>>>>> "David" == harley <harley @
David> <pedant> Actually, none of these are defining characteristics
David> of a virus. All a virus has to do to -be- a virus is
David> replicate. </pedant>
Uh, not quite.
A "virus" is so named because of its resemblance to its biological
namesake: it attaches itself to something that's already there. A
worm also replicates itself, but it does not attach itself to
something that's already there: it is, itself, a standalone program.
The mainstream media has completely blurred the distinction between
the two. Let's not allow "their" confusion to cause misunderstandings
among "us," eh?
Matt Curtin Chief Scientist Megasoft, Inc. cmcurtin @
http://www.research.megasoft.com/people/cmcurtin/ I speak only for myself
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