In yesterday’s Bloomberg article with an upbeat glass-half-full original title of “The mining industry makes oil giants look great”, we see one of those CEO quotes that truly boggles the mind. Apparently, if this continued for 33 months already, it’s probably considered not so bad in the non-tech world.
… since he took on the role 33 months ago the company’s revenue had slumped by an average of $350 million a month.
Just curious, how does a routine conversation with the board/investors go then? “So, how are you guys doing?” – “Not so bad, focusing on our core competencies, pissing away $350 million a month, just like the last few years” – “Great, keep up the good work then!”
Of course, that depends on your definition of scale.
I was talking to my friend at Google, and was really surprised to find out that they use a Perforce-like version control system there. Wait, I said, isn’t Perforce like, dead and buried, now that Git has taken over the world? According to him, Git does not scale to the volume and the number of LOC’s that Google needs. And then I come across this:
How does Google manage a single source code repository with 2 billion lines of source code?
replaced p4 with a home built clone
Here is an even more amusing piece of trivia:
folks senior enough to never get used to IDEs would simply use Emacs/vim, and build our own tools for code browsing, etc.
How do you navigate a 2 billion line codebase with vi????
That’s interesting –
What is the current listing status for apple.com?
This site is not currently listed as suspicious.
Part of this site was listed for suspicious activity 1 time(s) over the past 90 days.
What happened when Google visited this site?
Of the 64688 pages we tested on the site over the past 90 days, 1 page(s) resulted in malicious software being downloaded and installed without user consent. The last time Google visited this site was on 2014-09-30, and the last time suspicious content was found on this site was on 2014-09-24. Malicious software includes 3 trojan(s), 2 virus, 1 exploit(s).
Malicious software is hosted on 2 domain(s), including pphoenix.org/, helptosay.com/.
1 domain(s) appear to be functioning as intermediaries for distributing malware to visitors of this site, including helptosay.com/.
Has this site hosted malware?
Yes, this site has hosted malicious software over the past 90 days. It infected 0 domain(s), including .
I checked it on September 30th and I got the above. Prolly clean by now:
So contrary to some FUD reports, Google Play stays relatively malware-free. Which makes long-running apps like this one especially puzzling.
Enter The Videos Mania, which is active for at least about a year, has been downloaded between 100k and half a million times, and has ~7000 likes on Google+. Its developer has 8 other apps like ringtones and wallpapers, all of which require SMS permissions and all are reported as trojans by Lookout, though the Videos one is by far the most popular. The dude didn’t really bother fudging a proper-looking certificate, simply signing his creations as “DN: C=xx”.
This Videos app is marked by 31/54 Virustotal vendors as an SMS-sending trojan, so I’m just curious, doesn’t Google like own VT? Don’t they VT-scan the apps? Or maybe they do it once during app version releases, and if there are no VT alarms at the time, they never re-scan? Not sure, that doesn’t sound like Google. But here we are with this app, and some more of my favorites coming up in future posts.
Now this is just straight up scary
Google Acquires Boston Dynamics (nytimes.com)
Those are the dudes that created an unbeatable robot mule that you can kick and it just keeps plowing along. Now, why would a snoopy little search engine that intercepts all your email and all the websites you visit would need an army of extra-sturdy robots? …just sayin