And I just have to point out “Jim’s” comment on that story. “Jim,” you cracked me up::

How often will the power grid need to be rebooted, and what will a “locked screen” look like? And allowing a “smart grid” to power critical infrastructure systems (say, hospitals) may put new meaning into “blue screen of death”. :-(

Anybody remember the Great Blackout of 2003? I do—I spent the night on a lower Manhattan park bench. That was caused by a single tree in Walton Hills, Ohio.

It seems it’s not just our financial system that’s built on sand.

I’m looking forward to the press following up on this story and its implications.

Ryan Chittum is a former Wall Street Journal reporter, and deputy editor of The Audit, CJR's business section. If you see notable business journalism, give him a heads-up at rc2538@columbia.edu.