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The Grumpy Programmer has Advice for Young Computer Workers (Video)

Zapotek Re:Transcript... (119 comments)

I learned that many programmers are musicians or good at various art forms. Which surprised me because I was a good programmer and can't play a musical instrument or do anything artistic at all.

Music is basically counting and patterns, something that should come naturally to most programmers. The music theory jargon can easily go over your head at the beginning but you don't need to dive into it to actually play music at a basic level, and after you get some practise and a feel for it, the more advanced stuff start to make sense.

The hard part is actually getting some level of technical proficiency over your instrument of choice, dexterity is rarely useful in real life but it's the basis of playing most instruments.

If you can whistle a tune you can play music, getting control over the new medium (the instrument in this case) is the biggest issue, as the learning curve is highly steep and the fact that you'll initially sound like crap doesn't provide adequate positive re-enforcement, something necessary to any learning process.

Also, the fact that the cheap learner instruments sound really bad and are much harder to play than the expensive awesome sounding stuff doesn't help either.

PS: I'm an amateur self-taught guitar player, maybe someone with actual training can provide a better perspective.

5 days ago
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New Nail Polish Alerts Wearers To Date Rape Drugs

Zapotek Re:A few issues with this... (585 comments)

Everyone focused on the very personal concern I voiced, which is me being grossed out by the finger dipping approach. No-one touched on the very real issue of whether there were any compromises in accuracy for making this thing work as a nail-polish. For Pit's sake I've got a sister and plenty of female friends and I don't want them to get in trouble just because they trusted a product based on how popular it is, due to people drowning out valid criticisms, like mine.
I don't care if someone claims they've found the cure for cancer, show me the data, then I'll tattoo your name on my forehead.

Also, I don't have to have a better idea to voice concerns, just like I don't have to be a master chef to say that I don't like the food at a restaurant.

about a week ago
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New Nail Polish Alerts Wearers To Date Rape Drugs

Zapotek Re:A few issues with this... (585 comments)

That's a good point. If this thing is accurate too that'll be awesome.

about a week ago
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New Nail Polish Alerts Wearers To Date Rape Drugs

Zapotek Re:A few issues with this... (585 comments)

Fair enough, that sounds gross to me but that's just my problem, which is why I'd prefer the strips. Possible compromises in accuracy can be a real problem though, does anyone have any resources they can link to on the subject?

about a week ago
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New Nail Polish Alerts Wearers To Date Rape Drugs

Zapotek Re: A few issues with this... (585 comments)

How am I shitting on the idea? Criticism is how you get improvement. Also, even if I were shitting on the idea, I'm pretty sure that'd have absolutely zero effect overall. You know this is a public forum right? I don't have veto power over the product, I'm just throwing my concerns out there, lighten up.

about a week ago
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New Nail Polish Alerts Wearers To Date Rape Drugs

Zapotek Re:A few issues with this... (585 comments)

I think the subtlety will wear-off once this invention becomes common knowledge, if someone can see you dip a strip, they can see you dip your fingers. Actually, I can palm and dip a strip without others noticing, I can't do the same with my fingers though.
And I still can't help but find it gross, and not all drinks have a high alcohol content, and you'd be surprised what's under your fingernails -- cba to find the oblig XKCD.

about a week ago
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New Nail Polish Alerts Wearers To Date Rape Drugs

Zapotek A few issues with this... (585 comments)

First of all, you've got to stick your fingers in your drink, which doesn't seem at all appealing. Why nail-polish? Why not just use the strips? If all you had was nail-polish and someone came out with strips, that'd be an improvement. This looks like a step backwards.
Secondly, what's the false-positive/false-negative rate on this thing? Were there any compromises in accuracy in order to make it work as a nail-polish?

Again, doesn't anyone see a problem with sticking your fingers in your drink? I know I'm the finicky type, but doesn't this look bothersome to anyone else?

about a week ago
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Facebook Seeks Devs To Make Linux Network Stack As Good As FreeBSD's

Zapotek Re:Biggest troll on Slashdot ever (195 comments)

How is that an insult? As a coder (software engineer/developer/whatever) myself I'm always glad when people point out things in my systems that can be improved. The possibility of someone hiring someone else to improve them for me, that'd make me ecstatic. This isn't about egos, this is about getting stuff done right.

about a month ago
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Porn-Surfing Execs Infecting Corporate Networks With Malware

Zapotek Re:Why porn sites and malware? (151 comments)

Seems easier to setup a porn website to serve malware than a sports one. Not much need for coherence of content in porn, just random pictures/videos of naked people; plus, it really catches the eye.

about 10 months ago
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As IPO Nears, Do Twitter's Active User Claims Add Up?

Zapotek Re:The Funny Part (73 comments)

I don't know who modded you interesting but they're wrong and so are you. My buying a product from a store appearing as a first result makes you wrong, along with plenty of other people quite probably. I'm not saying that I selected a store based on its position in the results, but the first-result shop carried the product I wanted and I didn't have to look any further.

I'm not defending all the SEO ball-busting spammers and pseudo-experts (not by a long shot), but it's reasonable to expect that making a website friendly to search engines will make it easier to find and get you more visitors and customers.

about 10 months ago
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Google Bots Doing SQL Injection Attacks

Zapotek Re:HTTP RFC - Section 9.1 Safe and Idempotent Meth (156 comments)

I'm not sure to which line of thinking you're referring, both myself and the GP just posted a technical remark each. Also (to my great joy and surprise) no-one is blaming Google (at least not yet) and rightly so.

As for the back-end countermeasures you described, you are of course spot on, however it's safe to assume that if you're vulnerable to something as trivial and mundane as SQL injection, you won't have the required foresight to setup and use different DB roles, each with the absolutely least privs for the queries you expect to perform through them.

about 10 months ago
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Google Bots Doing SQL Injection Attacks

Zapotek Re:HTTP RFC - Section 9.1 Safe and Idempotent Meth (156 comments)

That doesn't really have much to do with anything, a lot of DB connection/query libraries allow stacked queries to be performed (i.e. more than one queries, separated by ';') so by appending your own SQL query (say, a DELETE one) via a vulnerable input you can still do plenty of damage, even via a GET method.

TFA isn't newsworthy in my opinion, this has been known for a while now.

about 10 months ago
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Rapid7 Launches Crowdsourced Security Research Project

Zapotek Re:Yet another probing system. (39 comments)

If you don't want people to grab the banner of the services you've made publicly accessible, it may be a good idea to keep them private.

about a year ago
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Facebook Launches Advanced AI Effort To Find Meaning In Your Posts

Zapotek Re:awful (125 comments)

We created life, intelligent life, and saw it open its eyes." We would never be alone again.

I seriously don't give a shit what its first message is.

Initiating human extinction protocol in 5...4...3...2..

about a year ago
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British Prime Minister Promises Default On Porn Blocking

Zapotek Re:The crucial point (311 comments)

I don't get turned on if the girl has no sense of humor, we better filter comedic content too.

about a year ago
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Kernel Dev Tells Linus Torvalds To Stop Using Abusive Language

Zapotek Re:Women in tech.. (1501 comments)

No, I think this could be the kind of vulgarity that some people wouldn't want to tolerate. And I obviously don't know all women but I do know some women and the ones I know would have ripped Linus' a new one in a right-back-at-you witty retort as would be the appropriate response to such a comment -- or just not care at all and write it off as a blunt dude just being blunt. And the same can be said for most of the men I know too btw, I don't see anatomy having anything to do with the situation.

about a year ago
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Kernel Dev Tells Linus Torvalds To Stop Using Abusive Language

Zapotek Re:What about new talent? (1501 comments)

I didn't say you have to be a jerk when rejecting code but the parent seems to have extraordinarily thin skin and a perception that OSS communities are run by a bunch of assholes -- which has been the complete opposite in my experience. So, it might be better for him to ease up on the transition and first get a feel for the project he'd like to contribute before jumping in. And yeah, you can reject code and hurt feelings, you can be the most polite and kind person, but they other party's feelings can still get hurt. I've had completely inexperienced people send me code that had syntax errors in it (wouldn't even get loaded by the interpreter) and who then acted out when I politely told them that I couldn't accept their contribution.

about a year ago
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Kernel Dev Tells Linus Torvalds To Stop Using Abusive Language

Zapotek Re:Attaboy (1501 comments)

If there was a decline in quality or they needed extra talent I'm sure that they'd probably reassess but that doesn't seem to be the case. Like so many others have said, he only gets rough on people he knows and who should really have known better. And as a project lead myself (tiny team, tiny project compared to the Linux kernel), what about the lead's stress? I've had to deal with users being profoundly (let's be kind) dense and completely unable to focus on the most in-your-face things but I take a few deep breaths and calm down before I reply because they're users, they don't/shouldn't know better, it's not their job and it's their first time using my system. But if a long-time contributor who should really have known better pushed code that broke something, then that dude's gonna have it. And, do keep in mind, we've seen some mild and public outbursts from the guy who is managing this huge freaking project, compared to what goes on in private on similarly sized organizations, I'm willing to bet that Linux will come off as the mild mannered one.

None of this matters though since the Linux kernel is flourishing, there simply isn't a problem to fix.

about a year ago

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The true reasons behind the LHC site defacement, o

Zapotek Zapotek writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Zapotek writes "Many news sites have misinterpreted the message of the defacement of CERN's LHC website left by Greek crackers.

Thankfully, a colleague and friend of mine, George Chlapoutakis (also known as DarkSYN) got his hands on a genuine screenshot of the defacement containing the full message in the Greek language and proceeded to write an accurate translation.
The story sums up as follows:

The purpose of GST (or Greek Security Team's) intrusion was neither to disrupt the experiment, nor to humiliate the CERN admins.
Their statement was against their adversaries in the Greek underground scene and the only reason they chose this site was due to it's extraordinary traffic.

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Segfault.gr (Beta) :: Projects :: vget

Zapotek Zapotek writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Zapotek writes "vget is a Linux video downloader for the Veoh service.
It is written in C using the cURL, libXML2 and ncurses libraries.
vget requires no personal data, no authentication of any kind and no registration.
Finally, it downloads the full-time, high-resolution, original uploaded videos."

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