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PC Security Part Deux: We're all totally Fed!

Mr_SneakymanMr_Sneakyman Member UncommonPosts: 43
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Shocked! Amazed! Bewildered! These feelings are all somehow tied uncomfortably to a belly-laugh. If you've just returned from the drugstore with a topped-off bottle of meds, and you're feelin' dangerous, then this article's for you:

https://medium.com/message/everything-is-broken-81e5f33a24e1

Revealed in the above essay is an unsettling reality: The people responsible for writing the code that (supposedly) secures our surfing habits, social media data, financial data, network of friends and associates, our political views, our sexual preferences, how many pets we own, etc. are asleep at the switch. Truth is that the code in our modern-day operating systems is so complex even the programmers themselves don't fully understand it.

Back in the day, many moons ago, I attended university classes in computer programming. The computer room was double the size of any normal sized classroom yet half the room was taken up by a computer. A huge VAX machine complete with a handful of terminals that displayed green text on a black screen (I wonder what landfill it sits in now). One underpaid professor was doing his best to teach me simple Basic and was failing miserably. No mouse, no games, no Internet, no Google, no spell-checking word processors – just me and the code and super-tight security. I was an anonymous man in an anonymous world, free from our current virtual fishbowl where a spaghetti-coded modern-day OS is strip-searching me daily. Ouch! The computer's UNIX OS was invented and maintained by computer scientists, the hardware by computer engineers, instruction taught by PhD level instructors.

Fast-forward thirty years: My friend Chris is a full-time C++ programmer and graduate of a corporate computer school, near full-time pot smoker and suspected part-time cross-dresser. Is Chris responsible for programming some very fun games? Oh yeah. Is Chris responsible for some amazing feats of programming gymnastics? You bet. Is Chris responsible for securing the privacy of thousands of technology users planet-wide while they play his game? He'd be the first to giggle at that. Chris will admit, for as much as he knows about programming (he knows quite a bit), there are many pre-written “libraries” that he uses constantly but has no idea how they really work. To him Internet security is an S.E.P. (somebody else's problem).

Playing Skyrim in off-line mode is looking better and better.

Comments

  • betatrybetatry Member Posts: 28
    i still have no idea why people so afraid of hackers worst case scenario your credit card get stolen ,even so the bank will refund your stollen money so it's just a bit of pain with bank's customer service. or your id get stolen and used by mossad agent so what ?  just don't send love letter from email to your lover if you are married  and it should be fine
  • DamonVileDamonVile Member CommonPosts: 4,818
    Originally posted by betatry
    i still have no idea why people so afraid of hackers worst case scenario your credit card get stolen ,even so the bank will refund your stollen money so it's just a bit of pain with bank's customer service. or your id get stolen and used by mossad agent so what ?  just don't send love letter from email to your lover if you are married  and it should be fine

    Ignorance is bliss I guess.

  • CalexCalex Member UncommonPosts: 99
    You mean we are not safe on the webs? OMG shut it down! Shut it all down!
  • SkymourneSkymourne Member UncommonPosts: 380
    Originally posted by betatry
    i still have no idea why people so afraid of hackers worst case scenario your credit card get stolen ,even so the bank will refund your stollen money so it's just a bit of pain with bank's customer service. or your id get stolen and used by mossad agent so what ?  just don't send love letter from email to your lover if you are married  and it should be fine

    What the hell are you babbling about?

  • betatrybetatry Member Posts: 28
    Originally posted by DamonVile
    Originally posted by betatry
    i still have no idea why people so afraid of hackers worst case scenario your credit card get stolen ,even so the bank will refund your stollen money so it's just a bit of pain with bank's customer service. or your id get stolen and used by mossad agent so what ?  just don't send love letter from email to your lover if you are married  and it should be fine

    Ignorance is bliss I guess.

    enlighten me then

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