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Paying Into Open Source Computing

by Brent Kirkpatrick

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Equal opportunity computing.


We stand in solidarity with everyone who wants working operating systems.

When Intrepid Net Computing contributes to securing open source operating systems and network infrastructure, we are helping fix all the computers in the first world.

At Intrepid Net Computing we provide computer security by writing as little code as possible. This is justified by the existance of bloated, broken, and hacked programs in the inflated computer programming economy. Computer theory tells us that for the number of conditional statements in a program, there are an exponential number of execution traces to debug. Therefore, writing less code produces more secure and more reliable computers.

The computer science rumor mill tells us that the kernels of almost every successful operating system are related to some open source operating system. For example, it seems that Apples OS X was re-designed around a BSD kernel. Some people think that Linux was a re-design of a pre-existing open source kernel. We also know that Microsoft did a major re-design of Windows in the early part of this century, to add rigorous user permissions, and we can hypothesize that there are commonalities with open source kernels. The hypotheses about the "phylogeny" of operating systems could be tested by rigorously applying computer theory to find machine code that is common across operating systems.

Open source computing, or Berkeley Software Distribution (BSD), was originally funded by the U.S. government in the form of research grants given to computer science professors to implement computer systems. The history goes back to the ENIAC, DARPA, and the early days of the Internet. Oddly enough, the development of computer systems has often been related to war efforts, as far back as Turing's work on the Enigma and the ENIAC. The DARPA network was also a defense-related project. At its core, the open source computing effort is the open science effort to commercialize the computer economy for non-defense related purposes.

The theory of computing tells us that computer security, as formalized in the problem known as program verification, is unrecognizable, meaning that it is impossible to write an algorithm to verify programs. This means that there is no automated way to debug and software engineer a computer program. Therefore, computer security and software engineering are done by extensive investment of human resources.

Recently there has been a serious spat of hacking that has damaged the world's computers and the free market. Many computer professionals seem to have been working over time to repair vulnerabilities to specific nasty exploits. Many corporations and organizations have been targeted by encryption ransom-ware attacks. This only one type of attack, as the DNS infrastructure, the cell phone operating systems, and most end-user computers have been hacked.

The results of this hacking is disastrous for the U.S. economy as we have an increase of fraud, embezzlement, identity theft, health insurance theft, corporate espionage, and extortion. As we work to repair these problems and right our economy, we need to remember our business partners that set aside paperwork and contracts in order to fix problems as fast as humanly possible.

Please settle the outstanding effort that computer professionals have put into securing open source computing for use in our free markets. These ethical professional computer systems people who contributed to identifying, recovering, and fixing exploited vulnerabilities need to be paid properly.

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