Subject: anti-MS FUD
From: Tom Lord <lord@regexps.com>
Date: Tue, 12 Mar 2002 12:42:20 -0800 (PST)



For those of you who sometimes have to speak publicly against
Microsoft and don't mind someting a bit dark, I think it's pretty damn
funny that the enclosed article, quoted in its entirety, appeared on
"comp.risks":



	  Date: Sun, 10 Mar 2002 00:05:00 -0800 (PST)
	  From: David Wagner <daw@cs.berkeley.edu>
	  Subject: Military palmtop will direct air strikes using WinCE

	  *New Scientist* is reporting that the US military is
	  planning to deploy palmtops for ground troops to use in
	  transmitting targeting information for air strikes and the
	  like.  The application software will be running on top of
	  Windows CE.

	    http://www.newscientist.com/news/news.jsp?id=ns99992005




(Tedious explanation of joke: For those who might not be familiar with
"comp.risks", it is a moderated group containing messages discussing
the risks of technology with an emphasis on computing technology.  The
best (but rare) messages point out some subtle but significant risk
that nobody ever thought of before, but many messages point out a
repeated occurence of a risk that everyone is completely familiar with
and which, thus, can be referred to without much explanation
(e.g. "Here is an instance of someone leaving important passwords in
plain-text").  The enclosed message, apparently, falls into the latter
category.  In "comp.lang.risks" terminology:


	The risk?  THE APPLICATION SOFTWARE WILL BE RUNNING ON TOP OF
	WINDOWS CE.
)