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Submitted by just_another_sean
just_another_sean writes: The folks at InfoSecurity have quite a bit to say about open source software, how pervasive it is and how utterly insecure it is.

Open-source software is cost-effective (in theory), easily accessible and represents a known development quantity that allows the pace of application innovation to accelerate.

There’s one issue: open-source also represents a vast, unpatched quagmire of cyber-risk that’s putting public safety at grave risk.

Suspiciously absent from the article is any mention of vulnerabilities in closed source software...
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Comment: Re:To the cloud (Score 1) 74

by just_another_sean (#48499375) Attached to: How the FCC CIO Plans To Modernize 207 Legacy IT Systems

Well he's pushing for Open Source and TFA is light on details about whose cloud so perhaps he wants to migrate to an in house cloud? Still their problem but centralized a way that various departments can talk to each other easier where as now they can't because of disparate legacy systems.

I do agree with some previous posters about the scope of this project but I don't automatically reject the idea just because of the heavy use of buzz words (like "cloud")...

Comment: Re:Two links (Score 1) 138

by just_another_sean (#48372495) Attached to: Google's Lease of NASA Airfield Criticized By Consumer Group

Thanks, and for the record I automatically thought it was the editors, not sure in hindsight why that was my gut reaction but it was... Definitely not trying to pick on submitters! Even a poorly written (not yours, in general) but interesting submission should be displayed to us as a very well written submission, period, every time. That's what editors are for!

Comment: Two links (Score 3) 138

by just_another_sean (#48372147) Attached to: Google's Lease of NASA Airfield Criticized By Consumer Group

I very rarely complain about the editors and stay out of the beta discussions (but beta does suck) but I am getting as tired as everyone else with some of the submissions these days. If there are two articles that link to the exact same content but on different sites jut pick one and use it. Having two links just wastes the time of the users that actually RTFA...

* Yes, I occasionally RTFA, I'll turn in my /. ID on my way out now...

Comment: Take away for me (Score 5, Interesting) 217

by just_another_sean (#48316707) Attached to: The Effect of Programming Language On Software Quality

e.g., the preference of certain personality types for functional, static and strongly typed languages.

My guess is that this has a bigger impact on most projects than actual features of a chosen language. I was thinking it the whole time I read the summary and then, sure enough, it's mentioned as a disclaimer at the end...

An inclined plane is a slope up. -- Willard Espy, "An Almanac of Words at Play"