Uber’s safety management woes

We shouldn’t be killing people in our haste to get to a safe future

Dr Phil Koopman (on driverless cars)

Here’s a view from inside Tesla by one of it’s former employees. Taking the report at face value, which is of course an arguable proposition, you can see how technical debt can build up to a point where it’s near impossible to pay it down. That in turn can have significant effects on the safety performance of the organisation, see the Toyota spaghetti code case as another example. The take home for this is for any software safety effort it’s a good idea to see whether the company/team is measuring technical debt in a meaningful fashion and are actively retiring it, for example by alternating capability and maintenance updates.

Tesla and technical debt.

https://mobile.twitter.com/atomicthumbs/status/1032939617404645376

And the encryption law is passed…

A debate on tools, assurance and ethics

Simply put, it is possible to have convenience if you want to tolerate insecurity, but if you want security, you must be prepared for inconvenience.

Gen. Benjamin Chidlaw (1954)