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Computer health certificates for surfing the Internet? Are you serious?

Oct 07, 2010, 14:33 (9 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Marco Fioretti)

[ Thanks to M. Fioretti for this link. ]

"The commitment with which certain companies try to make the problems caused by their products and practices a general issue for which they have no fault, that is something that should be fixed by others with public money, is impressive.

"I just had a good laugh reading a BBC report about the latest, exceptional idea on how to fix the huge problems caused worldwide by virus-infected computers (that in the great majority of cases run some version of Microsoft Windows):

"1. "sick PCs", that is "Virus-infected computers that pose a risk to other PCs should be blocked from the net", just as not vaccinated individuals are put in quarantine in the physical world to prevent them from spreading diseases
2. Therefore, Mr Charney suggests, all computers should have "health certificate" to prove that they are uninfected before they connect to the net. And, according to BBC, "Microsoft said that to make its plan work it would need four steps, including defining a health computer, creating a trusted system for health certificates and finding a way for ISPs to process and act on them. Relevant legal frameworks would also be needed, it said".

"You must admit that Mr Charney is a really smart and very dedicated person, deeply committed to his work."

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