They have controls in place that require executive approval of all changes. Any unapproved changes are a firing expense. So the little tuning changes we always used to do for "free" can't be done. Likewise, the changes won't be approved since by management point of view, there is no value to the activity since it is not a feature (this is true at small companies too- had a developer bend my ear on this issue literally today a few hours ago).
The whole thrust of ESR's Cathedral and the Bazaar essay...
You're about 30 years late WRT your reference. When I said "back in the day"...
I first saw the term "software priesthood" in print in Byte magazine -- it was 1976, I think. It was already in play among those of us who had already been programming for a while, and even more so among certain sectors of management.
Having reviewed some security-critical "industrial" Java code, I am inclined to agree.
It is very old news. And even when it was news, it was no surprise to experts. People need to see a catastrophe close enough that they get scared in order to invest into security. Because if they do not, they can get rich faster, or so they think...
Just because people do it and have done something does not mean it is natural to do.
Starving to death or dropping dead from polio is totally natural. We try not to do those things, despite the ravings of idiots like you.
The mistake is considering *grains* food at all.
Oh, for fuck's sake.
I LIKE bread, pasta, corn flakes and donuts, you raving moron.
paid shills, GMO fanbois, rose-colored-glasses wearers,
I agree with twistedcubic. RMS, what questions should we be asking/proposing?
Not really. If you look at the likelihood of being in surgery when the network goes down, or the surgeon gets hacked, it's pretty much negligible.
Not for that one unlucky guy... Someone will be there.
So my "follow the money" joke, really should be this. IF the people in charge are asking for it, find and suggest a solution that can do it safely. If they are not willing to pay for your solution, find another, albeit less safe solution and present it with a list of assumed risks. Rinse and repeat until you have a solution they are willing to pay for with risks they are accepting, then do that.
They want easy, and cheap. That limits you slightly...
Idjuts who try to respond with non-lethal force often find that the other side isnt always that considerate.
I deploy pepper spray with my off hand, strong hand on my handgun.