[LINK] The net according to Cerf (at Davos)

Kim Holburn kim.holburn at gmail.com
Sat Jan 27 20:16:24 AEDT 2007

On 2007/Jan/27, at 1:30 AM, Rick Welykochy wrote:
> Jan Whitaker wrote:
>> According to Vint Cerf, of the 600 million computers that are  
>> connected to the internet, up to 150 million are part of botnets,  
>> and in most cases the owners of these computers have not the  
>> slightest idea what their little beige friend in the study is up to.
> AFAIK, each and every one of those 'puters is running Windows.
> Technological solution is simple (bypass legislators!!!!):
>   Ban all Windows boxes on the Internet.
> Since 25% of the (zombie) boxes on the Internet are causing 80%+
> of the spam (as reported by ABC-RN interview with Chris Leug a while
> back) and these same computers are used to distribute child porn,
> phishing scams and launch DDos attacks, the Internet would become
> a much safer and user-friendly place sans Windows.
> It is really that simple.
> Of course, economics and market forces would prevent such a  
> technological crusade from ever taking hold, now wouldn't they?

Well, I don't think you could do that because most people wouldn't be  
able to use their computers on the internet, but what you could do is  
get websites to not accept IE.  Especially if there were any kind of  
business transaction involved.  Suggest they come back to the site  
with a secure browser, say opera, firefox etc.  This could be done  

Kim Holburn
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