The title comes from an article from Richard Fernandez, and from Harlan Ellison’s classic “Outer Limits” episode “Demon With a Glass Hand.” The premise of the story is the entire hope for resurrection for a long-dead human race resides within a robot (played by Robert Culp) who must survive being hunted by humanity’s killers and time in order to fulfill its programming. This absolute faith in the health and goodness of computers makes absolutely no sense whatsoever.
But hope springs eternal, or The Stupid is stronger than ever considered.
The Department of Defense (DOD) is testing out the use of tablets for viewing classified documents and videos. In a statement, the Defense Information Systems Agency said that the year-long pilot program would provide senior DOD leaders with 8-inch tablets, the first of which was given to the DOD’s acting chief information officer, John Zangardi, in May.
In his article “Governments Are Not In Control,” Richard Fernandez provides this chilling quote from Paris Martineau writing at SelectAll:
Swedish prime minister Stefan Löfven confirmed on Monday that private information concerning citizens of Sweden had been exposed to serious security risks after the government outsourced IT services for the Swedish Transport Agency (Transportstyrelsen) to IBM in 2015.
IBM, in turn, left an astounding amount of information exposed to a number of unauthorized users around the world — including the names, home addresses, and photos of every member of the police, secret military units, information from the witness-relocation program, information regarding the weight capacity of all roads and bridges, and details regarding the specifications of all government and military vehicles (and their drivers).
Apparently, the transport agency mistakenly emailed their entire database of sensitive information to marketers in plain text. And upon realizing their error, the agency decided to merely ask subscribers to delete the old message and later sent out an updated one.
IBM’s data center was in Serbia, which is a very close ally of Russia. IBM will get away with it, and your tax dollars will go to making IBM richer as the US government cedes more and more of its responsibilities to safeguard the hopes and future of Americans to demons in the glass cloud.