Trying to find scholarly papers on the fragility of software monocultures... there were a few early papers that pointed out the huge vulnerability of massive institutional networks (e.g. the UK's NHS, brought to its knees by Wannacry!), and then there's a huge glut of papers saying that "monoculture's aren't necessarily the problem"... with authors from/ funded by the Microsoft Corporation... they've successfully clouded the waters to neutralise this attack vector on their global dominance.
Great news! US is headed towards stopping tech corporations from forcing their customers to do repairs in "authorized" repair shops (where they are charged exorbitant prices, served poorly or forced to buy new), and make it possible for people to repair their own stuff.
This is great news, and Louis Rossmann has been fighting for this for 7 years.
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Primum non nocere - dieses wichtige Prinzip aus dem hippokratischen Eid, das im allgemeinen Coronawahn derzeit kaum Beachtung findet, wurde nun auch von Britischen Wissenschaftlern in Erinnerung gerufen mit der Aufforderung, von den übergriffigen Kinderimpfungen abzulassen:
Allerdings hätte ich einen kleinen Tipp für eine weitere Veröffentlichung: Das Dateiformat, dass auf allen möglichen Geräten UND auf allen möglichen Gerätegrößen funktioniert, heißt nicht PDF, sondern #ePub. PDF-Broschüren auf Smartphones sind eine Strafe.
I hope some fact checkers debunk this article. Otherwise, this could severely hurt my pharma stocks...
@lightweight And this is the typical story of FOSS in public institutions in the last ten years. If you had asked me in the mid 2000s whether FOSS would eventually be the norm within education, health and public institutions generally then I would have said something like "it will take a lot of work, but eventually yes, of course", due to all the usual price, quality and sovereignty arguments. But time has proven that kind of view to be naive. It underestimates the power of lobbying and the very close revolving-door relationship between public institutions and large corporations.
It's not that the people running the institutions are all fools who don't know anything about software (though some are), it's that in the current political economy there is very little difference between the business interests of megacorporations and the "decision makers" in governments. Their interests are closely intertwined.
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@unlofl @lightweight the security community have been bitching recently about the 'attack surface' FOSS presents but that is minor compared to the attack surface MS has been for the last thirty years.
Moving the crap off the desktop into Azure has not made it any better... you might have removed the requirement to continually upgrade the local systems but when MS fucks up their routing tables half the planet goes offline.
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