Archive for April 20th, 2017

Under Trump’s Skin

2017/04/20

(Atlantic Culture) – Chris Jones:

Alec Baldwin stands in the dark and waits for his cue. His stomach begins to turn. His makeup is touched up. He goes over his lines in his head. He watches the action on the other side of the door on a monitor. The White House press-room set is rolled out for the second time tonight, and a deep, low rumble of anticipation runs through the building. His nerves start to crackle. McCarthy slays; somewhere, Sean Spicer is curling up into a ball. “LIVE FROM NEW YORK, IT’S SATURDAY NIGHT!” she screams.

The door opens for Baldwin. All he can hear is applause and trumpets. …

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Alec Baldwin with Trump mask

Stories About Code Obfuscation

2017/04/20

(FTB stderr) – Marcus Ranum:

Code Obfuscation is really neat stuff. Or, it can be.

Other than the rare programmer such as the one guy I encountered in a certain university’s database research group in 1988, most programmers write somewhat readable code. It has to be readable because the compiler/interpreter’s parser is almost always more strict than a human would be – programming languages have a specific syntax that strikes a balance between the computer’s ability to be sure what the programmer wants to do, and the programmer’s laziness about expressing it. There are fun philosophical debates among programming language proponents as to the degree to which the computer should try to figure things out. …

If I’ve got to give you a copy of my source code, why not turn “prompt” into “0x000010” or something less readable? Why not turn all my variables into unreadable crud? What if my variables look like: “01oI00”, “0I00Ioo” and so forth? And all my function names can be changed, and my strings can even be removed. …

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Stunnix obfuscation