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To say that it's "vastly more economically viable" to spend $300 billion fixing insecure software rather than simply making it secure in the first place is fallacious.

If you made the software secure in the first place, you would have secure software and $300 billion to spend on something else (guns, butter, or what have you).

That seems like the very definition of the broken window fallacy to me---but hey, if not, it's still a fallacy.

Of course we haven't factored in the extra cost of making the software secure in the first place. If that costs vastly more than $300 billion, it is vastly more economically viable to just make broken software, but I don't think that was the intention of the statement.




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