Computers that can communicate with the outside world are in practice always insecure. It wouldn't need to be so, but making safe, secure systems that are invulnerable against a motivated, well-funded attacker, is usually too difficult and expensive.
If they can influence the physical world, they're actively dangerous. Even if the influence is by giving false data to humans, who then do things.
Think: self-driving cars, industrial equipment, medical devices, home heating systems, and so on.
The previous toot brought to you by a 400 ml mug of organic lapsang souchong tea.
The degree to which non-geeks don't understand backups, why they matter, how to do them, and how to care for them, is deeply, existentially terrifying to me. There is an entire generation of family photos (and videos) whose copies exist only on one aging Windows PC, owned by a grandparent, with a few highlights posted on FB and other datafarms, who carefully prevent their long-term preservation by archiving services like the #WaybackMachine.
open source, exhaustion
I continue to move closer and closer to being done with open source, as a movement, entirely.
I am not seeing umbrella organisations that actually "do public good," and have lost faith in the ones I worked with previously. (HINT HINT)
I am seeing more burnt-out developers than I should who are dropping out of tech, incapable of supporting their families that way without murdering their consciences via substance abuse, prescription or otherwise.
Our Executive Director, @o0karen0o was featured on the most recent episode of Explained, where she highlighted the problems with code that is designed without considering the full set of potential users. https://sfconservancy.org/news/2019/oct/24/ksonexplained/
Ideally it would be impossible to express an invalid configuration in a config file.
"Correlation is not causation"
The Debian Project stands with the @GNOME Foundation in defense against patent trolls https://bits.debian.org/2019/10/gnome-foundation-defense-patent-troll.html
The correct answer is: all five were uncomfortable with regexes. We were quite surprised.
This is why it pays off to do usability testing early, with real users.