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Terror Goes Online

But so far, the real world is safe from cyberattack

4 min read

The fact that terrorists make extensive use of the Internet comes as little surprise. But, according to Gabriel Weimann, a professor of communications at the University of Haifa, in Mt. Carmel, Israel, our greatest fear along those lines—the threat of cyberterrorism—is greatly overstated. For terrorists, as for the rest of us, the Internet is primarily a marketplace of ideas unlike any that has existed before, says Weimann.

Weimann recently spent a year as a visiting fellow at the United States Institute of Peace in Washington, D.C. In March 2004, the institute issued his report, "How Modern Terrorism Uses the Internet." His new book, Terror on the Internet: The New Arena, the New Challenges , is due to be published early this year.

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Why Functional Programming Should Be the Future of Software Development

It’s hard to learn, but your code will produce fewer nasty surprises

11 min read
A plate of spaghetti made from code
Shira Inbar

You’d expectthe longest and most costly phase in the lifecycle of a software product to be the initial development of the system, when all those great features are first imagined and then created. In fact, the hardest part comes later, during the maintenance phase. That’s when programmers pay the price for the shortcuts they took during development.

So why did they take shortcuts? Maybe they didn’t realize that they were cutting any corners. Only when their code was deployed and exercised by a lot of users did its hidden flaws come to light. And maybe the developers were rushed. Time-to-market pressures would almost guarantee that their software will contain more bugs than it would otherwise.

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