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In 1949 the English novelist and journalist Eric Arthur Blair wrote a novel that has had a considerable impact on society’s perception of government. The novel was called Nineteen Eighty-Four, and Blair’s pen name is well-known: George Orwell.

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On March 1st (my birthday, as it happens) Microsoft published a security advisory about yet another vulnerability within their products. This time it concerns Windows 2000, Windows XP SP3, Windows Server 2003 and Internet Explorer. But their attitude about it is – to my mind – all wrong.

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Some years ago a very stupid and nasty-minded troll (a female computer science student in the UK – taking a master’s degree, as it turned out) was posting garbage into pet-related newsgroups that were frequented by children. Among other things, she advocated pouring hot wax into an animal’s ears in order to “cure” it of ear mites.

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