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The Security of Popular Programming Languages

BaronAaron ASP? (188 comments)

Do they mean Classic ASP? They list .NET separately so I don't think they mean ASP.NET, but they also don't include ASP in their list of "legacy" languages. I also seriously doubt 16% of companies are still using Classic ASP.

ASP isn't even a language, it's a framework. You can write a Classic ASP app in vbscript or javascript. You can write ASP.NET in any .NET supported language. Then there is ASP.NET MVC.

If they can't get their list of tested "languages" straight, I doubt the rest of the article.

3 days ago

How Amazon Keeps Cutting AWS Prices: Cheapskate Culture

BaronAaron Re:could be blueray (144 comments)

Commercial optical disks from movie studios are stamped.. Stamping disks requires costly equipment and setup time and only makes sense when you are going to make many copies of the same disk.

Writable optical disks often use organic dye which breaks down over time, especially when exposed to bright light. This is often why their shelf life is very bad.

There is no way Amazon is using either technology for this.

3 days ago

Michael Bloomberg: You Can't Teach a Coal Miner To Code

BaronAaron Re:no one would HIRE them, either (578 comments)

just tell me this: who would hire an aging programmer, just starting out, when you can more easily abuse immigrants and h1b's who are young and will work overtime for free and deny the value of a personal life?

All things being equal, I'd hire the older developer who spent the last 10+ years in a coal mine working a very demanding, high risk job, where a fuck up gets you killed.

Younger developer come with a strong sense of self-entitlement, lack of loyalty, and little life experience. H1B's can have the same issues plus a language barrier.

about a week ago

Indie Game Jam Show Collapses Due To Interference From "Pepsi Consultant"

BaronAaron Re:Are programmers really this naive? (465 comments)

I read the bright pink one and my eyes still haven't adjusted back to seeing normal colors.

It was the most concise and to the point of the four though.

about two weeks ago

US Intelligence Officials To Monitor Federal Employees With Security Clearances

BaronAaron Re:Fourth Amendment (186 comments)

The five million number doesn't make sense.

According to official reports the federal government only employ's 4.3 million including 1.5 million military personnel.

about a month ago

US Intelligence Officials To Monitor Federal Employees With Security Clearances

BaronAaron Re:Fourth Amendment (186 comments)

It's absurd to have five million people working for the federal government, who need security clearance, and aren't in the military.

about a month ago

Vast Surveillance Network Powered By Repo Men

BaronAaron Re:Shazbot! (352 comments)

Sounds like the case celebs use against paparazzi.

I don't so mind being photographed (or my property automatically scanned) in public but what I do mind is people making a profit on it.

I want the data brokers and/or repo companies to cut me a check every-time a database with my information is used to make money.

about a month and a half ago

Bitcoin Payments Go Live At Overstock — Two Quarters Early

BaronAaron Re:I don't get it (182 comments)

More importantly, I don't see what is there to gain for bitcoin users. Privacy afforded by bitcoin is lost here since buyer identity is known to at least two parties - Overstock and Coinbase.

Many people are interested in bitcoin because of the lack of central bank control and it's non fiat currency nature.

about 3 months ago

Anonymous Member Sentenced For Joining DDoS Attack For One Minute

BaronAaron Re:No, the worst part was joining in the attack (562 comments)

Yes, a crime is a crime, but if we are going to build analogies with real world crimes they should at least be correct.

Obviously many DDOS attacks are not carried out by volunteers. They are instead vast hijacked zombie farms under the control a few people. In those cases the term "attack" makes more sense. From my understanding this DDOS attack was carried out by volunteers though. It should really be considered a protest.

What if this guy was part of a real world flash mob that formed in front of a Koch's HQ? Suppose the mob was so large it made it difficult for legitimate employees and/or clients to enter the building? He still might have been arrested but I'm sure the punishment would have been less severe.

about 4 months ago

Linux Kernel Running In JavaScript Emulator With Graphics and Network Support

BaronAaron Re:First post! (177 comments)

Hope you realized you just sent your Slashdot password through some dude's hacked together relay server in, most likely, clear text... Also there are a bunch of other Slashdotters on the same virtual subnet with full root access to theirs, yours, and everyone else's virtual machine on that very subnet.

Very cool post, but you may want to change your password now.

and ...

Just don't do any online banking that way. ;-)

about 5 months ago

Apple Announces iPad Air

BaronAaron Re:Why is iPad so much better than iPhone? (471 comments)

The OP said the iPad seem so much better then anything out there.

My point is both tablets are in the same class. Not arguing the new iPad edges out the competition. It should, it's the newest high end tablet, but it's not revolutionary or anything. It will quickly lose the spec crown when the next round of high end Android tablets come out.

about 6 months ago

Apple Announces iPad Air

BaronAaron Re:Why is iPad so much better than iPhone? (471 comments)

The SXTZ display: 10.1". iPad Air display: 9.7"

If you won't care about the extra 128x336 pixels, I won't care about the extra 0.4 inches... Or the likely $100 price difference...

about 6 months ago

Gravity: Can Film Ever Get the Science Right?

BaronAaron Re:It CAN be done (but not always is a good idea). (438 comments)

4. Once Clooney is hanging off Bullocks, they have stopped relative to the station, which means they have achieved orbital speed, but the movie needs a heroic sacrifice, so...

Another gaffe you got right. I noticed this immediately when watching. Clooney should've bounced back towards the station after the slack in the tether and the parachute lines had been taken up. There was no force acting on him to pull him away, so he shouldn't have been lost.

The parachute line never really went tight. I noticed the line was slipping both from Bullocks foot and the IIS the whole time. The line slowed their momentum from the station but I got the impression they were still both drifting away until Clooney's sacrifice.

Why Clooney untethering himself from Bullocks reversed her momentum is confusing though. It would have made more sense if they pushed off each other sending her back towards the station and him into space.

about 6 months ago

Silent Circle Follows Lavabit By Closing Encrypted E-mail Service

BaronAaron Re:Distributed Mail (470 comments)

Running a mail server from home is near impossible on most ISPs. The majority of ISPs block incoming traffic, and in some cases even outgoing traffic, on port 25 (SMTP). Even if you can get around this using alternate ports, chances are your ISPs IP range is blanket blacklisted by most anti-spam lists.

Your best bet for privacy and control of your e-mail would be to setup a collocated or rented server. You'll have to configure some sort of encryption for your e-mail messages in case the data center gets raided and the servers/hard drives confiscated.

In the end, your SMTP traffic can still be sniffed acrossed the network anyway, since most SMTP traffic is unencrypted.

about 8 months ago

Obamacare Exchanges Months Behind In Testing IT Data Security

BaronAaron Re:What a clusterf**k. (398 comments)

Most states force car insurance. You can choose not to have a driver's license, but unless you live in a major metro area driving is a requirement to earn a living.

about 8 months ago

Liberal Saudi Web Forum Founder Sentenced To 600 Lashes and 7 Years In Prison

BaronAaron Re:A prime example (506 comments)

or the aliens live a very long time.

about 9 months ago


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