Raymond Hettinger, “Being a Core Developer in Python”, PyBay2016

September 24, 2016 Leave a comment

Published on Sep 17, 2016
PyBay 2016 Keynote

What I’ve learned from being a maintainer and core developer for the past 15 years. Thoughts on channeling Guido, stability, hyper-generalization, Sturgeon’s law and egativity, evaluating submissions, inability to predict the future, user centric design, treating mature code differently, believing in or doubting your predecessors, lever arguments and completers, problems of too many choices, implementation details, how much to document, needs of the standard library versus the needs of users, code that is dead on arrival and how PyPI changed everything, orthogonality, importance of skill and expertise, consistency and foolish consistency, optimization and premature optimization, security tautologies, argument ordering, operator abuse, avoiding race to implementation (we can all write working code), the naming of parts, economy of force and complexity balance, feature creep, developing for others, over reliance on Guido, great minds don’t think alike, preference for compactness, and aversion to deprecations. What it means to be completely reliant on long term unpaid volunteers.

Raymond has been a prolific contributor to the CPython project for over a decade, having implemented and maintained many of Python’s great features. He has been instrumental in modules like bisect, collections, decimal, functools, itertools, math, random, with types like namedtuple, sets, dictionaries, and in many other places around the codebase. He has contributed to the modification of nearly 90,000 lines of code in the CPython repository, and has made over 160 changes in the PEP repository.

Raymond has also served as a director of the Python Software Foundation, and has mentored many people over the years on their contributions to the python-dev community. He’s also well known for his contributions to the Python Cookbook, and shares many pieces of Python wisdom on Twitter. He received the Distinguished Service Award at PyCon 2014 for his exceptional contributions to the python community.


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The Cryptographic Key That Secures the Web Is Being Changed for the First Time

September 23, 2016 Leave a comment

The Cryptographic Key That Secures the Web Is Being Changed for the First Time

Soon, one of the most important cryptographic key pairs on the internet will be changed for the first time.

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), the US-based non-profit responsible for various internet infrastructure tasks, will change the key pair that creates the first link in a long chain of cryptographic trust that lies underneath the Domain Name System, or DNS, the “phone book” of the internet.

This key ensures that when web users try to visit a website, they get sent to the correct address. Without it, many internet users could be directed to imposter sites crafted by hackers, such as phishing websites designed to steal information.


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GPG notes

September 22, 2016 Leave a comment

GPG Notes

1. Getting a gpg public key
You need to know the recipients key id

gpg2 --keyserver pgp.mit.edu --recv-keys <recipient_key_id>

2. Encrypt a file (I locked myself out doing this. So if you want to read that file again later use the other option below)

gpg2 --output file.txt.gpg --sign --encrypt --recipient <recipient_key_id> 
--recipient <recipient_key_id> file.txt

3. Encrypt a file that you would later want to decrypt

gpg2 --output file.txt.gpg --sign --encrypt --recipient(yourself) <your_key_id> 
--recipient <recipient_key_id> --recipient <recipient_key_id> file.txt
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Researchers show off remote attack against Tesla Model S

September 22, 2016 Leave a comment

Researchers show off remote attack against Tesla Model S

The researchers were able to remotely control the braking system, sunroof, door locks, trunk, side-view mirrors and more

Tesla Motors is considered one of the most cybersecurity-conscious car manufacturers in the world — among other things, it has a bug bounty program. But that doesn’t mean the software in its cars is free of security flaws.

Researchers from Chinese technology company Tencent found a series of vulnerabilities that, when combined, allowed them to remotely take over a Tesla Model S car and control its sunroof, central display, door locks and even the braking system. The attack allowed the researchers to access the car’s controller area network (CAN) bus, which lets the vehicle’s specialized computers communicate with each other.

“As far as we know, this is the first case of remote attack which compromises CAN Bus to achieve remote controls on Tesla cars,” the researchers from Tencent’s Keen Security Lab said in a blog post Monday. “We have verified the attack vector on multiple varieties of Tesla Model S. It is reasonable to assume that other Tesla models are affected.”


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How HipChat Stores and Indexes Billions of Messages Using ElasticSearch and Redis

September 21, 2016 Leave a comment
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Querying json in Postgres

September 7, 2016 Leave a comment
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Interesting Python Tutorials — Python Tips

August 27, 2016 Leave a comment

Hi there folks! I have read some interesting Python tutorials lately. I would love to share them with you. Without any further ado let me list them over here: 1. Composing Music With Recurrent Neural Networks I loved this tutorial. It is a bit old but still worth a read. The author has explained the theory […]

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