Truth About Computer Security Hysteria
Southern Road Trip (commentary #6)Rob Rosenberger, Vmyths co-founder
Wednesday, 17 March 2004 DAVE ATTELL HOSTS "Insomniac," one of the best travel shows on TV today. It airs on the Comedy Central cable network. It's definitely not your ordinary travel show. The comedian recently shot a special episode ... where he filled a car with gas and went on a quick "one-tank tour" of the south.
"I've killed more in the last ten minutes than cyber-terrorists have ever killed ... and it took a dead raccoon for me to be able to say that."By sheer coincidence, I'll sleep in a string of southern motels for the next few months. So I decided to swipe Atell's comedy idea. Vmyths will run a special audio series called "Southern Road Trip." I'll drop in on various establishments and do unscripted computer security interviews. But there's a catch. I'll gladly interview anyone but the experts. It's time to learn what computer security and "cyber-terrorism" mean to the average Joe SixPack. And we'll have real fun with these audio interviews. We'll hear from people at gun stores, truck stops, adult novelty shops (!), waffle houses, you name it...
I STRUCK A raccoon one evening while searching for another "Southern Road Trip" interview. So much for the "real fun," eh? It caused me to put the cyber-terror hype in perspective. "I've killed more in the last ten minutes than cyber-terrorists have ever killed ... and it took a dead raccoon for me to be able to say that." This impromptu commentary is less than two minutes long. Certainly you can spare 1/46th of an hour to listen to it.
[continued in commentary #7