And this is news for nerds how?
As does this Mazda 2 prototype with 0.33 litre rotary engine. http://www.autonews.com/articl...
I wonder, was that sample of people take from a single city/state/country whatever?
Generalising this to a study of, "People" might be more than a little misleading...
The title (of both the slashdot post and the original article) is misleading.
The article cites one Eugene Spatford who observes that, "software makers churn out products riddled with vulnerabilities." That's not the security industry's fault.
He goes on to tell us that law enforcement is inadequately equipped and that criminals protect themselves by bribing government officials. That's not the security industry's fault either.
Of the tools the security industry does use regularly he says that, "We’re using all these tools on a regular basis because the underlying software isn’t trustworthy." Again that's not the security industry at fault.
And the solution?
"... an investment in computer programming education and a major move by software manufacturers to embed software security concepts early into the development process."
Sounds reasonable to me. Also sounds like a task for the software development community generally, NOT just those specialising in security.
... it's just the way people use it.
Perl was designed as a powerful, flexible, loosely typed scripting language for munging text files and streams, and that's exactly what it is.
It's great for those scripts that you write for a particular task and never use again after the few days it was necessary. It's also good for writing glue code on occasion, to tie the inputs and outputs of other applications together, and when shell scripting just won't quite cut it.
The trouble was that it was such a useful scripting language people started writing applications in it. Then they had to jump on the object-oriented bandwagon, which was done clumsily. Sort of like gluing a dog to your horse so it can fetch. And yes, it can be difficult to read, but it doesn't have to be.
Use Perl for the tasks it was originally designed for. If you're going to write real applications, use a more appropriate language. Don't kick your dog because he can't sing.
What's surprising is that the same people who look down their noses at Wikipedia probably believe that the Encyclopedia Britannica was an accurate source of unbiased information.
There have been serious studies of the reliability of wikipedia as a reference compared with the Encyclopedia Britannica at least.
Although I am aware of irony of Wikipedia as a reference for the reliability of Wikipedia...
Interesting. Illinois police certainly do have a repuation. I'm not actually from the U.S.A. but nevertheless Amnesty International sends me emails about petitions such as this one about the Chicago police .
Sorry if that looks like a shameless plug for Amnesty International (well I guess it is) but WTH, they do good work.
The bar itself is illusory. Intelligence is not a discrete quantized quality, and certainly not binary in nature. It's a continuum. There won't be a point in time where "real" artificial intelligence is created.
One day we will stop arguing whether true artificial intelligence can be created and start arguing about when it happened.
He gives a checklist of what to look for when evaluating any system for trustworthiness, chock full of fascinating historical examples.
These include NASA opting for a simpler, but more reliable chip; the Terry Childs case; and even an 18th century "semaphore telegraph" that was a very early example of steganographic cryptography.
FTA: "Detecting an anomaly is one thing, but following up on what you've detected is at least as important. In the early days of the Internet, Cliff Stoll, then a graduate student at Lawrence Berkeley Laboratories in California, noticed a 75-cent accounting error on some computer systems he was managing. Many would have ignored it, but it bothered him enough to track it down. That investigation led, step by step, to the discovery of an attacker named Markus Hess, who was arrested, tried, and convicted of espionage and selling information to the Soviet KGB.""
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