A beautifully told story with colorful characters out of epic tradition, a tight and complex plot, and solid pacing. -- Booklist, starred review of On the Razor's Edge

Great writing, vivid scenarios, and thoughtful commentary ... the stories will linger after the last page is turned. -- Publisher's Weekly, on Captive Dreams

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

The Oracle at Delphi

David Warren tells us in the course of other comments:
We learned this week that a Reddit user, named Lompolo, had discovered rogue apps bearing DroidDream onto pre-Gingerbread Android platforms - viral botnet malware that exports handset ID and other sensitive data, enabling a remote server, via known exploits bypassing security controls, to install code partly beyond the reach of Google's remote kill switch, which it was anyway hesitating to launch pending reference to the Android Police. 
Our purpose today is to contemplate how such a short time ago, this announcement would have been incomprehensible.   Viral botnet malware , forsooth.


  1. I feel embarrassed to admit that it's still incomprehensible, at least to this reader.

  2. Don't feel bad, Sue - plumbers and fishmongers use incomprehensible jargon, too. It's poets and storytellers who aim to be understood.

  3. I really enjoy your blog, Michael.

    I'm just interested in knowing whether the virus/trojan writers, phishers, and insolent telemarketers will inhabit the 1st, 6th, 7th, 8th, or 10th Malebolge of Dante's 8th Circle. Admittedly, God would be better at sorting this out, but I'm wondering if these folks won't be eligible for some sort of a timeshare arrangement. I mean, they'd need a relaxing dip in human excrement after being forced to tote lead cloaks on a long eternal march while being beaten by demons, after which they are chased by biting reptiles; all the while being incircled by a burning pillar of fire and itching badly. God knows they deserve a bit of each, but who am I to judge with that degree of accuracy?

    Also, why aren't these people going to jail more often than they are?


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