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Comment Re:Piss off- text of her blog which was taken down (Score 1) 229

running static analysis tools on their code

While there are some experimental techniques to deal with binaries, mature auditing tools exist only source level (TFA specifically mentions reverse engineering, ie no source code).

It's probably more about mundane DoS bugs. Overeager pentesters find trivial DoS bug and blow it out of proportion (get paid only if you find something), customer unable to asses severity then bugs oracle with trivial low severity bugs which can be solved by proper compartmentalization of systems.

Comment Re:Details (Score 1) 480

To be fair, Next was just expensive toys company where a lot of the employees there were not exactly motivated by the money (perhaps that was even the whole point). It was certainly not consumer electronics moneygrab as Apple after that. AFAIK in that case, socialist payroll was no longer on the table.

Comment Steve Jobs did this (Score 1) 480

To a degree In Next - look it up. Two tier system, 75k seniors, everyone else 50k. The concept can definitely fly, as long the company operates like that from the get go. In the RTFA case the problem was the abrubt switch and not factoring senior employees at all, but that does not mean the model itself is flawed.

Comment Re:How about adult subreddits? (Score 1) 581

Fun thing about that: Ross Ulbright got nailed by FBI thanks to one such drug subreddit, where a redditor posted that silk road servers leaked IP through phpinfo().

Taken to the extreme, the user unwittingly (or not? :) doxxed Ulbright (that is a big nono on reddit).

I imagine feds will never object to drug markets related subreddits now, as it's a convenient crowdsourced insider info.

Comment Re:Well, she was an interim. (Score 1) 467

To be honest it was just temporary curb of obvious legionf*ggotry, similiar happened to ponies and even boxxy. Too much of single topic is simply too much. GG pretty much amounted to raid by angry virgins. Nowadays /pol/ is rocking as usual, incorrect and juvenile as ever. Butthurt legion types mostly migrated to 8chan which seized the opportunity - it worked out well for everyone in the end. Ironically it's the GG who now get raided regularly by oldschool trolls, but nothing large scale, board bussiness as usual.

Reddit is entirely different beast (as it has better prospects to extract profit from its users, it's adequately more censored).

Comment Re:Your biggest screw up (Score 3, Informative) 452

Same problem as facebook and social whatever. And unique snowflakes suddenly butthurt when they realize closed walled gardens are heavily policed since those are not operated under old internet creed of free access, they're corporations.

Old unmoderated media are still all out there - usenet, irc channels, or non-mainstream imageboards if people want it in hip setting. No moderation has also some pretty nasty drawbacks, and suddenly muh free speech types will be offended by what happens when there truly is unrestrained freespeech - trollfest, spam, cp, sheer retardness, anarchy. You can't satisfy a stereotypical average reddit user, all they do is just complain.

Comment Re:"Harbinger of Failure" = Hipsters? (Score 1) 300

Fair explanation, but the criticism still stands - hipsters as a group are no longer hip, theres too many of em. It's no longer few oddballs seeking the weird, think kramer from seinfeld, but whole subculture of kramer clones which define themselves through volatily weird hip things.

The core of the throuble is the scorched earth. Without hipsters, the given obscure hip thing would remain hip much longer - hipsters giving it exposure often propel it into mainstream culture.

This is often bad, when some closed circlejerk is suddenly disturbed by the masses, but by same amount, it's often positive when the exposure is desired. Cool obscure, silly and goofy vietnamese android game? Sure it's hipsters spreading the word. Hipsters and more broadly, the millenial culture of short attention spans and seeking of anything new are the frontiers of hype. They will perhaps destroy whole traditional advertising industry (there will be only professional hipsters for hire, look up pewdiepie vs flappy bird saga), which can be only good.

At that point, hipsters will evolve into their next stage, the natural calling - they'll become hypesters.

Comment Re:What use? (Score 1) 138

> WTF?

Maybe distraction tactics? "Hurr durr we have Tor and PGP, you can trust us now, pls, pretty pls, we promise to not abuse, pinky pie promise, we'll be good now!!!11". But more realistically it's to log IP accesses to key server, so they can make nice fb target address sender home ip correlation maps of interesting people who are foolish enough to fall for this trick. That's all assuming their plan is indeed to replace Keybase tried to do that already with not much success, but facebook has far much better social leverage to get traction than mere app appers doing twitter apps.

Comment Re:RAND PAUL REVOLUTION (Score 1) 500

> Term limits aren't necessarily a good thing
While your argumentation is sound, incubents for life are not great either - status quo tends to get more and more entrenched - bureaucracy keeps growing indefinitely even after system achieves base performance. All the problems of executive branch seeping into legislative.

When country starts to suck, people get disillusioned with politics, lethargic. This further amplifies the feedback loop - less informed voters, more need for term limits to enact at least some change.

Otherwise posts of career politicians are still replaced due to pawn exchanges, death and occasional corruption scandal - which luckily prevents efficacy converging towards zero as time goes. However members are keeping post for two decades or more in extreme cases, and we get very nasty things - paradoxically short sighted planning due to populism (because low quality voter base), rampant coat changing, high level corruption - old guard is well connected for it, compared to n00bs in office.

> if you replace people at too high a rate
It's an interesting game theoretic/social problem - design optimum algorithm to dynamically adjust term limits. Perhaps applying progressive handicap to ballot results depending on time already in office. But just like fixed term limits could be counterproductive, no term limits at all could be sticking head in the sand, hardly optimal.

Comment Re:Networking (Score 1) 227

> vswitch, ip balancer gear etc

But this is just tiny fraction of stuff done, mainly low tier last mile or local company DC. NOCs of big internet companies and ISPs operate with far bigger assortment of gear and technology. HW/SW tasks tend to be more intertwined plus ton of stuff which can go wrong and speed of troubleshooting is important.

Redundancy solves hardware problems, but unfortunately human errors tend to be more costly in networks - by their nature these are usually far less compartmentalized than "software" when looked at from bird's view. Put simply, incompetent operator can do far more damage.

Finally, OP makes it sound like all it takes is just CCIE and not being an immigrant. But the cert is just an entry pass and netops job market is is several magnitudes smaller, so there are proportionally less H1B workers doing it.
I'd not recommend to OP doing this, unless he can get through CCIE fairly effortlessly just by using years of experience. That being said, basic programming skills is a must for such a job to get familiar with internal tooling used at any given place (eg here he'd need ability to parse bash,php,python,ruby at minimum).

Comment Re:Stop calling it AI. (Score 1) 78

The formal logic approach is still the only one that has a theoretical possibility of creating some aspects of true intelligence.

Sort of. We actually do have fairly robust theorem solvers written in prolog, but thats not enough. Intuitively, "true AI" works like extracting formal logic theorems out of huge set of before/after data fed to a blackbox.

Just like humans do something intuitively at first, with some degree of success, but when they find rational backgrounds (with help of formal logic rigor) behind that intuition, it gives significant accuracy boost. The two work in tandem - formal rigor is toothless when facing the totally unknown, but can explain it after intuitive models are trained and it can feed its hypotheses into them in lieu of farmed data.

Trouble is that layered NN camp ("intuitive") and formal logic camps are still too separated. But corporate interests will force merger to a degree.

This is most visible in speech recognition, and more recently, vision where formal grammar models sit above low level intuition NN, or better said, directs training of layers so it can work with less data and reason about unknown inputs because it actually "understands" what's going on on a formal level.

All great ideas are controversial, or have been at one time.