21 July, 2017

A hacker stole $31M of Ether—how it happened and what it means for Ethereum

A hacker stole $31M of Ether—how it happened and what it means for Ethereum:

The problem is, blockchain programming is fundamentally different from web development.
Let me explain.
Before the age of the client-server web model, most programming was done for packaged consumer software or on embedded systems. This was before the day of automatic software updates. In these programs, a shipped product was final—you released one form of your software every 6 months, and if there was a bug, that bug would have to stand until the next release. Because of this longer development cycle, all software releases were rigorously tested under all conceivable circumstances.
Web development is far more forgiving. When you push bad code to a web server, it's not a big deal if there's a critical mistake—you can just roll back the code, or roll forward with a fix, and all is well because you control the server. Or if the worst happens and there's an active breach or a data leak, you can always stop the bleeding by shutting off your servers and disconnecting yourself from the network.
These two development models are fundamentally different. It's only out of something like web development that you can get the motto "move fast and break things."
Most programmers today are trained on the web development model. Unfortunately, the blockchain security model is more akin to the older model.


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19 July, 2017

Senate candidate Deedra Abboud is under attack for being Muslim

Senate candidate Deedra Abboud is under attack for being Muslim: "She won’t win.

The last Democrat to win a U.S. Senate seat from Arizona was Dennis DeConcini in 1988.

Still, I’d encourage you to take a look at Abboud’s Facebook page. 

You won't learn much about her. The stuff she’s posted is your typical campaign feed.

But the responses – many of them from people who live outside Arizona – say quite a bit about us."



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16 July, 2017

The call to service, citizenship and the future of tech -- reflections from my tour at the United States Digital Service | Cathryn Posey | Pulse | LinkedIn

The call to service, citizenship and the future of tech -- reflections from my tour at the United States Digital Service | Cathryn Posey | Pulse | LinkedIn: "And during my two years of service I have learned something profound -- this opportunity to serve for the tech community is not merely helping to transform government, it has the potential to transform the tech industry."



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04 July, 2017

Africans in America/Part 4/Frederick Douglass speech

Africans in America/Part 4/Frederick Douglass speech: "Would you have me argue that man is entitled to liberty? that he is the rightful owner of his own body? You have already declared it. Must I argue the wrongfulness of slavery? Is that a question for Republicans? Is it to be settled by the rules of logic and argumentation, as a matter beset with great difficulty, involving a doubtful application of the principle of justice, hard to be understood? How should I look to-day, in the presence of Amercans, dividing, and subdividing a discourse, to show that men have a natural right to freedom? speaking of it relatively and positively, negatively and affirmatively. To do so, would be to make myself ridiculous, and to offer an insult to your understanding. There is not a man beneath the canopy of heaven that does not know that slavery is wrong for him.
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03 July, 2017

I was a trauma nurse in Afghanistan. This is what I think about on Memorial Day. : MilitaryStories

I was a trauma nurse in Afghanistan. This is what I think about on Memorial Day. : MilitaryStories: "As we covered his body, I thought about his family at home and wondered what they were doing at this time. The family was not aware of the events taking place and would soon be greeted by soldiers in the Army’s Dress Blue Uniform informing them the status of their child and fiancĂ©. I was lightheaded, my arms shook from the adrenaline flowing through my veins. When we finished, I left the operating room to get a breath of the cold mountain air. I walked out of the building through a mass of soldiers wondering why we were leaving the operating room so soon. I stepped out behind the building and behind some connexes where days before I'd incinerated a leg, fell to my knees, and wept.
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The Comeback Kid - News Hub

The Comeback Kid - News Hub: "As part of her rehab exercises during her recovery, Riley had been trying on her bridesmaid dress and practicing for York’s big day.

“She was preparing to regain her independence,” York says, “but with the specific goal of being at my wedding.”

On June 15, 2012 — just 35 days after the accident — Angela Riley walked down the aisle as her friend’s bridesmaid.
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02 July, 2017

'Race never entered our minds': The heartbroken couple told they can't adopt a white baby

'Race never entered our minds': The heartbroken couple told they can't adopt a white baby:

The Manders, both of whose parents came to this country from Punjab as children, have launched legal action against the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead and its adoption service Adopt Berkshire after being refused permission to adopt a white child because of their “cultural heritage”. 



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Selling Our Building: Our Story – Ginter Park Baptist Church

Selling Our Building: Our Story – Ginter Park Baptist Church: "Our building has served Ginter Park Baptist Church for most of its century-long history. We have two well-equipped worship spaces, large and small classrooms, a commercial-level kitchen, flexible event space, and so on. We have shared this space with individuals and with other church and community groups, and this sharing has enriched our relationship with our neighbors and contributed operating funds for the property. However, the growing maintenance costs of the building finally have outstripped our ability to keep up by means of a combination of congregational gifts and rental income.

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Darlingside - Go Back (Glastonbury Session) - YouTube

Darlingside - Go Back (Glastonbury Session) - YouTube:




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Why CG Sucks (Except It Doesn't) - YouTube

Why CG Sucks (Except It Doesn't) - YouTube: "We believe that the reason we think all CG looks bad, is because we only see "bad” CG. Fantastic, beautiful, and wonderfully executed CG is everywhere - you just don't know it. Truly great visual effects serve story and character – and in doing so are, by their very definition, invisible.
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China rocket launch fails after liftoff - CNN.com

China rocket launch fails after liftoff - CNN.com:

Carrying an experimental communications satellite, China's largest rocket lifted off at 7:23 p.m. local time (7:23 a.m. ET) toward clear skies from the seaside Wenchang space launch center on the southern Chinese island of Hainan.
But 40 minutes later, the state-run Xinhua news agency flashed a headline declaring the launch a failure -- without providing any details.
    Dubbed "Chubby 5" for its huge size -- 5 meters in diameter and 57 meters tall -- the LM-5 rocket is designed to carry up to 25 tons of payload into low orbit, more than doubling the country's previous lift capability.
    Xinhua initially tweeted: "#BREAKING: China's launch of Long March-5 Y2 carrier rocket fails."
    It then tweeted: "Anomaly was detected during its flight and further investigation will be carried out."


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