As a software developer, how often do you leave a backdoor in your code?

As a software developer, how often do you leave a backdoor in your code? by Anonymous

Answer by Anonymous:

I once left a backdoor on an Android app since I was working with a client that couldn’t be trusted whether they would pay me or not. Heard from another developer that they let him develop and ran away with the software and never paid him.

It was like this, whenever the app starts it proceeds as usual but on the background it sends a request to one of my servers, if the request reaches the server and the response is code 200, then its ok, am still waiting for the payment the app can proceed as usual, if 201 then I wasn’t paid, so crash the app, clean all preferences and change url that was saved in preferences makes the app completely unusable for good. If 203 then I have been paid in full, proceed never send any request to my server again.

And my guess was right,I made the app, haven’t send the code to the client yet (they didn’t need the code though, it was a full running app), they started using the app, told me some stuffs, I fixed them, everything is set, they love the app, it was even more than they expected, I even made them an admin dashboard with a bunch of analytics to monitor all their data for free as a way to make them like me to work with them in the future, in my price I even included free up to 3 months bugs fixing if any were to occur, they were so happy with the results.

Then they immediately disappeared, waited for their reply for two weeks, nothing, not even a reply to tell me to wait, its like they all died from a hurricane or something, they even changed the pass to their server so I couldn’t get in and kill it, that was proof enough that they clearly ran away with my software. So I sent the 201 status code from my server and the whole app froze, all clients they connected couldn’t use the app anymore, immediately the following day they tried to contact me, I tripled the price after seeing they wanted to scam me. They paid me in full the same day through western union, I sent a fully working app with no backdoor, and all the source code. And that was it, I’ll never work with these guys again.

I will put a backdoor if you are a bad client, if you are a good one or pay in advance I’m not putting any, or if we are in the same country because I know I could sue you. I hate backdoors anyway because they are too risky no matter how much I try to secure them, the fact that they exist is a problem.

As a software developer, how often do you leave a backdoor in your code?

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“What we end up making is always larger than what we think it will be.” – Monty Oum

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Do professors sit in on college classes?

Answer by Richard Muller:

I sat in on the lectures of Prof. Ken Jowitt for a semester.  I did this because I was fascinated with his theories on political science, but I was also curious about the rumor I had heard that at the end of each lecture, all 500 of his students applauded and gave him a standing ovation.

It turned out to be true, and I joined them.  Each of his lectures was a work of art. I learned an amazing amount about teaching by attending those lectures.

I have had one professor, a very famous one, attend all my lectures in my "Physics for Future Presidents" class.  I was very flattered, and yet remarkably uncomfortable.  Here was someone who could tell if I was bamboozling the students.  It was a very good discipline for me.  (You can watch my lectures for 2006 on YouTube.)

I have advised professors who have poor teaching records that one of the best things they can do is go to the lectures of those who win the "Distinguished Teaching Award."  Anyone can improve their lectures, but the best way to do that is to see how the great teachers really teach.

Do professors sit in on college classes?

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Good morning. [turns on mic] Good morning. In less than an hour, aircraft from here will join others from around the world, and you will be launching the largest aerial battle in the history of mankind. Mankind. That word should have new meaning for all of us today. We can’t be consumed by our petty differences anymore. We will be united in our common interests. Perhaps it’s fate that today is the Fourth of July, and you will once again be fighting for our freedom. Not from tyranny, oppression, or persecution… but from annihilation. We’re fighting for our right to live. To exist. And should we win the day, the Fourth of July will no longer be known as an American holiday, but as the day when the world declared in one voice: We will not go quietly into the night! We will not vanish without a fight! We’re going to live on! We’re going to survive! Today we celebrate our Independence Day!

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With the onset of Exams round the corner… Fun is just increasing… Not the  best combo!

Parties parties and more of them are getting the best of my time spared for studies…. I don’t care anyways.

Plus… It’s about time I reverted the site to how it was before the Onset of the festive season…. 😉

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