Shellshock

This bug is every bit as bad as people are saying, so bad that I've taken the trouble to patch the computers I can get to. I have Macs running web servers, so they were wide open. It's unbelievable that this behavior has been sitting in bash for so long without being fixed. Apache is … Continue reading Shellshock

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Worse is Better vs. Better is Better

In 1991 Richard Gabriel wrote a insightful and influential article about the difference in designing software systems in the "MIT Style" and "New Jersey Style" (AT&T), where he termed the latter "worse is better". He argued that when building software, the "MIT style" of getting the design "right" (at the cost of complexity in implementation) … Continue reading Worse is Better vs. Better is Better