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Ask Slashdot: How To Start With Linux In the Workplace?

AlphaBro Re:Lol don't (451 comments)

You don't get me, huh? Perhaps I need to be a bit more explicit: I don't give a shit what you use, but if start spewing vitriolic claims about a given technology, you'd best be adequately informed so that you can defend said claims. In this instance, your unsubstantiated, shallow assertions attracted the attention of a Powershell user, who challenged them. You failed to provide anything of substance indicating that "Powershell is a joke", making you look like yet another zealot who disregarded it for religious reasons. To reiterate: your choice didn't bother me, it was your attempt to position yourself as some sort of expert.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: How To Start With Linux In the Workplace?

AlphaBro Re:Lol don't (451 comments)

You haven't provided a single concrete example of what you can easily achieve with the Linux CLI that can't be done with PS. Both have their obvious strengths and weaknesses, so doing so shouldn't be hard. It makes me question your competency, you know? In fact, the only example you've given makes me want to vomit. You think that is elegant or intuitive? Fuck man. But yeah, I actually do work with servers, being that I do a lot of work with distributed computing. In fact, I specialize in distributed test automation, so I'm getting a laugh out of your lone, pitiable example.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: How To Start With Linux In the Workplace?

AlphaBro Re:Lol don't (451 comments)

Nope, too vain to post as AC, AC.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: How To Start With Linux In the Workplace?

AlphaBro Re:Lol don't (451 comments)

IPC is possible, albeit differently than Linux. Is this alone enough to discount Powershell entirely? Perhaps if you're a zealot. Personally, I prefer the object oriented nature of PS to the hacky string parsing of the Linux CLI. I write enough string processing code as it is, I'd rather not write anymore performing menial tasks. Taking a dependency on a blob of text is generally a bad idea, and that's precisely why PS' approach is so elegant.

Anyway, if you genuinely recommend WSH over PS, you can be safely disregarded.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: How To Start With Linux In the Workplace?

AlphaBro Re:Lol don't (451 comments)

Your mentioning of findstr and robocopy, two tools completely unrelated to Powershell, make it apparent that you're either disingenuous or completely ignorant of what Powershell is.

about two weeks ago
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OpenSSL Bug Allows Attackers To Read Memory In 64k Chunks

AlphaBro Re:What? (303 comments)

What are you blathering about? I was correcting his misuse of the term "exploit". Vulnerability and exploit are often used as synonyms, but they're not.

about two weeks ago
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OpenSSL Bug Allows Attackers To Read Memory In 64k Chunks

AlphaBro Re:ASLR anyone? hype? (303 comments)

I think you're confusing read overruns with more general read access violations. If you're trying to predict valid addresses, sure, you're probably going to crash the program with a read AV. However, a read overrun implies that the read begins in valid memory, so unless you hit a guard page or something while reading off the end of the buffer, you're probably in the clear.

about two weeks ago
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OpenSSL Bug Allows Attackers To Read Memory In 64k Chunks

AlphaBro Re:What? (303 comments)

Competent programmer here. Exploits are programs developed to take advantage of flaws and vulnerabilities, so most software is not "stuffed" with them. Anyway, the post I was responding to seemed to be insinuating that bugs like this go unfixed in proprietary software simply because it is proprietary. I can tell you that is not that case. There are researchers out there combing through everything, open or closed.

about two weeks ago
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OpenSSL Bug Allows Attackers To Read Memory In 64k Chunks

AlphaBro Re:ASLR anyone? hype? (303 comments)

This is a read overrun, so ASLR won't save you. Ignore the guy above who posted about ASLR bypasses--that's not really relevant to this.

about two weeks ago
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OpenSSL Bug Allows Attackers To Read Memory In 64k Chunks

AlphaBro Re:What? (303 comments)

Got any actual evidence, or are you simply going to try to deflect blame away from this glaring black eye?

about two weeks ago
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OpenSSL Bug Allows Attackers To Read Memory In 64k Chunks

AlphaBro Re:Yet again C bites us in the ass (303 comments)

Don't use Java and its shitty VM; there are better managed languages out there.

about two weeks ago
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OpenSSL Bug Allows Attackers To Read Memory In 64k Chunks

AlphaBro Re:Things are starting to turn around (303 comments)

Fuzzing isn't the only way of finding vulnerabilities in closed source software, not even close. And are you saying that source is required for exploit development? That's simply not the case.

about two weeks ago
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OpenSSL Bug Allows Attackers To Read Memory In 64k Chunks

AlphaBro Re:Thanks Jerks (303 comments)

NSA here, posting from another of our sockpuppet accounts. Disregard the prior post; we've Linux so thoroughly backdoored we refer to it as "the bottom" around these parts.

Sincerely,

The Lords of Information

about two weeks ago
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.NET Native Compilation Preview Released

AlphaBro Re:It produces performance like C++ (217 comments)

Have you actually taken the time to learn about C# and .NET, or are you just parroting soundbites you heard? C# is a superb language without the help of the (also superb) .NET BCL. Further, you don't have to choose between the two. C++/CLI can be used if you want to work directly with .NET classes from C++. If you want to write raw, .NET-less C/C++ that is invoked from .NET, that is also quite easy with PInvoke. Your myopic view of programming languages is detrimental; few programs are written in a single language these days.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Re-Learning How To Interview As a Developer?

AlphaBro Re:Most likely... (218 comments)

This is the truth. Apart from aesthetics, physique tends to say a lot about motivation, determination, etc. Plus, exercise puts your head in a better place.

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: Re-Learning How To Interview As a Developer?

AlphaBro Re:Be engaging (218 comments)

Sounds more like a dating ad than something I'd want to hear during an interview.

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: Re-Learning How To Interview As a Developer?

AlphaBro Re:Loner syndrome (218 comments)

I can play this game, but god do I hate it. This sort of mentality creates environments where mediocre (or outright damaging) employees thrive, because everyone is too thin skinned to handle reasonable criticism without creating a massive upheaval. Getting along takes precedence over actual job performance, and the workplace transforms into a giant adult daycare. This effect is most pronounced in larger companies that can absorb the cost of useless teams that would yield nothing if not for the efforts of a few members.

about a month ago
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Speedy Attack Targets Web Servers With Outdated Linux Kernels

AlphaBro Re:Slashdot continues its decline (93 comments)

I don't think you understand the fragmentation he is referring to.

about a month ago
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The Net Routes Around Censorship In Turkey

AlphaBro Hmm (82 comments)

I'm not sure which I hate more: political corruption, or twitter. Probably twitter.

about a month ago
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Java 8 Officially Released

AlphaBro It's Official (302 comments)

More vulnerabilities to sell. Thanks, Oracle.

about a month ago

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