The Real AI Threat?

Lady Benjamin PD Cannon ben at
Fri Dec 11 17:53:36 UTC 2020

You know what happens in early slackware or RHEL if you type “killall” with no args, as root? 

I do :)

It does, exactly what you tell it to do...

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> On Dec 10, 2020, at 4:53 PM, Valdis Klētnieks <valdis.kletnieks at> wrote:
> On Thu, 10 Dec 2020 18:56:04 -0500, Max Harmony via NANOG said:
>> Programs have never done what you *want* them to do, only what you =
>> *tell* them to do.
> Amen to that - there was the time many moons ago when we launched a copy of a
> vendor's network monitoring system, and told it to auto-discover the network.
> It found all the on-campus subnets and most of the machines, and didnt seem to
> be doing anything else, so we all headed home.
> Come in the next morning, and discover that our 56k leased line to Nysernet
> (yes, *that* many moons ago) was clogged with the monitoring system trying to
> do SNMP probes against a significant fraction of the Internet in the Northeast.
> Things apparently went particularly pear-shaped when it discovered the MIT/Boston
> routing swamp...
> And of course, we *told* it "discover the network", when we *meant* "discover
> the network in this one /16.".  Fortunately, it didn't support "discover the
> network and perform security scans on machines" - but I'm sure there's at least
> one security-scanning package out there that makes this same whoopsie all too
> easy to do, 3+ decades later...

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