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Heiko Niemeier
Works at Max Planck Institute for biophysical Chemistry
Attended University of Hildesheim, Germany
Lives in Bovenden
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Systems and network administrator
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  • Max Planck Institute for biophysical Chemistry
    2008 - present
  • MAGIX AG
    2006 - 2008
  • DeveloGen AG
    2002 - 2006
  • SGH Internet Division
    1999 - 2001
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Göttingen - Hannover - Braunschweig - Hildesheim - Lübbecke
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This is a fascinating look into the messenger war between Microsoft and AOL in the late 1990s. I particularly like the inside view into Microsoft's corporate culture, where "better enough than the competition" was the yardstick. This explains a lot.

(via +Yonatan Zunger)
 
AOL knew about this bug in their program and now they were exploiting it! That was what all those double zeros were for—they were just filling up space in the program’s buffer until they hit the end of the AOL client’s buffer and started overwriting executable code with the remainder of the protocol message.AOL was causing the client to look up a particular address in memory and send it back to the server. This was tricky, vastly trickier than anything they’d done so far. It was also a bit outside the realm of fair play: exploiting a security hole in their own client that our client didn’t have!
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Some mornings are less awesome than others...
 
My Morning a play in one act, for your amusement

Setting: 5 a.m. Friday. The sun has not yet risen. A cool breeze flows gently through my bedroom, where I and DH sleep to the melody of robin-song.

Smoke Detector 1:  Let me sing you the song of my people
Smoke detectors 2-infinity: We will sing with you, brother

I rise and stumble downstairs to listen to the glorious chirping

Unfortunate Puddle: Let me bathe your feet in cold dog urine. All the girls are doing it.

I fumble for the mop and cleaning stuff and clean a bazillion square feet of wood floor

Unfortunate Puddle: I shall return!

Smoke Detectors (all): Chirpety chirp squeak squeal!

I take matters into hand 

Smoke detector eleventy: I weep for for ignorance as you tear me from my hearth and home. SD screams in mighty agony

All the other smoke detectors wail in disbelief. The children wake and begin to cry. I mercilessly storm through the house, pulling down smoke detectors and gently stacking them for later battery replacement

Smoke detector the last: I will sing intermittently and at random in mourning for my family. You will not find me.

I spend 20 minutes searching for the last smoke detector and finally find it in the unfinished basement

Me: AHA! Gotchu, fucker!

Unfortunate Puddle: I'm ALLIIIIVVVEEEE! Let me shower your hand and arm with dog urine, filtered through the floorboards above.  All the girls are doing it.

I throw the soaked detector away and mop myself with paper towels as I head to the shower

On-Demand Hot Water Heater: Poor girl, let me shower you with delightful hot water. Better?

Me: mmmm.

ODHWH: PRANK! switches instantly to ice water

Me. FFFFUUUUUCCCCCKKKK!

Alarm Clock: Wakey, wakey riseandshine!

The End
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Somehow I have the feeling that there's something missing.
Weren't you doing it barefoot, and there were these Lego bricks lying around? :-)
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RTÉ [Raidió Teilifís Éireann] removed the Saturday Night Show from its online player yesterday over legal concerns regarding an interview with Rory O’Neill aka Panti. Speaking on Twitter yesterday, the drag performer revealed that his “appearance on the Sat Night Show has been taken off the RTÉ Player because someone I mentioned is upset…Legally upset.” During the interview, O’Neill spoke about homophobia in Ireland, naming a number of newspaper columnists during the discussion. “The only place that you see it’s OK to be really horrible and mean about gays is on the internet in the comments and people who make a living writing opinion pieces for newspapers,” he said.

And then this happened. Please watch the video in full. It's powerful stuff.

Via +Joe Jervis
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I would not be so pessimistic +Stefan Momma. Agreed, we still have a very long way to go, but the progress we make is also astonishing. Just a few years back this speech would not have been possible in Ireland. Such progress is always far to slow from the point of view of the people affected by the prejudices, and I totally include myself in it. But still there is progress even in the darkest of places.
Does that mean the people talking about homophobia is aimed against homophobes are right? Hell no. But those are rearguard actions by people who know they are on the loosing side of history. And often people tend to get louder as they realize this.
Does that mean we should lean back and say all is done and well? Of course not. There are still to many places in the world where outright homophobia prevails, and even the "enlightened" places in the world still harbor far too much homophobia.
But there still is progress and as such I am very optimistic for the future.
[Edit: A few less typos]
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"You're going to love it here."

Beautiful.

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Great idea. See original posting.
 
Here's a poll for you, if you're interested. I'm going to add a comment for each Hugo and Nebula Award winning writer of the last five years. (Novel, Novella, Novelette and Short Story awards only).

Please +1 the comment if you've heard of the author.

I personally was surprised by how many I hadn't. I have some reading to do.
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Then you have a lot of new authors to discover. :-)
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What does science say about the consequences of climate change (in our lifetimes)?
(Spoiler: The author also takes the alarmists down a notch.)
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+Rob Honeycutt Yesterday evening I read the "Earth might explode" fake "science paper." The "paper" insists that all of the world's scientists are wrong about why Earth is currently warming anomalously--- a claim the deniers themselves make.  Odd that deniers then cite this "paper" as a real science paper being wrong and hilarious.
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I use this site to help sysadmins at work check their SSL settings. It's always nice to go after a website vulnerability scan "Oh and your SSL settings are now a lot better!"
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Dear lazyweb, I need a benchmark tool for network file system performance (NFS, SMB, maybe AFP). Bonnie++ seems to be Linux/Unix-only. Is there anything that's cross-platform? Linux and Windows at least?
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That worked, thanks +Peter da Silva !
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"Only in America do we accept weather predictions from a rodent, but deny climate change evidence by scientists." -- Jeanette Roman
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Nicht nur dort.
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Oh look, a  company that exploits psychological traits in humans to make them shell out money behaves like a bunch of assholes. Colour me surprised.

I was thinking about buying Banner Saga anyway. Thanks for making that choice easier for me, King.com!

via +Fabian Schorp 

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Note to self: Buy banner saga, stay well clear of anything released by King.com.
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They don't even have a "Saga" trademark, is the fun thing about this. They do have one on "Candy", though.

And it's resulted in thecandyjam.com happening :D
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