atomic_fungus (atomic_fungus) wrote,

#5559: Well, that's good to hear.

Webroot has a meltdown after a signature update. "Signature" means "how antivirus software identifies malware" and someone mistakenly uploaded a signature update that identified a whole slew of important Windows system files as "malware", leading Webroot to quarantine them.

Computer: *cough* *poit* You are having a big problem and you will not be accessing your files today.

Thirteen minutes the signature file was available for download. I am so glad my machine didn't update its definitions today. Holy shit.

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This is an interesting legal theory.
Late last week, lawyers representing the Cherokee Nation filed a lawsuit against major pharmaceutical companies, claiming they have pumped dangerous painkillers into Native American communities in Oklahoma. The Washington Post obtained a copy of the court filing and reported that the companies are accused of breaking laws by "failing to prevent the diversion of pain pills to the black market."
So by that standard, any manufacturer of a legal product is culpable should their legal product be diverted from its proper distribution channel and misused.

Example: kid steals a can of spray paint, huffs the fumes, and dies from it. Can his parents sue the manufacturer of the paint?

Example: man steals knife from a hardware store, accidentally cuts off his testicles while trying to open a package of bacon. Can he sue the knife manufacturer? Can he sue the bacon manufacturer?

What laws have the manufacturers broken? Not just in my hypothetical examples, but in the real-world case? The pharmaceutical companies have not "pumped" painkillers into the indian reservations; I'd bet money that they took great pains to prevent the "diversion" of their legal product from its regular distribution. But by this idiocy, because their attempts to prevent theft of their product were unsuccessful, somehow they broke the law?

The only decent thing that could be done with this lawsuit is for it to be dismissed with prejudice, for being so amazingly brain-dead in its conception.

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Speaking of brain-dead stupidity, why are people stealing radioactive sources in Mexico? This is the second time this kind of thing has happened in the past couple of years. There's only one thing you can possibly do with an intense radiation source (other than expose yourself to it and die horribly of radiation poisoning a few days later, that is) and that's to wrap it in high explosive and make a dirty bomb out of it.

It's iridium-192, which is a beta and gamma source. Okay, the betas are simple; that's an inch of wood and you're fine. But gammas--you need lead to stop them.

"Don't open it." No shit, Sherlock. WTF.

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Hey, if terrorists did build a dirty bomb with it, could we blame the company that made the medical equipment for failing to prevent the diversion of the nuclear material to bad guys?

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We watched Super 8 the other day. That was a pretty good movie. It's nice to see shows set in the late 70s and early 80s. Stranger Things is the same way.

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Well, now it's 11:00 and I'm out of words. Oh well.

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