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Comment Re:Client-side Caching (Score 4, Informative) 516

Let's examine an HTTP request for a rather beefy portion of the JavaScript in question from healthcare.gov:

pparadis::palegray-mobile { ~ }-> curl --head https://assets.healthcare.gov/global/js/lib/jquery-1.8.2.js
HTTP/1.1 200 OK
Server: Apache
ETag: "cfa9051cc0b05eb519f1e16b2a6645d7:1370524513"
Last-Modified: Thu, 23 May 2013 15:59:12 GMT
Accept-Ranges: bytes
Content-Length: 93436
Content-Type: application/x-javascript
Date: Tue, 08 Oct 2013 09:44:20 GMT
Connection: keep-alive

They're not even bothering to set the HTTP Cache-Control, Proxy-*, or Expires headers on this content, which will most assuredly limit intermediary proxy and client caching. To say this is amateur hour would be a gross exaggeration of the skills being fielded by these developers.

Much larger issues undoubtedly exist in their backend infrastructure. Given the shit I've seen in this area, I could probably spend the next hour making educated guesses about how badly they've fucked up in various regards, spend another hour partially validating those guesses, and wind up just saying "yup, they're idiots." Instead, I think I'll go to bed now. I have work in the morning.

Comment This isn't exactly surprising. (Score 4, Insightful) 516

So the story here is that a large team of software developers with no demonstrated experience in developing, testing, performing quality assurance for, and administering large scale enterprise application deployments get a federal contract and botches it horribly. Color me shocked.

I've been working in development and architecture roles for fifteen years, and have seen exactly the same pattern on a variety of scales over and over again. I've seen a number of rather large infrastructure development projects that worked out very well too, but none of those were public sector projects.

Just remember that the folks responsible for this mess are certainly still taking paychecks while an enormous number of government workers are suffering due to the inability of our Congress to do its job. Good times, huh?

Comment Re: Money for his defense (Score 1) 294

For one, there was no back up plan, no person he delegated responsibility to make transfers in his absence. He said as much in his forbes interview; that he delegated customer service responsibilities but it was him and only him that could manage the site or it's bitcoins. No reason to disbelieve it. Maybe early on, he had delegated but after the first employee theft (the first alledged hit), certainly he would have moved to change that , as paranoid as he seemed to be in some regards.

You continue to make the assumption that he had no backup plan, and you offer (perhaps understandably, as you're not inside his head) no supporting evidence aside from statements on his part that any sane person would make, regardless of the truth of those statements. I've known a couple of guys who got in some trouble and had seven figures to lose, and be assured they both had contingency plans despite their pleas to the contrary. You aren't privy to his personal network of relationships; stop pretending you are. You shouldn't assume getting burned by one employee equates to never "hiring" again. I was once burned to the tune of USD $40K by an employee, which was not a small sum of money for me. I didn't stop hiring, but I did get smarter about it.

Second, even if somehow he gets his sentence reduced, it'll certainly be preconditioned on his turning over his remaining proceeds. They won't say "give us your money and you're free" to his "I'm sorry, I would I forgot my key though" and reply "ok, sounds good, you're free"

Aside from a fundamental misunderstanding of how scenarios on this level typically play out (they don't actually care about his money; they care much more about who he can help them grab to further pad their resumes), you make the mistake of assuming he'll be convicted and sentenced to anything more than a decade in prison. Conviction is uncertain, anything more than ten years is unlikely. Most men can do ten years with the knowledge that they have a fortune waiting on the other side, as long as they're smart about how they conduct themselves following release. Again, he wouldn't be the first guy to play it smart in this regard.

No. There's no way he's being released any time in the future if there's even a question that he could access those funds. Maybe he should start praying that bjtcoin finally reaches its overdue demise so that the Feds don't think he has anything of value any longer. One day...

Once again, the people prosecuting him don't give two shits about Bitcoin. Think about that for a while.

Comment Re:After 30 years of programming (Score 1) 598

Fair enough :). For the record, I've seen some pretty bizarre (read: wtf) stuff done in Python, Java, and certainly C. While I happen to greatly prefer Perl for various tasks, I'm also a big fan of coding to a style guide, whether adopted from an external source or developed internally, regardless of the language being used. I'm with you on context and structure.

Comment Re:After 30 years of programming (Score 1) 598

When referring to the Perl programming language, the correct usage is Perl. Given the fact that you're apparently in a position to make hiring decisions on programmer positions, you would be well advised to be well versed in proper naming conventions. Incidentally, I've been coding in multiple languages, although predominantly in Perl, for twenty years. I'm not looking for a job, though.

Comment Re:Money for his defense (Score 2) 294

He'll probably just let the process play out with his public defender, aiming for the lowest legal penalty possible, and promptly leave the country for a non-extraditing locale at the first opportunity. Then he'll able to recover his funds and go about his life, more or less as he wishes. There's virtually no chance of those funds being recovered by the authorities; I'd be very surprised to learn that the BTC in question are still in the wallet in question even now. Setting up contingency plans for transfers and further action, based anywhere on the planet, are simply too simple a concept to have been overlooked.

Comment Re:Money for his defense (Score 4, Informative) 294

I believe you lack adequate information on how Bitcoin works. If he or someone he trusts and gave instructions to beforehand has access to another copy of the wallet, it's just as good as the original, and the coins may be transferred elsewhere and converted to other currencies, etc via the normal exchanges. I'll be surprised if the prosecuting authorities manage to figure out how to track that; they certainly won't be able to stop it. If by some chance they manage to gain access to the encrypted keys that protect the wallet in their possession, it almost certainly won't be of any value (to them) by then.

Comment Re:Yet when it comes to a register (Score 2) 193

I don't get pissed off at public records being made available to the public. I get pissed off at unreasonable legal requirements that lead to things being entered into the public record in the first place, and I fully support every individual's right to make his/her own decision on whether their ownership and use of firearms should be a matter of public record or not.

People who follow the law in this case wind up unreasonably burdened and subject to information disclosure beyond their control. People who do not follow the law aren't burdened by it, and do as they like without the mere existence of the laws or threats of prison sentences doing anything to stop them from committing violent acts. Put simply: neither nanny state mentalities nor "tough on crime" policies actually work very well. See how this works?

Do you support privacy rights? I certainly do, and I support equality as well, meaning I don't pick and choose which citizens deserve privacy and which don't.

For the record, if you're planning on creating your own app to show who owns firearms, you can add me as your first entry. I gladly volunteer this information; kindly respect the privacy of others until you're told otherwise. Have a nice day, champ.

Comment Re:Aw (Score 2) 193

This is why I place high value on firearms, ammunition, and basic supplies. I'm not exactly a "prepper" but I'm certainly not a fool, either. Bad times can happen any time, and people who understand how to find food and water stand a better chance of dealing with circumstances than those who don't.

I have two daughters, a son on the way, and barring mass extinction of wildlife I'll be able to feed the family. The other unfortunate complications of a true economic collapse are factors I'd rather not consider in depth unless I have to.

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