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Toward a critical phenomenology of closed source security

In my critical view and by argument here I claim that closed sourcing imposes a limitation of everyone's view of the software and fair determination of its properties. In other words my argument is essentially even though closed source achieves ANY properties in software it does so by maintaining a practice that actually limits fair determination such a property can even be provably achieved. There mere idea that companies who distribute closed source (from the perspective of users and developers) can perform a pantomime convincing people that they ever achieve security at some point (in a way apologetic sincerely to the subjective domain of the user) - does not sway my ability to take crucially the lack of actually evidence for any claim (due to the lack of source code as proof at least!) for achievement of these properties, and the constant and almost publicly accepted complete failure of their security efforts (Mac Root Bug  failures, Oracles notoriously bad patching history e…

On the ontological duality of Software and Hardware II : and What it means for Open Source.

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Folks in France had the brilliant idea of requiring software companies to hand over source code for software they have ended support for. Obviously this is done in an effort to protect the users who suffer from needing to use their software. But of course this means much much more for the future of software, and highlights a key insight the French have on the reality of software and how it actually affects society.


Why does Source code matter? Because its all source code!
Computer Scientists have since before the existence of computers argued the break in ontological duality of hardware and software (most recently I think JH Moore's "Three Myths of Computer Science" being the last major blow to it from a philosophical stand point). Essentially they've been screaming at us that there is no difference between hardware and software - no means to actually differentiate them according to the ontological realities. And whats more because of the advent of quantum computing…