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Assorted Rants Tagged ‘crazy stuff’, page 1:

Programming Languages As a Social Network

The Idea Recently, I was thinking about visualizing relations among different programming languages, and a thought has crossed my mind: Methodology I took quite a few more-or-less popular programming languages (33 to be exact); however, I explicitly restricted myself to more-or-less general-purpose programming languages. This eliminated DSLs such as R, as well as all dialects […]

Using Parallel <algorithm> Without a Clue: 90x Performance Loss Instead of 8x Gain

Abstract: “I made an experiment which demonstrates Big Fat Dangers(tm) of implying that parallelization can be made as simple as just adding a policy parameter to your std:: call.”
Quote: “it is still necessary to understand what we’re doing”
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Experience with development server 7x cheaper than Linode/DO

Preamble As I wrote a few weeks ago, I am currently developing an open-souce ithare::obf library. And apparently, to make sure it works more or less consistently, a Damn Lot(tm) of randomized testing (and preferably under different compilers) is necessary. As a result, last week I found myself in a search for a cheap Linux box […]

Bot Fighting 202. Time-Based Protection

Quote: “Whenever we detect that the time spent within a piece-of-non-blocking-code, is more than a few seconds – then, either the system is hopelessly swapping, or we’re being debugged”
Another Quote: “What if we send not just a challenge, but a “challenge which includes some piece of code to be executed on the Client-Side”?”
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Bot Fighting 201. Part 4. Obfuscating Protocols. Versioning.

Quote: “we can handle several Client versions (each with its own obfuscation) with the very same Server.”
Another Quote: “Then, if/when a zero-day bug is encountered in TLS – our obfuscation does provide additional protection even before the attacker can reach the code with that zero-day vulnerability”
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