Comparatively Speaking...

Monday July 1st, 2002

Linux Online recently compared the major Linux browsers, including the Mozilla-based trio of Mozilla 1.0, Netscape 6.2 and Galeon. Reviewer Michael J Jordan praises Mozilla's stability, tabbed browsing, rendering and customisation.

As mentioned by fondacio on our forums, the International Herald and Tribune took a look at Mozilla, Opera and NeoPlanet (note that the site doesn't seem to work in some builds of Mozilla). Reviewer Lee Dembart says that "Mozilla is impressive and has it all over Opera." He especially likes the ability to block pop-ups, tabbed browsing and pipelining.

UPDATE! tuxracer writes: "I've put up a browser comparison list, comparing various features that affect usability and W3C standards compliance. It compares Mozilla 1.0, Netcaptor 7.01, Internet Explorer 6.0 (Windows), and Internet Explorer 5.x (Mac)."

#132 Regardless, 86,000 in one day > 42,000 in a year

by SubtleRebel <>

Friday July 12th, 2002 2:34 AM

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You have not responded to Asa's point at all; if you truly believe that you have then you completely missed the point.

Asa provided a link to the documented fact that 42,000 people were killed during the course of a year. He also provided documentation showing that there were 86,000 NIMDA infections in a single day (and 1.2 million over the course of a few weeks).

Asa's statistical reasoning is not flawed at all; no matter how you look at it 86,000 is greater than 42,000. The fact that the 86,000 was just one day whereas the 42,000 was a whole year does not constitute a flaw.

Your reference to September 11 has no relevance; the problem with your comments there are that you are comparing statistics for a specific day that was an exception to the regular numbers. No one here has tried to compare the 86,000 to the number of fatal car wrecks on a specific day; it was compared to the number of fatalities for a whole year. It would take over 2 years for the number of auto accident fatalities to equal the number of people affected by NIMDA on that single day. It would take 30 years for the number of auto accident fatalities to add up to 1.2 million (which was the number of systems infected by NIMDA in a few weeks).

Just because you have said "that type of reasoning is incorrect" does not make it true. The facts are :

1) The number of people who travel in motor vehicles in a given day, week, month, or year is greater than number of people who access the Internet using Microsoft products in the same time frame.

2) In the past year, more people had their computers infected with NIMDA than were killed in car accidents.

3) In the past x years, more people had their computers infected with NIMDA than were killed in car accidents.

4) If IE was not on anyone's computer during the past year, then no one would have been infected by NIMDA.

5) NIMDA is not the only exploit that has taken advantage of IE vulnerabilities.