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Tag Archives: software engineering

Mitigating the “Humin Errur” Risk

– There is a retrospective report on May 18, 2011 in The Wall Street Journal by Yuka Hayashi and Phred Dvorak, with the title “Fresh Tales of Chaos Emerge From Early in Nuclear Crisis,” which describes the first few minutes following the earthquake that hit Japan on 3-11-11 and how workers in…

Safe and Secure Software Systems Engineering (S4E)

– As you read this, you probably will be saying to yourself, “Why would anyone waste so much time worrying about semantics?” Good question. I began thinking the same way after struggling with definitions in this space for some time. In the end, I concluded that it might be worthwhile after all.…

Software Begat Hardware Begat Software Begat …

– I happened to be browsing through some magazines at a newsstand when I came across the August 2010 issue of Scientific American and noticed that they were featuring an article by John Villasenor about “The Hacker in Your Hardware.” I found the description of what the author believes to be the…

Negative Testing Revisited – Vehicle Control Systems (Part 2)

– If I were to attribute the current issues with automobile systems to a specific cause, I would say that car and truck manufacturers have been affected by a major transition from mechanical engineering to software and systems engineering. However, it does not appear that they have changed their…