no 'commodity' OS is 'secure' Re: [Beowulf] Which distro for the cluster?

John Hearns john.hearns at
Thu Jan 11 00:05:50 PST 2007

Steve Heaton wrote:
> This really blew me away... an >exact< copy of the whole live 
> environment. Platforms, versions, BIOS the whole shabang. (Rumour has it 
> even patch lead lengths). It was then pointed out that they're a bank. 
> Money is what they do. Money is what they have. Yours! :)

Someone who worked in the City once told me "When you (a bank) handle 
lots and lots of money, some rubs off on your fingers"

And re. Jim Lux's point about software errors and financial transactions 
being "made good", this did happen recently in the UK.
I listen to Radio 4's 'Moneybox' programme, and a big UK bank had a 
failure in the batch processing system, which led to many standing 
orders being paid late. Anyone who lost money due to this was recompensed.

      John Hearns
      Senior HPC Engineer
      Streamline Computing,
      The Innovation Centre, Warwick Technology Park,
      Gallows Hill, Warwick CV34 6UW
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