Software Bugs

A really interesting article in The Economist’s Technology Quarterly this week about how computer programmers use a range of tools to try and cut down on the number of bugs. “An industry rule of thumb is that a bug which costs $1 to fix on the programmer’s desktop costs $100 to fix once it is incorporated into a build, and thousands of dollars if it is identified only after the software has been deployed in the field.”

Effortless Good

Effortless Good is a fantastic idea and great extension. Simply, Amazon runs an affiliate system which gives webmasters a fee for every purchase they refer. Effortless Good is a Firefox extension adds a referral code to when you visit Amazon so that the referral fee is collected and then split between four causes: the Rainforest Alliance, Save the Children, Grameen Foundation and the Participatory Culture Foundation. A fantastic idea and some great causes too (although I’m not too sure about the last one)

MySpace Platform launching next week

The MySpace Platform is launching Thursday March 13th. Myspace applications are launching using OpenSocial 0.6.

I don’t even use Myspace any more but it was really interesting to log on the other day and to see some of the new features MySpace has added such as tagged photos, notification pages on the front page and of course, now applications. Facebook certainly revolutionised the social web.

Skip Facebook Forced Invites

A bookmarklet allowing you to skip forced invites on Facebook. Fantastic, saves you time and saves you from having to spam your friends. But I’ve found that applications which force you to invite people generally aren’t worth the time anyway. Best thing is to uninstall it immediately but sometimes they dump these on you after you spend 30 minutes answering a quiz.

Cyber Warfare

Just a few musings:

  • if a country launches a cyber-attack on another country is it considered a declaration of war? A cyber-attack could arguably have more damage than conventional weapons: it could take electricity and security systems offline which could endanger lives.
  • Is a country attacked by electronic means allowed to respond using conventional bombs?
  • Given the amount of danger a cyber-attack could cause, should it be added to the list of prohibited weapons which currently include biological, chemical and nuclear weapons?

147 spams

In the 24 hours this install of WordPress has been running, the blog has received 147 pieces of spam. A few bits of spam were even made before I even finished installing the application. Thank the lord for Akismet.