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Sam Newman
Speaker and the author of a book on microservices.
microservices  people  homepage 
yesterday by adambyrtek
19 reasons this “survival” story smells fishy
So let’s start with some morons in a boat!

No politics here (though I’m sure if you squint you can find a way to accuse me of racism or sexism or something), just me and my lifetime of sailing experience, including nearly five years living on a boat, against these two idiots.

Those two are named Jennifer Appel and Tasha Fuiava, and their story has been everywhere recently. Here’s their account of what happened, in brief:

They set off from Hawaii in May of this year, bound for Tahiti. They were caught in a storm that both ruined their engine and rendered their mast and sails useless. They were unable to contact help. They drifted for five months, living off of dry food and a handheld watermaker (takes the salt out of seawater so you can drink it) until they were rescued by a fishing boat and, eventually, the Navy.

Now here’s how much of their story makes sense:

They left Hawaii in May. They were rescued five months later by the Navy.

That’s it. That’s the only portion of their story that has even a shred of credibility to it. Now, I’m not going to speculate as to their motives yet, but I will point out that the world of open-water sailing is an obscure one to most people. I am one of a small minority to have spent a lot of time sailing on the open ocean, out of sight of land for months at a time. So I don’t blame journalists for not catching these things at first sight. But that’s why I’m here to explain them to you.
people  science 
yesterday by lehmannro
How I hacked Google’s bug tracking system itself for $15,600 in bounties
Have you ever heard of the Google Issue Tracker? Probably not, unless you’re a Google employee or a developer who recently reported bugs in Google tools. And neither had I, until I noticed my vulnerability reports were now being handled by opening a new thread there, in addition to the usual email notifications.
So I immediately started trying to break it.
security  google  people  bug 
yesterday by lehmannro
0patch Blog: Did Microsoft Just Manually Patch Their Equation Editor Executable? Why Yes, Yes They Did. (CVE-2017-11882)
The recent Patch Tuesday brought, among other things, a new version of "old" Equation Editor, which introduced a fix for a buffer overflow issue reported by Embedi.

The "old" Equation Editor is an ancient component of Microsoft Office (Office now uses an integrated Equation Editor), which has been with us since 2000. That's 17 years, which is a pretty respectable life span for software!

Really, quite literally, some pretty skilled Microsoft employee or contractor reverse engineered our friend EQNEDT32.EXE, located the flawed code, and corrected it by manually overwriting existing instructions with better ones (making sure to only use the space previously occupied by original instructions).

How do we know that? Well, have you ever met a C/C++ compiler that would put all functions in a 500+ KB executable on exactly the same address in the module after rebuilding a modified source code, especially when these modifications changed the amount of code in several functions?
microsoft  people  compiler 
yesterday by lehmannro
Strunzverbohrte Ideologiegläubigkeit: Spalter killen das Berliner Filmfestival “globale” |
Es ist mal wieder so ein klassisches linkes Trauerspiel. Da gibt es mit der “globale” für 13 Jahre ein nicht-kommerzielles Festival, das 2003 aus der globalisierungskritischen Bewegung entstanden ist. Das Festival findet jährlich statt und zeigt zahlreiche politische Filme und Dokumentationen, die sonst nirgendwo gezeigt werden. Das Festival ist ein alternativer Raum für Kultur. Ein Ort der radikalen Kritik, der Diversität und der Vernetzung. Es steht finanziell auf eigenen Beinen, hat fördernde Organisationen und wird gestemmt von einer undogmatischen Gruppe, die sich jedes Jahr nach Feierabend den Stress und die Strapazen einer Festivalorganisation gibt. So weit, so cool. Und gut, dass es sowas gibt in einer Zeit, in der linke Freiräume immer knapper werden.

Was dann passiert: Eine handvoll plenumsgestählter Dauerdiskutanten taucht 2016 bei den Vorbereitungstreffen auf. Doch die Beteiligung führt nicht zu einer produktiven Weiterentwicklung oder Stärkung des Festivals. Die Beteiligung sieht so aus, dass ab jetzt alles in Frage gestellt wird. Das Programm sei rassistisch, die Gruppe homogen, weiß, privilegiert, hierarchisch, das Festival ableistisch, die Filme nicht divers und so weiter. Die ganze Breitseite Elfenbeinturm wird abgefeuert, obwohl die Vorwürfe nicht stimmen. Ein tödlicher Mix aus falsch verstandener Awareness, hochgejazztem Hyperfeminismus und dummbatzig interpretierter Critical Whiteness überrollt die Festivalgruppe. Lähmende Diskussionen sind die Folge. Streit. Es geht nichts mehr. Am Ende wird die globale 2017 nicht stattfinden.
mime:german  activism  people 
yesterday by lehmannro
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Stephenie Atkins
Stephenie lost 12 pounds and an impressive 10% body fat!
2 days ago by maoxian
Call Me Nick
Front End Development and Other Adventures
webdev  programming  people  blog  tools 
2 days ago by flome

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