They’re smaller, simpler, probably more vulnerable, and the tools to see into them not as well developed. You Should Put Antivirus Software on Your Phone
That provocative title from Dan Shipper: Part of me is thinking: in some ways, you were a terrible programmer Other part is, well … it’s worked perfectly for the last 20 months and I’ve never had to touch it. … Like most things in life, the answer to what a good coder is, is somewhere… Continue reading “I am a terrible programmer”
Harvard Business Review: Data Scientist: The Sexiest Job of the 21st Century
From The Atlantic: The underlying problem here is that most software is not very good. Writing good software is hard. There are thousands of opportunities to make mistakes. More importantly, it’s difficult if not impossible to anticipate all the situations that a software program will be faced with, especially when–as was the case for both… Continue reading Software Runs the World: How Scared Should We Be That So Much of It Is So Bad?
Knight Capital: Final Berserk Algo Bill To Knight – $440 Million; Stock Implodes Ten million dollars a minute. And it’s almost certainly the case that the software passed all its tests in the lab.
Dilbert on Big Data.
Smart-phone platforms: iPhone, Android, WebOS, Maemo, etc. All are super-cool. But all are also astonishingly divergent in their approach to many of the details. So much so that one has to learn each one separately. My wife (an Android user) picks up my (webOS) phone and gets frustrated with it. I find this particularly surprising… Continue reading Super Cool, Super Divergent
Here’s a screen-shot of ClamWin.com’s main page, as of today. Notice the giant Download button on the right. That’s really an ad for who-knows-what. To download ClamWin, you want the much-smaller download menu item on the left. Caveat emptor.
Google has just introduced its Google Art Project. It’s Google Street View inside the prominent museums of the world, with high-resolution images of each work. What a great concept! Hat’s off to them. I’ve been through Amsterdam three times (stop-overs to other destinations), and never got to see either the Rijksmuseum or the Van Gogh… Continue reading Google Art Project
The SourceForge site was hacked last week, with the attackers going as far as putting a hacked SSH daemon in place. Since hacking pushes one towards paranoia, let’s go there for a minute. An attacker being able to change source-code in any SourceForge repository, bypassing change-logs and hacking files’ time-stamps, could introduce compromised source-code to… Continue reading SourceForge Hacked