The problem with certificates and standards

From Slashdot:

“The FAA’s NextGen Air Traffic Control (ATC) modernization plan is at risk of serious security breaches, according to Brad Haines (aka RenderMan). Haines outlined his concerns during a presentation (PDF) he gave at the recent DefCon 20 hacker conference in Las Vegas, explaining that ADS-B signals are unauthenticated and unencrypted, and ‘spoofing‘ (video) or inserting a fake aircraft into the ADS-B system is easy. The FAA isn’t worried because the system has been certified and accredited.”

This is a great example of how certifications and standards can create a false sense of security.

Becoming a better developer

Learn something new with every project. If necessary, take some unbilled extra time and figure out how to do something better than in your last project. Your client will be happy and you will become better, faster and stronger.

Have a personal wiki, or share one with your team. Document stuff. Save code snippets. You can thank me later.

If you get stuck with a problem, write a blog post about it. Traffic Helping out other people is always good, and it will leave a good impression of you for potential future employers.

Seek out a mentor online. Hackerbuddy is a great place to start. PHP Mentoring is another place to consider. I’m an autodidact and I know you can learn everything by yourself, but learning from more experienced or smarter people than you can save you a lot of time.

How to remove scrollbars from Facebook iframe tab

Facebook iframe tabs have a fixed height of 800px, which is really annoying as longer content means scrollbars will appear. After a couple of hours of googling (I tested a whole bunch of different solutions and nothing worked for some reason), this is how I finally solved the issue. Note that it’s a band-aid fix, but I’d rather not delve into the insides of Facebook application development to figure out what’s really going on.

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