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February 09, 2003

Set a thief ...

Once upon a time there was a popular theory that suggested "set a thief to catch a thief". As mentioned in a comment last week by Blaine, there has been some discussion about the very strange suggestion that Microslosh is going to be teaching "Programming & Security" to undergraduates at a number of universities.

On second thoughts, this is not really the same thing. The thief idea is based on finding a very good thief who can then catch other thieves. The Microslosh idea is based on the premise that you take someone with absolutely no idea whatsoever (as demonstrated by a complete inability to write secure code) and use them to terrify undergraduates into thinking that this is normal!

What next? Teaching CompSci students to use Microslosh tools and systems instead of writing their own?

[Put on white beard, stoop and add quaver to voice] I can remember when I went to uni ... and it was a real uni ... not one of these jumped up CAE thingys ... and we only had a PDP to play on and there were hundreds of us fighting to use VT100s ... lovely screens ... when I was in third year I got to use an orange one instead of a green one ... that's the colour of the text not the case ... now where was I? ... Oh yes, I was rambling pointlessly.

Posted by Peskie at February 9, 2003 12:00 PM