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while no system is safe, most are safe enough that hackers won't bother to try breaking in.
I agree with this mostly and that's why I'm also saying that the XKCD message is building a mythology that "...all computer technology is inherently unsafe."
Not because they couldn't - only because it wouldn't be profitable enough in relation to the work it would take.
Also, we have to talk about one-way hashes and one-time pads (wikipedia)[^]. There are some tech that they couldn't. It does exist.
There are manually created one-time pads that have been used to hand-encrypt (written by hand) that no one has every successfully decrypted. There is tech that is basically impossible to hack (with current processing power as we know it).
And SHA-256 for example has not been broken and most likely will not be. My point is that the XKCD is building an interesting mythology off of an _idea_ that everything is hackable because everything has been hacked so much because of developers mis-using the tech, not the tech itself.
Nice! Wright State got its start in 1964 with unusual engineering disciplines like human factors, biomedical, and computer engineering. It had a covenant with its seed schools (Ohio State, Miami, etc.) that it wouldn't compete with them in the traditional engineering curriculae.
...True story : That's what a former school mate of my boss did (they met last week). Eight years ago. And he sold them beginning of this year. He is 52, but of course, he stopped working, bought a villa in Austria (he is from there) and a very nice car. And he is now struggling to check what to do with the rest of the money... I offered help with that bit
A friend who has a website hosted by GoDaddy asked if I knew how to add a shopping cart or similar to the site so they could start selling their products. I had no idea, never having used this type of hosting to create a web site before.
Anyway, I established that they already had a square space account up and running so didn't need to do that bit. Armed with that and some images of the products, it took around 15 minutes to get it up and running with a fully functional shopping cart.
Keep your friends close. Keep Kill your enemies closer. The End