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“You Wouldn’t Get On A Plane Built By Software Developers”

So says Oracle Security chief Ann Davidson.  Speaking at the WWW2006 conference in Edinburgh, she derides the software industry for a culture of “patch, patch, patch”, and takes on the hacker industry over the questionable tactic of holding vendors hostage when vulnerabilities have been found.

It’s a good message, but she should skip trotting out the tired old shibboleths about planes and bridges.  After all, as anyone in the aircraft industry will tell you, you can’t fly a modern plane without software.  It’s just built to a different standard, such as not designed to be updated by end users, for instance. 

Or, perhaps Ann should give up flying altogether.

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