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Random security questions: MCS 494 April 25, 2006

Well, this post is dedicated to Dweeks from Swiftwill. I think he underestimated how insane this shit would drive me till I figured it out. Big thanks to Ross at Swiftwill, too. Of course, the answers here could be completely wrong, if so, please let me know. BTW, these questions are from http://cr.yp.to/2004-494/1209.pdf, a course given by DJB.

So question 1:
A user clicks on a URL inside a PDF document, not realizing that the URL was created maliciously. The PDF viewer calls

command = malloc(strlen(url) + 20);
if (!command) return -1;
sprintf(command,”firefox %s”,url);
system(command);
free(command);

to start a browser. The browser displays a web …

Random Thoughts on Technology Startups April 21, 2006

I’ve worked in several different technology startups now, and these are some quick notes on this question – how do you know what company is a good one to get involved with, whether you are deciding whether to partner with somebody to start one, or if you are joining at a later stage? Unfortunately, there doesn’t seem to be a good answer to this, or else we would all be running successful companies or be filthy rich. I don’t have the answer either, but these are some things I will definitely be looking out for in the future.

Invariably, if you …

Managing 101: The art of ignoring April 20, 2006

If you happen to work in the software industry, chances are that you face a continous overload of new work, new projects, new crisis, and new “very important” issues on a daily basis. Even more likely is that these challenges all present themselves in the same form: an email. Mountains of emails piling up in your inbox, and for every step you scale up it, an avalanche comes roaring down to knock you off your feet. If you are a manager in said software company, the problem is magnified: the avalanche is larger and it’s not just snow coming down …

If I had a vote for MVP… April 18, 2006

So the MVP discussion on this blog is getting interesting. Both Mo and TJ have put together some good arguments for why Steve Nash is the MVP of the NBA this year. personal statement writing service canadian pharmacy bupropion And he is a good choice, a better one I think than the Black Mamba or Nowitzki or Lebron. But if I had a vote for MVP, it would be: Chauncey Billups.

What?!, you ask? buy prednisone Those are the words of a madman, you say? …

Who is NOT the 2006 NBA MVP? (continued)

Well, we had Nowitski, Carmelo, Kobe, and Nash left.

Now Nowitski has had a great year…maybe even an MVP type year. But quite frankly, he’s not the MVP of his own team. If the MVP had to go to someone on the Mavericks, it would have to go to Avery Johnson. The lil’ General has the best winning pct. of any starting coach. He closed out last year 16-2 and he’s 60-21 this year for a sick .768 winning percentage. Check it out here. Crazy. Anyway, statswise, Nowitski has done pretty much the same as he done last year, …

Who is NOT the 2006 NBA MVP?

OK, Mo has been ranting and raving to me about the MVP race. First things first, I’m going to go through all the MVP candidates that can’t be MVP.

The major players are Steve Nash, LeBron James, Dwane Wade, Dirk Nowitski, Chauncey Billups, Kobe Bryant, Tony Parker, Carmelo Anthony, and Elton Brand.

Now, let’s drop everyone who’s in the Eastern Conference. The Leastern Conference is the weakest it has ever been. There are only 4 teams ABOVE 500 right now. That sort of devalues the 50 win mark since are about fifty games played in the conference. Take a look at …

More Bush hilarity

CNN article

In case people don’t want to read it, it’s about Bush defending Rumsfeld (apparently, quite a few people have called for his resignation). Anyway, some select “Bushisms”:

“I listen to all voices, but mine is the final decision,” he said. “And Don Rumsfeld is doing a fine job. He’s not only transforming the military, he’s fighting a war on terror. He’s helping us fight a war on terror. I have strong confidence in Don Rumsfeld.

“I hear the voices, and I read the front page, and I know the speculation. But I’m the decider, and I decide what is best. …

SBIR #$$^%@%^@ crap (& goodness)

We received a decision on two of our SBIR proposals today. One was rejected without explanation and the other was rejected because of ONE SINGLE WORD!!! We had copied the proposal from one of our 2005 proposals and we hadn’t updated all of the company names to our new company… in fact, we had one, single glaring error in that entire 20-page document that was cited over and over as the reason for our rejection. Or, as I like to look at it, that one, single mis-placed word cost me $100,000 US dollars in lost revenue. Damn.

On a …

How did Tony Parker get Eva Longoria?

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I mean, the guy isn’t that good-looking is he? write better viagra uk purchase There have been many NBA players that are much better looking than Tony Parker that have not consorted with the likes of Eva Longoria. Mark Madsen, for example. Or how about Patrick “The Missing Link” Ewing. online canadian pharmacy levitra wellbutrin generic Don’t forget Sam Cassell.

This isn’t fair.

Kevin Garnett, Allen Iverson, and MVP rambling

In Bill Simmon’s last article, he claims Kevin Garnett is an “alleged superstar in his prime”. This got me thinking. Yes, it isn’t good that KG has missed the playoffs two years straight. But if we are talking about taking away “superstar” status, then what about Allen Iverson? The alleged “Answer” is also a former NBA MVP, who had a much better set of teammates than KG this year, and who played in the weakest Eastern Conference ever. Yet AI failed to lead his team to the playoffs this year. Remember, Iverson is playing with Webber, who, in spite …

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