Re: secure installation
On Fri, Aug 17, 2007 at 07:15:06PM +0100, Joe wrote:
> >Pat wrote:
> >> Whose responsibility is it, in the US if you manufacture a defective
> >>product legally it is your responsibility if someone is harmed.
> There's a bit of a difference between a defective product and one
> incorrectly used. When a driver knocks down a pedestrian, should
> the car manufacturer be the party that gets prosecuted?
Cars are a difficult example. Experience has shown that they are
inherently dangerous in the hands of the driving population as a
whole. People will die, by design. That's not a defective product,
that's a dangerous product. The car industry knows this and spends
money trying to mitigate the problem, and governments know this and
regulate to try to mitigate the problem.
Software failures *are* in the worst cases life threatening, and
everyday non-safety-critical systems can easily be a very serious
nuisiance to other users.