Why the Great Glitch of July 8th Should Scare You
Zeynep Tufekci

While I completely agree with you in concept (see an excerpt on bugs from Ch. 9 of my book and Ellen Ullman’s post-Knight Capital dissection in the NYT) there is an awful lot of energy that is getting put into making code that works. It’s just not fair or accurate to say no one cares about the problem. Dependable computing is a very real and serious IEEE initiative and a lot of very smart researchers are hard at work on schemes to make software less buggy and even self-repairing. There is also work in DHS to try to assess and reduce these kinds of risks. So thanks for raising a red flag where it’s needed — more attention is needed, but it needs to be done in a balanced way that doesn’t recall Y2K scaremongering or else it might get ignored.

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