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Heartbleed Reminded Us that Coders Aren’t Perfect. So Call in the Automated Inspectors. | MIT Technology Review

Heartbleed Reminded Us that Coders Aren’t Perfect. So Call in the Automated Inspectors. | MIT Technology Review.

Where Simson L. Garfinkel explains that any software implementation is inherently unsecure. For instance Heartbleed, the bug within SSL, terrorized the Internet community earlier this year. The main issue was related with the C language Heartbleed was written into. The flow was in a ‘goto’ statement.The ‘many eyes’ theory states that if code is open source, many people review it and therefore it is secured against ill written code (including security issues). Even this theory is not enough because Heartbleed was open source. Instead Garfinkel advocates using C# and Java and automated testing.

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Cellular’s open source future is latched to tallest tree in the village | Ars Technica

Cellular’s open source future is latched to tallest tree in the village | Ars Technica.

This article demonstrates how open source technology can be used as a trigger to economical development. Take a village in West Papua isolated from the world which is of no economical interest to telecommunication operators. Install for a very low cost (thanks to open source technology) a local network. Connect it to the Internet. Create several services around the network with several business models. Result: this rural area is now connected and this connection  has generated revenues and economical growth.