Tag Archives: software testing

Another Boeing Software “Glitch”

– How I hate the word “glitch,” which is commonly used to describe faulty software in press reports, blogs, and the like. In my opinion, it trivializes serious software errors. So, when the word “glitch” showed up on the front page of the January 18-19, 2020 Wall Street Journal, as in…

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…

Vindication of Independent Verification & Validation

– There are so many software-intensive system failures and compromises being reported these days that one has to wonder whether the testers were “out to lunch” when they should have been concentrating on making sure that the systems for which they were responsible needed testing. In my recent…

Fail Safe, Fail Secure

– There is a particularly harrowing article about the catastrophic train crash that occurred when two high-speed trains collided in Wenzhou, China on July 23, 2011. Evan Osnos’s article “Letter from China: Boss Rail – The disaster that exposed the underside of the boom,” which appeared in…

Huawei and National Availability … um … Security

– Siobhan Gorman wrote a front-page article “China Tech Giant Under Fire – Congressional Probe Says Huawei Poses National-Security Threat to the U.S” on the front page of The Wall Street Journal of October 8, 2012. The next day, she and Juro Osawa wrote an article with the not-unexpected title…