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A House Bill we can all agree on!

by Dave Konkel [Moderator] / October 7, 2004 3:23 AM PDT
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Oh, we can all agree on it, Dave,...
by Paul C / October 7, 2004 8:47 PM PDT

...while recognizing that it'll do about as much to eliminate spyware as the CAN-SPAM act has done to eliminate spam. In a battle between law and technology, technology usually wins, as it moves faster than the law.

As I write this, I'm sure that the spyware makers are preparing to move their operations offshore, where the law is of no concern to them. Sad

The best defense against scumware remains what it's always been - an aware, informed computer user equipped with a large dose of cynicism about what he or she is putting on his/her PC and the tools to block or remove the trash that does get on the PC.


"Against stupidity, the gods themselves rage in vain."
- Heinrich Schiller

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Re: we can all agree on it - I'm probably naive, Paul,but...
by Dave Konkel [Moderator] / October 7, 2004 10:29 PM PDT

I'm hoping this may eventually mean that Adaware goes out of business... (Not that I dislike them -- they perform a valuable service that I wish weren't necessary -- much like an endodontist!)

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Re: we can all agree on it - I'm probably naive, Paul,but...
by jim c / October 7, 2004 11:43 PM PDT

I agree with Dave that a law should be established to punish people who install spyware on our computers. If they move offshore, so be it. Adware is a different story. It's what allows many sites to provides services or information free of charge. If adware disappears, so does free web surfing, to a certain extent.

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I'll say!

MOST "spyware" is already legitimate within the wording of the law because knowledge of its inclusion is within the end user's knowledge frame references BUT most of those users can not be bothered to read the EULA and thus miss the information.

How many AV Application publishers have gone out of business because malware such as virus and worms were illegal?

Of course, if it makes anyone "feel good" it has served its purpose and function.

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"I'm probably naive, Paul,but..." - yes, you are.
by Paul C / October 8, 2004 6:11 AM PDT

This bill will do NOTHING to eliminate spyware/adware. It's unenforceable against offshore companies (OMG - who'll protest the outsourcing of the American spyware/adware industry?). Wink

Jim notes that adware may help make free what otherwise be charged for. True enough, but it's like traffic radar - if they have the right to put this stuff on my PC, I have the right to run AdAware and Spybot to eliminate it. As for Ed's remark that this will make many people "feel good", well, that's all it will do. There are way too many appeals to emotionality over substance these days anyway...

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