The end of nematodes

A compter security hack has appropriated the word nematode to describe “good” network worms. Dave Aitel says

“We don’t want people to think this is impossible. It’s entirely possible to create and use beneficial worms and it’s something businesses will be deploying in the future.”

So much for ever being able to Google “nematode” again! Spoiler! Bastard! And it’s so wrong. Aitel has a apparently heard of Caenorhabditis elegans, everyone’s favorite worm and entirely harmless, and jumped to the conclusion that every nematode is beneficial to humans. So wrong, so sad; a little knowledge is a dangerous thing. If this is the depth of his thinking I certainly wouldn’t take his advice on computer security.

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