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Comment Re:We're all giant security flaws from birth (Score 1) 79

Same applies to much of IT - without electricity(food), it stops, without cooling(special care), it slows or stops, without careful nurturing in a special environment (alpha testing in a closed system), it won't mature (grow).

And yet, short of death or severe damage to certain parts, we're self-healing without completely halting basic operations - you can break an arm and still walk, and we have redundancy - you can lose a kidney and still pee, you can lose an eye and still see.

It's scary because it's our *lives* that are under threat, not our access to facebook.

"Your computer crashed? Reboot it. If it keeps happening, call a specialist or replace it."

"Your pacemaker crashed? You're dead."

Also, terrorists. What's to stop IS from doing it once or twice (or as many times as they can), killing someone by faulting their pacemaker, and claiming publicly "We killed him!"

We shouldn't underestimate the public panic that could cause. Look at what's happened to many of your "freedoms" since 9/11.

Comment Re:Wait, what? (Score 1) 348

Tell that to the CFO at my last employer.

Disclaimer - I recommended changes to nearly all of this:

This was in the Windows95 days. AUD$97 million budget, data fed to a master excel file from linked files in each department. Of course it was IT's fault when excel crashed and corrupted his master file, despite having told him that excel was not up to the job. He ordered a new laptop with more memory.

There was definitely a sense of schadenfraude some years later when he was "named" in an auditor's report. For those not in Oz, being named in an auditor's report is one step away from prosecution.

Comment Re:What is Justice (Score 1) 287

True. So will the police officer/s who broke the law to obtain this evidence illegally be prosecuted? Not likely.

So that's two actual failures of justice. Justice in this case case has been done (rejecting evidence obtained illegally), but has twice NOT been "seen to be done". Who/what will be done to redress this failure? Sweet F.A.

Will the girl be able to achieve some form of justice through a civil case? Maybe.

Maybe she should, as another poster suggested, sue the police for fucking up the case?

Comment Re:Lie down with pigs..... (Score 2) 129

To be fair to IBM, Qld Health signed off every stage of the project, and:

It was mostly the fault of the senior public servants involved.

My involvement with IBM in Queensland in the mid-to-late 1980s and early 90s taught me a few things:

1. IBM solutions cost a lot more than other peoples' solutions
2. IBM at its best was a thoroughly professional and competent group of people
3. IBM at its worst is still expensive

Comment Re:if by "plant" (Score 1) 215

I'm out of mod points, but that was very informative, thanks. Some of it I knew, e.g. multiple stages, but your last sentence says it all. It doesn't matter how badly you want something, if nature/physics says no, then all you can do is stamp your foot and execute some generals.

They seem to think that getting to the moon just takes a bigger version of what they've already got, i.e. barely functioning missiles.

BTW did anyone see the recent bonhams "space history" auction? It included a shuttle guidance computer! It was stamped "ground only" but what a buzz to own one of those!

Comment Re:Just a matter of time now. (Score 1) 129

It's certainly painting a target on the system/s. Someone, somewhere will try.

OTOH, they seem to take security seriously. Recently introduced two-factor authentication via user ID, password (mine's > 12 characters), plus another code sent via SMS, all to get into my own accounts for taxation, family benefits, etc.

People are upset that they're keeping personal information this time - previously it was discarded. The personal info is supposedly going to be kept on separate systems from the rest of it, so I believe it will be of lesser interest to third parties such as advertisers.

Comment Re: 99% of those (Score 1) 272

I build generic PCs for customers, maybe 1 or 2 a month. They all come in parts, and I put them together, and I install Windows 7 Pro - yes, it's still available in OEM packaging. It gets me to a usable desktop, then I put in the manufacturer's driver CD, and it installs all the chipset drivers, audio drivers + software, video drivers + software, NIC drivers + software, optional software such as Acrobat (but I decline the McAfee/Norton trial, and install Avira instead). Then I deliver the computer to the customer, and I get paid. I can't recall a time when it didn't just work. I had a PSU that was DOA, but that doesn't count.

On the other hand, I like try out all sorts of GNU/Linux distros, mostly as guests in VirtualBox, to see how well they work, whether I like the look and feel, etc.

Mint - worked, but I don't like Cinnamon
Ubuntu Studio on bare metal - at least three of the included Audio packages wouldn't even start (Hydrogen and two others)
Debian/KDE - nice, no showstoppers, quite stable
Debian minimal (text mode, no X) - fast for processing video using ffmpeg
Fedora Design Suite - crashed during install, didn't bother taking it further
Gentoo from source - because I was bored. Fun, though, and a good way to learn about some fundamentals
TinyCore on a USB stick - excellent for recovering data from drives with corrupted Windows boot sector

In short, I've never had a Win 7 installation that wasn't usable within 1 hour of starting. Sometimes GNU/Linux "just works", and sometimes it doesn't. Don't really care, I'll keep selling Win 7 as long as I can legally get it. Maybe Debian with a Win 7 theme will be a good replacement.

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