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Browser Security
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Browser Security: Appearances Can Be Deceiving

A discussion with Jeremiah Grossman, Ben Livshits, Rebecca Bace, and George Neville-Neil

The Web Won't Be Safe or Secure Until We Break It
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The Web Won't Be Safe or Secure Until We Break It

Unless you have taken very particular precautions, assume every website you visit knows exactly who you are.

The Essence of Software Engineering
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The Essence of Software Engineering: The SEMAT Kernel

A thinking framework in the form of an actionable kernel.

Resilience Engineering
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Resilience Engineering: Learning to Embrace Failure

A discussion with Jesse Robbins, Kripa Krishnan, John Allspaw, and Tom Limoncelli.

Weathering the Unexpected
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Weathering the Unexpected

Failures happen, and resilience drills help organizations prepare for them.

A Generation Lost in the Bazaar
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A Generation Lost in the Bazaar

Quality happens only when someone is responsible for it.

Getting What You Measure
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Getting What You Measure

There are four common pitfalls to avoid when using software metrics in a project management setting.

Managing Technical Debt
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Managing Technical Debt

Shortcuts that save money and time today can cost you down the road.

The Hyperdimensional Tar Pit
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The Hyperdimensional Tar Pit

Make a guess, double the number, and then move to the next larger unit of time.

How Will Astronomy Archives Survive the Data Tsunami?
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How Will Astronomy Archives Survive the Data Tsunami?

Astronomers are collecting more data than ever. What practices can keep them ahead of the flood?

Coding Guidelines: Finding the Art in the Science
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Coding Guidelines: Finding the Art in the Science

Computer science is both a science and an art. Yet, when it comes time for implementation, there is a combination of artistic flare, nuanced style, and technical...

The Software Industry <i>is</i> the Problem
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The Software Industry is the Problem

The time has come for software liability laws.

ACM CTO Roundtable on Mobile Devices in the Enterprise
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ACM CTO Roundtable on Mobile Devices in the Enterprise

Finding solutions as growth and fragmentation complicate mobile device support.

The Most Expensive One-Byte Mistake
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The Most Expensive One-Byte Mistake

Did Ken, Dennis, and Brian choose wrong with NUL-terminated text strings?

Arrogance in Business Planning
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Arrogance in Business Planning

Technology business plans that assume no competition — ever.

Passing a Language Through the Eye of a Needle
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Passing a Language Through the Eye of a Needle

How the embeddability of Lua impacted its design.

Does Deterrence Work in Reducing Information Security Policy Abuse By Employees?
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Does Deterrence Work in Reducing Information Security Policy Abuse By Employees?

Methods for evaluating and effectively managing the security behavior of employees.

Weapons of Mass Assignment
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Weapons of Mass Assignment

A Ruby on Rails app highlights some serious, yet easily avoided, security vulnerabilities.

National Internet Defense - Small States on the Skirmish Line
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National Internet Defense - Small States on the Skirmish Line

Despite the global and borderless nature of the Internet's underlying protocols and driving philosophy, there are significant ways in which it remains substantively...

System Administration Soft Skills
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System Administration Soft Skills

How can system administrators reduce stress and conflict in the workplace?
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