[ILUG] Morning Ireland piece on MyDoom virus
Paul Mc Auley
paul at peema.org
Mon Feb 2 13:39:32 GMT 2004
On Mon, Feb 02, 2004 at 01:03:08PM +0000, Niall O Broin wrote:
| On Monday 2 February 2004, cjb at linux.ie (Christian van den Bosch) wrote:
| >However, I note that this apparent "computer expert" holds a degree in
| >Communications, is a qualified English teacher, and "and has extensive
| >IT training experience." I wonder what this means...
| Perhaps it's a corollary to the old saw that
| Those who can, do, those who can't, teach.
| . . . . and those who are completely clueless run training companies.
So, is the point to point out the concept of 'ad-hominem'?
Meaning 'against the man', it characterises an attack on a principle based
on some sub-set of its supporters.
"SCO was attacked, ergo it was done by Linux users, ergo Linux is evil."
Spot the fallacy.
"Someone who sells a Windows related service made some rather foundless
claim pointing the finger at open-source, therefore all windows users
wouldn't know a clue if it bit them on the A-"NO CARRIER
So, deeping calming breaths. Come across as calm and reasonable, not some
frothing maniac. Find the claims extraordinary and just a little amusing.
Point out that even if the claim of the origin were true, it no more
typifies the average open-source user than, oh, I don't know, young
drivers being a huge threat to the general public. Point to big businesses
(IBM, Sun) that have heavy open-source involvement.
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