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Iran has asked for bids to provide the nation with a bug bounty program. A government announcement links to a document named “bug bounty-final eddition” in English. The Register has passed that document through a pair of online translation services and it calls for suppliers willing to bid for a licence to operate a bug bounty …

  1. TeeCee Gold badge
    Facepalm

    Don't understand.

    Can't their government just ask ${sky_fairy} where all the bugs are?

    If you're going to be a theocratic craphole, you might as well use the only positive feature of the system.

    1. _LC_ Silver badge
      Thumb Down

      Re: Don't understand.

      Remind me again, who turned (and keeps turning) them into that "theocratic craphole"?

      Every time the government changes in favor of the people, "somebody" intervenes and brings the radical "death to America" crew back to power. Due to a lack of Shahs, I suppose...

      1. lglethal Silver badge
        Go

        Re: Don't understand.

        That somebody would be the Ayatollah and the Republican Guard.

        If the reformists actually managed to gain proper power, then they would be the ones that lose out. The Republican Guard basically run all of the major industries, and no doubt would be the first ones to start being taken down a few pegs, if the reformists got into power. The Ayatollah protects their interests and in exchange any attempt at reform is shot down by the Republican Guard.

        And whilst the EVIL ENEMY is out there, they can maintain there place and status by Defending the State. Take away the enemy and they have a much harder time justifying their power...

    2. Sceptic Tank
      Pirate

      Knives are out ==>

      Don't loose you head here. Their understanding of free speech may not the the same as yours. Please stick to what the Ayatollah says and thinks.

    3. HildyJ Silver badge
      Facepalm

      Re: Don't understand.

      I don't understand why this article has turned into an Ayatollah versus Shah argument. Or, perhaps, being a long time commenter, I do.

      One could just as easily ask why the Vatican's theocrat, the Pope, doesn't ask his sky fairy to solve some of the problems he keeps talking about.

      As any IT professional can tell you, the only sky fairy who is consistently effective is Eris, Goddess of Chaos.

      1. _LC_ Silver badge
        Alert

        Re: Don't understand.

        Hmmm...

        1953: US and British intelligence agencies orchestrate a coup to oust Iran's democratically elected Prime Minister, Mohammad Mossadeq. What follows is a bloody dictatorship by the - US backed - Shah.

        1979: Iranian revolution

        The US-backed Shah of Iran, Mohammed Reza Pahlevi, is forced to leave the country. Two weeks later, Islamic religious leader Ayatollah Khomeini returns from exile. Following a referendum, the Islamic Republic of Iran is proclaimed on 1 April. Yes, no pun there.

        Since then, whenever a moderate politician comes to power and tries to do something for the people, the USA and/or Israel intervene (killing someone, bombing some place, etc.). Result: The radical "Death to America!" religious goons get back to power, just as desired.

        1. Claptrap314 Silver badge

          Re: Don't understand.

          You know that https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RPBX47zSktc isn't a documentary, right?

      2. Anonymous Coward
        Anonymous Coward

        Re: Don't understand.

        As any IT professional can tell you, the only sky fairy who is consistently effective is Eris, Goddess of Chaos.

        I offer gifts at the alter of Ada, the High Priestess of Programmers

    4. martinusher Silver badge

      Re: Don't understand.

      When I read about such-and-such a country having laws promoting conservative moral values, be it Iran, Russia, Poland, Hungary, Saudi Arabia or the US, I just remind myself that everyone else is saddled with their own version of Republicans.

      Incidentally, 'theocratic craphole' used to be pretty good description of Ireland. It is probably a reasonably accurate description of modern day Poland for the same reasons -- the domination of society by religious fundamentalisms. Here in the US we've got the same tendencies but they're more or less held in check by the Constitution. It doesn't stop us from having to fight endless legal and legislative battles with religion, it just doesn't seem to be able to leave people alone. The typical Muslim cleric is fairly enlightened compared to the Conference of Catholic Bishops (who think its OK to deny Joe Biden communion because he won't take a hard line anti-abortion stance, or rather 'won't cross that line separating church and state' and do what they tell him to do).

      As for Iran and programmers -- judging by the Iranians I've worked with they've got plenty of good ones. It will give them something to do because the sanctions regimes prevent them from bidding on foreign contracts.

  2. Swiss Anton

    Whose bugs?

    Who's software does the bug bounty apply? Iranian, or anyone else's.

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