Re: Obviously found a security hole in Twitter
I like to think they just couldn't bring themselves to touch that particular account. They'd have had to set up a completely separate bitcoin address and somehow washed the bitcoins afterwards.
209 posts • joined 8 May 2020
Yep, the sales pitch normally seals it — every time I've pointed out to anybody the absolute litany of articles, forums and comment sections clearly displaying that Vendor/Software X is literally regarded as a joke among the tech community (and a bad one at that), it's too late because the pitch has been successful. Hell, at my last job we figured out that SAP hadn't even been honest about the product with their own sales staff — presumably some sort of plausible deniability nonsense that had them covered from all angles.
Agreed that if something like that is gonna be part of the job then it's prudent to get a feel for how they'll be — even if only to make sure you know you need to send them on some kind of communication or presentation training.
Me, personally, I like to be as far-a-fscking way from those kinds of calls as possible, preferably working on the solution.
I didn't even know that I didn't want it because I didn't know it existed! Well, I certainly didn't know that Micros~1 produced official builds for it, anyway. But now that I do know that I didn't want it, I don't want it. Nor would I have wanted it back when I didn't know I didn't want it.
You're a lot better with money than me. The only time I had a minor windfall it was gone within six months of purchasing Lego and inebriates. I'm still not sure I understand what money is, let alone inflation.
I've similarly learned not to trust multiple tabs/windows on websites in any day or age, though a lot less scarily than your encounter must have been!
And usually if you code defensively for stupid * users, you've done a sizable chunk of the work to guard against those clever users.
* okay, less stupid and more the type that when you look at what they've actually managed to make the system do, you take them to one side and ask them if they've ever considered a career as a tester
Yep. I started out in support roles, and once you've graduated past password-reset monkey a good chunk of it is just "do what the developers should have done the in the first place". I've still only worked at one place that had decent integration between the support and development functions and I'm five jobs into my IT working life so far. It was probably so good in part because for most of my tenure there were less than twenty people in the company so you couldn't help but be integrated due to physical proximity.
That's what I'd expect. Anybody that's worked near web development (I wouldn't say I've worked in it) knows what a bunch of third-party scripts can do to a page load.
Having finally caved and decided to buy a pair of hair clippers yesterday, I found a couple of sites selling what I wanted (okay, not what I wanted because everything's sold out, but the closest thing to what I wanted at only three times the fscking price) and couldn't seem to get the "Register" button to work on the site I decided to go with. No message, no response. Tried all the usual stuff — removed the plus section from my email address, simplified the password down to alphanum, ticked one of the boxes saying they could contact me with marketing guff; still nothing. Tried it in another browser, same thing. Eventually I got a message in the status bar telling me it was waiting for something.facebook.com, and then managed to replicate that a couple of times.
Gave up and went with the other site, who despite not being able to guarantee delivery times have sent it so it'll arrive on the same day as the first site had guaranteed. Despite the vast amount of analytics guff companies do, I'm surprised they don't think of giving a smidgeon of credence to their devs who are probably screaming at them about their pages choking on Facebook's big long nasty scripts.
Yeah, I think £25–30 would probably be max what I'd spend on a keyboard. I don't even own a functioning computer except for a headless media box, so I'm only considering getting one in anticipation of working from home permanently (I've been doing fine with the laptop but I do miss having a numpad and a Break key). Most interesting-looking stuff in that price range seems to exist solely on Amazon though, which is a shame.
I tried to sign up for their free cloud DB offering that they announced a couple of years ago, just to poke around and see what had changed in Oracland since 10g. The confirmation codes they send during the sign-up process simply don't work, and when I tried again six months later it was exactly the same story.
None of their support team could get it to work either, so I told them I'd probably rather not touch a database product made by a company that can't operate an account registration webpage successfully and bid them adieu.
Yeah. Aside from anything else, I can multitask if I'm not sat staring at a video (and video quality was invariably poor on any platform, even on business connections, let alone a multitude of home broadband connections). Being able to multitask is especially important in any call with several people, because some stuff you don't need to listen to and some people have a tendency to waffle on. Teams stays minimised for me.
I've got a PowersHell script full of 'em, and GP tweaks etc., to put Windows into "barely competent computer user" mode. Labels on taskbar buttons, file extensions shown, all that crap. I like the idea of seconds to easily check for hangs, but I worry that it would use an entire CPU core just to do so.
Ah, this probably explains my quick test (in a non-root directory) failing. For some reason it had never even occurred to me that filenames were a perfectly cromulent vector for command arguments (presumably the risk inversely correlates with the prescriptiveness of the argument order).
Aha! I think you might have nailed it. It's was their "go faster" button — just switch the link and watch the site speed up.
Now they have to invent another one thanks to the party-poopers on Twitter with their whiny little snowflake concerns about "security" and "not putting a nonprofit organisation under unnecessary strain" and "doing things with even the barest semblance of quality".
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