Who will pay for it?
Posted Oct 31, 2011 7:59 UTC (Mon) by khim
In reply to: The embedded long-term support initiative
Parent article: The embedded long-term support initiative
Surely the answer is to stop relying on updates and patching to fix security holes after the fact.
I doubt it.
The software needs to be designed so that you know with reasonable certainty that it is secure as shipped, and further measures need to be in place to make sure that even if there is a vulnerability in one part of the system, it doesn't matter much.
Do you propose a new law? What measures do you propose to make sure software development will not move to other, more liberal, countries?
Because without government mandate any company which will try this approach will just go bancrupt (by the time it'll release anything market will move to the "next big thing") so you'll need something big to make it happen. Do you really believe bureaucracy struggles over such mandates (this what will actually happen, I doubt quiality of the software itself will grow all that much) will actually make your life easier or better?
This would not be acceptable in any other industry.
Are you sure? From what I'm seeing other industries view this as a problem not as an achievement and move to "built-in computer with updates" model where they can. Sure, centuries-old industries are too conservative to eploy such ideas, but other, newer, industries... mobile phones, TV sets, blu-ray players and so on: they all switched from "what you buy is what you'll use till device will die" to "we'll fix any bugs later" model - and I'm sure other industries will follow.
Yes, recalls and field modifications do happen, but they are the exception and considered an embarassment for the company that shipped a faulty product.
They were exceptions and were considered as embarassment because they severely affected the bottom line. Now, when they are cheap... situation is changing. Sure, we'll not see upgradeable car computers any time soon (because cars have a lot of legal requirements around them), but "entertainment centers" in cars soon will surely follow the same model. Actually they were replaceable for a very long time so you can view them as precursors of today's "ship then fix" model...
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