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The software conspiracy : why software companies put out faulty products, how they can hurt you, and what you can do about it
Minasi, Mark, 1959-
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New York : McGraw-Hill, [2000]

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xvi, 272 pages ; 24 cm
When some bugs bite, they kill -- Why are there bugs? -- It doesn't tak a genius, it just takes a process -- Software and the law -- Bugs and the country -- fighting back.
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Author Notes

Mark Minasi wrote his first computer program in 1973. As a computer journalist over the past twenty years, he has been a columnist for such magazines as BYTE, Windows NT Magazine, Nikkei NT, and Compute, and a contributor to Computerworld, Teleconnect, Programmer's Journal and Computer Language. He is the author of thirteen technical books on computers, with over a million and a half sold worldwide in 12 languages. He regularly speaks about the computer industry at computer conferences and to the national media. He lives in Virginia's Tidewater area.

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Library Journal Review

Modern airliners, automobiles, and defense systems rely on software to operate. This mission-critical software is often plagued by serious defects or bugs, and when some bugs bite, they kill. Building on that theme, computer journalist Minasi reveals the true cost to business and society of flaws in mainstream software. He examines software bugs in detail, pointing out common defects and providing commonsense advice on how to cope with software we rely on daily. Minasi also explodes the myth that "it's impossible to write software without bugs"Äa myth he alleges many software firms want us to believeÄand he warns about proposed changes to laws that would allow a software firm to sell a dangerously flawed or completely useless application and leave no recourse for victims of its failure. Offering step-by-step advice on what consumers can do to help solve the problem of buggy software, he concludes by presenting potential future scenarios, good and bad, and the consequences that could result from inaction. A call to arms for software consumers and a warning to the industry, this is a worthwhile purchase for most libraries.ÄJoe J. Accardi, Northeastern Illinois Univ. Lib., Chicago (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Introductionp. xiii
1. When Some Bugs Bite, They Killp. 1
2. Why Are There Bugs? How Defects Happenp. 21
3. It Doesn't Take a Genius, It Just Takes a Process: Building Good Softwarep. 41
4. Software and the Lawp. 75
5. Bugs and the Country: Software Economicsp. 135
6. Fighting Back: How to Improve Softwarep. 163
7. The Futurep. 217
Appendix Software Self-defensep. 225
Endnotesp. 253
Indexp. 263