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Comment: Re:Good thing... (Score 4, Insightful) 669

by NewbieProgrammerMan (#36495664) Attached to: The End of Paper Books

I know I'd be really glad for my chunks of dead trees that have information about what plants are safe to eat, which ones are good for medicine, and so forth.

Granted, there will be an immediate scramble for survival, and I have no illusions that I'm in a good position to survive that, but in the long term there are lots of books that would be damn nice to have if you're lucky enough to survive.

Comment: Re:This actually makes sense (Score 0, Flamebait) 183

by NewbieProgrammerMan (#34345178) Attached to: Homeland Security Drops Color-Coded Terror Alerts

If I recall correctly, it only returned to yellow during the summer of election years, so that it could pop back up to orange shortly before election day and give us a good scary reason to not vote for Democrats. Amazingly, the terror threats always subsided after election day.

Comment: Re:We should thank Israel, or whoever (Score 2, Informative) 254

by NewbieProgrammerMan (#34270084) Attached to: Stuxnet Virus Now Biggest Threat To Industry

ONLY A COMPLETE MORON will hook up a scada system to a pc that bridges the internet and the secured network, OR puts the whole damn thing on a unsecured network.

As someone that worked on SCADA software for about a decade, I wholeheartedly approve this message. With very few exceptions, every bit of SCADA code I saw makes [insert favorite insecure software target here] look like Fort Knox. You do NOT want the internet getting anywhere near that code.

P.S. Thanks, Slashdot, for making me log in to IE to post. I still can't copy/paste in Chrome.

Comment: Re:From what I understand (Score 4, Insightful) 227

by NewbieProgrammerMan (#34149380) Attached to: Evaluating Or Testing Utility SCADA Security?

There isn't much to do with SCADA regarding security - The systems themselves are inherently insecure...

As somebody that worked at a SCADA software company for a few years, and saw (1) the skill level of the core development team and (2) what customers did with our systems, I heartily endorse this viewpoint.

Is it possible that software is not like anything else, that it is meant to be discarded: that the whole point is to always see it as a soap bubble?