* Posts by Paul Hovnanian

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Wannabe Cali governor gives up against beach-blocking billionaire VC

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"if the public has been using the land for access to public property unfettered,"

In some cases, property owners will allow access across their property for all but one day per year. This allows them to maintain control and prevent a public access easement from being created by adverse possession.

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New British flying robot killer death machines renamed 'Protector'

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Protector

Because 'Dalek' was already taken? And these drones aren't slowed down by a curb.

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How-to terror manuals still being sold by Apple, Amazon, Waterstones

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Re: Bah!

I have a copy of the Chemical Engineer's Handbook by Perry which describes things like producing nitroglycerin on an industrial scale.

ATF, please! Not my dog!

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Microsoft’s ‘Home Hub’ probably isn’t even hardware at all

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Re: New business opportunity

"the Duster"

Leave it to Microsoft. The first product they introduce that doesn't suck is a vacuum cleaner.

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AI gives porn peddlers a helping hand

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When will this be available?

I need to organize my hard drive.

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Self-driving cars doomed to be bullied by pedestrians

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Forget self driving cars

Some pedestrians already do this in Seattle. Mainly, the hobos.

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Re: Automated lifts will never catch on

"There is a solution"

The solution is to ring the alarm bell after a couple of tries. Basically embarrass the a[censored]hole who holds up the elevator.

With self-driving cars, the algorithm could be modified to stop the car but blow the horn for egregious cases of jay-walking.

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Britain must send its F-35s to Italy for heavy overhauls, decrees US

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Big Brother

Central Services

Listen, this old system of yours could be on fire and I couldn't even turn on the kitchen tap without filling out a 27b/6.

- Harry Tuttle

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Panicked WH Smith kills website to stop sales of how-to terrorism manuals

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Flame

Re: Book Burning is so last year

It's getting so I can't afford to pay the carbon taxes to burn them anymore.

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Silicon Valley VCs: We're gonna make California great again – on its own

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California initiative

They just passed Proposition 64: Legal recreational weed.

Initiative? I don't think so.

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DNS devastation: Top websites whacked offline as Dyn dies again

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Re: Has everyone forgotten everyting?

/etc/hosts FTW!

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Puppet shows its hand: All your software is belong to us

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Re: In the future code is going to be managed and deployed by other code

It's Puppets all the way down.

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The IRS spaffed $12m on Office 365 subscription IT NEVER USED

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$12 million?

Big deal. That sort of expenditure regularly falls behind the filing cabinets at some of the outfits (private business) that I've worked for. Call me when they buy $250 million of automated test gear, put it o a shelf somewhere and then sell it off for surplus, unopened.

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Decade-old SSH vuln exploited by IoT botnet armies to hose servers

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Re: So, not an OpenSSH bug

"IoT manufacturers are probably just copying the sshd.conf file from the developer's desktop"

And copying the same private/public key pair from the install image as well. I doubt there are too many IoT vendors that have gone through the trouble to run ssh-keygen on each unit shipped.

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Forget malware, crooks are cracking ATMs the old-fashioned way – with explosives

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Old line

"You're only supposed to blow the bloody doors off!"

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Google hires comedians

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Microsoft ...

... is going to sue over the misappropriation of their UI design methodology.

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Social media flame wars to be illegal, says top Crown prosecutor

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Joke

Re: El Reg

"Is El Reg considered Social Media?"

As opposed to antisocial media?

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Samsung to Galaxy Note 7 users: Turn it off. Now

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Mushroom

And whatever you do ...

... don't leave it in your pocket when you toss your trousers in your Samsung washing machine.

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SpaceX searches for its 'grassy knoll' of possible Falcon rocket sabotage

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Not worth the risk

I doubt anyone from ULA would risk it. There is too much instrumentation (audio, video, Doppler radar, etc.) on that site to assume one could get away with taking such a shot and not be noticed.

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Latest F-35 bang seat* mods will stop them breaking pilots' necks, beams US

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"I'd guess 10st (ish) wouldn't be light for a female pilot"

But who's going to tell her? That's worth combat pay right there.

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QANTAS' air safety spiel warns not to try finding lost phones

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Windows

"(2) After extinguishing the fire, douse the device with water or other non-alcoholic liquids"

Save the booze for the frayed nerves.

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Joke

Re: The ultimate iPhone destruction video waiting to be made?

"in China. ...... Try squeezing a 6ft 6in bdy"

Yes. But keep in mind: How Long is a Chinaman.

(Answer: Yes, he is.)

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Florida Man's prized jeep cremated by exploding Samsung Galaxy Note 7

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Parked Cars Get Hot

Particularly in Florida. So charging a Li-ion battey in one is just asking for thermal runaway.

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US Congress blew the whistle on tax-dodging Apple, claims Europe

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Re: Start taxing money whenever it moves across a border

That sort of undermines the whole EU market idea. Break Europe up into a bunch of borders with their associated protectionist tariffs and the whole thing falls apart.

Some in the USA would love that. Reduce a potential competitor into a bunch of bickering foes and we are on top of the heap again.

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Re: If the USA...

The USA already has a very favorable corporate tax structure. In spite of that advertised 35% rate, there are enough deductions, credits and loopholes to easily cut that into the single digits. If your accountants can't figure out how to get tax down to a couple of percent, fire them.

Also, the USA is one of the biggest tax havens in the world. Want to shelter some assets, bring them over here, set up a corporation in Delaware or Texas and they will be hidden from the rest of the world.

I think what has the US Congress panties' in a bunch is the cash parked overseas. Bring it back under a tax amnesty and things can be arranged to pay little more than Ireland's take. But the fear was that this money would never come back. Instead, it would be used by Apple to finance ventures in the EU or other parts of the world. And that just won't do. The money is most probably going to be spent within the jurisdiction that it sat in. And politicians needed to get it back inside the USA.

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Sex is bad for older men, and even worse when it's good

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Paris Hilton

Even worse when its good

Well then. I suppose I owe my wife a debt of gratitude.

Paris because was that a complement?

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Publishing military officers' names 'creates Islamic State hitlist'

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Daesh is busy searching

for two guys named Maverick and Goose.

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Watch the world's biggest 'flying bum' go arse over tit in a crash

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Oh, the humanity!

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AdBlock Plus blocked in China: 159m forbidden from stripping adverts

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Big Brother

1984

Only members of the Inner Party can turn their telescreens off.

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Milk IN the teapot: Innovation or abomination?

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What about ...

... us tea drinkers who don't like milk?

Brew the tea in a teapot with loose leaves in a tea ball. Leave the condiments on the side and let people add to taste. Or we'll throw your tea in Boston Harbor. Again.

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Why Agile is like flossing and regular sex

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Forget Agile

Could someone please explain this "regular sex" thing?

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Guess who gets hit hard by IR35 tax clampdown? Yep, IT contractors

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Re: I can see where this is going.

"Yes you are subject to IR35. Arrange to pay all that money to us or go to jail."

And thank you for entering that identifying information. We'll be in touch*.

*Smart people will of course be using Starbucks' anonymous WiFi to access this site.

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Big Brother

Re: For contractors, it's a big world

You lucky [expletive deleted]. On this side of the pond, there is no distance far enough to escape the reach of the IRS.

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Cats, dogs starve as web-connected chow chute PetNet plays dead

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Never mind the pets

What will happen when the cloud fails to remind me that I've left a kid in a hot car?

Some people shouldn't be allowed to raise hamsters, let alone cats, dogs or kids.

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Microsoft to rip up P2P Skype, killing native Mac, Linux apps

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"better when routed and processed through a server"

Better for whom? Prying eyes will have an easier time obtaining a buffer copy from a server. And then strong-arm one or both end node users for the encryption key.

Even better(?), if the protocol has been designed to negotiate session keys between the server and each user, you have a single point where authorities can go to get those keys. Never mind that having a restricted set of mid-points to watch makes traffic analysis a cinch.

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Devil

Re: Of dubious jurisdiction

"Technologically inept twits"

Could we please have an acronym for that?

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Big Brother

Re: Of dubious jurisdiction

"will allow Microsoft to offer Skype in various jurisdictions"

And although our beloved NSA would never arm-twist Microsoft into back-dooring their products, now that these other countries have mandated it, our spies will just say, "May as well take a peek now that the door was left ajar."

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Cats understand the laws of physics, researchers claim

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Boffin

The only thing proven

That I can see is cats like boxes

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Starbucks bans XXX Wi-Fi

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Re: I don't Understand Western Puritan Culture....

"why men are so weak to not stand up to feminist hypocrisy"

I don't know. I'm not sure if it's true Puritanism* or emasculated men. I suspect it may be more of the latter. But I reserve my best humor for venues where guys (and women) are free to laugh at it. I suspect that most of the guys in my neighborhood fear the occasional boob joke because the wife and her friends will give them the icy stare if caught.

*Actually, the best example of true Puritains and humor I can think of comes from a movie, 'Witness' starring Harrison Ford. Where he has to hide out in an Amish community and he pitches in with the farm chores to help out. When he is given a cow to milk and he just stares at it, the old farmer says, "Never had your hands on a teat before?" Ford replies, "Not one this big" and the old guy really cracks up laughing. So I suspect that the 'no humor' Puritans are just the hen-pecked ones that don't dare getting caught laughing.

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Re: I don't Understand Western Puritan Culture....

We had a bikini barista coffee stand open in my town a few years back. It was on a gas station lot, on an intersection that doesn't get much pedestrian traffic.

Suddenly, protests rose up about the children being exposed to scantily clad women. And local mothers made it a practice to walk their kids and strollers in front of the station as background for the inevitable news coverage. After some time, the political pressure resulted in the stand being closed and removed. And the daily pedestrian traffic promptly disappeared.

If I had been in a more mischievous mood, I would have written an editorial comment in the local paper pointing out to the correlation between increased pedestrian traffic and the presence of bikini barista stands. The obvious conclusion being that if one wants to promote walking, one should install more such businesses. But I don't think the Puritan mindset includes a sense of humor.

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Get ready for mandatory porn site age checks, Brits. You read that right

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FAIL

Age verification?

How?

"Are you at least 18?" Lie. "In what year were you born?" So kids can't do math(s)?

This will end up with schemes that collect data that kiddies are not expected to have access to. Like a credit card number. I don't know how many web sites I've turned my back on that promised to use such data only for age/identity verification.

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Sliced your submarine cable? Fill in this paperwork

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Pirate

Jurisdiction Issues

Submarine cables run through an environment where there is no clear regulatory jurisdiction. Dig up a terrestrial buried cable and the government entity that granted the original permit for it can track incidents. We have 'One Call' locating services that utilities support to mark their facilities and report compliance and damage. But under water, local and state governments' authority runs out just off shore. So someone needs to accumulate statistics to see if there are problems or not. If cables are being damaged, imposing more regulation on dredging operations or dropping anchors without checking the charts is going to need justification.

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Computer says: Stop using MacWrite II, human!

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Re: War with the idiots of IT

We never found out if the author's RevRDist fix actually eliminated MacWrite II, or if it just made the inevitable morning reload by the users invisible to himself?

The beginning of my career predates Macs. We had a dozen DOS PCs, shared by about 200 engineers. To be used for special analytical tasks. Memos were still written longhand and turned over to the typing pool (who used dedicated DEC document editing systems). A few of us got our hands on PC Write, which ran off the floppy disks. And we'd edit, spell check, cut and paste. And then hand the dot matrix output over to the stenos (who actually appreciated that as input over the chicken-scratch that passed for some engineers handwriting).

The complaint that we got, passed through the IT department, was that some of the engineers were upset that we were working faster than they could by hand. And that wasn't 'fair'.

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Lost containers tell no tales. Time to worry

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This is a non problem

It was fixed by systemd.

Right?

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USA to insist on pre-flight mobe power probe

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Please turn it on

What could possibly go wrong?

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Shakes on a plane: How dangerous is turbulence?

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Facepalm

Re: Explainer?

They say, "the level of turbulence required to bend a wing spar is something even most pilots will not experience in a lifetime of travelling". And then they go on to tell the story about the 707 tail that was torn off near Mt Fuji.

Well, at least the wings stayed on.

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Oculus backtracks on open software promise

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Backtracked

Oculus: "I have altered the deal. Pray I don't alter it further."

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Samsung's little black box will hot-wire your car to the internet. Eek!

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Work-around

So your insurance company offers you a discount for installing one of these. Fine. But you don't want it messing with your vehicle's other functions. I predict that someone will cobble together an OBD-II/CAN 'condom'. An interfacing intelligent plug that sits between your vehicle's data bus and the insurance company dongle. And filters/blocks unwanted data from passing in either direction.

Some performance data can be derived from sensors internal to the dongle. Such as acceleration and braking from internal accelerators. There's not much one can do about that (other than stop driving like a jerk). But blocking the 'unlock the trunk' or 'shut down the engine' commands should be doable.

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Apple man found dead at Cupertino HQ, gun discovered nearby

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Advice, too late

Don't invest your entire retirement plan in one technology company.

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F-35's dodgy software in the spotlight again

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Re: Hacking opertunities

ALIS: "I've just picked up a fault in the AE-35 unit. It's going to go 100% failure within 72 hours."

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