On Tue, 16 Sep 1997, Joseph S. D. Yao wrote [quoting, I think,
> > > Joseph S. D. Yao <jsdy @
> > > > Can Symantec protect against the Good Times Virus, which is what this
> > > > sounds like?
> > > This sounds e x a c t l y like the Good Times Virus.
> > > And no, NOTHING can protect against the Good Times Virus ... because it
> > > doesn't exist!
> > > Except that the author of this just spread it again ...
> > Yeah - and what is real scary that such an ignorant person <I trying very
> > hard to constrain myself from calling a spade a shovel> subscribe to such a
> > technical e-mail list...
> > Reminds me when my brother made some extra money after-hours as a Visual
> > Basic lecturer - the first course he presented for this company had
> > secretaries on the course. And most of them never used Windows before
> > either. And the course prerequisites were clearly stated.
> Your brother went down that slippery slope too, eh? ;-) [Paul, if
> you're reading this, apologies!]
> To the original topic ... I think your letter was a little too much on
> the harsh side. Everybody has to learn some time. It is n o t
> repeat n o t an intended personal insult when someone else doesn't
> know as much as they "should", whatever that means.
> And, as you may have read on to find, the original author actually DID
> know about the Truth behind the Good Times non-virus ... he just had to
> learn about smileys!
> ;-) ;-)
As it happens, the original author knows all about smileys, and
considers them a blight on written communication -- the typographic
equivalent of "wink wink nudge nudge" and canned laughter.
ObFirewalls: Like the bash-Microsoft and stolen-laptop threads,
this doesn't have anything to do with firewalls either.
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