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Microsoft Infected by Virus

CowboyNeal posted more than 8 years ago | from the cough-cough dept.

Microsoft 494

Vicissidude writes "It appears that a Microsoft worker returning from overseas brought back a case of Measles with them. In fact, they had been back, working, and spreading the disease at Microsoft and other places in Redmond for at least four days prior to being discovered. Somehow I do not think that Microsoft included in their cost-benefit analysis of offshoring the potential wide-spread infection of their company. Perhaps they should include that risk in the future."

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What a ridiculous beatup (4, Insightful)

Saven Marek (739395) | more than 8 years ago | (#13405105)

I hate microsoft with a passion. They suck. I irrationally loathe the company, their products, and everything they stand for.

and even *I* can see that this is a bullshit article, a beatup of ridiculous proportions. Stupidest. Slashdot. Article. Ever.

Re:What a ridiculous beatup (0, Troll)

Madd Scientist (894040) | more than 8 years ago | (#13405162)

just about as good as *I* can spot a karma whore.

Re:What a ridiculous beatup (2, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13405253)

No, a karma whore would have said something like "HAR HAR Micro$oft has teh virus!!!! LOL LMAO Win95 infected BSOD ROFL!!!"

Just check out the many posts below expressing that same sentiment. Slashdot whoring at its finest.

Re:What a ridiculous beatup (5, Funny)

tktk (540564) | more than 8 years ago | (#13405177)

Stupidest. Slashdot. Article. Ever.

No...wait for the dupe a few days later.

Re:What a ridiculous beatup (1)

Lisandro (799651) | more than 8 years ago | (#13405210)

You, sir, made me spill my Coke. I hope you're satisified.

Re:What a ridiculous beatup (2, Informative)

Lisandro (799651) | more than 8 years ago | (#13405223)

"spit". Of course, i can't type with a wet keyboard :)

Measles outbreak, five dead. (4, Informative)

i_like_spam (874080) | more than 8 years ago | (#13405216)

Perhaps the employee traveled to Indonesia.

There's a measles outbreak there. []

So far, five people have died.

Perhaps the article is showing compassion. (1)

ron_ivi (607351) | more than 8 years ago | (#13405323)

What do you have against this article?

Slashdot had articles when Patrick Volkerding of Slackware was suffering from an illness.

What's wrong with sharing the same compassion when fellow IT guys at Microsoft have illnesses.

Bill Gates is a major funder of Measles research. (4, Informative)

ron_ivi (607351) | more than 8 years ago | (#13405339)

Here's the link [] regarding the Slackware founder's Mystery Illness.

Also worth noting, Bill Gates is one of the world's biggest funders of measles research [] programs.

FUCK YOU (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13405106)

Fuck all you faggots, geeks, ragheads, and sand niggers. Motherfuckers.

Good for them (-1)

cropus (877768) | more than 8 years ago | (#13405108)

to eat their own stuff :-)

Re:Good for them (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13405249)

Yes, I'm so glad a potentially lethal disease is unleashed upon thousands of possible infection vectors, because they happen to work for a company which you have an ideological difference of opinion with.

Nice priorities.

I hate offshoring as much as the next guy . . . (5, Insightful)

Seumas (6865) | more than 8 years ago | (#13405110)

. . . but are we to believe that, if it weren't for offshoring, none of the tens of thousands of microsoft employees working in this country would ever go outside of the country - even overseas - and possibly bring back a flue or a cold or the mumps or something?

Also, how do you bring back the measles? Aren't we inocculated against measles when you're maybe six years old?

Health care conspiracies at work (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13405165)

A lot of children do not receive the measles vaccination these days. It's all part of the "New Medical Science", such as not circumcising children, subjecting them to much ridicule in gym showers and during "I'll show you mine if you show me yours" games. And for god's sake, what woman wants to suck a dick with a nasty-ass skin flap on it? I mean seriously, uncut cocks are GROSS and weird-looking. Take it from someone who knows. (Yes, I am a fag)

Re:Health care conspiracies at work (2, Informative)

nogginthenog (582552) | more than 8 years ago | (#13405243)

Funny thing is I was just reading here: []

If the chance of the diseases is so low, why do I need the vaccine?

It is true that vaccination has enabled us to reduce measles and most other vaccine-preventable diseases to very low levels in the United States. However, measles is still very common -- even epidemic -- in other parts of the world. Visitors to our country and U.S. travelers returning from other countries can unknowingly bring this disease into the United States, and if we were not protected by vaccinations, it will quickly spread causing an epidemics here. The disease is very contagious. We should be vaccinated protect ourselves and our children. Even if we think our chances of getting measles is small, the disease still exists and can still infect anyone who is not protected.

And circumcision? Man, that's sick. God/Evolution (delete as applicable) put it there for a reason. But I think it's common in the US. Everywhere else in the world it's only done for medical or religious reasons.

Re:Health care conspiracies at work (1)

tarunthegreat2 (761545) | more than 8 years ago | (#13405375)

Well God/Evolution also put an appendix and tonsils in there - "for a reason", which, while useful to animals don't do squat for us. Plus, lately there's been talk that circumsized people MAY be less likely to get infected by HIV/AIDS. There's a plus point that beats the heck out of a lot arguments against, if proven.

Re:I hate offshoring as much as the next guy . . . (1)

nogginthenog (582552) | more than 8 years ago | (#13405182)

Aren't we inocculated against measles when you're maybe six years old?
That's exactly what I was thinking. We certainly do in the UK (well, except those who refused to give their kids the combined MMR vacine). And it seems that the Measles vaccine doesn't need a booster later in life.

Re:I hate offshoring as much as the next guy . . . (1, Interesting)

putko (753330) | more than 8 years ago | (#13405208)

Mod me down -- I don't care:

So if it happened at Apple or Google, would it get the same writeup at Slashdot?

If you want neat news for geeks, I suggest you try:

Much less b.s. than Slashdot, which lately seems to get worse.

Re:I hate offshoring as much as the next guy . . . (2, Interesting)

aussie_a (778472) | more than 8 years ago | (#13405259)

If you want neat news for geeks, I suggest you try:

Most people come here for the comments. I'm not seeing comments there. So it's not really an applicable alternative to slashdot. I'd love to go to somewhere that's like slashdot, but without the bullshit. Unfortunately nowhere but slashdot has the comments (in any significant quantity anyway. A favourite is technocrati (or whatever it is) which gets 10 comments a day if lucky).

Re:I hate offshoring as much as the next guy . . . (2, Interesting)

Malyven (774978) | more than 8 years ago | (#13405324)

You know what I have to admit I am really tired of this shite.

People this is a group effort. Sure the editors find some articles and put them up.
But for the most part the stories say SoandSo says....


bleah it ain't that hard

Re:I hate offshoring as much as the next guy . . . (1)

blowdart (31458) | more than 8 years ago | (#13405263)

Of course the linked to article doesn't even say it's an employee, just someone that visited the campus. It could have been a simple vistor. But that wouldn't have made for the usual "Har har M$ suck0rz" topics.

Re:I hate offshoring as much as the next guy . . . (1)

Stephen Williams (23750) | more than 8 years ago | (#13405361)

Aren't we inocculated against measles when you're maybe six years old?

Nowdays, yes, but it hasn't always been that way. I'm in my late twenties and was never vaccinated against measles or mumps. I contracted measles as a child, but I never did catch the mumps, which makes me think I ought to get a vaccination at some point because it's not the most pleasant of diseases for an adult male to catch.


yo ho ho (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13405115)

and a first post rum!

TFA is a troll. (2, Insightful)

rylin (688457) | more than 8 years ago | (#13405116)

CowboyNeal: fuck you for posting this shit.
I'm sure you've got dozens of more newsworthy articles to post - hell, even dupes have more journalistic integrity than this POS.

Is TFA really a troll? (1)

cornjchob (514035) | more than 8 years ago | (#13405149) 51977_webmeasles25.html []

and more broadly &btnG=Search+News []

IANAEOMMCACALC (I am not an expert on mass media coerscions and conspiracies against large corporations), but it seems there may be some truth to this. Anybody?

Re:Is TFA really a troll? (5, Insightful)

mrchaotica (681592) | more than 8 years ago | (#13405184)

The issue is not whether it's factually true; the issue is whether it's newsworthy, and what the motivations are behind posting it. By definition, anything specifically designed to inflame controversy and disparage a certain group without having any other merit is a troll, whether it's factually correct or not.

So yes, TFA -- or rather, the act of posting it to Slashdot -- is really a troll.

Re:Is TFA really a troll? (0, Troll)

syousef (465911) | more than 8 years ago | (#13405312)

calm down there. You're basically advocating /. censor anything remotely controvertial. I doubt that a majority of /. users would like that.

Actually this is an interesting take on the cost of outsourcing in general. I see this as a valid point, and not one that I'd considered before: what happens when an employee brings a disease into the country? Who wears the costs? What's the civil/criminal liability of putting pressure on someone to come work if they're sick. Are existing safeguards enough etc. etc. etc.

The problem here is people don't know how to have a healthy discussion and separate discussion from personal attack.

Re:Is TFA really a troll? (1)

Jugalator (259273) | more than 8 years ago | (#13405364)

calm down there. You're basically advocating /. censor anything remotely controvertial.

No, no, you misunderstand (or choose to misunderstand).

What he's saying, and what I also agree with, is that it's OK to post controversial topics, if they're newsworthy enough.

Re:Is TFA really a troll? (1)

mrchaotica (681592) | more than 8 years ago | (#13405376)

If the article was actually about outsourcing, you might have a point. Instead, though, the submitter used a merely tangentially related article as an excuse to make his argument. Also, the headline and summary is phrased to reflect the submitter's bias (especially the leading question at the end).

Having a healthy discussion becomes more difficult when the original submitter starts it off with an attack; that's why trolls are bad.

Re:Is TFA really a troll? (1)

The Dark (159909) | more than 8 years ago | (#13405367)

From the first line of the Seattle Times article:
"A man returning from a trip to France"
Does Microsoft outsource to France now?

MOD PARENT UP (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13405213)

I know he swears, but this is just going to far. The constant dupes, the stupid editorialising.

There is a large part of the community who really dislikes this stuff and it is normally voiced politely. The message hasn't got through yet, so maybe let's mod a swear-word post up.

Seriously I am pissed at this stuff too. Esp. when you see some of the thoughtful submissions that get rejected each day.

Fuck you coyboyneal.

No, blame the terrorists (5, Insightful)

pieterh (196118) | more than 8 years ago | (#13405117)

What on earth has off-shoring got to do with this? People travel. People go on holiday. People work overseas. People exchange exotic diseases. It's hardly a feature of modern business practices.

Re:No, blame the terrorists (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13405370)

"... people exchange exotic diseases..."

Guess the exchange of body fluids is OUTSIDE the scope of the typical slashdot reader.

Taking a Lesson from Captain Janeway (2, Funny)

Quirk (36086) | more than 8 years ago | (#13405119)

Could this be a viral attack on the Borg collective?

And Bill Gates thought OS was viral.

Next time (1, Funny)

Concerned Onlooker (473481) | more than 8 years ago | (#13405123)

I'll bet that before they send anybody overseas again they'll install some good anti-virus software in them.

Re:Next time (1)

vishbar (862440) | more than 8 years ago | (#13405230)

Microsoft doesn't keep its products virus-free...why shouldn't they do the same with their employees? :-)

Re:Next time (1)

goodenoughnickname (874664) | more than 8 years ago | (#13405279)

What is that glimmer, miles away on the horizon?

Oh yeah, that joke.

Re:Next time (1)

eqkivaro (721746) | more than 8 years ago | (#13405331)

Just what exactly is wrong with Pat Robertson?

He's a jesus freak.

measles, pfft (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13405126)

If he were an OSS developer, he would have cought something as a result of having fun, like gonorrhea. From a paid for prostitute of course.

Great....I'm not feeling well... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13405128)

I was in Redmond Town Center several times over the last week...and I think I'm coming down with something. I hope that weezball didn't infect me. At least its better than the infections that happened in that book The Syndrome Rule. And remember, the people who brew your coffee and build your planes are here too--so is Adobe, and...a bunch of other dumb companies.

Windows (1, Redundant)

shyted (867171) | more than 8 years ago | (#13405133)

Can you imagine the relief at M$ that it doesn't affect Windows. Bet they still announce a patch will be released though.

MMR? (1)

nathanhart (754532) | more than 8 years ago | (#13405137)

Guess keeping current on mmr shots didn't go though his mind

Re:MMR? (1)

nathanhart (754532) | more than 8 years ago | (#13405154)

Oh and this is a good case of wanting to keep your virus defanitions up to date if you ask me

Why not me? (4, Insightful)

Kaorimoch (858523) | more than 8 years ago | (#13405139)

I got a flu from some guy at work yesterday and Slashdot ignored my story submission about it. Not much difference really, is it?

good work boy (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13405140)

God bless you kind sir. I was going to plant feces in their food supply but they didnt hire me.

computer virus? (0, Redundant)

scibbers (903960) | more than 8 years ago | (#13405156)

haha, I miss read the post the first time and thought they were talking about a computer virus infecting microsoft headquarters.... but then I realized that if it was a computer virus hitting microsoft, it really would not be news...

Re:computer virus? (1)

mrchaotica (681592) | more than 8 years ago | (#13405203)

Somehow I have a feeling that the entire reason for posting this to Slashdot is to facilitate jokes like this.

Re:computer virus? (1)

EoN604 (909459) | more than 8 years ago | (#13405284)

that is the worst, least funny, most blatantly obvious post i have ever read.

Be proud, Vicissidude (5, Insightful)

KingPrad (518495) | more than 8 years ago | (#13405157)

Way to go poster, this is a new low. You're actually gloating because an employee at Microsoft is ill and maybe spread it around. I think you've lost your sense of proportion. When you're laughing at a company because the day-in day-out engineers and accountants and other working folks are ill because you have a grudge against the company, that's fucked up.

Vicissidude, You're a nut. And so is CowboyNeal for posting this crap.

Re:Be proud, Vicissidude (2, Funny)

smcn (87571) | more than 8 years ago | (#13405354)

Yup. Slashdot bookmark deleted.

Re:Be proud, Vicissidude (2, Insightful)

Gibsnag (885901) | more than 8 years ago | (#13405386)

Exactly, however evil Microsoft as a corporation is, its workers are still people. Being pleased or finding it amusing that people have gotten infected with a potentially harmful disease is just lame dude.

Seems an interesting risk to me (-1, Offtopic)

SuperKendall (25149) | more than 8 years ago | (#13405158)

While others are lambasting the article, in broad terms it is interesting to think about the aspect of offshoring where many more people in a company travel abroad more often than they might otherwise. It does increase the likleyhood of trouble from illness, even if only from the plane ride...

I do feel sorry for anyone that managed to catch this though, talk about unexpected!

Re:Seems an interesting risk to me (5, Informative)

Mortiss (812218) | more than 8 years ago | (#13405220)

Explain how is this relevant to off-shoring specifically. Its definitly not anything unexpected...

Viruses were jumping continents since mass transit systems were in place. People were travelling for business purposes for good many years, often got sick and infected entire offices with a flu strain, but somehow i dont see that as worthy of a frontpage.

Although that brings another matter to the focus: Vaccinate before you travel! (yeah i know, none for measles yet... our lab is working on it right now)

Increases risk (1)

SuperKendall (25149) | more than 8 years ago | (#13405286)

As I noted offshoring is a case where you increase the number of people travelling overseas, specifically in the technical ranks where someone getting sick might actually impact productivity instead of an executive missing a few days of golf.

It's an intersting consideration that like you say is not a new risk, but I do not think is thought of often. I'm not totally against offshoring (as you seem to suspect) I just think the point is valid that it's an additional risk that was not there before, even if the risk is slight.

Re:Increases risk (1)

Jarlsberg (643324) | more than 8 years ago | (#13405352)

It's like that time, you know, when a lot of scientists went to Mars in that big selling game I can't remember the name of, and all hell broke loose and then everybody died, you know. Sucks, really. Except for that one guy, though. I'm sure he racked it up in benefits when he came home. Kinda like Sigourney Weaver. Oh man, what a cool story we're all discussing. Thanks, Vicissidude!

Me bad.. (MMR) (1)

Mortiss (812218) | more than 8 years ago | (#13405289)

Forgot about MMR vaccine.
We are working on the edible measles vaccine.

See, was useful after all (1)

SuperKendall (25149) | more than 8 years ago | (#13405368)

If I had to travel overseas for an offshoring visit, I really wouldn't have thought of vaccinations before I left - but that is a great suggestion.

So see, the article can be of use to to give a heads-up about a probem that many may not consider in teh course of doing work. How many of us have to deal with travel of vaccinatons that are suddenly thrust into a situation where it was a good idea?

Many years ago I was on a business trip to London to help support a technical demo, and shortly after I got there I became really ill, the sickest I've ever been. I was sick the whole time there (though enjoyed myself noetheless) and took about two weeks to get well when I was back.

Now before I travel I take a lot of vitamins to boost my immune system, but it's nice to get the word out to people it's a good idea to think of these things when you have to go travel as going to another country exposes you to all kinds of stuff your body might not be ready for.

Re:Seems an interesting risk to me (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13405275) broad terms it is interesting to think about the aspect of offshoring where many more people in a company travel abroad more often than they might otherwise.

That's a completely stupid line of thought.

For example, my company is 100% contained in the US, yet we sell to an international market. Suprise, suprise, our marketing people and managers still have to travel to other states or abroad to meet with distributors, buyers, sales and foreign press.

And have you completely forgotten the role of the internet in offshoring? For example, there are CAM shops in China that you can email your CAD designs to and receive a shipment of machined parts or even fully assembled devices in the mail a couple of weeks later? And email and teleconferencing is considerably cheaper and quicker for keeping an engineering team in the loop, even halfway around the planet.

In fact, people in my company would probably be travelling less if we offshored any of our work, as we'd likely maintain an overseas office closer to our foreign markets (and hire local sales people).

[begin satire]

Have you been to an International Airport recently? People from other countries often arrive there! Shock! Some of them even speak languages other than English! Who knows what diseases these Unamericans may be carrying! Quick, quarantine and burn down all international airports before we all catch AIDS!

[/you idiot]

BTW, if you live in the continental US, the prarie dogs and squirrels outside your front door have a high probability that their fleas carry the plague. I'd worry about that before worrying about infectious foreigners.

Nice pants. (1)

SuperKendall (25149) | more than 8 years ago | (#13405393)

Oh I see, warning people that travelling overseas they might want to vaccinate or take other precautions against sickness is just utter idocy. Well that certainly sets me straight Mr. Smarty Pants.

I'm sure you just know so much about technical offshoring that I am but a worm in comparison to the shining light of your fricking monsterous intellect, but it does seem to me I recall a number of technical people from companies I have worked for travelling overseas to meat with development leads from time to time. In fact it seems to me that the probability of someone travelling offshore when engaged in offshoring is somewhat higher than the probabily when you have no overseas clients and all development is in-house. I am of course rather dim but I do not recall my cubicle or office ever suddenly materializing in the heart of India, though there's always that quantum probabilty.

I was just trying to help people but I guess I got in the path of your need to put people down and keep travellers sick.

Next time think before you post, or at least take off the Gloves of Asshole Posting +100.

Hey mods, get a grip! (1)

SuperKendall (25149) | more than 8 years ago | (#13405308)

I'm not some paranoid anti-offshoring lunatic. I'm just saying that slight increase in risks of disease is an interesting aspect to offshoring that I had not thought of before and can impact a business - especially since it's people who do real work potentially getting sick instead of the executives who were historically the ones to make overseas trips.

Whoever modded me down, I place a hex upon ye!

Re:Hey mods, get a grip! (2)

naniid (244073) | more than 8 years ago | (#13405359)

The chances of drug junkie tourists getting infectituous diseases from unhygienic tourist spots is 1000 times higher than executives who travel to offshore offices which are airconditioned and where employees are highly educated!!!

God we need some good articles at slashdot.... not these stupid ones

In other news (1)

shyted (867171) | more than 8 years ago | (#13405171)

Apple and Linux developers announce that there systems are immune. Firefox and Mozilla users are safe. Microsoft deny rumours that IE 7 is the cause of the outbreak. Security firm announces that vulnerability has been around for a long time and Microsoft should have released a patch.

I heard that... (0)

Neo-Rio-101 (700494) | more than 8 years ago | (#13405172)

I head that he came back to work, and as the virus spread, everybody suddenly stopped work and began writing adverts for penile enlargement, herbal meds, and home mortgages - sending them to as many people as they could. Friends, acquaintances, relatives, people they didn't even know.... until the Microsoft post office was flooded in spam and Microsoft workers had created a robot zombie army.... ....ok, I'm making all this up.

Re:I heard that... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13405215)

uh, mod parent insightful or something.

I hope SP3 fixes this... (0)

binary paladin (684759) | more than 8 years ago | (#13405176)

This particular outbreak really has me freaking out. I shut down all my XP machines after seeing this and I hope this issue is addressed in a hotfix and soon! I don't know what I'll do if I have to wait for SP3 to fix this.

Re:I hope SP3 fixes this... (2, Funny) (907022) | more than 8 years ago | (#13405238)

"I hope SP3 fixes this..."
" I don't know what I'll do if I have to wait for SP3 to fix this."

Which is it?

Am I the only one to think (4, Insightful)

2Bits (167227) | more than 8 years ago | (#13405179)

that ./ has been putting up too much of stuffs that don't matter at all?

Come on editors, there are too many cool technologies, articles, hacks, etc, submitted but rejected, and then what we see is this kind of junk.

Gee, jesus died for us and all we got is this lousy FA.

Re:Am I the only one to think (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13405315)

Not to be a troll, but I hereby proclaim SLASHDOT IS DYING! (Sorry, it ain't official since I'm not Netcraft.)

Re:Am I the only one to think (5, Insightful)

Jaruzel (804522) | more than 8 years ago | (#13405317)

Y'know, it's all our fault.

No matter how low and crummy /. articles become, we will still flock here, several times a day, to read said crummy and low articles. Then we will all bitch about it in the comments for several days afterwards.

Now I _know_ I'm going to get flamed for this, but the /. editors are now running /. as if it were Microsoft; fobbing us off with sub-standard products and expecting us to be grateful, time and time again.

Henceforth I now declare /. to be known as MSSlashdot. Expect an increase in factually incorrect badly typed articles to be posted before they are finished, only to be 'hotfixed' several days later when nobody really cares anymore.

And to show that I'm kidding (but only slightly)...

"I for one welcome our new [] overlords."


Measles? (1)

rduke15 (721841) | more than 8 years ago | (#13405180)

Aren't people supposed to have had measels as kids and be done with it?

Or was that virus spreading among the developers of their next OS: Bob [] II, which is to follow Vista?

Re:Measles? (1)

hughk (248126) | more than 8 years ago | (#13405285)

Not since the MMR jab started floating around. With the majority taking the jab, there is no longer a pool of infection in schools, etc. There is a minority who don't have the jab and rely on there being no infection pools any more.

There may not be in the US, but go somewhere else in the world (such as our favourite offshore centres) and the virus is running wild. If your wern't immunised or already had it, then adult onset measles is nasty.

Re:Measles? (1)

Komarosu (538875) | more than 8 years ago | (#13405327)

Your thinking of Chicken Pox [] , measels [] can cause a bit of havok.

Re:Measles? (1)

kubis (89893) | more than 8 years ago | (#13405372)

Well i remember that my mom sent me to neighbors for sleep-over when their kids had measles to get infected too. Of course, she didn't tell me why because i was just five or so, but i remember that i was sick too shortly after the visit. She told me lately that she did it on purpouse, because she got measles when she was 20 and the older you are, the worse are the symptoms.

There is one more question i would like to ask. Isn't it a dangerous decission to stop being vaccinated against some illnesses just because the occurence of the illness has rapidly declined after a years of compulsory vaccination in some areas? I read in newspapers that for example here in central Europe are quite a lot of occurences of tubercolosis that are caused by immigrants.

Should have worked for Apple (1)

xornor (165117) | more than 8 years ago | (#13405185)

If he was working for Apple he would not have had to worry about catching any virii...

Re:Should have worked for Apple (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13405326)

Nor would anyone else, due to the fact that there's no such thing as 'virii'

viruses for people (1)

genckas (660936) | more than 8 years ago | (#13405188)

Even MS workers get hit by viruses...need to patch those poor souls.

Coming VERY soon... (4, Funny)

Bob Cat - NYMPHS (313647) | more than 8 years ago | (#13405191)


He loves the Thai! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13405194)

Notice the two places he ate at. Hmmmm. Friggin child molestor!

You know (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13405211)

There's plenty of measles in this country too.

Borg picture (5, Funny)

LesDawson (751477) | more than 8 years ago | (#13405214)

I'm disappointed the /. editors didn't change the usual borg picture for one with nice red spots on it ...


jaiyen (821972) | more than 8 years ago | (#13405221)


Researchers Shocked to Finally Find Virus That Email App Doesn't Like

Atlanta, Ga. - Scientists at the Centers for Disease Control and Symantec's AntiVirus Research Center today confirmed that Measles cannot be spread by Microsoft's Outlook email application, believed to be the first time the program has ever failed to propagate a major virus.

"Frankly, we've never heard of a virus that couldn't spread through Microsoft Outlook, so our findings were, to say the least, unexpected," said Clive Sarnow, director of the CDC's infectious disease unit.

The study was immediately hailed by US officials, who said it will save millions of dollars and thousands of man hours. "Up until now we have, quite naturally, assumed that measles, like every other virus, was spread by Microsoft Outlook," said Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns. "By eliminating it, we can focus our resources elsewhere."

However, researchers in the Hong Kong said they are not yet prepared to disqualify Outlook, which has been the progenitor of viruses such as "I Love You," "Bubbleboy," "Anna Kournikova," and "Naked Wife," to name but a few.

Said Xi Ti Choo, director of the Molecular Virology Lab at Hong Kong University: "It's not that we don't trust the research, it's just that as scientists, we are trained to be skeptical of any finding that flies in the face of established truth. And this one flies in the face like a blind drunk sparrow."

Executives at Microsoft, meanwhile, were equally skeptical, insisting that Outlook's patented Virus Transfer Protocol (VTP) has proven virtually pervious to any virus. The company, however, will issue a free VTP patch if it turns out the application is not vulnerable to measles.

Such an admission would be embarrassing for the software giant, but Symantec virologist Ariel Kologne insisted that no one is more humiliated by the study than she is. "Only last week, I had a reporter ask if the measles virus spreads through Microsoft Outlook, and I told him, 'Doesn't everything?'" she recalled. "Who would've thought?"

OH NOES!!!1!!one! (0, Redundant)

BJH (11355) | more than 8 years ago | (#13405224)

Somebody at Microsoft has... the MEASLES!!!

Call out the National Guard! Get the NSA on the phone! It's an EMERGENCY!!! ...Uh.
My sister had the measles, and I didn't see any /. article on it. Why is this any different?

Stop with the flamebait (0, Redundant)

Rufus211 (221883) | more than 8 years ago | (#13405227)

You know, this article would have just been funny if it had just been left as "microsoft infected by virus, omg even their employees need anti-virus." Making it into an anti-offshoring rant is just stupid.

Re:Stop with the flamebait (1)

lokedhs (672255) | more than 8 years ago | (#13405344)

Especially since they didn't even which country was visited. :-) In all likelyhood it was probably somewhere in Europe.

more fun inside!! (5, Insightful)

KingPrad (518495) | more than 8 years ago | (#13405228)

...and HAHAHAHAH remember when that Enron janitor died of AIDS? oh my god and back in the 80s two engineers at IBM had the whooping cough! they DIED!! HAHAHAH god it's so great and just!! Can't wait to find out another chinese guy died of bird flu! And if we wait a few more seconds we can laugh about some more children starving to death in North Korea! MY GOD THE HILARITY NEVER ENDS!!!??!1111 lol dudez. Okay back to being serious: can we do a mini-poll on whether the poster and editor are high, drunk, or just natural assholes?

Is it lethal? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13405234)

God, please, make it lethal!

Best. Example. Ever. (-1, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13405240)

Of why we need to be able to mod the articles themselves... This is pathetic, truely a new low.

As someone who lives in the Seattle area and has friends who work at MS this is probably one of the most disgusting articles posted on Slashdot I have seen in the nearly *8* years I have been a reader.

For those who live/work in Redmond, (2, Informative)

HungWeiLo (250320) | more than 8 years ago | (#13405245)

The measles were possibly spread to 2 local restaurants - tried them both before and they're both overpriced and not very good - Thai Ginger in Redmond Town Center and Malay Satay Hut on 24th.

This stuff is no joke... (-1, Troll)

Baldrson (78598) | more than 8 years ago | (#13405257)

Just wait till the bird flu mutates. It will give the phrase "pacific rim business" a whole new meaning.

Already, a preliminary ecological correlation, with by-State aggregation, shows a significant probability that IT guest workers from India are strongly associated with the epidemic of autism [] . If the by-county ecological correlation turns out to be higher I wonder if Bill Gates, Larry Ellison and Scott McNealy will be paying damages to all those programmers I know whose first born sons can't even talk and are a serious disability for their younger siblings as well as the communities that must support their costly remedial education and treatment.

A new low for Slashdot. (5, Insightful)

mrseigen (518390) | more than 8 years ago | (#13405278)

I'm no fan of Microsoft or outshoring myself, but this is quite possibly the worst and most insulting article I've ever seen posted to Slashdot.

Editor and the OP need to have their heads examined, and possibly find something new to do with their time.

Wouldn't have happened if he was an Apple employee (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13405287)

Of course...

Sigh (5, Insightful)

atari2600 (545988) | more than 8 years ago | (#13405291)

Can someone mod down the idiots who thought this was funny and posted "funny" stuff about Windows service packs and Outlook so that they can get some karma. Kids, please grow up. Mod me troll or whatever but this article is very much in bad taste. As for the morons, who thought this funny or saw this as a chance for karma-whoring, i feel sorry for your pathetic lives.

Slashdot hits a new low - with idiot posters (3, Insightful)

SuperKendall (25149) | more than 8 years ago | (#13405332)

Well everyone seems to either think the post sucks because it's attacking Microsoft or offshoring.

So when did all the geeks leave? The ones who actually might have thought the aspect of sending more technical workers overseas leading to increased risks of more interesting diseases was sort of an interesting exercise in risk analysis? I guess they are all dead or off playing Halo.

I didn't think the article was particularly against either Microsoft or offshoring. Just making an observation about a slightly unexpected repercussion for us technical folk (and by us of course I mean me since there are no others left).

If you're all dead, can I have your gadgets?

Lowest ever (0, Redundant)

mcrbids (148650) | more than 8 years ago | (#13405333)

This article sucks. WTf?!?!?!

Guy goes to work overseas. Gets sick. Works at Microsoft. Other employees get sick. That kind of thing NEVER happens with my 5 kids who roam the neighborhood with other kids, bringing infections home... no... never.

Wow. What a RETARDED post. Somebody needs to be beaten upside the head with a frozen trout!

Why is this even significant? (2, Insightful)

James Youngman (3732) | more than 8 years ago | (#13405356)

WTF? Microsoft employess catches infectious disease. Wow. Amazing.

Anyway, how is this a significant risk? Surely the staff have already been immunised against measles. In the UK, the NHS has been providing a measles vaccine since 1960. The uptake rate for the current vaccine (MMR) is between 75% and 95% (it varies across the UK). The remainder includes children who have the vaccination separately as well as those who go unvaccinated. So unless the US employees of Microsoft just didn't get vaccinated against measles as kids, what is the problem?

daily ms bashing (5, Insightful)

eqkivaro (721746) | more than 8 years ago | (#13405365)

i have to admit that the biggest reason i visit /. is to read the MS bashing. i personally don't have anything against MS, but it's fun to read MS bashing comments.

that said, i'm really disappointed that this article was posted.

Guns, Germs and Steel (1)

raman3007 (890590) | more than 8 years ago | (#13405378)

In the PBS TV Series "Guns, Germs and Steel", Pulitzer prize winner Jared Diamond claims that wherever early European explorers went, they took with them germs & deseases against which native populations had no immunity (of course, because of evolution.. don't tell me 'God' designed the world that way and unfairly tipped the balance in favor of a certain population!..). An excerpt from his PBS interview:

"ELIZABETH FARNSWORTH: And the germs--this surprised me very much--you mentioned the germs. They actually developed from the domesticated animals, and that's why Pizarro could bring the germs that killed, what, 95 percent of the people that he met in the new world.

JARED DIAMOND: That's right. And that's one of the surprising discoveries that we've gained from molecular biology in the last decade or two. That's why people couldn't figure out a hundred years ago the ways in which geography tipped the balance of fate among the world's people. We now know that smallpox, measles, and other epidemic diseases of humans like that evolve from epidemic diseases of our domestic animals with which we came into intimate contact when we started to domesticate them 11,000 years ago. Smallpox may have evolved from a disease of our domestic camels. Measles certainly evolved from a disease of our domestic cattle. And so Eurasian people were exposed to these nasty diseases, gradually evolved immune and genetic resistance to them, but Native Americans, without big domestic animals, except the llamas and El Pacas, did not evolve nasty germs of their own, and so had no immunity when Europeans arrived, bringing smallpox and measles and these other nasty germs. So most native Americans died before they could even reach the battlefield. They were killed by Eurasian germs. "

Payback time ?

Jerk store Jerry, JERK STORE (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13405383)

Wow, and all this time you had me thinking that this was the worst article on Slashdot:

Should Be Like Female Orgasms 1619200&tid=10 [] Games

Ah, but let me just congratulate CowboyNeal for topping that facetious gem. Just more evidence that Slashdot is devolving into something akin to Fark.

Of course... (3, Funny)

mangus_angus (873781) | more than 8 years ago | (#13405384)

as soon that Microsoft learned of the virus and the threat it posed, they quickly notified all the necessary people that they would have a patch in place to hand out (for a small fee to anyone caught with Win2K on their computers, the XP users would have to pass the Microsoft Genuine Advantage test, and prove that they did infact work there) to the employees. They said to expect it in about 6-14 months.

Just like to add (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13405388)

Story is fucking stupid.
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