit of a nuisance to SCO, but that's something that SCO could avert if they'd use the right software.

It's not my worm. I don't receive it, I don't spread it, and I sure as heck won't expose my users to it. Why do you insist on making my life miserable, then? Why do you keep sending me those bounces and anti-virus warnings. I said it above, and I'll say it again - every mailsystem admin, who hasn't tuned his bounce-management, yet, and who hasn't turned off anti-virus emails, be it because s/he's too stupid, too lazy, or too uninformed, to do it, should be bludgeoned to death with his own MCSE manual.

Leave me alone. I'm cranky. Update: So are others. The whole business of SPAM bounces seems to piss off a lot of people. Now, here's a job for all you Info Designers (looking down on poor old Sociologists like me for not grasping the 'net): Design me a network to automatically expose and shame the bastards that a) perpetuate the worm, and b) don't manage their bounces and anti-spam software.

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