Month: April 2013

PGP Cryptography With The Legion of the Bouncy Castle – Part 4

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Before starting I would like to thank all the people who have viewed my posts on using Bouncy Castle. I have been monitoring the hits on my blog and I’ve noticed that my series on encryption with Bouncy Castle has been getting a lot of attention. I did promise to make Part 4 about encrypting and signing a single file all in one, but from lack of time I do not think it will make it to Part 4.

One of the main reasons is that Bouncy Castle is largely undocumented and what little documentation there exists on the net is not enough. The way I have created my posts where by reading the unit test cases from the Bouncy Castle source package and doing some trial and error and testing with PGP Desktop and GPG. So there isn’t enough time for me to continue to do that. So for Part 4 I have decided to show how we add Bouncy Castle support to Android!

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Zaid Rabab’a Biggest Plagiarizer on Bayt.com

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So I have an account on Bayt.com which claims to be

the leading job site in the Gulf and Middle East, connecting job seekers with employers looking to hire. Every day, thousands of new job vacancies are listed on the award-winning platform from the region’s top employers.

Rightfully so, it has a large database of job listing and some nice and useful statistics that you can browse through. So when I log in they recommend me to go to their “specialties” page where people get to ask questions and give answers. Also people’s questions and answers can be given ratings, kind of similar to how stackoverflow works. So then I see this guy who goes by the name of “Zaid Rabab’a” who seems to answer a lot of people’s questions. Like a wide variety of questions too. I thought it was kind of odd, I always do; I am very cynical.

So I did something quite silly, I selected the text of his answer and pasted it into google. Boom! I found a website with the exact same answer. Weird… it’s like they both came up with exactly the same words, punctuations, slang and terminology for the same answer whose question was asked months maybe years apart. That or he just plain out copied someone else’s answer.

I felt annoyed at first and then I felt sad. I reviewed a list of this guy’s answers to questions and they’re all (90%) copy/pasted or just outright plagiarized from other websites. I compiled a list of the page where he answers and the corresponding website where the answer has been copied from. I could have gotten more but it was just getting too sad for me.

Zaid Rabab’a Answer: http://www.bayt.com/en/specialties/question/1124/?feed=answers
Plagiarized from: http://stackoverflow.com/questions/10558465/memcache-vs-redis

Zaid Rabab’a Answer: http://www.bayt.com/en/specialties/question/1109/?feed=answers
Plagiarized from: http://php.net/manual/en/function.htmlspecialchars.php

Zaid Rabab’a Answer: http://www.bayt.com/en/specialties/question/716/?feed=answers
Plagiarized from: http://www.dotnetfunda.com/interview/exam2575-what-is-the-difference-between-custommasterurl-masterurl.aspx

Zaid Rabab’a Answer: http://www.bayt.com/en/specialties/question/1038/?feed=answers
Plagiarized from: http://javarevisited.blogspot.com/2010/10/why-string-is-immutable-in-java.html

Zaid Rabab’a Answer: http://www.bayt.com/en/specialties/question/1022/?feed=answers
Plagiarized from: http://stackoverflow.com/questions/8964523/how-do-i-protect-my-website-from-sql-injections

Zaid Rabab’a Answer: http://www.bayt.com/en/specialties/question/686/?feed=answers
Plagiarized from: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Connection_string

Zaid Rabab’a Answer: http://www.bayt.com/en/specialties/question/999/?feed=answers
Plagiarized from: http://www.coolinterview.com/interview/44235/
http://techpreparation.com/php-interview-questions-answers1.htm

Zaid Rabab’a Answer: http://www.bayt.com/en/specialties/question/998/?feed=answers
Plagiarized from: http://www.w3schools.in/php-tutorial/interview-questions/

Zaid Rabab’a Answer: http://www.bayt.com/en/specialties/question/997/?feed=answers
Plagiarized from: http://dev.fyicenter.com/faq/php/Get-Uploaded-File-Information.html

Zaid Rabab’a Answer: http://www.bayt.com/en/specialties/question/996/?feed=answers
Plagiarized from: http://www.netsqlinterviewquestions.com/Php_Interview_Questions/364_what-is-meant-by-urlencode-and-urldecode.aspx?TopicID=21

Zaid Rabab’a Answer: http://www.bayt.com/en/specialties/question/961/?feed=answers
Plagiarized from: http://programmers.stackexchange.com/questions/186324/which-http-status-codes-are-really-ok

Zaid Rabab’a Answer: http://www.bayt.com/en/specialties/question/937/?feed=answers
Plagiarized from: http://www.c-sharpcorner.com/Interviews/answer/5653/what-is-use-of-app_code-folder-in-Asp-Net-application

Zaid Rabab’a Answer: http://www.bayt.com/en/specialties/question/151/?feed=answers
Plagiarized from: https://httpd.apache.org/docs/2.2/mod/worker.html

I sent bayt.com some feedback on this just to realize the person in question works for bayt.com hahaha (would not be surprised if those links mysteriously disappear too). Seriously, I would not hire or work with such a person who inflates their status in such a way and does not give credit where its due.