Subject: Re: rocket science
From: "Stephen J. Turnbull" <stephen@xemacs.org>
Date: Wed, 02 Mar 2005 16:00:39 +0900

>>>>> "Russell" == Russell McOrmond <russell@flora.ca> writes:

    Russell> The bad guys always have access to the source code or at
    Russell> least decompiled software and can analyze it.  What Open
    Russell> Source does is level the playing field by encouraging
    Russell> skilled "good guys" to find and solve problems before the
    Russell> bad guys exploit them.  I have never understood the
    Russell> flat-earth style thinking that suggests that closed
    Russell> source helps security....

"Locks are for honest people."

In other words, open source also encourages unskilled mischief-makers
to get into the game.  Closed source raises the ante for the skilled
bad guys, and reduces the number of prime suspects.

Those who believe that freedom is protected by the blood, sweat, and
Perl code of patriots won't consider that even a reason to listen
further.  But the police forces, who for some odd reason consider
themselves the protectors of freedom, tend to consider mischief to be
a serious security problem.  They have a point, too, given the
prevalence of non-liberals in the population.  The median voter
generally agrees with them.

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