IP: WORTH THINKING ABOUT: THE COMPUTER PROFESSIONALS (fwd)
Wed, 12 Dec 2001 21:18:46 -0500 (EST)
Gary Lawrence Murphy writes:
> >>>>> "k" == kragen <email@example.com> writes:
> k> What test would I use to grant such a license? I'd want to
> k> see evidence of at least four years of apprenticeship under
> k> a good hacker, competence in finding bugs in toy programs,
> k> and a record of published, widely-used, source-available
> k> software behind them.
> Like Eric Raymond ... and the critical buffer-overflow bug in
That's a perfect example --- having a paper trail of code like that is
a good way to judge someone's record at writing reliable software. I
don't know the details of the fetchmail bug.
> Eric's about as qualified as you can get, yet if you depended on
> fetchmail for something critical, you'd better hire a fulltime
> watchman. That doesn't detract from his skill; it's just a fact of
> our lives.
It may not detract from his skill, but it does suggest he isn't always
as careful as he should be. Maybe he's more careful than most, or
> Someone hit the nail on the head, though, by saying that, when we
> write software, it is almost always used in scenarios for which it
> was never designed.
Was fetchmail being used in such a situation?