11 Apr '16, 7pm

I wrote this thing. I think it's really worth thinking about. original title: "Open Source Made Computers Chaotic"

If you only ever write code which runs on one machine, and only ever use apps which have no networked features, then computers are deterministic things. It used to be a given, for all programmers, that computers were fundamentally deterministic, and thanks to the internet, that just isn't true any more . But it's not just the rise of the internet, which its implicit mandate that all software must become networked software, which has killed the idea that programming is inherently deterministic. Because everybody's code became a distributed system in a second way. If you write Ruby, your code is only secure if RubyGems.org is secure . If you write Node.js, your code is only secure if npmjs.com is secure . And for the vast majority of new projects today, your code is only secure if git and GitHub are secure. Today "your" code is a web of libraries and frameworks. All of them ...

Full article: http://gilesbowkett.blogspot.com/2016/04/open-source-made...

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