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Stephen Downes

Knowledge, Learning, Community

Aug 04, 2006

This is silly. Are there in fact any examples of computers being compromised by Javascript in RSS feeds? Moreover, is there any evidents that this is a danger that is distinct from, or over and above, the use of Javascript on web pages generally?

Reading this makes me wonder why the author I writing it. It is not a genuine cautionary note, because there is no specific danger. Therefore, I believe the point of the article is to criticize or attack Javascript. I wonder why. Is the writer from Microsoft, and promoting visual basic? Or a fan of server-side Java?

In any case, I am disappointed by this article and would recommend that the editors require evidence of a specific threat when unning these sorts of 'scare' pieces in the future.

Stephen Downes Stephen Downes, Casselman, Canada

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