How can you not love Steel Pulse? I guess one way would be to have never heard of them before. They’ve been around for a good long time, so if you’d like to hear some more just hit the ewe-toob where you’ll find that they’re well represented.
Don’t let the title fool ya. I am not high on anything except being alive at the moment. I just like to start the day with some upbeat music.
Yesterday was a stone drag, work-wise. My morning began with over 4700 email messages in my inbox telling me about a client’s web site being under a protracted attack, and when I firewalled some random shithead in Latvia out he came right back on another IP address. That’s a pretty good sign of a targeted attack. The script kiddie wasn’t very sophisticated, though, so another dance on the keyboard made him go away. While I was writing the email message to tell the client that I’d just repelled an attack, another client’s cluster of servers came under attack, and that attacker was more sophisticated. He has a botnet, the bastard. Once it became obvious that it would be a whack-a-mole game I again recommended to that client the same darn active defense I’d been recommending periodically for many moons, and finally got approval to implement it. There went the day’s scheduled work. I would much rather have implemented the defenses at my leisure way back when I first suggested them, but this client is about as bad at understanding risk as most are. Humans in general are lousy at risk management — they’ll expend great amounts of worry, time, and money mitigating some novel but exceptionally rare threat, but completely ignore the much more common risks.
You’re far, far more likely to die (in the US) by legal execution than by terrorist attack. Around 10,000 Americans die each year in wrecks caused by drunk drivers. About ten times that number die each year as a direct result of (reported) preventable mistakes made by health care, uh, professionals. Most folks can’t wrap their heads around the fact that their doctors are ten times more dangerous than drunk drivers, and far and away more threatening than terrorists, because most are no darn good at risk assessment.
Just so it’s said: There are about a million and a half drunk driving arrests in the US each year. There are just over 660,000 doctors in the US.
I don’t take it personally when clients disregard my advice. People are happy to hire me because they believe that I’m smart and more knowledgeable in certain areas than they are, but as soon as the decision to hire me is made they believe themselves to be smarter and more knowledgeable of all things than I am. Naturally. You don’t get to be The Boss by being dimwitted. The client whose server came under attack first yesterday has told me a couple of times that she can debug software better than most programmers because she doesn’t understand software. Her thinking is that bugs exist because code that looks right to the programmer is wrong, and since she doesn’t know the first thing about what looks right the things that are wrong are more obvious to her. Not A Problem. As long as I’m the one writing the software and she’s the one writing the checks, she can “debug” my code all she wants. And why not? It’s hers.
I’d intended to get this posted before sunrise, but that pesky damned work thing distracted me. Be well, friends and neighbors!