Pluralistic: Demon-haunted computers are back, baby (17 Jan 2024)

Today’s links Demon-haunted computers are back, baby: Surely no one will ever find a way to abuse this security system that treats the computer’s owner as an attacker. Hey look at this: Delights to delectate. This day in history: 2009, 2014, 2019, 2023 Colophon: Recent publications, upcoming/recent appearances, current writing projects, current reading Demon-haunted computers are back, baby (permalink) As a science fiction writer, I am professionally irritated by a lot of sf movies. Not only do those writers get paid a lot more than I do, they insist on including things like “self-destruct” buttons on the bridges of their starships. Look, I get it. When the evil empire is closing in on your flagship with its secret transdimensional technology, it’s important that you keep those secrets out of the emperor’s hand. An irrevocable self-destruct switch there on the bridge gets the job done! (It has to be irrevocable, otherwise the baddies’ll just swarm the bridge and toggle it off). But c’mon. If there’s a facility built into your spaceship that causes it to explode no matter what the people on the bridge do, that is also a pretty big security risk! What if the bad guy figures out how to hijack the measure that – by design – the people who depend on the spaceship as a matter of life and death can’t detect or override? I mean, sure, you can try to simplify that self-destruct system to make it easier to audit and assure yourself that it doesn’t…Pluralistic: Demon-haunted computers are back, baby (17 Jan 2024)

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