We can't afford software with a philosophy, no matter what the platform zealots reckon about security. We need reliable engineering.
The Full Tilt
Stilgherrian delivers an undiluted dose of criticism and analysis of the ways digital technology is changing our world and the spin that goes with it.
Stilgherrian is a freelance journalist, commentator and podcaster interested in big-picture internet issues, especially security, cybercrime and hoovering up bulldust. He studied computing science and linguistics before a wide-ranging media career and a stint at running an IT business. He can write iptables firewall rules, set a rabbit trap, clear a jam in an IBM model 026 card punch and mix a mean whiskey sour.
Apple may be shiny on the surface, but the recently revealed SSL security flaw means that something's rotten inside — or perhaps even poisoned.
Australian politicians of all persuasions need to take a long, cold shower to rid themselves of their Silicon Valley fetish.
When it comes to developing a legal framework for Australia's digital future, Attorney-General George Brandis has shown us that he's completely up to speed — with the 19th Century.
The fastest growth in developed countries' smartphone penetration will be amongst the over-55s this year, says Deloitte. But to cash in, we'll need new apps.
If your website doesn't use HTTPS by default, or if your certificate isn't properly configured, then you're not taking privacy seriously. In fact, you're part of the problem.
Hacked smart refrigerators turned evil? The open-source community has an 'insanely critical' role in developing security standards to prevent this chilling scenario, says Cisco's chief security officer.
Obama's speech announcing a 'reform' of NSA surveillance changes little. It even opens the way for more sophisticated NSA hacking operations than ever before.
Successful online retail requires a deep understanding of the experiences technology can deliver. So why are major Australian retailers looking for executives without the necessary clue?
Australia's new broadband strategy is designed to look cheaper than the much-delayed fibre rollout, but it won't fix the decades of neglect that relegated us to the back of the pack.
Bitcoin's erratic value and irrational cheer squad of speculators are proof this digital currency is unlikely to ever be workable for everyday transactions.
But could the push back against the NSA's comprehensive surveillance with new privacy-enhancing technology be jeopardised by community reluctance for large-scale collaboration?
With the new Wolfram Language and Mathematica now bundled free with every Raspberry Pi, the Internet of Things just got massively, massively smarter.
Eugene Kaspersky has called for talks to limit the production of cyberweapons, but could the result be an intrusive inspection regime affecting every business?
Australia doesn't need the ultimate in hyper-fast broadband to innovate; merely ubiquitous access to solid speeds at a fair price, and the willingness to just get on and do it.