Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 15th Jul 2006 17:50 UTC, submitted by Umbra
Mac OS X On Symantec's blog website, the company writes: "Researchers and engineers who are working in the security field must have strong constitutions - especially when it comes to weathering negative backlash and tired conspiracy theories whenever security and Mac OS X are mentioned in the same breath. With that in mind, in an effort to improve the quality of the dialogue, I would like to discuss some important issues regarding Mac OS X and security. Let's start with the hot-button issue of Mac OS X viruses. Simply put, at the time of writing this article, there are no file-infecting viruses that can infect Mac OS X."
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RE[3]: Grammer
by google_ninja on Sat 15th Jul 2006 21:32 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Grammer"
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As a child, I was into nasty activities, such as computer virii. The plural may be in debate amoung doctors, but its not with computer guys.

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RE[4]: Grammer
by MonkeyPie on Sat 15th Jul 2006 22:27 in reply to "RE[3]: Grammer"
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So now, some guy who originally, and wrongly, changed the plural form of virus to virii (probably to look more intelligent to his peers) has managed to get "leet" people to accept the perversion of the word.

Well, good for him!

Though, it DOES indeed seem to be in debate amongst us computer guys, myself being one and Todd Woodward, the man who wrote the post, who uses "viruses" himself. Is Todd himself not a computer guy? Since I program in many different types of languages and also partook in "nasty activities" as a child involving computer systems and viruses, am I not also a "computer guy"?

This isn't all about technocracy at all. It's about the proper way of saying something, which my original comment was directed towards. You had "corrected" the proper plurality of "virus" and was wrong. Just because a small group of people (the leet) say it otherwise, it is not accepted in general in that form.

Thats my opinion at least.

Edited 2006-07-15 22:33

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