Robert X. Cringely is a bufoon - proved once again by his latest "get it wrong at all costs" screed. Anyone who's read his column more than once probably was able to figure that out all by themselves. But, just in case the facts that he's a PBS columnist hiding behind a pseudonym (his real name, BTW, is Mark Stephens) who never links to anything and who has a virtually unblemished track record for getting things wrong weren't sufficient to help you arrive at that inevitable conclusion all by your lonesome self, Ed Bott and Engadget's Ryan Block are here to seal the deal.
Ed Bott: Robert X. Clueless
"That’s good advice (wiping the hard drive of a system that's been compromised by a root kit), and it’s consistent with the “defense in depth” strategy that the Microsoft Security Response Center has been advising for years. But you’d never know that if you read only Cringely, who preaches to an audience that’s eager to sop up anti-Microsoft propaganda, no matter how ill-founded or factually challenged."
"Whoa, Cringely, you're gonna have to slow things down next week, ok? So many absurd suppositions at once are making our heads hurt a little."