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#672432 What computer games do programmers play? If any? :D

Posted by 0xFACEB004 on 22 June 2014 - 09:06 AM

I'm starting to get into FSX after years of playing DCS & Falcon 4.0 BMS (My original goal in life was to join the Air Force) but none of my friends really have an interest in games like that. Recreational/Commericial Flight Sim's seem very relaxing and obviously do-able with person so I've been giving that a shot. 


I really started getting into it a few years ago because I wanted to be a commercial pilot, but I waited too long...so now I just have my flight sim. I've also tried the trucking sim, and want to try out the train sim too.


And now some of the addons for FSX are so detailed in their simulation it's crazy! I mean learning the procedures and FMC of the PMDG made feel like I was actually learning to fly a real 747. So now if I am ever on board a trans-Atlantic flight and the flight crew suddenly becomes incapacitated -- I can calmly stand up and announce to all souls on board, no worries, I got this lol!


Hey, maybe if there enough pilots here we should fly a multi-player session together if we can all find the time -- I know a good server.


And if your interested here is one of my landing vids that was put together from some random flights that I've doen.

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#672424 What computer games do programmers play? If any? :D

Posted by 0xFACEB004 on 21 June 2014 - 11:05 PM

I am a HUGE FSX fan! I fly when ever I find free time...and it's the heavies for me: PMDG 747-400 is my current favorite.

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#672257 Game of Thrones

Posted by 0xFACEB004 on 16 June 2014 - 03:27 PM

The fight between Brienne of Tarth and the Hound was almost too much...I didn't want either of them to lose! But, as a friend who works in the movie business once said to me, "The ain't dead till you see 'em die, and even then..." -- so maybe some miraculous healing for the Hound? Or maybe when the White Walkers finally make it south, they reanimate him to fight for them, since his body was not burned? So many possibilities...


And oh the joy to watch Tyrian take his revenge on the ** and his father! But I think he should have gone even further and ended his crazy sister as well, and remedied all of his problems...

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#671858 Coffee & Smoking

Posted by 0xFACEB004 on 02 June 2014 - 04:51 PM

I feel left out being both a non-caffeine drinker and non-smoker...especially when every workstation in class has either a Mountain Dew or coffee/latte drink attached to the student...


Also, as former traveling DJ/performer, I loved it when most of the nightclubs I played in the U.S. went smoke-free! I think it added years to my life.

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#671257 It's Official

Posted by 0xFACEB004 on 16 May 2014 - 10:59 AM

Interesting side note: because I enjoy Japanese anime and manga, I spent a little time looking into how to translate "WingedPanther" into Japanese. It turns out that "tsubasa" is both wing and feather, and Panther is "hyou". However, a black panther is technically a jaguar ("jagaa"), so by looping to Japanese and back to English, you could turn WingedPanther into FeatheredJaguar :)


Ah, so you see the genius of my geniesness...because, um, yeah, I meant to do that lol!

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#671227 It's Official

Posted by 0xFACEB004 on 15 May 2014 - 07:54 PM

As homage to WP -- in all of my online post from this day forth, I shall be known as... FeatheredJaguar.


Yeah I know...it's not as cool as WingedPanther, but it fits me :D

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#671197 It's Official

Posted by 0xFACEB004 on 15 May 2014 - 12:12 PM

My Iphone's wifi has suddenly started working..... All hail 0x16 and his new found power... ;)


p.s. don't you find people changing handles a bit odd?


The minion army is strong... ;)


Yeah it is a bit strange changing handles, but I am one of those online privacy people...so I switch from time to time just to make it a bit harder for people searching for me to find stuff I've posted...but it's still not too hard. Oh, and I've actually been accused of plagiarizing one of my own answers from here after posting it elsewhere lol.

And thanks again everybody! Everyone here at C.C. definitely help me get this job.


And I am amazed at how simple they make everything. I was told that filling out all of the paperwork was going to be a bit challenging, but I finished all rather quickly. If this is what "hard" is, then I should be just fine lol!

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#671108 It's Official

Posted by 0xFACEB004 on 14 May 2014 - 07:36 AM

Employment offer from Apple in-hand!


Will start hardware and iOS support training in a few weeks...and then will be able to sort that iPhone connectivity issue out for you Evan :D

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#670471 Reducing browser finger printing

Posted by 0xFACEB004 on 26 April 2014 - 12:35 PM

This subject fascinates me too (even though I was bored out of my mind in my networking class lol)!


But I never thought about it on the TCP layer, so I will look into that. But what about the different forms of MITM...how would the TCP signature be affected by something like DNS spoofing? How could it detect that?


Here are some of the attacks I am referring to: https://www.blackhat...-03-valleri.pdf

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#670460 Reducing browser finger printing

Posted by 0xFACEB004 on 26 April 2014 - 11:07 AM

Yep, as BR said, it stands for man-in-the-middle. This is where the attacker appears to be the authentic server to the client -- and appears to be the client to the authentic server. Anything can be done from this position, from spying to adding malicious code.  

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#670433 Reducing browser finger printing

Posted by 0xFACEB004 on 25 April 2014 - 06:55 PM

Actually, a properly configured TOR based browser is very secure and the most anonymous browser that I can think of. But the key is in the proper configuration. Most of those TOR network attacks mentioned were MITM attacks (one set up his own proxy server, and another set up a TOR relay node), and were against the basic "non-geek" user of the browser (the researcher who set up as a TOR relay node even mentioned this as a disclaimer).


I use the TOR browser with NoScript (scripts globally disabled) and HTTPS Everywhere when I am researching pentesting and security -- and I use search engines like DuckDuckGo.


My non-TOR browser with NoScript, Ghostery, ABP, and HTTPS Everywhere (cookies accepted):


Currently, we estimate that your browser has a fingerprint that conveys 14.81 bits of identifying information.


My non-TOR browser with NoScript, Ghostery, ABP, and HTTPS Everywhere (cookies not accepted):


Currently, we estimate that your browser has a fingerprint that conveys 13.53 bits of identifying information.


My secure TOR browser with Vidalia:


Currently, we estimate that your browser has a fingerprint that conveys 8.49 bits of identifying information.


Reducing the browser fingerprint is always good, but all browsers are susceptible to MITM attacks...and based solely on anonymity while browsing and not being tracked by websites (this is not counting the NSA or MITM attackers), a properly configured TOR based browser is better than a standard browser.

And as a point of irony, the EFF (the researchers behind Panoptickick and HTTPS Everywhere) actually endorsed TOR for anonymity, and provided financial support for them until TOR Project became a non-profit organization.


But all of this is just my 2 cents, and is in no way endorsed by the NSA or anyone else who wants to track you. :D

Here is a cool interactive page about TOR and HTTPS Everywhere -- and the further irony is that you have to enable Javascript to use the interactive feature. But it kind of cool to see the effects of what happens to data on the network.

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#670429 Third Interview with Apple and Offer

Posted by 0xFACEB004 on 25 April 2014 - 05:21 PM

Well, I had my third interview with Apple on Tuesday, and received a call today (Friday) extending an offer contingent on a background check. I think I am going except the offer as I feel it will only add to my skill set. They also informed me that they tend to promote from within, so who knows where it may lead...I am hoping somewhere nice, as I wouldn't mind living in California!


Thanks for the well wishes, and all the help and experience from the Codecall family!

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#670136 [Video] Kathy Sierra: Creating the minimum badass user

Posted by 0xFACEB004 on 17 April 2014 - 01:23 PM

Glad you liked it! As a technical product guy, it really realigned how I'm seeing the product and prioritizing the features on my roadmap.


Another interesting one I saw yesterday about ADD/depression w.r.t. developers, etc.:




Just watched the first couple of minutes of this next one...and the quote:



I do not understand what I do.

What I want to do,
I don't do.

But that which I hate, I do.


kind of hit close to home, because I deal with some of the very same issues.


Going to watch this in its entirety as soon as I get a chance!


Thanks for some great information, Roger!

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#670132 [Video] Kathy Sierra: Creating the minimum badass user

Posted by 0xFACEB004 on 17 April 2014 - 10:45 AM

Really surprised that no one replied to this!


I finally found the time to watch the whole video, as well as check out some of the material and researchers she referenced, and this has to be the best advice ever -- and not just for developers, but for life.


Makes me look at everything from a different perspective!

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#670107 Second Interview with Apple

Posted by 0xFACEB004 on 16 April 2014 - 03:19 PM

Well, today I had my second interview with Apple.


It is only a support position (I have very minimal experience with Mac products, as I explained to the interviewer), but my interview performance (along with a 4.0 cumulative GPA) helped me into the third round.


I never planned on moving into a support role, and only applied on a whim, but after my experiences on Codecall I think I will do OK; and so far it looks like the position will fit with school for the moment as well. And hopefully Apple will look good on my resume in the future, either in support or development.


Thanks for all of the help, guidance, and insight that helped me get this far!


I will be meeting with the hiring manager in a week or so. Wish me luck.

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