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Delegates at last week's AusCERT security conference found out that the USB drives distributed to them by IBM Australia contained malware, reportsThe Age.

IBM, chagrined, apologized and sent a letter to delegates about the problem and how to remove the malware (posted here on the Beast or Buddha web site).

Regular delegates to the conference must be getting used to this. Two years ago, the Australian communications company Telstra did the same thing.

IBM said that most virus software will detect the malware. It didn't explain why it didn't, however.

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Why Functional Programming Should Be the Future of Software Development

It’s hard to learn, but your code will produce fewer nasty surprises

11 min read
A plate of spaghetti made from code
Shira Inbar

You’d expectthe longest and most costly phase in the lifecycle of a software product to be the initial development of the system, when all those great features are first imagined and then created. In fact, the hardest part comes later, during the maintenance phase. That’s when programmers pay the price for the shortcuts they took during development.

So why did they take shortcuts? Maybe they didn’t realize that they were cutting any corners. Only when their code was deployed and exercised by a lot of users did its hidden flaws come to light. And maybe the developers were rushed. Time-to-market pressures would almost guarantee that their software will contain more bugs than it would otherwise.

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