Jul. 31st, 2007

holzman_tweed: (something in the water)
...where I'm taking an "Advanced Database Hacking Security Assessment" Class.

Buying the presenters tool (names withheld to protect the guilty) is not an advanced technique.
Logging in with unchanged default passwords is not an advanced technique.
SQL injection is not an advanced technique.
Buffer overflow is not an advanced technique.
Uploading a backdoor using documented database file handling functions is not an advanced technique.

Unless I'm far, far more 3133^ than I think I am.

Of course, it's only 10 AM on day 2 of the class, so maybe the meat is yet to come. I'll edit and give credit if I learn a technique I didn't already know.

On the other hand, one of my classmates asked what the "foo" command does. I swear by whatever God[1] is closest at hand I am not making that up.

11:26 EDIT: It's not just me -- even the guy who wanted to know what the "foo" command does is browsing the web instead of being engrossed in these advanced 3133^ hax0r sk1llz.

[1] Given that I'm in Las Vegas, that's probably Mammon.
holzman_tweed: (pigs)
I'm running into a common misunderstanding elsewhere.

"Chocolate ice cream is yummy" is an opinion. It's a subjective statement of one's experience. It's not subject to being right or wrong.

"I find that sexually desiring a woman interferes with my ability to have a friendship with them" is a subjective analysis of one's experience. Someone who says such a thing is unlikely to be wrong, they are describing the way their thoughts and feelings currently work, even if they may change in the future.

"No man would be willing to have any relationship with a woman if they can't have sex with them exclusively" is a refutable assertion of fact. It is subject to being confirmed right or rejected as factually incorrect. Asserting that it is an opinion and therefore cannot be wrong demonstrates limited reading comprehension and analytic limitations.

[1] Not a random example, the topic is an examination of the question of whether or not men and women can have "true" friendships, and the validity of the analysis provided in the movie "When Harry Met Sally."

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