Closed-source considered harmful (was: JavaScript considered harmful)

Mark McEahern marklists at
Tue Jan 8 14:04:50 EST 2002

Michael Stroder
> Comparing software and cars is never valid for two reasons:

My point, which I should have stated more explicitly, was simply to
challenge what I considered a simplistic assertion:

  To use a given technology safely you need to completely understand it.

Perhaps Oleg would disagree that he meant to imply that users must
completely understand software to use it safely--and so my challenge can be
viewed as an opportunity to qualify what it is that he meant.  Sorry that
came across so obtusely.


// mark

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