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Battlestar Galactica Lessons from Ransomware to the Pandemic

Source: Hacker News

Article note: I always hear the "You hooked it up to the phone, didn't you? Dade! Turn the shower off! You screw up again and you won't get into college!" line from the beginning of Hackers (1995) when I look at IoT crap, but BSG is probably a more timely reference. Incomprehensible, homogeneous, unattended, and distributed systems(in, to make another reference, the Leslie Lamport "A distributed system is one in which the failure of a computer you didn't even know existed can render your own computer unusable." sense) inserted into critical tasks are an _enormous_ problem, and come with a ton of perverse incentives.
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