When Bruce Schneier talks about software liability, I notice that I become anxious. Not when I read what he and others say and take it in the abstract. Then I just nod my head knowingly. But I heard Schneier speak and he repeated that statement. I notice that I was immediately anxious, uncomfortable and, yes, frightened.
I didn't think to mention that to him when I had the opportunity, but I did raise it the next day (April 16) in a cell-phone conversation with a buddy who returned my call while he was en route to a geek lunch on a geek Saturday outing.
In that conversation, I heard the coin drop. Then I saw what I was afraid of and also how software developers are no different in their fears about software liability than, say, publishers are about open-media, piracy as a widespread practice, and loss of effective IP protection.
I was so struck by that I wanted to write it up, but I have been procrastinating that for weeks (o.k., months).
These pages are my remedy.
The following materials provide initial-draft placeholders as we bootstrap toward something useful:
W050602b: (latest) Analysis
W050602c: 0.00 Initial Analysis notes
W050602a: Diary & Job Jar for this folio
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