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Comment: Re:the way to go (Score 1) 743

by leetrout (#37944548) Attached to: Tough Tests Flunk Good Programming Job Candidates
Been there done that... My problem was writing a function to generate phone number letter permutations. At least permutations are useful in "real life" and coincidentally working through them brought me to modulus as well. I couldn't answer the question and didn't get the job, but to be fair they gave me 10-15 minutes (or so it felt like).

Comment: From Gosling's blog in case it goes down. (Score 4, Insightful) 338

by leetrout (#37427012) Attached to: James Gosling Report of Reno Air Crash
I'm alive

Friday September 16, 2011

Just fucking barely. I'm at the air races in Reno with a bunch of friends and a horrific accident just happened. One of the very high end racers, going about 500 mph, lost control and nose dived straight into the audience. The news is currently saying that the plane missed the grandstand, but that's only technically true: in front of the grandstand there are several rows of box seats. It impacted right in the middle of them. I was in a box seat with my friends only 50 feet from the impact. I was watching the plane as it lost control, so I saw the whole thing. The impact happened so fast, there was hardly any sound: just one huge shock wave. No fireball. The plane, and many people, disintegrated instantly, right in front of me. There were bodies everywhere. No crash you've ever seen in a movie is even remotely authentic.

Update: it's already on YouTube. I was in the middle of the dust cloud you see around the impact. They're saying "30 serious injuries" but I know that's a long way from the truth. At least that many died instantly in the impact. I suspect that there were not a huge number of serious injuries. It was not a small airplane. You either died or you didn't. I didn't. My brother and I are still shaking.

Another Update: They're now officially calling it a "mass casualty situation". The plane was Galloping Ghost, piloted by Jimmy Leeward. It was a very cool, highly modified, P51 mustang with a very unusual approach to engine cooling. I doubt that this was at all connected to the accident - it looked like a control system failure.

+ - Google Announces Page Speed: The Google CDN->

Submitted by leetrout
leetrout (855221) writes "TechCrunch covers the announcement from Google where they introduce their Page Speed Service which "is the latest tool in Google’s arsenal to help speed up the web. When you sign up and point your site’s DNS entry to Google, they’ll enable the tool which will fetch your content from your servers, rewrite your webpages, and serve them up from Google’s own servers around the world."

Checkout the details on the PSS homepage at or try a demo of the service at"

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+ - Google Code. Now with more Git.->

Submitted by leetrout
leetrout (855221) writes "On Monday Google announced that it was adding support for Git in Google Code Project Hosting.

The post hints at the history of DVCS within Google Code and why they have added support.

Since our original announcement of Mercurial support, Git has grown significantly more popular and user-friendly, and on the technical side, it has added an efficient “smart” HTTP protocol that fits with Google’s HTTP-based infrastructure. (Note that this feature is only available in version 1.6.6 and later.)

The blog post goes on to briefly describe some of the technical aspects of the service including a note that states "to fit with our existing Python-based system, our Git server implementation is powered in part by Dulwich" which is a pure-Python implementation of the Git file formats and protocols.

I, for one, welcome the new option and will be curious to see if it gains any traction against GitHub."

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+ - RSA SecureID Possibly Compromised->

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leetrout writes ""RSA SecurID customers are bracing for the worst in the wake of the revelation by RSA late yesterday that information related to its SecurID two-factor authentication products had been stolen a major cyberespionage attack."

The news made it's way out via an open letter posted on the RSA website and an SEC filing. The story quotes Art Coviello, RSA executive chairman as stating "we don't know what they [the attackers] got".

"David Schuetz, a security consultant with The Intrepidus Group, noted in a blog post Friday that SecurID has more than 25,000 customers and that there are around 40 million physical SecurID tokens in circulation, plus 250 million software-based ones.""

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Comment: Re:Internet Don't Let Me Down (Score 5, Informative) 705

Let me speed up the linkage...

His name is Kevin Lacy and his email is and his phone number is 919-773-2800. And now they will send someone after me for plagiarism.

Here is where you can send a comment directly:

+ - Falcon 9 Orbits!->

Submitted by Baldrson
Baldrson (78598) writes "Business Week reports that: "SpaceX’s Falcon 9 took off on its first test flight at about 2:45 p.m. local time from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. It reached the Earth’s orbit about nine minutes later." This is a victory not only for Elon Musk's team, but for advocates of commercial space transportation."
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Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "In great anticipation of HTML5 and the plugin independent interoperable web of the future I for one was excited to hear news of Apples html5 showcase, until that is one decied to click on any of the demos and was presented with the following beauty;

"You’ll need to download Safari to view this demo.
This demo was designed with the latest web standards supported by Safari. If you’d like to experience this demo, simply download Safari. It’s free for Mac and PC, and it only takes a few minutes.""

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Russian Officials To Investigate Regional President's Alien Abduction Claims 184

Posted by samzenpus
from the mars-wants-to-play-chess dept.
wdef writes "The BBC reports that a Russian MP has asked President Dmitry Medvedev to investigate claims by a regional president that he has met aliens on board a spaceship. Kirsan Ilyumzhinov, the leader of the southern region of Kalymkia, made his claim in a television interview. Mr Ilyumzhinov said in an interview on primetime television that he had been taken on board an alien spaceship which had come to planet Earth to take samples — and claims to have several witnesses. He has been president of Kalmykia, a small Buddhist region of Russia which lies on the shores of the Caspian Sea, for 17 years. As president of the World Chess Federation, he has spent tens of millions of dollars turning the impoverished republic into a mecca for chess players — building an entire village to host international tournaments. MP Andre Lebedev is not just asking whether Mr Ilyumzhinov is fit to govern. He is also concerned that, if he was abducted, he may have revealed details about his job and state secrets."

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