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Submission + - SPAM: Camada: mafia charges stayed after using Stingray

Pig Hogger writes: Canadian prosecutors have decided to stay charges against 36 mafiosi, after defence laywers challenged evidence obtained through the use of Stingray devices. (Stingray are highly secretive and controversial devices mimic a legitimate cell phone tower in order to intercept communications from nearby cell phones).
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Comment Re:So many bad bosses (Score 1) 299

I outlasted him in the company.

I was never “good enough” for my parents. Always short of this, or short of that. So, of course, I got to think that I wasn’t that good

On the first serious, full-time job I had, where I was the first guy hired by that startup, I was pretty amazed to see many people hired after me getting fired not too long after, until I was poached by one of their clients So I guess I'm not that bad, after all

(And the startup closed after one of the owners went to jail for selling nuclear technology to some exotic country full of good-looking, nice brown people who make very good food).

Comment Re:I'm sure we've all seen this one (Score 1) 299

It’s not exactly what you mean, but it reminds me at a place I worked with, as a senior programmer, who would make you do some menial, stupid job like program EPROMs for half a day (this was before the Internet, so you could not occupy your idle mind while the burner churned around). And when we complained, the most infuriated is that the boss replied “don’t complain, you’re paid four times the normal rate for doing that”

Comment Here is when I stopped giving a shit. (Score 1) 299

I was service manager for a 8 employee company, owned by 3 partners, one of which was my boss (but not the founder).

My boss was out, so the founder told me to go to a client’s and bring back their dot-matrix printer (this was long ago) so we can fix it.

So I head to the client’s, 50 km away. Over there, I look at the printer, and diagnosed the problem and fixed it in 10 seconds.

I then test it, show it to the client, who is totally thrilled.

I go back to the office.

— Where is the printer, the big (but not mine) boss asks?

— Oh, I fixed it over there, to the customer’s satisfaction.

— What? I told him we would bring the printer here! Now he’s going to think we can’t keep our word!

And this is the story of when I stopped giving a shit about my job.

When the company folded 2 months later, I did not give a shit either. And I was glad to no longer having a 3 hour commute.

Comment Re:Tried and True (Score 1) 188

There's no good reason to use PHP. There are bad reasons -- like "PHP is all I know", and "they made me use PHP" -- but there are no good reasons.

There's no good reason to use PHP. There are bad reasons -- like "PHP is all I know", and "they made me use PHP" -- but there are no good reasons.

The best reason is “that’s the only thing the host runs”

Submission + - How to effectively implement sitewide file encryption?

Pig Hogger writes: The recent assertion that, given the recent CIA/Wikileaks dump about “encryption really working” makes encryption much more desirable.

So, if you decide to implement server-level encryption accross all your servers, how do you manage the necessary keys/passwords/passphrases to insure that you both have maximum uptime (you can access your data if you need to reboot your servers), yet that the keys cannot be compromised, as if the password is known by many different people, because, once the server is seized, you can’t change the password?

What are established practices to address this issue?

Comment Re:So true (Score 1) 188


I don’t trust Wordpress and their ilk. Many moons ago, a static website I was maintaining suddenly had some strange PHP code at the beginning of each file.

Turns out the server was compromised, and they changed every Wordpress site into a zombiebot. But since I did not use Wordpress, it was totally inert.

I eventually was forced out by some cougar honcho with her pet autistic kid/programmer who only swore though CMS, despite my warnings of vulnerabilities

It did not take 6 months to have their “new, improved” website pwn3d

Comment Re: Very simple (Score 1) 347

rendered code unreadable and bug-prone by optimizing sections that had no business being optimized in the first place. It took time to learn that good programming is clear, easy to understand programming, with optimization done by first identifying a problem, profiling the code to see what's actually consuming cycles, and focusing on the low-hanging fruit therein.

— sigh —

35 years ago, when I started programming, my pro programming mentor told me exactly that.

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