Australia To Ban Windows?

Fake News written by James Baughn on Sunday, July 8, 2001

from the a-law-that-actually-serves-the-public-good dept.

Two years ago, Australia passed legislation that effectively outlawed Linux. Now, the nation appears poised to pass legislation that would effectively throw all Windows users in jail.

Australia wants to make it illegal to possess "hacking paraphenalia", including the source code to malicious viruses. However, every Windows computer connected to the Internet has undoubtedly received at least one macro virus coded in Visual Basic.

Thus, millions of users have the source code to a virus sitting somewhere on their hard drives.

Thus, thousands of email servers have the source code to a virus sitting in some poor schmuck's inbox.

Thus, hundreds of Internet Service Providers have the source code to a virus flowing through their network even as you read this sentence.

The bottom line is that countless Australians could shortly become criminals because they use Windows and Outlook. Oh darn.

The developer responsible for integrating Visual Basic into Microsoft Outlook was unavailable for comment at press time.

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