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  • Re: The Yearning

    [quote user="dkf"]One of the best ones is better described as the Demon Tester, as he's got the ability to nit-pick his way through a complex GUI and find nearly everything that's wrong with it. Super-useful for delivering high-quality products, but occasionally rather frustrating.[/quote] Well shucks, I ain't got no ...
    Posted to General Discussion (Forum) by blakeyrat on 04-19-2014
  • Re: The Yearning

    [quote user="Nagesh"]Why do you think Phd is not good?[/quote] Experience. PhDs are almost always hired to give an air of "intelligence" to the company. Invariably, they have the practical knowledge of a wet paper bag. When pitching a product for JavaScript A/B testing to a group of PhDs once, one of them asked me: ...
    Posted to General Discussion (Forum) by blakeyrat on 04-18-2014
  • Re: Ben L's been posting to Quora

    The RealWTF is that I have a Quora account tied to Twitter, which apparently they don't allow anymore for new accounts. Weird. Sorry for the bum link.
    Posted to "Side Bar" WTF (Forum) by blakeyrat on 04-18-2014
  • Ben L's been posting to Quora

    Google's programming language, Go, seems to be the most modern and well-featured language in existence today. Is that the case, or are there major drawbacks that I'm not seeing? The answers are actually quite balanced and good: [quote user="Tikhon Jelvis"]Most modern and well-featured? Hah! It's hard to tell it ...
    Posted to "Side Bar" WTF (Forum) by blakeyrat on 04-18-2014
  • Re: Secure webmail

    [quote user="drurowin"]I usually hear Yanks say "Jesus Marion Christ".[/quote] Nobody has ever said that in the history of mouths. It is possible that the line, "Jesus Christ, Marion!" appears in Raiders of the Lost Ark, so now I'll watch that as research.
    Posted to "Side Bar" WTF (Forum) by blakeyrat on 04-18-2014
  • Re: The Yearning

    [quote user="aristurtle"]But I'm worried, because I keep hearing that the industry is essentially a roach motel -- the only people that will hire you are other defense contractors. It makes sense; if I'm in an interview and they ask me to describe what I've been working on for the past three years and I tell them, "well, ...
    Posted to General Discussion (Forum) by blakeyrat on 04-17-2014
  • Re: Identity Tokens - facebook/google/flickr

    [quote user="morbiuswilters"]then you should be using a session in the first place.[/quote] At the time I implemented my system, I was using a load balancer that didn't allow for sticky sessions. (The one in AWS. It does now, I believe, however I'm not sure if sessions remain sticky even if you bring new servers online, and ...
  • Re: Identity Tokens - facebook/google/flickr

    [quote user="pjt33"]If it's monumentally unlikely that an attacker will break the token encryption then there's no need to include either the password or the hash: the existence of the token communicates the correctness of the password without the need for any shared session.[/quote] Well fair enough, but now you're ...
  • Re: Identity Tokens - facebook/google/flickr

    Where the fuck were you people like a year and a half ago when I asked advice on this? Sheesh. In any case, you can still invalidate the token easily enough-- whenever any of the web servers receives the token, they still have to authenticate the user. (They don't just take it on faith.) So if the bits that come back from the database say, ...
  • Re: Secure FTP access

    I'm assuming when they say "secure FTP" they don't actually mean "SFTP". Because that's actually secure. BTW, there are approximately 4434,324392 file-sharing websites now that let you securely share large files and are about a bazillion times easier to use than FTP. Maybe they should join the rest of us here in ...
    Posted to "Side Bar" WTF (Forum) by blakeyrat on 04-17-2014
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