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Category Archives: software engineering

IoTR, IoTA, Cybersecurity and Safety

– John Markoff wrote a column “Shhh! That Helpful Robot May Pose a Security Risk” on page B6 of the March 2, 2017 New York Times, in which he warned that the security firm, IOActive, had uncovered “[s]ignificant security flaws … in an examination of six home and industrial robots,”…

Do You Care One IoTA? You Should!

– Although you may want to admit it, it is true that your automobile is becoming a “thing” as far as the Internet is concerned. Self-driving vehicles are placed firmly within the Internet of Things (IoT), so why not create a subcategory, IoTA, the Internet of Things Automotive? After all, the…

Auto Autos—Take the Fork

– “When you come to a fork in the road, take it” is a saying made famous by the late, great Yogi Berra. It came to mind when I saw an article “Self-driving cars reach a fork in the road, and automakers take different routes” by Ashley Halsey III and Michael Laris in the August 24, […]…

Team Communications—Same Tune, Different Song

– There’s an interesting article in the September 2016 issue of the Communications of the ACM by Kate Matsudaira with the title “Bad Software Architecture Is a People Problem: When people don’t work well together they make bad decisions.” The article essentially describes many issues with…

Ron Ross and a “New” Approach to Cybersecurity

– No sooner had I finished my latest “Are We Secure?” piece than I read an August 23, 2016 article on Fedscoop by Shaun Waterman with the title “New Approach Needed to IT, Says NIST’s Top Cyber Scientist,” which you can find at…