Sadly, this is par for the course. When Washington is in charge of buying and selling, politicians and big business will tend to get the better of such arrangements.
Firing Pat Shurmur made sense; he’s not a bad guy, and I’d like to see him succeed elsewhere, but he averaged three wins a season. That’s no good. Firing Heckert is a mistake, though. He knew what he was doing, made some excellent draft choices, and has put this team in a position to, if not make the playoffs next year, threaten it. Maybe even go 8-8 (the Holy Grail of Browns fans; well, realistic ones, anyway.) A quality coach will help with that too. You can’t blame Heckert for the team he inherited when Phil Savage was fired, and his picks and roster moves have thus far been sound.
I hope the new owner of the Browns knows what he’s doing.
Ben Foster has a nice roundup of how to set up OAuth with some of the biggest providers (Google, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Microsoft).
- Brian Krebs notes that bank fraud may be ramping up for the new year.
- Krebs is also shocked that Adobe sucks at security. Given their miserable history with the subject, I’m not sure why.
- Don’t click things.
- A directory traversal attack in VMware View.
- Hail Hydra! There’s a new version of Hydra out now.
Indirect costs: much higher. What happens the next time a large firm goes to Washington for a handout? There’s plenty of precedent and lots of greased politicians.
President Grant was better than many people have learned in history classes. This is yet another Ohio President who has gotten a bad rap unfairly.
Nic Cain has an excellent script to automate backup tuning. He published this literally the same day that I had to start tuning a large database’s backups, so I was cursing him for not releasing it 24 hours earlier…