Truth About Computer Security Hysteria
Open letter to mi2g's founder & CEO
Monday, 20 December 2004
DEAR D.K. MATAI,
I know you read our free weekly newsletter. I know it — because you issued a fearmongering press release on 14 December based on an observation we made on 13 December. I congratulate you for once again using the time-honored ploy of "success by implied association." Good job!
You know what, D.K.? (May I call you D.K.?) I recently watched my niece perform at her 6th grade band recital. They played Beethoven's Ninth Symphony ... and their performance reminded me of you.
The arrangement, for example, was stripped of complexity so childish amateurs could play it. Likewise, your alleged "news alerts" are stripped of complexity as if written by childish amateurs.
The band took their chairs in a flurry of pomp & circumstance thanks to uncritical family members who adore them. Likewise, your alleged "news alerts" get reprinted in a flurry of pomp & circumstance thanks to uncritical reporters who adore you.
Music aficianados critiqued my niece's band recital as they always do. And let's face it: when you're talking about 6th graders, there's a lot to critique. Criticism anguishes every child and they sometimes cry over it. Likewise, computer security aficianados critique your alleged "new alerts" as they always do. And let's face it: when you're talking about mi2g, there's a lot to critique. Criticism angers you and mi2g sometimes threatens to sue over it.
But two important things separate you from my niece's 6th grade band recital.
First: that band presented itself as nothing more than childish amateurs. You try to present mi2g as professional analysts. Second: that band made an honest effort to play Beethoven's Ninth Symphony. Hmph. I'll leave the rest unsaid...
An open letter to the founder & CEO of mi2g