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Application Development: Skype, NYSE Error Top List of 13 Big Programming Failures of 2010

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Application Development: Skype, NYSE Error Top List of 13 Big Programming Failures of 2010
http://www.eweek.com/c/a/Application-Development/Skype-NYSE-Error-Top-List-of-13-Big-Programming-Failures-of-2010-119831/?kc=EWKNLBOE01072011STR1
By Darryl K. Taft on 2011-01-03

Thank you very to Darryl K. Taft for very interesting information about bugs. The excerpt from his information is below, but I recommend to watch his slideshow on the original website. I did this excerpt for my research purposes only, don’t watch his slideshow for several times.

“… New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) systems, a Skype crash, problems with Chase online banking, faulty automobile systems at Toyota and privacy breaches… The Skype outage, which affected a large number of Skype’s 560 million users, resulted from a bug in the Windows version of the software.
Software application defects are inevitable, but developers have a better chance of catching them if they use enhanced debugging and code analysis platforms and employ Agile methods.”

and some others:
# McAfee’s Glitch: a software update to protect computers against a list of malicious files causing affected computers to shut down and start on a continuous reboot cycle.
# Russian Satellite: In December after the successful launch of the final three GLONASS navigation satellites a programming error caused the carrier rocket to veer off course and lose the Proton-M booster rocket carrying the satellites in the Pacific Ocean north of Hawaii.
# NYSE Timing Error: A timing error on a software update at NYSE Euronext’s electronic Arca exchange prompted an exchange-traded fund tracking the Standard & Poor’s 500 index to drop nearly 10 percent.
# Android Kernel Bug: In November, an analysis of the kernel used in Google’s Android smartphone software turned up 88 high-risk security flaws that could be used to expose users’ personal information.
# Facebook Privacy CSRF: It was discovered, that Facebook has a cross-site request forgery flaw that could have allowed hackers to alter profile information and change privacy settings for individual pages.
# Chase Online Banking: Software from a third-party database company corrupted information in Chase systems and prevented users from logging on. The service was down for two days and had an impact on millions of customers.
# Toyota Electronic Data Recorder: A software bug in electronic data recorders for Toyota (the black box that records the speed of the automobile) was found to have created incorrect readouts. \
# AT&T: exposed a flaw in the software for Alcatel-Lucent’s 3G network equipment, causing users of iPhone4G to experience abnormally slow upload speeds.
# Google Street View: Early in 2010, Google admitted that for the last three years it had been inadvertently collecting private data from WiFi networks as part of its Street View data collection activities.
# German Credit Cards Get Hit with the 2010 Bug: At the beginning of the year, 30 million German credit and debit cards were affected by a software bug that prevented the microchips in the cards from recognizing the year change.
# Windows vs. Linux Supercomputing Flaw: Windows and Linux went head-to-head in a contest for supercomputing speed, but a software bug in the package designed to run the Microsoft test seems to have kept Windows from beating (or at least matching) Linux.
# Medical-Device Recalls: In mid-2010, there were a number of emergency-response systems in the Midwest that malfunctioned around the times of tornadoes and other natural disasters that were software-related. We also saw a number of medical-device-related recalls, like the CareFusion electronic drug-infusion pumps and software issues related to recalled Baxter dialysis machines.

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January 7, 2011 at 3:45 PM

Why Are Health Data Leaking Online? Bad Software, Study Says

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http://blogs.wsj.com/digits/2011/01/03/why-are-health-data-leaking-online-bad-software-study-says/?KEYWORDS=security
By Jennifer Valentino-DeVries

They say, that “Health documents with sensitive patient information can be found in “peer-to-peer” networks, which people typically use to share music files and the like. The issue can arise when health workers transfer data from firms’ proprietary software to their home computers. If they or someone in their family uses file-sharing software, files can be picked up.”

“Johnson says the biggest culprit for data leakage is hard-to-use software… poorly designed programs force health care industry employees to download files onto their home computers, where they are often forgotten. Johnson says that switching to cloud computing technology would make it possible for smaller businesses to have access to software that is easier to use. However, he notes that cloud computing also opens data up to other threats, including large-scale hackers.”

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January 7, 2011 at 3:16 PM

Rules of Engagement for Cyberwars See Slow Progress Financial Times (12/29/10) Joseph Menn

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Rules of Engagement for Cyberwars See Slow Progress. Financial Times (12/29/10) Joseph Menn

In few words from the link above:
“Sources say U.S. officials have held preliminary dialogues with their Russian equivalents on the use of cyberweapons, as well as with the Chinese, but analysts say little progress has been made so far.”
“… cyberwarfare funding continues to rise sharply, as does the potential of cyberarms to wreak havoc with both civilian and military networks.”
” The United States is in favor of an ITU plan that imposes the burden of probing cyberattacks on the nations where those attacks came from, while it also supports a Russian effort urging the development of a cyberarms limitation treaty by a United Nations panel.”

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January 3, 2011 at 9:33 PM

IT Management: Google, Apple, Intel Among 20 Best Tech Companies to Work for in 2011

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January 3, 2011 at 9:24 PM

Posted in Interesting, IT

Data Storage: 10 Compact Hard Disks Delivering Terabyte-Scale Storage

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HDDs is very interesting topic now for everybody, who really use computers at home and at work. I think, that 3.5″ HDDs are going in the past now. We should think about 2.5″ only or even about SSD. SSD is still expensive, but will be cheaper and cheaper very soon. The following below slide show is very interesting and could be a good guideline for new HDDs. As everything else on my blog I present this information for myself only.

Data Storage: 10 Compact Hard Disks Delivering Terabyte-Scale Storage
see http://www.eweek.com/c/a/Data-Storage/10-Compact-Hard-Disks-Delivering-TerabyteScale-Storage-796499/?kc=EWWHNEMNL01032011STR4

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January 3, 2011 at 11:44 AM

Posted in HW, IT