Why keeping your mouth shut should not be the better option

February 5, 2007

I thought I was done, but I have to link to this: http://it.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=07/02/04/1439222

Honestly, the fact that people who try to make an awareness of a vulnerability should not be punished. The people who seek to exploit the vulnerability should. Yet, here we have an example of someone who got punished for publishing a vulnerability after it was patched, and thus, no longer exploitable. Sometimes, just when I think our government has taken a step forward, it seems to take 2 steps backwards.


How Tony Dungy won me $30

February 5, 2007

Courtesy of NFL.com:

4-6-CHI17(1:49) D.Rhodes left tackle to CHI 16 for 1 yard (L.Briggs; B.Urlacher).

And with that there was a turnover of possession and the score didn’t change, giving me the fourth quarter prize.

Now for some classroom quotes from the week

“It may be that TF will commit suicide if there is no grader” -Levin on what would happen if there was no grader for the course. Fortunately for all of us we won’t get to see the results of that one.

“Your program sits waiting for something to happen. It watches it’s navel.” -Devlin on what happens when a program is idle.

“Shh, I’m just stating an opinion… A small opinion. It’s not on the exam.” -Devlin after ranting about copyrights, patents, trademarks and all else.

“I talk about it as if it’s great. But when I’m alone, late at night, ::old person laugh that sounds kind of like they’re coughing up a lung::  I think in horror as to why there are true and false operators.” -Devlin going on about overloadable true and false operators in C#

“It is very hard to read help. Just go and read help!” -Devlin on the usefulness of Visual Studio’s help for teaching yourself C#.

“C# has double doses of headaches. A headache on the left and a headache on the right.” -Devlin on issues with C#.

“You know, you’re taking a C# class, so we should, once in a while, talk about C#” -Devlin with a quote that requires no explanation.

Blogging will be light until the end of this week due to the Beanpot being tomorrow, plus some HW, the BUCD site redesign coming to it’s final stages (or at least until we do something about the small layout),  and just general procrastination.


Life is almost always a whirlwind of madness

January 29, 2007

Well, I got my Beanpot tickets, but not much else seems to be in order, these days. It’s probably some of my unhappiness that causes me to procrastinate even more than usual, but sometimes it seems like there’s nothing I can do about either. I’m kind of happy to have this blog as a way to just get my feelings into words, even if my only consistent reader seems to be my mom. But hey, that’s how Aaron Gleeman started also, right?

I’m a bit worried about the Terriers without John Curry in net. Gillespie did a fine job against UMass after Curry was pulled, but that’s UMass, not a team like UVM or UNH. I know Curry is still the starter, but I have to wonder if he’s hurt or just worn down from playing a lot of games.

The Perl tutorial I went to on Friday might’ve been the most boring thing ever. I know it was an introductory tutorial, but they need to decide whether they want it to be for people with programming experience or not. The first hour was basic programming language type stuff, but the instructor made comparisons to C, in which case, if people should know C for the tutorial, then why are we spending an hour on maybe 15 minutes of material? Oh well, the regular expressions thing was interesting, at least. Hopefully tomorrow’s CSS tutorial is much better.

One last note: It prides me to see Philip Hughes show up strong in this study of types of minor league pitchers. I am excited for his major league debut, when it happens. I think the kid will easily make everyone stop talking about Roger Clemens.


This world just gets crazier and crazier

January 24, 2007

I expect one of these days George Bush will just come out and claim that the earth is flat. I mean, I wouldn’t be surprised if he lacked the foresight on that one.

Anyway, my first 4 day weekend was a success in getting nothing done. I spent most of Sunday watching the football games and then playing the Wii. (The Wii is undoubtedly awesome. I recommend you all pick one up along with Zelda, Madden and Wario Ware). But things are going pretty well with the semester. BU beat Merrimack on Saturday 2-1 behind Eric Gryba’s first goal, freshman Brett Bennett’s first win and forcing a lot of neutral zone turnovers.

The next two days I don’t expect to post. Tomorrow I’m going to the gym, then class, then to wait in line for the men’s basketball game vs. Albany so I can be in the first 200, then CS Fun Night at Unos (Definitely the best thing us CS majors at BU collectively decided on). Thursday I’ve got the 4 and a half hours of class, the BU College Dems are having a dinner then going to watch An Inconvenient Truth, plus there’s UFC Fight Night Live.

For those interested in baseball prospects, Bryan Smith of Baseball Analysts did his annual top 75 prospects list. It starts here with the honorable mentions.

Finally, the only good quote I heard today was:  “Your program sits waiting for something to happen. It watches its navel.” by Professor Devlin on what a program does if it goes into idle.


And I’m back

January 21, 2007

Yeah, last semester wasn’t so cool for the most part (besides getting to be good friends with Anne and Jackie and having an AMAZING 21st birthday [Couldn’t have happened without the awesome friends to come out for it]). However, I think this semester will be much better for me. Just have a look at my schedule:Schedule

So yeah, time to party it up I say.

I’m going to try and keep the posts shorter so that they happen more often and are centered around mostly one topic.

Some interesting quotes from my professors before I end this post:

“You look at the web page for a while, I don’t know, you might look at it for a long time.” -Matta trying to describe why a person might not be done with a web page after a miniscule period of time.

“It was called a game because it was a waste of employers’s time and money, but not an actual game” -Levin on the game of Life

“No, No, I was lying.” -Levin backtracking after making a mistake in describing something.

“Oh yeah, they had a police force in the computer room. Oh yeah.. one of them was an ex-Nazi.” -Devlin describing his experiences programming when he was in college and having to deal with staff running the programs for him

“I’m very proud of that. We respresent a problem to the industry.” -Devlin on the fact that programmers almost always miss their deadlines no matter what.


Coding 101, by John Keklak

October 6, 2006

After my CS411 class this week, I am completely inspired to post what must be made clear as a message to the world courtesy of the teachings of one John Keklak. And that is coding standards. So here we go:

  1. Indentation with discipline. Not only must you indent every time you start a new line, but you want to make sure your code makes the person who reads it feel like they’re being punished by reading the code. After all, we don’t just write code. We go through a process. For example:
  2. int getNumTasks(table){
    int a = numRows(table);
    return a;
    }

    Now this, who can read this? I mean it’s a bunch of gibberish and really, what do I get out of it? But take this example:

    int getNumYOUREANIDIOT(GO TO THE CORNER OF THE ROOM){

    int YOURENOTALLOWEDTOWATCHTVTONIGHT = YOURE PATHETIC!;

    return YOUREGOINGTOBESERVEDTOTHESHARKS;

    }

    Not only is that readable, but it tells you a message. And it disciplines the reader. I can’t tell you how much that makes coding in real projects go much quicker. Pink slips have disappeared thanks to this method. Read the rest of this entry »


What September 11th, 2001 is to me

September 11, 2006

9/11/2001 changed the politics of the whole world. After all, the leading nation of the world had a very costly attack on their own soil. But it also changed every day life. When I walked up Wall Street to work every day this summer I would see the American flag draped over the NYSE. I would see the police by Federal Hall, and those by the entrance of the NYSE. I got to see the bomb sniffing dogs and the checkpoints on Broadway that made traffic on that block basically gridlock even at 12:00. You can’t drive by Police Plaza anymore without a police pass. We have increased security now, because we didn’t act to have increased security and protection then. The day for me is still pretty vivid in my mind. I can remember how my professors acted, and how some of my classmates acted. I remember the really loud sound of a plane flying right over my high school. Not one student thought it was an airplane. I remember my economics teacher, Mr. Mirer shouting for us to get to the other side of the room after the second plane crash. The extended homeroom because not one person in the school was sure what to do nor whether classes should go on for fear of the World Trade Center collapsing and causing problems. I remember our evacuation, and every student stopping because the second tower was in midst of collapsing. You could feel the building shake. That’s probably the closest to a feeling of an earthquake I’ll get on the East Coast. There was subsequent large amounts of dust when we got outside the building. Everyone began walking up the West Side Highway. For some reason, even though I could’ve left at any point, I continued walking with the members of my homeroom, all of us sharing shock. I had a tape casette with FM/AM radio and I listened to the AM radio for a bit to see what was being reported, and remembered hearing the name Osama Bin Laden for the first time. I couldn’t stand to hear the same thing reported every 5 minutes, so I turned it off. Many of my friends were really shocked and unsure of how they would get home as many trains were not running and a large percentage of my school was kids that came from Brooklyn and Queens. I guess I continued walking with them to try and be a friend and help them out until they figured out a way home. I remember when I got home and signed online seeing my friends truly express that they care for me as I got instant message after instant message asking if I was alright. 9/11 really is a sad day to me, but one that also woke me up to the politics of the world. Hopefully we truly can continue to understand the lessons that have come out of it and avoid having any attacks of this scale ever again.

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