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Old 08-16-2005, 06:28 PM   #1
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i just sent this message to CNN


I'm watching CNN right now (6:12PM, 8-16-05) during a "Breaking News" report about a computer worm infecting computers around the world.

The anchor (W.Blitzer) is discussing various remedies including turning off one's computer. Who wants to turn off their computer when they have work to do because they have been infected by a worm or virus? No one.

During this and other similar reports, no mention is EVER made of running Linux and other Open Source operating system alternatives, which practically speaking are not subject to the kinds of major virus and worm problems like the ones CNN is reporting are now affecting Windows systems.

Why the bias in CNN reporting toward Microsoft products, which are more susceptible to these kinds of virus and worm attacks? It's understandable that most people run Windows, so the reports are naturally tailored to that viewership. But why is no mention ever made in these reports of the fact that people can very reliably protect themselves against computer worms and viruses (and spyware) by running Linux?

Whether the omission is intentional or because of ignorance of the alternatives to Microsoft Windows, isn't it irresponsible of CNN not to research and report the full story to its viewers so that they might better protect themselves against malicious software?

thank you for your consideration
 
Old 08-21-2005, 02:44 PM   #2
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"Next up, CNN reommends you use Knoppix until the current virus threats play out."
 
Old 08-21-2005, 02:47 PM   #3
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To synaptical!
I believe this thread already exists, well, actually identical
 
Old 08-21-2005, 03:03 PM   #4
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To synaptical!
I believe this thread already exists, well, actually identical
at first i didn't realize threads in this forum needed to be approved (RTFM ), so when it didn't show up i posted it in another thread. but i think trickykid closed that one, so afaik this should be the only active thread.

about the original post, it was just a spur of the moment thing i shot off when i saw CNN going on and on about it for more than an hour, with a big red "breaking news" banner, etc. apparently it shut down ABC news so bad they had to use typewriters.

it just gets frustrating hearing people complain about worms and viruses all the time, going on for literally over an hour in this case about how to protect your computer, and yet no one ever mentions linux. MS really has a lot of people heavily brainwashed, imho.
 
Old 08-21-2005, 03:11 PM   #5
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Thumbs up

Are you talking about a man that threatens OEMs, because they let their customers choose a non-MS OS and bribes governments to hold off competition?

Money talks, again, we live in commercial world, remember? It's all about fattening THE wallet........
 
Old 08-21-2005, 04:17 PM   #6
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Media is doing all those things so basically People Buy more MS Products. Consumerism is rampant, media is there to sell more and cover whatever gets good ratings.

Peaceful, happy Linux users don't make a sensational story.

Vijay
 
Old 08-21-2005, 05:00 PM   #7
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Guess what.


CNN is essentially a right wing dominated channel. They would sodomize themselves before endorsing any open source software. These guys are paid by companies like microsoft to peddle their crap on television, and, as far as I'm concerned, they are welcome to their garbage. Anybody who wants to know how to run a safe, stable OS like Linux or BSD or whatever can find out about it through random google searches. To Hell with TV, who needs it?
 
Old 08-21-2005, 09:10 PM   #8
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Hey, atleast they aren't blaming the users of Linux for the worm, like a certain BBC reporter did - check lugradio episode 2 (available at www.lugradio.org) and the article here: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/business/3457823.stm
 
Old 08-21-2005, 11:41 PM   #9
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Guess what.


CNN is essentially a right wing dominated channel. They would sodomize themselves before endorsing any open source software. These guys are paid by companies like microsoft to peddle their crap on television, and, as far as I'm concerned, they are welcome to their garbage. Anybody who wants to know how to run a safe, stable OS like Linux or BSD or whatever can find out about it through random google searches. To Hell with TV, who needs it?
CNN is definetly NOT right wing. Now, considering that I am "right wing" I think I would probably know this. Not that I am on everything (or I wouldn't be here) but overall, I can say with 100% certainty that this statement isn't true.

You can be pro-business and pro copyright, etc. without being "right wing." In fact, considering that CNN is a business created by a mogul it's kind of expected they'd be in that camp. But as far as political views, etc. they are definetly not on the right.

I think terms like right wing are used far too broadly (left wing probably also really). You have to really spread that net to catch CNN in it though.

I suppose my definition of the term might be narrower than yours, I just can't really understand the term meaning anything when applied to CNN.
 
Old 08-22-2005, 03:40 AM   #10
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CNN is definetly NOT right wing. Now, considering that I am "right wing" I think I would probably know this. Not that I am on everything (or I wouldn't be here) but overall, I can say with 100% certainty that this statement isn't true.
I was using the term 'right wing' pejoratively. 'Right wing' is anyone who supports a backward inbred feudal philosophy in modern politics, something that the people at CNN (and most Nordic Christians in America and Western Europe who stopped reading anything but the Christian Bible after age 6) do assiduously, as evidenced by their backward outlook on the software business. If you define 'right wing' in a different way, that is your right, but I choose not to, and that is MY right.
 
Old 08-22-2005, 09:43 AM   #11
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Guess what.


CNN is essentially a right wing dominated channel.
Uhh, I think you mean Fox News. You know, the ones that go around shouting "Hey, WE'RE fair and balanced!" If someone has to tell you that, I start to wonder if it's true. Anyway, Fox News is in Dubya's back pocket...it's his personal propoganda channel.

Don't expect MSNBC to recommend using Linux either...the MS in their name really IS from Microsoft...it's a cooperative venture.

CNN actually tends to be the most widely balanced. But they still have to cater to the average viewer. The average viewer runs Windows. And, to be honest, I don't WANT the average viewer trying to install Linux, because I'm gonna be stuck helping them when it doesn't look or work like Windows and they get lost trying to find the START menu...assuming they get through the installation that wipes their hard drive, and then they ask where all their documents are. And when they don't see that big blue "E" on the desktop they ask "where's the Internet?"

Honestly, recommending ordinary people install Linux would not be in said people's best interest, nor the network's who would ALSO have to deal with those questions...and possibly lawsuits when all of the above happen and someone gets the bright idea to sue.
 
Old 08-22-2005, 11:16 AM   #12
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I was using the term 'right wing' pejoratively. 'Right wing' is anyone who supports a backward inbred feudal philosophy in modern politics...
I tend to agree with hari on this one. I also consider "right wing"ed as narrowminded held back in ages individuals or organisations. But I still believe that press is predisposed to be openminded but being pressured by CERTAIN organisations and businesses to support the CERTAIN policy. I wouldn't call names here, however we all know that is "Bellybutton"
 
Old 08-23-2005, 04:22 PM   #13
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Originally posted by hari_seldon99
I was using the term 'right wing' pejoratively. 'Right wing' is anyone who supports a backward inbred feudal philosophy in modern politics, something that the people at CNN (and most Nordic Christians in America and Western Europe who stopped reading anything but the Christian Bible after age 6) do assiduously, as evidenced by their backward outlook on the software business. If you define 'right wing' in a different way, that is your right, but I choose not to, and that is MY right.
I think you are a bigot frankly. I don't care how you define the term but your whole explanation of it's meaning doesn't show an incredibly open minded person. Instead you choose to write off "most Nordic Christians in America and Western Europe who stopped reading anything but the Christian Bible after age 6." Now I know that was a bit of exaggerated sarcasm on your part, but I DON'T appreciate it.

I find your comments more backward than those you insult.
 
Old 08-23-2005, 04:32 PM   #14
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I think you are a bigot frankly....
I find your comments more backward than those you insult.
Let us not fight each other over CNN issue. It's discussion not a parliament debate

And xanas37132! I believe the guy was speaking metathorically.
 
Old 08-23-2005, 08:59 PM   #15
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I think you are a bigot frankly. I don't care how you define the term but your whole explanation of it's meaning doesn't show an incredibly open minded person. Instead you choose to write off "most Nordic Christians in America and Western Europe who stopped reading anything but the Christian Bible after age 6." Now I know that was a bit of exaggerated sarcasm on your part, but I DON'T appreciate it.

I find your comments more backward than those you insult.
I find it amusing that I'm being flamed down as a bigot by somebody who openly confesses to being a right winger, a philosophy whose foundations are based on bigotry and hate. That part of it is true for ALL right wingers in ALL countries around the world, whether Christian, Muslim, Hindu or (admittedly only occasionally) Jewish.
 
  


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