Geekonomics is overall a nice book to read. I agree with the author's basic point that incentives are important to explain why software quality is so poor, and I also agree with most of the discussion that follows. Even though I dont agree with the strict liability, the legal chapter is still very interesting to read.
So, why 4 stars?
First, the book is clear since the beginning about the fact that it is telling the story from an economic point of view, not a technical one. However, I found a bit annoying that the author assumes that the reader knows absolutely nothing about software or computers. It would have been better if it was a bit more technical.
Second, open source does not fit in the author's plan and so it is dismissed in few, delirious words. "Open source is largely an innovation after-the-fact; that is, open source software builds upon an idea already in the marketplace that can be easily replicated or copied". The book would deserve one star for this chapter!
Finally, the author seems to assume that it would be easy for software developers to reduce the vulnerabilities. Yes, it would be annoying for the companies, but it would be enough to force them a bit and they could create perfectly secure software.
Again, I suspect the author is not very familiar with software
And, btw.. sirebars looks nice, but they are useless if they just report the text you are already reading....Continua