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The following item from The Risks Digest by Peter G. Neumann had me laughing out loud when I read it:

Risk of automatic updates

<"Geert Jan van Oldenborgh" <>>

Fri, 23 Apr 2004 14:47:38 +0200

At a recent workshop one of the authors presented his latest insights in
seasonal predictability using his laptop connected to the beamer — not
unusual. However, he was not aware that his computer also surreptitiously
connected itself to the wireless network of the university, and worse, that
it had determined that it was vulnerable to attack! So, suddenly a notice
propped up, informing him that the latest Windows update had been installed
successfully, that a reboot was necessary, and and asking him whether he
would like to reboot now. The only option available was [Yes], and a timer
announced it would reboot anyway within three minutes. Rushing through his
conclusions he just finished his presentation before this unexpected

Geert Jan van Oldenborgh <>

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