Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Cancer On The Internet

The problem with diagnosing cancer is this: you rarely feel pain until it's too late. You have unexplained weight loss that you welcome. You tire easily. You slow down a bit and adjust but you often don't feel that bad. And when you finally feel pain, it's often too late.

Gaius over at Blue Crab Boulevard notes that 40% of internet activity is cancerous. How long until the body dies?

The botnet problem shows no sign of easing. Security firm Damballa pinpointed 7.3 million unique instances of bots carrying out nefarious activities on an average day in January - an astronomical leap from a daily average of 333,000 in August 2006. That included botnet-delivered spam, which accounted for 91% of all e-mails in early March, up from 64% last June, says e-mail management firm Cloudmark.

3 comments:

Jake said...

The word alone (cancer) is enough to send shivers down your spine. I have just found out a cousin of mine has bone cancer and sadly not long to live - all because she felt no pain till it was to late.

Melissa Clouthier said...

Yes, many people expend a lot of time and effort avoiding pain, but pain is our friend. The absence of pain can mean something much worse.

And Jake, I'm so very sorry about your cousin.

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