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MIT's Cheetah Robot Runs Untethered

philip.paradis Re:Military turn on (18 comments)

As part of Mr. Lee's good neighbor policy, all Rat Things are programmed never to break the sound barrier in a populated area. But Fido's in too much of a hurry to worry about the good neighbor policy. Jack the sound barrier. Bring the noise.

11 minutes ago
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Information Theory Places New Limits On Origin of Life

philip.paradis Re:Empirical Data Trumps Information Theory (211 comments)

There are no misspelled words in the quoted excerpt. The error is improper use of the word "then" versus the presumptively intended word "than," and thus the mistake is classified as a grammatical error.

Sorry, I just couldn't resist.

5 days ago
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Does Learning To Code Outweigh a Degree In Computer Science?

philip.paradis Re:Probably not. (546 comments)

I didn't see your reply here until I'd already posted my own, but wanted to take this opportunity to say you brought a smile to my face this morning. If you ever find yourself anywhere near Dallas TX, I'd be glad to buy you a beer.

about two weeks ago
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Does Learning To Code Outweigh a Degree In Computer Science?

philip.paradis Re:Probably not. (546 comments)

I happen to largely agree with BasilBrush, and I must note that your arrogance is not only positively dripping, but quite possibly misplaced. It is likely that I not only earn significantly more than you, but also maintain a lower overall cost of living (even while supporting my family), resulting in a substantial net economic edge over your position. It is highly likely that I possess deeper knowledge in the areas you listed (distributed systems, concurrency, databases, patterns, functional programming, network and OS fundamentals, etc) than you do, and I'm probably younger than you at 33. While I've been programming since childhood, I am a high school dropout.

Instead of crowing about houses and planes, I'm rather more interested in considering how I might leverage my present position to build an even better one over the next few years, hopefully one that provides even more opportunities for young programmers and systems people to shine. While my "day job" title is a senior engineering role and I report directly to C-levels, I'm typically more interested in helping other employees learn and advance in the workplace than I am in tooting my own horn at the office.

Always remember: businesses are made of people, and there's always someone brighter and/or better equipped than you, sometimes closer than you think. Whether you take it as mentoring or not, my advice to you would be to spend a bit of time in introspection and in furtherance of your interpersonal skills.

about two weeks ago
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The Apache Software Foundation Now Accepting BitCoin For Donations

philip.paradis Re:Why wouldn't they? (67 comments)

Your auditors are full of shit. Out of curiosity, does your organization use anything from Dell?

about two weeks ago
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Early Bitcoin User Interviewed By Federal Officers

philip.paradis Re:NEWS: Law enforcement officers doing actual job (92 comments)

If you had any sense, you'd understand that regardless of the reason(s) you've found yourself interacting with the police, the only sensible course of action would be to have all communications handled by your lawyer(s). Don't worry, you're far from alone in your lack of sense, and that is precisely why fairly rudimentary law enforcement pressure (rightly or wrongly) works as often as it does.

about three weeks ago
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Airbnb To Hand Over Data On 124 Hosts To New York Attorney General

philip.paradis Re:marketing (149 comments)

The referenced domain lists usman_khalid143@yahoo.com in its contact information. I wonder how long that email account will stay live.

about three weeks ago
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Airbnb To Hand Over Data On 124 Hosts To New York Attorney General

philip.paradis Re:marketing (149 comments)

I'm guessing my last comment lost a point due to some sockpuppet mod account of yours. So let me repeat it: "Go fuck yourself with your spam links." I can do this all you like. Get fucked.

about three weeks ago
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Airbnb To Hand Over Data On 124 Hosts To New York Attorney General

philip.paradis Re:marketing (149 comments)

Go fuck yourself with your spam links.

about three weeks ago
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UK Police Warn Sharing James Foley Killing Video Is a Crime

philip.paradis Re:Meaning? (391 comments)

I'll repeat the note that I am not a lawyer, and this is not legal advice. Failure to consent to participation in a production does not imply assignment of copyright. Perhaps you were thinking of case law involving works produced for hire; I'm confident the victim didn't pay to have his own execution rendered to video, unless you count paying with his life. Perhaps I'm missing something here and his estate will come forward with a claim for financial damages on grounds of copyright, though. Should such a claim arise, I'd be keenly interested to see learn of their intended collection mechanism.

about three weeks ago
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Air Force Requests Info For Replacement Atlas 5 Engine

philip.paradis Re:"Amid heightened tensions with Russia" (108 comments)

Thank you for informing us that the term "journalism" has become a proper noun. I'm sure everyone is glad to know "you're" is now spelled "your'e" as well. Do you still feel clever?

about three weeks ago
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UK Police Warn Sharing James Foley Killing Video Is a Crime

philip.paradis Re: The people of the UK. (391 comments)

Aw, poor baby, did I touch a nerve? Grow a pair, jackass.

about three weeks ago
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UK Police Warn Sharing James Foley Killing Video Is a Crime

philip.paradis Re:Suppression (391 comments)

We know where you live.

I certainly hope so; I'd have to rate you as severely cognitively impaired otherwise. Please be advised that I'm a former service member and a firm believer in the exercise of second amendment rights. Have a great day, and if you're thinking of coming to visit, enjoy your flight!

about three weeks ago
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UK Police Warn Sharing James Foley Killing Video Is a Crime

philip.paradis Re:Meaning? (391 comments)

I am not a lawyer, and this is not legal advice. It would seem that unless ISIS initiates content removal requests, the media in question would not be subject to ordinary reproduction restrictions, as it was released for public distribution by ISIS. This said, I urge you to consult competent legal counsel regarding jurisdictional considerations.

about three weeks ago
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UK Police Warn Sharing James Foley Killing Video Is a Crime

philip.paradis Re:The people of the UK. (391 comments)

It's not him silly, it's "the people of the UK", who are you to claim immunity from the democratic will of society, where does this immunity end?

I don't care about relevant rules/restrictions/regulations/laws adhered to the by people the UK in matters such as this; that's largely my point. My immunity starts where their jurisdiction stops.

Your overreacting to something the head cop said "could" be considered illegal. I think if you dig a bit deeper than the click bait headline you'll find his real message was more along the lines of - "Yes we all know it's shocking, but please stop reacting as intended by those who perpetrated this act". There's also a cultural difference in the way the UK justice system operates, as a general rule UK public prosecutors are nowhere near as eager to be associated with frivolous convictions and "plea bargaining" as their US counterparts seem to be. UK society in general is less tolerant of "anti-social behaviour", it's their idea of "keeping the peace" and it works rather well for "the people of the UK".

I'd love to offer you the excuse that you must be unfamiliar with the way the UK treats freedom of expression, but judging by your last sentence you're plainly aware of the true state of affairs. You didn't even do a passable job of prettying it up with your preceding statements. At least we're in agreement that the UK clearly operates under different rules. Public communication of possible state criminal prosecution due to the dissemination of information such as the video in question amounts to one thing only: a veiled threat, no matter how politely put it may be. I don't have to accept that from where I sit.

Yeah right, you tell 'em how it is internet tough guy, lol.

Internet tough guy? I post with my full name, and my residential address is easy to come by. Please tell me you're not so cognitively impaired that you can't figure it out. I'll be glad to have this discussion with you in person if you like; please feel free to swing by the house whenever you like. I do ask that you provide a bit of advance notice, as I wouldn't want to mistake you for an unwelcome guest and take unfortunate adverse actions upon your arrival.

Disclaimer, not the AC, who btw has as much right to his privacy as the Foley family does to theirs.

You're absolutely correct that the AC I responded to has a right to his privacy. I have a corresponding right to call him a coward, and not simply in the AC sense. As for considerations regarding Foley's family wishes, he was a United States citizen. As soon as I receive a valid written communication from the his estate to the effect that they don't want people directly appraised of the savage acts committed against him, I'll gladly act in accordance with said wishes. As for your wishes on the matter, I suggest you print them out on quality cardstock, roll the pages into a neat little cylinder, and go fuck yourself with it. Enjoy, champ.

about three weeks ago
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UK Police Warn Sharing James Foley Killing Video Is a Crime

philip.paradis Re:Poor quote. (391 comments)

Copyright doesn't apply to productions made in the course of a criminal act, and with that, we're done.

about three weeks ago
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Point-and-Shoot: TrackingPoint's New Linux-Controlled AR-15s

philip.paradis Re:From the hip? (219 comments)

I firmly dispute the ability to move faster and easier with a weapon at hip level, and this is from personal experience moving while firing. Firing a rifle from the hip while moving is at best a waste of ammunition which you're likely to wish you'd used more carefully thereafter, and at worst an invitation for adversaries to leverage the opportunity to eliminate you with reduced fear of being hit themselves.

about three weeks ago
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UK Police Warn Sharing James Foley Killing Video Is a Crime

philip.paradis Re:Suppression (391 comments)

That fits the context well enough with regard to certain parties being welcome to go fuck themselves.

about three weeks ago
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UK Police Warn Sharing James Foley Killing Video Is a Crime

philip.paradis Re:Benjamin Franklin said once (391 comments)

I'll add one point to my last comment. Please attempt to have me brought up on charges; I'm not difficult to find. Given your position on these matters, I'd adore the opportunity to leverage the justice system and whatever ancillary measures are necessary to discover and publicize your identity. You speak boldly, but I doubt you possess the fortitude to see your name attached to your statements.

about three weeks ago
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UK Police Warn Sharing James Foley Killing Video Is a Crime

philip.paradis Re: Suppression (391 comments)

I am, however, acquainted with the fictional journalist Zoe Barnes. The re-imagining of "House of Cards" has been a good series thus far.

about three weeks ago

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Multiple Rackspace Security Vulnerabilities Discovered

philip.paradis philip.paradis writes  |  more than 2 years ago

philip.paradis writes "According to materials published today, several Rackspace cloud security vulnerabilities have been discovered. Problems with a Rackspace-supplied agent running on cloud servers have been documented, along with a much more severe issue with the method Rackspace has used to generate default root passwords for cloud servers. In short, root password hashes were generated using a legacy hashing function (resulting in cryptographically weaker hashes to start with) and used the system hostname as the first portion of the password.

Thus, cloud servers deployed in this manner would only consider the first eight characters of the root password significant, potentially allowing an attacker with simple knowledge of this weakness and the system's hostname to remotely log in via SSH as root. As hostnames are easily determined by a number of means, the potential for damage is significant. Additionally, evidences exists that Rackspace is storing customer root passwords internally in a recoverable format.

These issues were reported to the company, as described in the previously published Rackspace cloud security pre-advisory. To date, Rackspace has apparently mitigated some of the issues for newly deployed instances, but serious questions remain regarding the integrity of servers in the wild which were deployed using the flawed methods. As the company is a large hosting provider with well known IP space, and the time at which these problems were first manifested is unknown, the number of vulnerable servers could be significant."

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