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November 28, 2007

#350: Network


[[ Girl looking at a large screen with many green and red squares. The squares have writing in them and lines connecting them.]]

[[Side view. The screen is a huge LCD connected to a wireless router.]]

Guy: Pretty, isn’t it?

Girl: What is it?

Guy: I’ve got a bunch of virtual Windows machines networked together, hooked up to an incoming pipe from the net. They execute email attachments, share files, and have no security patches.

Guy: Between them they have practically every virus.

Guy: There are mail trojans, warhol worms, and all sorts of exotic polymorphics. A monitoring system adds and wipes machines at random. The display shows the viruses as they move through the network. Growing and struggling.

[[Guy walks past the girl and touches the monitor]]

Girl: You know, normal people just have aquariums.

Guy: Good morning, Blaster. Are you and W32.Welchia getting along?

Guy: Who’s a good virus? You are! Yes, you are!

{{title text: Viruses so far have been really disappointing on the ‘disable the internet’ front, and time is running out. When Linux

Mac win in a decade or so the game will be over.}}