Archive For March, 2009

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Security In An Insecure World

Diebold has apparently gaffe'd their software again.  Their ATM systems run software based on Windows.  This gives me a perfect opportunity.  Recently some of my friends heard me talking about our MILS software starting under it's evaluation path.  I heard a question being asked more and more about government programs and practices, "okay, but what good does this do for…

Evolution of a Planet’s Evolution

NASA Science News for March 26, 2009Back in 2004, most experts would have said this story is impossible. No rover could possibly survive long enough on Mars for a five-year update. Yet here it is. Mission scientists reveal what Spirit and Opportunity are up to on the Red Planet today--and what their prospects are for the future.FULL STORY at http://science.nasa.gov/headlines/y2009/26mar_marsroverupdate.htm?list102569---------…

Happy Ada Lovelace Day!

with Ada.Text_IO; use Ada.Text_IO;procedure Happy_Ada_Lovelace_Day isbegin  puts("Happy Ada Lovelace Day!");end Happy_Ada_Lovelace_Day;Yep - it's Ada Lovelace Day. She invented software engineering, you know. So yes, she's one of my Heroes. (Ada program stolen from a friend... thanks Chris.)

Security Breach?

Diebold Admits Systemic Audit Log FailureSACRAMENTO, California - Premier Election Solutions (formerly Diebold Election Systems) admitted in a state hearing Tuesday that the audit logs produced by its tabulation software miss significant events, including the act of someone deleting votes on election day. The company acknowledged that the problem exists with every version of its tabulation software.=======I'll leave it to…

Gravity’s Angel, The Three Laws, and hitting the “snooze” button

Recently in the news we've seen stories about satellites colliding, nuclear submarines colliding, satellites crashing into the earth, and stock markets crashing even more fantastically. It's good to see a little bit of good news.A few weeks ago the Dawn spacecraft completed it's Mars slingshot flyby.  Dawn is on it's way out to look at asteroids.  This gravitational assist maneuver…