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The Meltdown/Spectre CPU bugs: a dramatic global case of the “Unintended Consequences” pattern

January 31, 2018
The Meltdown/Spectre CPU bugs: a dramatic global case of the “Unintended Consequences” pattern

Back in 2000, PricewaterhouseCooper published my research white paper, “Patterns in IT Litigation: Systems Failure (1976-2000)” (PDF). This paper reflected research I and my staff had done over several months on roughly 120 two- or three-party lawsuits involving information technology. I found that almost all of these lawsuits fell into one or two of six […]

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IT Snapshot: Chapter 1 of “The Mythical Man-Month”

October 17, 2017
IT Snapshot: Chapter 1 of “The Mythical Man-Month”

Over forty years of working in information technology (IT) have taught me how few people have ever actually read some of the most important books in software engineering and IT project management. I teach a senior-level class in Software Engineering (CS 428) at Brigham Young University, and my students have to read a few of […]

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More Self-Driving Car Trade Secret Fallout — Waymo v. Uber

May 16, 2017
More Self-Driving Car Trade Secret Fallout — Waymo v. Uber

An earlier post here deal with allegations by Telsa that a former employee had stolen trade-secret information and taken it to a new startup. This latest article has a remarkably similar story, but involving an individual leaving Waymo and joining Uber: Uber has escaped a court order that could have effectively halted its self-driving car program, […]

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Post-mortem of large IT failure in Scotland

March 21, 2017
Post-mortem of large IT failure in Scotland

I am currently teaching CS 428 (“Software Engineering”) at BYU this semester, and my students just finished their midterm a week ago. Most of the questions on the test posed a hypothetical situation on an IT project or at work and asked them to identify risks and/or solutions, with citations from the books and articles […]

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Telsa alleges theft of intellectual property

January 26, 2017
Telsa alleges theft of intellectual property

From the article by Jordan Golson over at Verge: The complaint, filed in California Superior Court, County of Santa Clara, alleges that Anderson attempted to recruit at least 12 Tesla engineers to a new self-driving venture that he and Urmson were starting, in violation of Anderson’s non-solicitation agreement, and that Anderson took confidential Tesla information […]

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