Dark Politics for Engineers: Part 1
“Put your sword back into its place. For all who take the sword will perish by the sword.”
— Jesus of Nazareth, 1st century Jewish Rabbi, Lord and Savior
Corporate Politics Corporate politics: The human behaviors of exercising power and authority in the workplace.
To double-down on this: politics is always the exercise of power and authority. Not sometimes. Always.
Politics is neither good nor evil; but it can achieve both.
Is there a Generic "Doom Principle" of Programming Patterns?
As the software world is reeling over the log4j exploit (aka Log4Shell, aka CVE-2021-44228), I can’t help but feel a little tinge of unhealthy schadenfreude over the Java ecosystem. As I see it, Java’s infatuation with remote object directories and service providers directly led to this whack-a-mole-security-vulnerability reality that Java has been stuck in for decades.
Java Naming and Directory Interface - JNDI Common Object Request Broker Architecture - CORBA Remote Method Invocation - RMI It brings to mind Moxie Marlinspike’s 2011 article “The Cryptographic Doom Principle” where he laid out the following: