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As P.J. O’Rourke is fond of saying, the funniest things in life are making things and breaking things. Observing this maxim are the brainiacs of computer science: While one congregation constructs ever-fancier boxes and operating systems, an equally talented band of chipheads devotes itself to flummoxing that technological miracle with destructive computer viruses, worms, and Trojan horses. As the world becomes more computer dependent, the amusement of the malicious virus-makers doth put us all in peril. Lance Hoffman, author of Rogue Programs: Viruses, Worms, and Trojan Horses, speaks on computer security and the emerging threat of computer mischief in a lecture titled “Private Freedom vs. Public Responsibility.” At 8 p.m. at George Washington University’s Visitor Center, 22nd & H Sts. NW. FREE. (JS)