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Re: Worms versus Bots
- From: Steven M. Bellovin
- Date: Tue May 04 18:56:21 2004
In message <409808D0.firstname.lastname@example.org>, "Laurence F. Sheldon, Jr." writes:
>chuck goolsbee wrote:
>>> However, up to 90% of the users *are* stupid:
>> Seriosuly though, the Internet might be a better place for it. After
>> all, 90% of those "stupid" people just want email and HTTP.
>Do we have a pointer to a rigorous study that indicates either
>Or is it possible there are other explanations?
Don Norman has argued quite eloquently that it's a technology and human
factors failure -- see, for example,
(reprinted from RISKS Digest).
Now, I'm not saying that it's easy to get things like this right, and
I've argued loudly against the notion that auto-patching is a sane
approach. But if we deny that there's a problem except for "stupid
people", we're not likely to find a solution.
--Steve Bellovin, http://www.research.att.com/~smb