Canada, has been engaged in similar battles for several
years. Aycock’s book, Computer Viruses and Malware
(Advances in Information Security), was published by
Springer-Verlag in 2006, so there’s no hiding of the basic
techniques unless certain Hitlerian incineration methodologies are invoked. A search of the ACM Digital Library
for “John Aycock Malware” yields 13 matches, to which
one can add Ledin’s own paper, “Not teaching viruses and
worms is harmful” (Communications of the ACM, January
2005). John Sullins, professor of philosophy at Sonoma
State, has also been lending moral-ethical support to
Ledin’s malware courses. “We must teach it because it
allows us to deal with the [dangerous] reality that our
students are going to face.” But Sullins also points out
that malware might have some beneficial applications. It
could be used to combat a tyrannical government. I see
some NRA Second Amendment echoes here: the right to
bear malware as self-defense. Q
1. These deliberately slurred misspellings have been popularized by the British satirical magazine, Private Eye. Its
editor is fond of asking, “Shurely shome mishtake?”
Lexicographers are no doubt debating whether these
forms deserve to be blessed with dictionary entries.
There are precedents for mispronounced and misspelled words usurping the previous “standards” (e.g.,
according to some scholars, bird was originally brid.)
2. Another popular verbal tic is deliberately omitting
English definite and indefinite articles to mirror the
famous quirk in Russian language!
3. Min (Minna; Wilhelmina) Planck belongs to that growing bunch of neglected sisters, such as Fanny Homer,
Nannerl Mozart, Siobhan Shakespeare, and Doreen
Kelly-Bootle, who quietly produced their brothers’
works without fuss or fame. It’s quite clear that Max
had nothing to do with those tiny natural units of
mass, length, and time. It was Min, Min all the way.
4. See reference 2.
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mathematics at Cambridge in the 1950s before tackling the
impurities of computer science on the pioneering EDSAC I.
His many books include The Devil’s DP Dictionary (
McGraw-Hill, 1981), Understanding Unix (Sybex, 1994), and the
recent e-book Computer Language—The Stan Kelly-Bootle
Reader. Software Development Magazine has named him
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Eclectech Award for his “lifetime achievements in technology
and letters.” Neither Nobel nor Turing achieved such prized
eponymous recognition. Under his nom-de-folk, Stan Kelly,
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