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Conficker Worm Won't Die

In high school, every hipster doofus had to read "Dune." Slogged my way through 504 pages. Threw it down with 40 pages to go out of pure disgust. I wouldn't give Frank Herbert the satisfaction of finishing this waste of good pine.

The thing I remember from 30-plus years ago is these "Dune" worms were seemingly unstoppable. Just like Conficker. This Windows worm, now nearing its fifth birthday, isn't just old. It also hasn't been seriously updated for two years. Despite the neglect, Conficker remains a major threat, Redmond warns. In the last three years infections have increased 225 percent, and it's on pace to infect 2 million systems in the coming months.

The biggest hole Conficker strolls through is weak passwords. Strengthen these and you're halfway there. Want to be almost all the way home? Keep your systems patched. It's almost that easy and that fundamental.

In general, Microsoft sees threats going down some 30 percent for high vulnerabilities in the half of the last year. I'll take that. Want more, but I'll take that.

I know this item will aggravate a bunch of "Dune" fans, many of whom swallowed all 14 volumes, and for that I apologize. Herbert clearly has more talent in his little find than I have in my entire Periproct. I also happen to hate "Ulysses," considered the best novel ever written. Bah!

Am I wrong to think that Dune is one of the most  overwritten books out there (let's try to keep religion out of it)? Fire up your keyboard and mail missives to

Posted by Doug Barney on 04/30/2012 at 1:19 PM

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Reader Comments:

Mon, May 21, 2012 Bob R Bogle United States

I'm not offended by what books people do or don't like; certainly I'm no fan of what's usually most publicly-acclaimed. Although Ulysses is the best novel I've ever read, and Moby-Dick is pretty high on the list . . . So far as science fiction goes, I myself am partial to Herbert:

Wed, May 2, 2012

You're reaching too far with the "waste of good pine" comment. I loved the series (read the first book at 13). I'm sorry that you failed to appreciate the richness of the authors imagination. There are few books out there that touch on as many different themes as Herbert's Dune series. He covers everything from machiavellian feudal politics, to religious fanatics, to rights of passage, romance, environmental justice, the consequences of a technology dominated existence and thats just the tip of the iceburg. Just becuase you did not particulary care for it does not mean it's garbage. You have seriously marginalized yourself on this one.

Mon, Apr 30, 2012 Lucian

I agree with worms (or Shai-Hulud), but the whole Dune saga is a masterpiece. I read all 18 books at least once. It is just a matter of taste, like food. Happy reading :)

Mon, Apr 30, 2012 John Canberra Australia

I tried reading Dune circa 1969 but didn't even get a quater way into the book. I have intended to try again - maybe when I retire and run out of things to do. I liked the movies.

Mon, Apr 30, 2012 Gene

I loved Dune. I thought it was a more challenging and interesting than the accessible "Foundation" series. The worst book I had to slog through was "Moby Dick".

Mon, Apr 30, 2012 Alex CT

Ha! I couldn't agree more with you on the Dune - never could understand all the hype around it.

Mon, Apr 30, 2012

Ugh. Are you getting paid per blog response? Useful tech stories don't need bad literary analogies.

Mon, Apr 30, 2012 Don

Please don't give up your "day" job, to be a literary critic, so far your 2 down.

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