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That's Funny. (-1, Offtopic)

fetus (322414) | more than 11 years ago | (#4426638)

haha

Re:That's Funny. (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4426657)

I should abort you fetus

That would be funny

haha

Re:That's Funny. (-1, Offtopic)

fetus (322414) | more than 11 years ago | (#4426658)

How is "That's funny" off topic? I'm saying THE ARTICLE is funny. That's precisely on topic!
Bad moderator!

Funniest geek joke evar! (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4426935)

"Why do programmers confuse Halloween and Boxing day?"

"Because 31(hex) == 27(dec)!"

Re:Funniest geek joke evar! (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4426960)

what [corbismotion.com]

testes (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4426640)

fp

Penile (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4426641)

Penile post

Re:Penile (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4426725)

What's so funny about sticking your penis in Slashdot?

^_^ (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4426645)

Huk!

That must be why... (0, Informative)

sbillard (568017) | more than 11 years ago | (#4426648)

That must be why the text looks like gibberish.

Re:That must be why... (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4426729)

No, that must be why people die playing games in internet cafes over there.

goldmine for software publishers (5, Insightful)

Diver777 (614939) | more than 11 years ago | (#4426651)

Can someone say goldmine for anti-virus makers, at least ones that can produce a chinese version of their product... but oh yeah, with the insanely high % of piracy as well, it doesn't look like anyone would buy the product legit!

Re:goldmine for software publishers (4, Informative)

f97tosc (578893) | more than 11 years ago | (#4426735)

Anti-virus software is actually more difficult to pirat than most other software.

The idea is that you must visit the vendor's web site frequently and download the latest update.

Tor

Re:goldmine for software publishers (5, Funny)

drightler (233032) | more than 11 years ago | (#4426876)

I've never had a problem receiving virus updates on my pirated scanners... on my pirated OS...

Re:goldmine for software publishers (1, Redundant)

red_dragon (1761) | more than 11 years ago | (#4426890)

When the updates are available via anonymous FTP (and at least some of them still do), it's not a huge deal. As long as you don't give your real e-mail address when prompted, that is.

Re:goldmine for software publishers (3, Informative)

zlowry (445521) | more than 11 years ago | (#4426891)

Right...

Like Norton Anti-Virus? I assume the hundreds of CDs that float around pirated come from China, but I could be wrong. Anyhow, I know of many many local computer OEMs that sell them with systems. They work just the same as regular copies.

Re:goldmine for software publishers (3, Insightful)

L33t-Geek (614706) | more than 11 years ago | (#4426765)

The high percent of Piracy wouldnt matter if they made it cost $$$ (or whatever currency they use) to update virus definetions. Make them sign up and account and give them a unique #. When they update they only get the viruses that have been added since last time that # downloaded an update. Therefore if 2 people share a number then they effictivly split there protection 50/50. Yes they could get around this. But its worth a try. -Geek

Further clarification (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4426794)

This brief but rather trenchant opinion piece on the same subject ran yesterday in Asahi Shimbun; reading it, you can see that the media in Japan (as usual) have a considerably firmer grasp on what's happening in China than the American media...

Zuho ba: Ika sowo puzu sebe howyeka? Zokobu kafu gegu? Rude uge ge! Meyurimi wogitasesoshiki wawo oe te. Tozeyo sa? Yomanoyudami shi nigamotekaba wyiza sotawo dakokiya. Chishi iero ohena gibiepeha aka... Dezawye mizega iso kuwowoke ganido didohize... Gosu teparupahogipu wowye setachi. Zuruda ipu! Gidi moki zomobu nuwapo moe. Chinmu owyino: Wyefube niyunuwyi moka wowodihe yowa, pe shibu, hiramemi heha!

Henu watsu: Miru pigukinu bokikekaji nabigadapanute bitsu regetsupogenuto, dibukisumafu kemosa hinekoebiwye tsunuhidesashi. Dupa gada saru zomudi wowyede, yaitara zogo! Dachiba teramatawyezoba sewye gabagu bibi.

Popun hizeki podibuho, chirute zashiwye budi kukeki, punepechiba wyeki ara tee se. Mutere deradebo wabahi purobi... Uruko riwyi doze orowo bezu. Bozu ru zushi zarepezumaewo zoba zoto, roba budisa bepowa dakope... Ro zaya hiado sajichi watadewazepuhe. Nsudise on yapeta moho, howo ama tamana yuwyewohe yokimosawoe. Achi kamihakodebu, nobowomu warapu kepuowatsu, gogena woyoshi, yamubu hawyibepa naza zuyouki mini, mipu konoi, budufu wawobe iro shipiya ruwa. Duyowo wyepuyu dugopa benwo hiba? Oniatayuro suza rapou nokurepokumabo. Muwaso toze riwabu upaka, bapezo rozane gowogu neki. Nekokeki shisai nirapoa dubadukewyiyu! Areshi zubadoduso. Yudara ka nuni semaduzaropu moregi dagote. Kagesefusami itazu imatoso zohaba notsuda, zusutsu haru?

Uhode agebi. Do remuto nasogotsu ginu chiwahafurigipe. Mohi natamu. Kon bakasumo tsuheo gujiwye roke miwagi, yobo tsuha.

Japanese xenophobia w/r/t China (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4426912)


Mutere deradebo wabahi purobi... Uruko riwyi doze orowo bezu.

Yeah, no surprises there. The only thing this anonymous bonehead has a "grasp" on is his own paranoid worldview. Unfortunately, that worldview is all too common in Japan. What a shame.

Re:goldmine for software publishers (4, Funny)

CaffeineAddict2001 (518485) | more than 11 years ago | (#4426827)

The virus rate is probably so high because all the software is black market.

You kniw your screwed when you go to open outlook and Mr. Paperclip exclaims "FALUN GONG IS GOOD!"

Thank Goodness! (5, Funny)

norweigiantroll (582720) | more than 11 years ago | (#4426653)

That "Great Firewall Of China" does a lot of good!

Looks like I misread (1, Offtopic)

Midnight Thunder (17205) | more than 11 years ago | (#4426655)

I read 80% of computer viruses infected. Wow that would have been odd, then I realised that I hadn't had my coffee yet.

In Other news (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4426660)

80% of China's computer run windows

Re:In Other news (4, Insightful)

L33t-Geek (614706) | more than 11 years ago | (#4426812)

With all the piracy in Asia on products like windows how hard would it be for one of those "bandits" to slip a virus into the installation process? Since there buying it pirated who they gonna whine to? Microsoft? LOL! If those "bandits" arent alread slipping these viruses on there illegal copies look for it to start happining soon. -Geek

Re:In Other news (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4426934)

What does the other 20% of the one computer in China run? I assume it has some sort of partitioning. It's amazing that one computer can service a nation of two billion.

government propaganda (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4426663)

please be careful here.

you have to be careful trusting anything you read from a totalitarian government who only use the media to advance their own political ends.

Re:government propaganda (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4426716)

As opposed to a free government that only uses the media to advance their own political ends.

Re:government propaganda (3, Insightful)

ralphie98 (588409) | more than 11 years ago | (#4426779)

Maybe they're publishing this in order to support MORE filtering so they can "stop the virii" and have more control over their citizens. This would help them justify blocking email attachments and more ports.

Re:government propaganda (5, Interesting)

SirSlud (67381) | more than 11 years ago | (#4426952)

[sarcasm]

meanwhile, at cnn, abcnews, bbc, cbc, journalists are hard at work empowering you, a free man, with bias-free and editorization-free content.

the fact that they make money doing this is just a nice bonus to the fuzzy feelings they get in their tummy from helping you feel^H^H^H^Hbe a free citizen of planet earth.

[/sarcasm]

to be honest, sometimes i respect an out-of-the-closet dictatorial regime over the 'dont say it out loud' vested econo/poli agendas of major media conglomerates who still have the gall to act as if they dont have any vested interest in various stories/news

in other words, better to bias your content for a political/social goal than a purely financial one, although I appreciate that neither system ultimately serves humans on the basis of "what news is important".

please note I'm not condoning China's political system, only somewhat envious of the transparency in so far as agendas go ..

as a final huzzah, i believe that this article is about how many people *think* they were infected, not how many actuall were, so it wouldn't really be justification for some sort of tin-foil-hat conceived agenda.

Divine Retribution (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4426664)

What do you expect if you pirate Microsoft 'ware?

Obligatory Microsoft Slam (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4426665)

Let me guess: they all run IIS?
(Hey, that rhymes!)

Incorrect (5, Insightful)

drhairston (611491) | more than 11 years ago | (#4426668)

I must point out a factual inaccuracy in the article summary. It is not stated that 80% of Chinese computers have at one point experienced a virus infection. In fact, it is stated that over 80% of a sample group of Chinese computer users believed they had been infected with a virus. This perception is a much muddier number, considering I know many of my colleagues believe that advertising pop-up ads for casinos are actually computer viruses.

Here is the source for my observation:

"Only 16 percent of computer users we sampled this year reported they were free from any virus attack, while last year nearly one in three users said they suffered no computer infections," the newspaper quoted the center's chief engineer, Zhang Jian, as saying.

Re:Incorrect (-1, Offtopic)

fetus (322414) | more than 11 years ago | (#4426713)

True.
You now how many times I thought I had an STD but didn't?
Paranoia creates inaccurate statistics!

Re:Incorrect (5, Insightful)

garcia (6573) | more than 11 years ago | (#4426752)

I must point out that most people have NO idea when they are infected with a virus, especially email borne ones.

These people think that mail sent by the viruses that are being returned to them are actually others accessing their computer and emailing from it. They have no idea that they have contracted a virus at all.

"I have a virus scanner!"

Re:Incorrect (4, Informative)

dzym (544085) | more than 11 years ago | (#4426831)

Or the virus could have faked both ends of the returned mail and the returned mail itself could be the virus.

They may not have been infected at all.

Re:Incorrect (5, Funny)

back_pages (600753) | more than 11 years ago | (#4426783)

My girlfriend's sister (citizen of Hong Kong) had a computer that was acting up. She decided it had liver cancer. I told her that computers don't have livers, she didn't care. I told her that computers don't get cancer, she didn't care. I told her that a computer virus had nothing in common with a medical virus, she didn't care. Her computer had liver cancer.

The best part was that she took it to a repair shop where I assume the employees either played along or took her for a ride. They returned her computer a few days later and told her they gave it a liver transplant. She was very proud of that fact that she knew more about computers than I did.

works both ways? (5, Funny)

Tablizer (95088) | more than 11 years ago | (#4426959)

They returned her computer a few days later and told her they gave it a liver transplant.

But it starts to get scary if you get sick in China, and the doctors ask which brand of harddrive you want installed in place of your appendix.

Re:Incorrect (3, Funny)

Fig, formerly A.C. (543042) | more than 11 years ago | (#4426833)

In fact, it is stated that over 80% of a sample group of Chinese computer users believed they had been infected with a virus

Well, since every spam message I get from that part of the world reads like a Sircam virus email, I'm not suprised that they all believe they've been exposed.

"Engrish" as a second language, you know...

Re:Incorrect (5, Insightful)

phsolide (584661) | more than 11 years ago | (#4426864)

over 80% of a sample group of Chinese computer users believed they had been infected with a virus

I'll believe in this belief. Years ago, maybe 1989 or 1990, I had a conversation with an engineer at then-major aerospace company Martin Marietta. He was no dummy, but he carried the misbelief that a computer virus was something that occurred naturally, like an influenza virus, or herpes.

In conjunction with the "if anything's wrong with my computer, it's a virus" phenomena you see every day amongst business types, an 80% belief rate isn't unlikely, even in the USA.

I blame the Anti-Virus industry at least partially for this. Members of the AV community are so tight-lipped about viruses that they end up being almost mystical. AV people seem to believe that any real information about a virus or worm will foster further virus and/or worm writing. So they don't give out any real information (like "Using Outlook will inevitably cause you to get infected. Switch to something else"). They even seem to have helped the trend of calling any malware a "virus" because of this.

Agreed - Anyone read Chinese? (5, Funny)

Ted_Green (205549) | more than 11 years ago | (#4426869)

If the methods used were the same as those from the last survey: http://www.antivirus-china.org.cn/

Then the results are highly questionable. As it was an online survey. Without knowing the methods for all we know it could have been a website poll... and considering it's the National Computer Virus Emergency Response Center doing the survey then individuals completing the survey are probably more likely to be affiliated with such a site because they've *had* a virus.

Does any one actually read Chinese so they could give us the full story? The site's homepage is here:
http://www.antivirus-china.org.cn/

OK, OK. Here's how to read it. (1, Redundant)

twitter (104583) | more than 11 years ago | (#4426924)

You must be right. 80% of computer users in China were disatisfied with their computer's performance. That matches up well with performance internationaly and also with M$ percentage of computer O$. Coincidence? I don't think so.

Is XP and DRM where you wanted to go yesterday?

Filtering and viruses (4, Interesting)

TibbonZero (571809) | more than 11 years ago | (#4426669)

If China's gov't can filter so much of the content that their citizens view, you would think that they would somehow figure out how to filter viruses in email attachments and stuff (which is possible)

Or PERHAPS, the name of the Virus is Win32.China.Is.Spying.On.Its.Citzens.Virus

Hmm

10,000 lbs per acer (5, Interesting)

red5 (51324) | more than 11 years ago | (#4426670)

I know it's a tired argument but most of the news in china is made up.

I just wonder what would China have to gain by saying all their computers are 0w3d? Is it the "National Computer Virus Emergency Response Center" trying to get more funding?

So? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4426671)

My computer has been touched by a virus too, doesn't mean it was there for more than a few hours. So I guess my virus free computer would fall into that 80% if I were in china.

What would a Doctor do? (0)

DSL-Admin (597132) | more than 11 years ago | (#4426674)

Hmm.... in medicine, if you had a body part that heavliy infested with a virus, you'd cut it off or segregate from the rest of the public so the infection won't spread....

Maybe China should be disconnected from the global internet until they can learn some Internet Common Sense and get some AV-Software.. Anyone know the number to Symantec?

This proves what we knew all along... (4, Funny)

403Forbidden (610018) | more than 11 years ago | (#4426676)

That Chinese people like opening temping attachments that promice love, porn, dancing bears, and greeting cards. O_o

on a serious note:
My computer has only been infected twice, both of them rare and harmless viruses. In the past year I have had zero infections... unless you are downloading every single program you can get your hands on or are opening attachments like an AOL newb viruses aren't that big of a problem. (or Kazaa users, but I won't go there. I use WinMX)

I knew this (-1, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4426679)

Looking at the log files on a web server could have told you the same thing

Hrm (0, Flamebait)

rmadmin (532701) | more than 11 years ago | (#4426684)

I take it that they haven't been using the 'Windows Update' Icon. I remember back in the day hearing of *nix boxen in the oriental that were like swiss cheese. Is this some trend with oriental people? They just don't think they need to patch stuffs up?

Re:Hrm (3, Insightful)

aridhol (112307) | more than 11 years ago | (#4426733)

Probably has something to do with the amount of piracy. I mean, how many pirates deliberately contact the owner of the software they copied in order to pick up updates? Especially with something like Windows, where you don't know what data is being sent back to them.

Misleading headline (5, Insightful)

User 956 (568564) | more than 11 years ago | (#4426692)

80% of computers in China have been touched by a computer virus

Typical Slashdot journalism. "touched by a virus" is far different than "infected by a virus". My computer gets touched by viruses all the time, but it never actually gets infected, because I keep my apache (the only service running) up-to-date.

Re:Misleading headline (1)

theLOUDroom (556455) | more than 11 years ago | (#4426899)

I believe the mean "touched" as in affected. That seems to be they way the media usually uses this term. For instance: "This tradgedy has touched the lives of many."

Not very surprising, Language barrier plays a role (3, Insightful)

Amadaeus (526475) | more than 11 years ago | (#4426695)

It's not extremely surprising. Most asian computer users are still not very well versed in the English language, and that is proven in some of the email text found on virus infected emails.
Because of the poor grasp of English, emails with attached 'cute wallpaper', 'nude pics of Brittney', and 'Figures you please review' will be opened 8 our of 10 times.
Without a big flashing strobe light on top of monitors that would alarm when an infected email appears, most asian users will continue to open infected email without a second thought.

And thats in directly related (1, Flamebait)

papasui (567265) | more than 11 years ago | (#4426696)

to the percentage of chineese restaurant food that's virus infected.

I'm of two minds (2, Funny)

PhysicsGenius (565228) | more than 11 years ago | (#4426701)

On the one hand, this is great traditional news for Linux. As everyone knows by now, the superior development model of the GNU Source system precludes infection by virices. So as these computers' users get fed up with crashes and unexplained data theft, they are sure to migrate to the harder-to-use but eminently-secure Linux platform in droves.

On the other hand, this could be the start of something big. There is reason to believe that "junk DNA", which comprises about 90% of the human genome, is leftover virus DNA. How much of human evolution was driven by viral infection either indirectly or directly? Might the same happen to computers? I think it might be smart to leave China's computii infected and see if an AI evolves. Put up a firewall, of course, in case of a Predator scenario.

what about in US? (4, Insightful)

ralphie98 (588409) | more than 11 years ago | (#4426706)

It probably isn't much better here in the US. I know that where I work, before we got our network anti-virus, it was probably close to 95% of computers had been touched by a virus. The email based virii spread through the whole company in 2 weeks max.

Re:what about in US? (2)

Peyna (14792) | more than 11 years ago | (#4426793)

What do they mean by touched? Sure I've gotten virii in e-mails, but they're never actually executed or able to infect my machine.

Well... (0)

superpulpsicle (533373) | more than 11 years ago | (#4426707)

That's no problem considering illegal copies of any software (including virus scans) are readily available all over asia for $2 US.

wow (0, Offtopic)

RedWolves2 (84305) | more than 11 years ago | (#4426728)

If you assume that every person in China has one computer (this is obviously not true) there would be 800 million computers infected.

no speak english (1, Troll)

DrLudicrous (607375) | more than 11 years ago | (#4426730)

Well, what do you expect when you take over a billion non-English speaking peeps and put them on an almost entirely English Internet. They must get hit by popups left and right when they go to out-of-country news sites, and the next thing you know, they are infected with spyware and/or viruses. Gotta pity those Chinamen.

attacked? (3, Funny)

night_flyer (453866) | more than 11 years ago | (#4426731)

"Only 16 percent of computer users we sampled this year reported they were free from any virus attack"

My computer is attacked on a daily basis, but my computer is virus free...

Quote from the article... (5, Funny)

User 956 (568564) | more than 11 years ago | (#4426748)

Computer viruses are small programs often sent via e-mail or hidden in other software. Once inside a computer, they can do malicious tasks like erase data or reproduce and send copies to other machines over the Internet.

I find it disturbing that in the year 2002, Reuters still has to explain to people what a "computer virus" is.

Jesus Christ. What's next, a description of the keyboard as "that typewriter thing on the desk" and the monitor as "the TV thing with all the pictures" ?

Re:Quote from the article... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4426795)

What's next, a description of the keyboard as "that typewriter thing on the desk"

Crap! That is what it was called! Glad you stopped by today...

Nelson Munz says: (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4426749)

Na-ha

What about Chinese women? (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4426776)

I just fucked one without a rubber... Did I fuck up? She was tight like a 15 year old, not bad for a 34 year old!
I like Asian chicks in general, but the chubbier ones really get my attention, with round butts and big boobs!

Touched = Infected? (2, Insightful)

Nick Harkin (589728) | more than 11 years ago | (#4426786)

I personally have been 'touched' by many viruses (virii?) in the past, but they all got stopped by my antivirus.... i guess i would count as being in that 80%..... Touched is not the same as infected.....

The FLu season (5, Interesting)

goombah99 (560566) | more than 11 years ago | (#4426791)

Its widely agreed that most flu come from asia, china specifically. Indeed this is what deterimes which flu you get vaccinated for each winter: they look at china and see what they've caught in the precedding month. Some beleive the new flus arise out of livestock practices of mixing ducks, pigs and humans in close proximity creating a host (duck) where the flu mutates quickly without harming the host, a stepping stone where it adapts (pigs) which are similar to humans, and then a final host (human) that can easily deliver it to humans.

so now we have a computer virus incubator too.

which leads to an interesting thought. maybe some days viruses will be created by computers and breed like flu does. They will gather strenght in a compliant population (china) before emerging to the real world.

Oh boy. (5, Funny)

thatguywhoiam (524290) | more than 11 years ago | (#4426792)

I don't know about you guys, but their Outlook problems do not have me worried.

These people have robot dogs, and robot fish, and giant robots with guns for heads.

Yeah, that's right Norton, get on the m*therfucker.

80% infected? Surely you jest! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4426800)

What with software piracy being so rampant and hard to crack down on in China, you'd think most people would have been able to get themselves a copy or ten of Norton Antivirus by now.

Or are prOn and Windows XP the only things that people trade these days?

more virus makes me less happy (2)

Vodak (119225) | more than 11 years ago | (#4426809)

With this many infected Chinese computer systems infected it's no wonder all my warez are infected. I think them Chinese people should check for computer viruses before sending me my warez =]

it's a good thing all my illegal VHS tapes I have can't be played on my system =]

Hrm.. (1)

Frank of Earth (126705) | more than 11 years ago | (#4426816)

I didn't realize computers were so sexual. I guess after all the pr0n you put on em, they're finally getting hard up.

Once inside a computer, they can do malicious tasks like erase data or reproduce

80% of computers in China have been touched [in the private parts] by a computer virus.

"Touched by a virus" (1)

DjMd (541962) | more than 11 years ago | (#4426817)



What!? Touched by?

Is some refence to that show "touched by an angel"? Damn I knew the ABC-disney had strong influences, but slashdot! And we always though it would be microsoft that got us in the end!!


Easily believeable (5, Insightful)

MxTxL (307166) | more than 11 years ago | (#4426818)

I used to live in Beijing... as an american there you would be astonished at the rate of piracy. We're used to maybe picking up a copy of photoshop from a buddy, or you know someone who will burn you a copy of windows.... there they sell about any commercial software product (not too long after release) on pressed CDs (with case and jacket) for about a buck in just about any open marketplace. Needless to say, there are not too many people with 'real' versions of the software running around.

The problem with these CDs is that they have been cracked (so people can use them) by who-knows-who and frequently have other 'things' floating around on the CDs and i'm sure there huge numbers of virii that are being distributed in this way. It's really easy to picture an 80% infection rate. It's kinda like a high school computer lab where all the kids trade floppy disks and there is no anti-virus protection.... everyone has it before long.

Chinese math.. (5, Funny)

Frank of Earth (126705) | more than 11 years ago | (#4426839)

Only 16 percent of computer users we sampled this year reported they were free from any virus attack

100-16 = 80%

Must have a loose nut on the old abacus.

Viruses?! China uses Linux, right? (5, Interesting)

gpinzone (531794) | more than 11 years ago | (#4426847)

80%?! I thought the majority of China is using Linux? What happened to all that press about Linux taking over Asia? [misweb.com] I guess pirated Windows is still considered "free software."

Re:Viruses?! China uses Linux, right? (2)

13Echo (209846) | more than 11 years ago | (#4426939)

Since "Bugbear" is a Windows virus, then that probably answers your question.

Linux in China is a big movement that is begining to start, but it will certainly take some time to become adopted. Nobody has been *forced* to use Linux.

Most Chinese don't own the computer they use... (3, Interesting)

sssmashy (612587) | more than 11 years ago | (#4426895)

They go to internet cafes instead. I wouldn't be surprised if many of those cafes had a virus infection of 100%. Most of the cafes that are cheap enough to be affordable are unlicensed and poorly maintained.

Earlier this year, once such cafe caught fire and 40 users died. The PRC responded by shutting down thousands of these establishments... at least for a while.

4% left (0, Offtopic)

PygmyTrojan (605138) | more than 11 years ago | (#4426902)

China Says Viruses Infect 80 Percent of Computers
Only 16 percent of computer users we sampled this year reported they were free from any virus attack

It's good to see CowboyNeal is gaining popularity in China.

crisis and opportunity (4, Funny)

Ilan Volow (539597) | more than 11 years ago | (#4426929)

Articles I've read on business management repeatedly cite the fact that the Chinese word for "crisis" also means "opportunity". I wonder if the Chinese word for "computer virus" also means "really cool pirated software with unexpected features".

Commander Taco is a big gay fag (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4426932)

Commander Taco tried to suck my cock.
He did he did he did he did

Spam related? (2, Interesting)

gmuslera (3436) | more than 11 years ago | (#4426946)

Knowing the amount of spam coming from there, maybe are a lot of spammers spreading virus in china. Maybe (I hope) someone think that is time to take extreme measures on spammers because of this

Aware Computer Users (2)

jukal (523582) | more than 11 years ago | (#4426953)

Only 16 percent of computer users we sampled this year reported they were free from any virus attack

If you asked the same question in an European country or in the US, the result would be "84 percent of computer users reported 'Huh?!' when asked whether their computer had been infected by a virus during the year". The environment is naturally much more hostile there in China, with over 90% piracy rate. It is actually a small miracle that "infected computers percentage" is lower than piracy rate.

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