Wednesday, December 24, 2003

Spam Missive

Okay, here's some of the spam I received within the last 30 minutes (is AT&T really using Brightmail to filter? One wonders...). Anyhow, my question is... who clicks on messages like these? And, if you click on one of these messages, is that an automatic indicator that your general (and/or Internet) intelligence quotient is at the simpleton level?

 Direland p.r.i.c.e.s are v.a.l.i.d until 30.. 12/24/03 3KB
 Rene Blair Hiya 12/24/03 3KB
 Brigitte Dyment This is what she wants 12/24/03 2KB
 eBay Please update your eBay account in.. 12/24/03 8KB
 Carlita Adam cheaap but great medications ilium.. 12/24/03 7KB

Book Review: Secure Programming Cookbook for C and C++

From Slashdot: "In the foreword to this book Gene Spafford observes that there really are four types of programmers:

Those who are constantly writing buggy code, no matter what,
Those who can write reasonable code, given coaching and examples,
Those who write good code most of the time, but who don't fully realize their limitations,
Those who really understand the language, the machine architecture, software engineering, and the application area, and who can write textbook code on a regular basis.

There are, as Spafford claims, too many people in category 3 who think they belong to the category 4, and that's the primary target audience of the book"... Secure Programming Cookbook for C and C++.


For you old-time C hacks: here are the past winners of the International Obfuscated C Code Contest (IOCCC): Memories - the Previous IOCCC Winners. Some of the code is hilarious.

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