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Virus 2.0
There is a cold virus wending its way among my team at work. Yesterday at our morning meeting there were two people who were noticeably congested and ill-sounding, and another person who said he'd been up all night coughing. That's three people on a team of ten, and last night I started to feel the probable beginnings of a cold myself. It's not uncommon for this to happen with people who work together on a daily basis, that they will share germs....

...except for the fact that none of these individuals work in the same office. Not even the same state, for the most part, and none of us have seen one another for three weeks.

What does this mean? I think it means that viruses are getting much more wily! They are finding ways to spread through computers perhaps, or to target GPS coordinates. Maybe they can travel cell phone waves now -- maybe even analog lines? This means there may be no stopping them! Watch out folks, it's Common Cold 2.0, and it is far craftier than its predecessor.

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From: bloggingchick Date: March 19th, 2008 01:18 pm (UTC) (Link)
Wow, thanks. You probably just sent it to everyone who has you on their f-list. ;)
renniekins From: renniekins Date: March 19th, 2008 02:21 pm (UTC) (Link)
hahaha.... oh no, you're right!

Sorry 'bout that.
marsgov From: marsgov Date: March 19th, 2008 02:21 pm (UTC) (Link)
While you are certainly on to something, I think you need to think more about the transmission mode.

Viruses are relatively simple entities, barely living, and don't have a lot of complexity. I highly suspect that they have evolved to transmit themselves via text, not physically over the air(waves). They hide inside the deep structure of technical documents, and the more elaborate the document, the more likely a virus is hiding inside.

In other words, when you read a document and say, "this spec is so impossible to read that it's giving me a headache," it's literally true.

You might get the Nobel Prize for this!
(no subject) - davehogg - Expand
From: kitschicat Date: March 19th, 2008 02:22 pm (UTC) (Link)
pstscrpt From: pstscrpt Date: March 19th, 2008 02:31 pm (UTC) (Link)
It's clearly a computer virus.
pi3832 From: pi3832 Date: March 19th, 2008 04:57 pm (UTC) (Link)
Or perhaps the nature of the work attracts people who, for some reason, are the people who catch every cold they encounter.

Now, it could be the lifestyle associated with the job--not enough sunlight, too much slouching, exposure to monitor radiation, a tendency to put in long hours, etc. Or it could be that people who often had the sniffles as children gravitated more to indoor activities, reading, etc.

Or it could actually be electronic, using subliminal suggestion. Your API may be telling you "You have a cold". I bet the longer you work the sicker you get--that's because the more tired you are, the more susceptible you are to suggestion. Think about it. Why do you think guys always ask you for dates at night?
jebra From: jebra Date: March 19th, 2008 07:14 pm (UTC) (Link)
Did I hear something about this whole "Web 2.0" think making it easier to propagate viruses? Hmmm . . .
jeffreyab From: jeffreyab Date: March 19th, 2008 09:22 pm (UTC) (Link)
It means a virus with a three week incubation period!
onemorethanten From: onemorethanten Date: March 20th, 2008 02:00 am (UTC) (Link)
Nah, that makes too much sense!

Must find exotic explanation plausibility not a consideration ...
mariegraham From: mariegraham Date: April 1st, 2008 06:10 pm (UTC) (Link)

So it's your fault

I have a cold too now - I couldn't trace it to anyone I've been in contact with. But it's obviously yours, and I got it from reading your LJ! So as I wheeze, and cough, and sniffle, and get things mixed up because I can't hear (the only good thing is I can't talk, either, and when you can't hold up your end of a conversation people eventually stop talking to you.)
All your fault.
renniekins From: renniekins Date: April 2nd, 2008 05:22 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: So it's your fault

It is, and I apologize. These internet colds are trouble, I'm telling ya.

I hope you feel better quickly!!
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