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Category Archives: software engineering

Encryption and the Dark Side

– The saga continues … as it should and will. A front page article appeared in the May 17, 2016 issue of The New York Times, by Paul Mozur and Jane Perlez, with the title “Chinese Panel Quietly Grills Silicon Valley: Apple and Others Face Security Checks.” It describes the retaliation that was…

Auto-Auto Driving Culture Clash (Crash?)

– It was bound to happen sooner or later … An autonomous automobile (auto-auto) equipped with Google’s self-driving technologies caused a crash while in autonomous mode. As described in a February 29, 2016 Wired Magazine article, “Google’s Self-Driving Car Caused Its First Crash,” by…

Ford and Google Auto-Auto Collaboration … Oil and Water?

– We see that Ford and Google are discussing entering a collaborative arrangement in order to advance the progress of developing AUTOnomous AUTOmobiles (which I’m thinking of calling Auto-Autos or Auto-Squared), in a rapidly-evolving highly-competitive marketplace. Could this be a dream come true?…

It’s the Culture … and Dead Canaries

– It appears that Volkswagen’s internal auditors “… found no evidence to suggest that members of the executive board or supervisory board were involved in the diesel fraud …” according to an article “VW Says ‘Culture’ Flaw Led To Crisis” by William Boston, Hendrik Varnholt…

Automobile Safety Systems ARE Subject to International Standards

– In all the discussions, which I have read in newspapers, or seen online and on television, about the Volkswagen “defeat device” software deception, there have been few, if any, references to international standards that should be applied to safety-critical systems in general and to automotive…