August 24, 2010

Be careful where you stick your stick

This is a foreboding warning.  Any terrorist group who has half a brain between the lot of them is going to realize in short order that they don't even have to be on a plane to make it go crashy-boom.

Authorities investigating the 2008 crash of Spanair flight 5022 have discovered a central computer system used to monitor technical problems in the aircraft was infected with malware.

An internal report issued by the airline revealed the infected computer failed to detect three technical problems with the aircraft, which if detected, may have prevented the plane from taking off, according to reports in the Spanish newspaper, El Pais.

I shouldn't have to issue this warning in this day and age, but we're still doing HIV education 20 years later, so I suppose it's worth repeating. 

USB drives are cheap.  REALLY cheap.  One of the semi-local electronics stores here sells them in bins by the cash register like candy, without even any pesky plastic casing to wrestle through to use.  Keep a handful of USB drives around, and take somewhat similar precautions to those that you'd take with your naughty bits - if you're sticking your USB drive into unfamiliar or dangerous territory, and you don't have the equivalent of a kryptonite condom's worth of security on your home system, don't risk your wife computer by infecting her with what you picked up from the local slut who's gangbanged the entire town.  Unlike your naughty bits, you can throw out a USB drive without amputation and blood and guts and gore.

I'm going to do you the favor of not hunting down and posting amputation footage from Piranha 3D.

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