In case of TL;DR, I'll post a totally inappropriate summary of the article here, with words and sentences taken out-of-context to make my point. So here goes:
Recent workshop organized by the Ford and Sloan Foundations, showed that Y2K-type concerns are far from over.
The base of all this is open-source code.
The Network Time Protocol, or NTP is invented by David Mills. It’s not stable. The entire NTP relies on the sole effort of a 61-year-old Harlan Stenn who is working on a shoestring budget and has pretty much volunteered his own time for the last 30 years.
Yup. Sounds pretty bad. Based on that, a second Y2K is going to hit us any time soon! Also, I think that because given the above proof, all software should be as closed source as possible! NOOOOOOT!
Now, I'm asking you, yes you!, the reader of this blog post, to think this a bit.
To help your thinking, I'm posting some open questions which you must try to come out with some kind of answer:
Only open-source software has flaws. True or false?
Is it possible for any flaw/flaws in open-source software to be repaired/fixed/mended by anybody else than the original author?
If using any piece of software to fulfill a specific task, is it possible to switch it for any suitable alternative piece of software performing similar or same task?
Is it mandatory for all open-source software authors to be acknowledged in an appropriate Wikipedia-page to keep jealous pundits from ridiculing them in an article missing most of the facts?
Must all open-source projects have a huge monetary budget?
Is it mandatory for any self-respecting open-source project to fulfill any incoming user requests immediately?
... even if there are no known bugs and all the necessary functionality has existed in the project for past 30 years and all the new features are mostly nice-to-have?
Does using any open-source software open your entire ICT-infrastucture to a risk of catastrophic cascading failure when an angry author chooses to remove all his work at that point from the known universe?
Y2K was the most horrific event in the entire history of computer software. True or false?
Is Mr. Joshua Glans an idiot, or is he just faking it?
Can I just skip to question 10 and answer "Yes"? His Twitter @joshgans is a brain-numbing, Elizabeth Wolf-style, stream of misinformed and over-generalized consciousness akin to a retarded child repeatedly stabbing themselves in the eye with a spoon. I remember lecturers like Mr Gans back in my university days and wondered if then if scepticism and intrinsic repulsion was just the rebellious youth in me. Alas no. Mr Gans and other self-proclaimed gurus clad in 100% acadamia 0% industry knowledge are just what we Aussie's refer to as 'wankers'.