* Posts by Paul Hovnanian

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New fear: ISIS killers use 'digital AK-47' malware to hunt victims

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Re: Where does it send the IP addresses?

I can just see the ISIS hackers geolocating 127.0.0.1 and mounting an attack.

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REVEALED: Titsup flight plan mainframe borks UK air traffic control

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Re: Bad flight plan?

"Invariably someone puts a flight plan wrong and it borks the system"

You are lucky someone didn't try to fly a U2 through your airspace. It appears you may have hired the same people to write your ATC code.

Welcome to the club.

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Put me through to Buffy's room, please. Sony hackers leak stars' numbers, travel aliases

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Re: Just wondering

It's Sony pictures. Everyone works under one of Georgette Spelvin, Walter Plinge or Alan Smithee.

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NASA prods sleeping New Horizons spacecraft: Wakey, wakey, Pluto's calling

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Imagine ....

.... New Horizons' disappointment* when it wakes up and finds out Pluto has been demoted.

*Yes. I know how much mechanical devices hate being anthropomorphised.

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How HAPPY am I on a scale of 1 to 10? Where do I click PISSED OFF?

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Happy

Survey results

Let me take this opportunity to vote in favor of more Russ Meyer movie clips embedded in El Reg articles.

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How to get ahead in IT: Swap the geek speak for the spreadsheet

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This depends on the line of business

"The evolution shouldn’t come as a surprise: the IT department is increasingly being seen as a profit rather than a cost centre with IT budgets commonly split between keeping the lights on and spend on innovation and revenue-generating projects."

It's a profit center only if your company is in the business of producing IT products or services. Otherwise it's a tool your company uses to perform their revenue generating functions. Yes, your IT systems can provide the latter organizations with a strategic advantage over your competition. In much the same way as an auto repair shop can excell by having higher quality and/or more capable tools.

"Project Manager"

Not the most important job in the IT process. Unless IT products/services are yor companies line of business. Its the process owning manager that makes the cost/benefit decisions on which tools to invest in and when to upgrade or replace those tools. These decisions need to be made with the support and operating costs of the legacy systems in mind. Which is where contributions from the operations (admins) as well as development (project) sides of the house need to be balanced against the user's cost/benefits.

All too often, IT systems are seen as projects that, when done, provide the project manager their little gold star, promotion and material for their CV. And once the system is delivered, its cost to the company go largely unnoticed. Untion the users or admins scream about it being crap. The smart company has someone in charge of the work process that can call for a new system to be built, even if the old one is stil functional. If that new system can produce a savings/benefit to justify the work done. On the other hand, the process owner might reccommend sticking with a clipboard and pencil on the shop floor if the shiny tablet/IT tool doesn't add value to the bottom line. The latter decision doesn't look as good on an IT manager's CV, but its a valid choice.

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Bond villains lament as Wicked Lasers withdraw death ray

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Re: I like toys but...

"That said I've not seen any news stories involving one of these lasers being used on drivers."

Aircraft. Too many instances of redneck morons playing games with these and planes recently.

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FORGET the CLIMATE: FATTIES are a MUCH BIGGER problem - study

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Alien

Depends on your point of view

There are some who think that a bit more fat is a good thing.

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Re: WRONG! (Was: I'm three terrorists at least!)

"You're reading El Reg and operating a computer"

Running Linux as well. That's another point or two right there.

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A life of cybercrime, a caipirinha and a tan: Fraudsters love a Brazilian

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I wonder if this has something to do with Brazil's restrictions on extradition. They don't extradite their own citizens, preferring to try them at home. And if their laws concerning cybercrime are a bit lax, that would be the better legal venue for a defendant.

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Google bags OBSCENELY LARGE Times Square ad space for New Year's

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Coat

So ...

... the backside of Kardashian's jeans wasn't available?

OK, I'll get my coat. The one with the corporate logo stitched on.

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Could YOU identify these 10 cool vintage mobile phones?

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Vintage?

Nobody told me a RAZR V3 was vintage. I still use one.

A DynaTac is vintage. Which I still have in a vintage car (just as a conversation piece now that analog service is gone).

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MOULDY DICK: France aims to snatch EXPLODING WHALE crown from U.S.

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Re: Sounds like a job

Sounds like a job for a Barrett M82A1. If the whale's belly is full of methane, a tracer round should be interesting. Just stand back a ways.

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Apple CEO Tim Cook: My well-known gayness is 'a gift from GOD'

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An example to follow

For having the courage to come out. I'm very supportive of the gay male community.

More women for me.

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MEN: For pity's sake SLEEP with LOTS of WOMEN - and avoid Prostate Cancer

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Re: Possible viral connection?

"The prostate has no idea who or what you're shagging, or if you're alone. If we ignore possible signaling hormones (possible, but no evidence), what could be causing this effect?"

It could be The Coolidge Effect at work and its effect on dopamine levels. So it is in fact beneficial to have a variety of partners as opposed to just one. Or the right hand.

At least this is what I'm going to explain to the wife.

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Re: "a statistically quite small group of people"

In addition; this IS Canada we're talking about. There are only so many test subjects available.

OK, I'll get my coat.

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KRAKKOOOM! Space Station supply mission in PODULE PRANG EXPLOSION CHAOS

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Resupply

"The astronauts aboard the space station won't be going hungry, however, since NASA has a policy of maintaining enough essentials on board to cover two resupply mission failures."

But how long can they hold out re-reading old copys of the Daily Mail?

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Planning to fly? Pour out your shampoo, toss your scissors, RENAME TERRORIST WI-FI!

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No Jokes

"It goes without saying that airports are not the place for jokes ..."

And yet, Ryanair soldiers on.

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SKYPE has the HOTS for my NAKED WIFE

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Re: I just use Linux...

"How do you know? Perhaps they're just not telling you."

Some laptops have a function key you've got to press. When you hear the voice come over your speaker telling you "Not that key. Second one to the left", you'll know you've got it.

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Wanna hop carriers with your iPad's Apple SIM? AVOID AT&T

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Re: Sort of defeats the object then

"May as well wang a normal sim card in"

Can you? Or is this an Apple proprietary interface?

If its possible, the answer is to pop the Apple SIM out before walking into the AT&T store*. They'll give you their own SIM as a part of the account activation.

*That's the shop in the mall with the sign "Abandon hope all ye who enter here" over the door.

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FTDI yanks chip-bricking driver from Windows Update, vows to fight on

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Re: Chinese manufacturing

"It was a different work-alike design. Using a uC. A from-scratch design. No FTDI IP included, except perhaps the fake logo printed on the package."

And most probably the same vendor and device IDs as the FTDI chip. This is in (properly written drivers) what controls which driver gets loaded. I'm pretty sure that violates the USB Implementers Forum license. If you build your own gizmo, fine. But go get your own IDs and write (and test) your own drivers.

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Google opens Inbox – email for people too thick to handle email

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Re: Bloody hell!

So, they'll be adding this function to systemd?

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Headmaster

Re: "To reminder you"???????

Don't verb nouns. It weirds the language.

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MARS NEEDS WOMEN, claims NASA pseudo 'naut: They eat less

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Re: Good god...

I was thinking more along the lines of a Thelma and Louise ending.

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Redmond top man Satya Nadella: 'Microsoft LOVES Linux'

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Terminator

If you love something

Set it free.

If it doesn't come back

hunt it down and kill it.

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America's super-secret X-37B plane returns to Earth after nearly TWO YEARS aloft

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Re: x-37's mess things up...

There is nothing that you have hypothesized that can't be done with conventional re-entry technology (i.e. re-purpose commercial/scientific launch technology).

The only think the X-37 provides, which current or proposed re-entry vehicles provide today is cross-range capability. And to date (unless we've missed something) the likely mission profile that would make use of this has not yet been seen. That is, a launch and single (or perhaps two) orbit trajectory with a return to ts origin. And this isn't a terribly important capability unless one must launch from the west coast (Vandenberg) and return to the same location. We could just as easily launch from Cape Canaveral and land in Texas using ground landing technology (like Soyuz).

Where the X-37 capability might come in handy is if there is a need to locate several launch and recovery sites around the globe. Where there isn't a suitable recovery site a thousand miles to the west (in friendly hands) useable for a conventional capsule recovery. The mission would be something like: launch, do something within one orbit, and return. And with sites around the globe, the point in orbit being accessed could be reached within 90 minutes.

Spying on or messing with other people's stuff in orbit, or launching space weapons don't seem to need these sorts of mission profiles. The one missions that does make sense is some sort of space rescue. Anything going wrong with a conventional manned capsule or space station and the astronauts hop into suits and bail out. An X-37 somewhere on earth can get there and return them within the lif support capabilities of a suit.

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Re: Marathon?

No landing slots available at O'Hare?

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FBI boss: We don't want a backdoor, we want the front door to phones

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CALEA

Need security holes built in to gadgets? Buy Chinese stuff. I hear they have been more than willing to comply.

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Radiohead(ache): BBC wants dead duck tech in sexy new mobes

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American here. Is there a license fee on British DAB (or analog) receivers?

In the USA, we have a tradition of supporting broadcasts available to the general public free of all fees. This includes gov't taxes as well as a requirement for listeners to pay some private entity for a 3G/4G/broadband connection.

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SECRET U.S. 'SPACE WARPLANE' set to return from SPY MISSION

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"Perhaps the shuttle has a multi-role mission."

And we may not see the role for which its peculiar capabilities were intended until some emergency arises. Because once people realize what it can do (outside of traditional spy sat capabilities) the cat will be out of the bag so to speak.

There have been some theories floating around about single orbit missions with cross range capability for quick recovery. And some of the performance characteristics required to support this have undoubtedly been tested during its longer stays in space. But to date, nothing has been done that could not have been accomplished by a typical 'one shot' craft so as not to give away the DoD's intentions.

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To Russia With Love: Snowden's pole-dancer girlfriend is living with him in Moscow

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Paris Hilton

Hey Ed!

PROTIP: Check her carefully for planted listening devices.

It's what I always do.

Paris because "Who put that there?"

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I've got a new Linux box, how does it work... WOAH, only asking :-/

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Windows

"Linux: Too hard for Windows users."

Don't worry. We're dumbing it down for the riff-raff. Wayland. Systemd.

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'Encryption will make life very easy for criminals and terrorists'

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On the other hand ...

... encryption makes life more difficult for identity thieves and other scammers.

And as identity thefts are usually counted in the hundreds of thousands or even millions of victims, I'm going to worry more about that issue.

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OMG!! With nothing but MACHINE TOOLS, STEEL and PARTS you can make a GUN!!

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Initiative 594

"But there isn't any actual requirement for background checks or waiting periods or any other hurdle to stop you buying a gun in the USA! Gun control people in America (and indeed gun advocates, a lot of the time) usually prefer to talk of some other USA where these things are required, but it doesn't exist and there seems to be no realistic prospect that it ever will."

http://ballotpedia.org/Washington_Universal_Background_Checks_for_Gun_Purchases,_Initiative_594_%282014%29

We don't know how this will be decided. But ts one of those issue that, for the majority of the population, has no significant impact. So why not vote in favor? Even quite a few gun owners don't see a major problem with this. One major issue that gun rights advocates have is: In order to enforce such a law, the state would need to keep a registry of gun sales transactions. It's the only reasonable way to link the current posession of a firearm to a properly conducted background check at soe previous time. And now you are building a gun registry.

My primary reason for posting this is that I don't buy arguments like "there seems to be no realistic prospect that it ever will." Yeah, right. Put that in writing someplace and I'll believe it. History is full of majorities making decisions when they don't affect themselves. Never mind what happens to the minority that has to live with the decision.

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One Windows? How does that work... and WTF is a Universal App?

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Its been tried before

"Ein Volk, ein Reich, ein Führer"

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iPAD-FONDLING fanboi sparks SECURITY ALERT at Sydney airport

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All this fuss

because some guy with an Apple bent the rules a bit.

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Emma Watson should SHUT UP, all this abuse is HER OWN FAULT

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Teachable Moment?

In addition to all of the (justified) outrage that Ms Watson has produced, I don't think I've seen any advice given to the effect that one should be careful what one does with one's private photos, either on line or on hackable devices. Yes, there are creeps out there who will take advantage of some carelessly stored photography. Please make their job as tough as possible by securing this stuff.

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Bendgate backlash: Apple claims warped iPhone 6 Plus damage is 'extremely rare'

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Apple will give it a positive spin

by naming it the Dali Edition

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Man, its smartphones are SQUARE. But will BlackBerry make a comeback with them?

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Childcatcher

A rich nob?

"a rich nob with an iPhone,"

Not really. A friend of mine is lamenting the fact that his poor, part time employed, minimum wage kids just spent the last few days waiting in iPhone lines for the latest shiny. And now he is going to have to make Top Ramen deliveries for the next few months because the toys came out of their meager food budgets.

Having the latest iThing is becoming a statement of "I have enough free time to sleep on the sidewalk for this". Not a stereotype that the upper levels of society wish to adopt.

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EU dangles $6bn threat over Google in endless search abuse probe

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Joke

Europe?

What's that? I Googled it and nothing came up.

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Your chance to WIN the WORLD'S ONLY HANDHELD ZX SPECTRUM

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Re: In order to stand a chance at winning

What is the air-speed velocity of an unladen swallow?

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Re: In order to stand a chance at winning

"Do we have to get the questions right?"

Who approacheth the Bridge of Death

Must answer me

These questions three!

Ere the other side he see!

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'Kim Kardashian snaps naked selfies with a BLACKBERRY'. *Twitterati gasps*

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Re: Removal

Please.

Save whatever is left if the dignity of my people.

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Oh God the RUBBER on my SHAFT has gone wrong and is STICKING to things

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Pen sleeves

I've had some nice pens with rubber sleeves go this route. Solution: A lathe and some hardwood pen blanks.

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Early result from Scots indyref vote? NAW, Jimmy - it's a SCAM

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Yank here

I've been education myself on the issues of this campaign in the manner that any good American does.

I threw my Braveheart DVD in the player.

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Driving with an Apple Watch could land you with a £100 FINE

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"The police don't give a f**k,"

They do. They are just too busy playing with their 2-way radios, console mounted PC, personal cell phone and radar gun to notice.

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Big Data's being held back by little talent, says Huawei head techie

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Re: Big data's being held back by...

... the rational actor problem. There is no algorithm in the world that can generate "People who viewed this product also bought X" and get me to buy X when I don't really need X.

It's marketing snake oil. There is some magic out there that can push more product that the customer doesn't want.

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Apple gives fanbois The Sweetest Thing: A delete button for that U2 album

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[Sigh]

So this is what has become of RickRolling.

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CNN 'tech analyst' on NAKED CELEBS: WHO IS this mystery '4chan' PERSON?

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My preference: Գաղտնաբառ

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Re: "We've all done these things"

When my naughty bits were worth photographing, the selfies would have been daguerreotypes.

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