Why the Great Glitch of July 8th Should Scare You
Over at Fusion, Felix Salmon tells folk to chill out over The Great Technical Glitch of July 8, 2015 when a computer glitch grounded all…
I often talk to people at Facebook, and have friends there. As an academic and as a writer, I sometimes write articles critical of Facebook. I’ve also documented how Facebook has been crucial to empowering dissidents against authoritarian censorship in many contexts. I depend on Facebook to keep…
Talking about technology and society as more than gadgets & features. Conversations on social interactions of technology, not just the latest toy or the hottest start-up. Also not the place to write about how to make a little more money or be more productive in your job.
Agree. The current cycle isn’t healthy in the long-run. It’d be one thing if the software was built really well, and we lost some knowledge in the process. But we have creaky systems, and lost knowledge. It can get fixed, but it’s expensive.
There was an enormous amount of money and effort that went to fixing things to make sure software did not all crash. As late as the eighties, people were running code with two digit year. I saw some in the nineties! All that had to be fixed.
It’s true — a lot of professionals have been raising the alarm. It’s just that there is so much broader public discoure about “cyber-terrorism” when, honestly, we would just be better off if we fixed things. (That would also reduce risk of malicious hacking!)