Re: New Revisions, New Home

From: Arona Ndiaye (
Date: Thu Feb 14 2002 - 00:14:27 MST

> Mr. Yudkowsky asserts that it is possible to create software without
> any of the kinds of flaws exploited by hackers. The truth today is that
> this level of security is difficult to produce, and even more difficult
> to verify in the perpetual cat-and-mouse game between human
> programmers and human hackers.

Greetings to each and everyone and Happy Valentine's (early or late for some
of you but hey...)

I couldn't miss that one.... aaaaaaaaaaaaarrrrrrrrrrrrghhhhhhhhhhhhhhh !!!!!

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The kinds of flaws exploited by hackers ( y4 w3 0wn v - we rule, hum !!... I
mean hum... they rule ..)are **stupid** flaws which are design flaws in the
first place. In the OpenSource world, securing a box or software is not that
impossible. It just takes discipline, keeping aware of current issues and
constinuously improving security via patches, updates, redesigning (by hand)
parts of the OS and/or software. I doubt that a Superintelligence would
leave similar design flaws. Just because Microsoft sucks at Security and
leave all options by default as : " Please, come in, would you like a cup of
tea maybe ?" does not mean that security is an unnatainable goal. Most
computer users are absolute idiots who take a computer as a perfectly
working thing, like a car. The computer industry is barely 50 years old, it
still needs to mature. Reaching that maturity might take very little time
compared to let's say the automobile industry but it still needs to mature.
A lot of people have very little security problems and that is **regardless
of the OS being used**. I would say that 90% of security issues are **user
issues*, whereby the user has got no clue about an OS, computing practices,
very little (computing) common sense, general lack of knowledge about
computing in general. What do you expect ? My dad's a Psychologist and he
kicks ass in his discipline but he's utterly clueless when it comes to
programmming the video or anything realted to technology or computers...(or
was, not anymore) !!! Certain persons just **block** in front of the
computer, they go in *auto* mode where they stop thinking and just pray for
miracles. People need to learn an discover the tools they work with. Thanx
to Microsoft, people are not ready to do that with computers !!!

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Most kind regards,


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