Wednesday, December 06, 2006

In His Own Image

Yesterday, I received an email warning from Phra Alan regarding a virus going around which "'burns' the whole hard disc C of your computer." I replied, telling him that such a thing was simply impossible, and that the email was most certainly written by someone with too much time on his hands; when you're too incompetent to create real computer viruses, you send out virus hoaxes instead.

There's something with monks and getting caught by these things. I was recently pulled into a lottery scam by Phra Udi, an Israeli monk, who was thoroughly convinced he'd hit it big. All they needed was for him to send 600 euros in taxes, and the jackpot was his. I reassured him that real lotteries require you to buy tickets, rather than just selecting a winner from email addresses collected at random. Then I showed him his junk folder with 100 or so other 'winning' tickets.

Coincidentally, I got an appropriate quote of the day this morning from Dr. Stephen Hawking, world-famous astrophysicist:

"I think computer viruses should count as life. I think it says something about human nature that the only form of life we have created so far is purely destructive. We've created life in our own image."

Sorry, Stephen, I think we've got a new lifeform here, and it's purely a meaningless waste of time. We've perfected our creation.