* Posts by Paul Hovnanian

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74 countries hit by NSA-powered WannaCrypt ransomware backdoor: Emergency fixes emitted by Microsoft for WinXP+

Paul Hovnanian

Re: Kill switch

"some current "operations" will be affected"

Perhaps. A couple of things come to mind related to this kill switch:

1) Can we put the 'magic' URL in our hosts files?

2) Many organizations with large intranets operate their own internal DNS. They can resolve URLs to (usually) internal IP addresses that can't be seen from the outside world. Many of these organizations have close ties to the NSA and other three letter gov't organizations. Just wondering out loud: Was this 'kill' URL distributed to such organizations in advance? So as to keep their intranets clean once the virus is released into the public?

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America 'will ban carry-on laptops on flights from UK, Europe to US'

Paul Hovnanian

Works both ways

If the goal of Daesh is to get a bomb onboard a planeload of Americans, I'd expect all laptops to be banned from cabins leaving as well as entering the USA. Also on flights within the USA.

Al Shabab already demonstrated the ability to have ground personnel walk a bomb around security and hand it off to a passenger. Fortunately, the only fatality (on a Daallo Airline flight) was the bomber. But the USA has demonstrated it's complete inability to crack down on crooked ground personnel (although the merchandise usually heads in the opposite direction). So it would be trivially easy to recruit someone to carry a package into a secure area.

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Paul Hovnanian

No problem

Vancouver International Airport is a quick hop across the border for me. From there, the EU is reachable with my laptop in hand.

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Fire fighters get grinding on London man’s trapped genitalia

Paul Hovnanian

Re: Bah!

Bloody typical, they've gone back to metric without telling us.

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Unpaid tech contractor: 'I have to support my family. I have no money for medicines'

Paul Hovnanian

Contractors generally like the convenience ...

... perhaps.

But (in the states) practically everyone from the IRS (our federal tax collector) to unions will conspire to make your life hell if you try to contract yourself out. I like having a boss sit around and skim his cut off the top of my hourly fees just slightly more than the body cavity search that numerous gov't entities will perform should I try to make a living on my own. I'm not sure how things are in Australia. But I suspect somewhat similar.

You are an employee. Of someone. Unless you can jump through some pretty tight hoops to prove otherwise. Abraham Lincoln may have freed the slaves, but the authorities still aren't happy about seeing any of us walking around without a master.

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How would you pronounce 'Cyxtera'?

Paul Hovnanian

Six-terra

So, not a hard 'C' like Cthulhu?

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Web celeb product whores told to put on the red light – or else

Paul Hovnanian

I'm not sure the Kardashians are great spokespersons for any products. On the off chance that something they use might result in unchecked derriere growth, most people I know would steer clear.

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'Tech troll' sues EFF to silence 'Stupid Patent of the Month' blog. Now the EFF sues back

Paul Hovnanian

Re: So this patent dates from 1999 and is therefor 18 years old.

Algorithms (mathematical formulas) are not eligible for patent protection. Their implementation in software would be better protected by copyright.

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BDSM sex rocks Drupal world: Top dev banished for sci-fi hanky-panky

Paul Hovnanian

Re: he was fired for ...

"one can be fired for liking Alien"

Of course unfortunate antics may ensue on 'Take your dog to work' day.

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Squirrel sinks teeth into SAN cabling, drives Netadmin nuts

Paul Hovnanian

Get your server room a mascot

A rat terrier.

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User jams up PC. Literally. No, we don't know which flavour

Paul Hovnanian

Jammed Keyboard?

Replace it with a dishwasher safe keyboard.

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Barrister fined after idiot husband slings unencrypted client data onto the internet

Paul Hovnanian

Re: Why store them on a shared computer in the first place?

"Maybe hubby was asked to do the IT maintenance and organise backups etc."

I don't know how client confidentiality works in the legal profession or in the UK. But in my world of classified information, my wife has no more privileges than does the family of Russian spies living down the street.

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Database admin banned from Oxford Street for upskirt filming

Paul Hovnanian

Wrong victim

Och! It's a kilt not a skirt.

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Oxford Uni boffins say internet filters probably won't protect teens

Paul Hovnanian

I was thinking of this one: http://dilbert.com/strip/1996-01-23

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1.37bn records from somewhere to leak on Monday

Paul Hovnanian

1.37 Billion ...

... upvotes attached to a comment about poor database security?

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Passport and binary tree code, please: CompSci quizzes at US border just business as usual

Paul Hovnanian

"So are you advocating the fate of a country is decided solely by outsiders who must have unrestricted freedom to move there?"

Yes. I guess I am.

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Did your in-flight entertainment widget suck? It's Panasonic's fault, claims software biz

Paul Hovnanian

No. Do not want.

What with the increasingly tight coupling between passenger entertainment systems and avionics, I don't want any third party software loaded anywhere on an airplane that I'm flying on. No thanks. The 787 broke new ground by getting an exception granted by the FAA to allow IFE and avionics to operate on the same data buses.

Not that I think it matters. IFE systems are sold as prepackaged hardware/software systems, not general purpose computing platforms. Other than software patches provided by the vendor, there is no system requirement to install and run third party apps. If CoKinetic wants to get into the IFE business, they can go out and develop their own hardware platform. And get it certified.

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New Royal Navy Wildcat helicopters can't transmit vital data

Paul Hovnanian
Black Helicopters

No problem

You could just hover over a convenient Starbucks and use their free WiFi.

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2017 is already fail: Let’s try a Chinese reboot

Paul Hovnanian

Chinese New Year

Year of the Rooster.

But it will take me weeks to remember not to write Monkey on all my checks.

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Paul Hovnanian

Re: My boss loved the Outlook calendar.

I had a similar boss. He loved to use Outlook to find times when the group was available to call frequent, last minute meetings. Simple solution: We all just went into our calendars and blocked out entire days for weeks in advance with "Working" entries.

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Paul Hovnanian

Re: Through a glass darkly ...

Best fortune cookie I'd like to see after a Chinese meal: "That wasn't chicken"

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Anti-smut law dubs PCs, phones 'pornographic vendor machines', demands internet filters

Paul Hovnanian

Define Pornography

Ezekiel 23:20

Looks pretty bad to me. Better block that book from my kids' PCs pending a $20 fee.

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CES 2017 roundup: The good, the bad, and the frankly bonkers

Paul Hovnanian
Devil

Exchange Interesting Viruses

A reference to the nearby AVN Adult Entertainment Expo?

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FBI let alleged pedo walk free rather than explain how they snared him

Paul Hovnanian

The FBI has forgotten its job

Which is to build a prosecutable case against the suspect. Not to play James Bond or George Smiley.

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Cache flush: AI poker bot to compete against top players in tourney

Paul Hovnanian

Poker tell

Libratus' CPU fan kicks into high speed when he gets a good hand.

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Banned! No streaming live democracy from your phones, US Congress orders reps

Paul Hovnanian

The revolution

... will not be televised.

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Meet the Internet of big, lethal Things

Paul Hovnanian

Re: Do you own it, or not?

"welding spinning knives to the wheels"

But that's pretty much what a combine harvester is.

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Virgin America mid-flight panic after moron sets phone Wi-Fi hotspot to 'Samsung Galaxy Note 7'

Paul Hovnanian

Object lesson

Passenger airlines are no place for jokes.

Ryanair excepted.

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Amazon files patent for 'Death Star' flying warehouse

Paul Hovnanian

Barcodes stamped on breast implants and medical equipment

Paul Hovnanian
Paris Hilton

QC Inspector Job

For breast implants. Just give me the badge and the van and I'll stop by to do the follow-ups.

"It's just a bar code scanner, ma'am. It just looks like a camera."

Paris, because aren't you the third inspector this week?

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Bad news: Exim hole was going to be patched on Xmas Day. Good news: Keyword 'was'

Paul Hovnanian

Re: Sysadmins, or....

It's not that. A lot of pudgy, bearded guys are going to have to doff their red suits and tasseled caps and report in to their day jobs after a hard night's work should anything go wrong with this release.

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Microsoft scores nearly $1bn non-compete contract with US military

Paul Hovnanian

I guess ...

... they'll be trying to resurrect their Windows for Warships development program.

Before this, we hadn't had a ship disabled by a Zero since WWII

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A single typo may have tipped US election Trump's way

Paul Hovnanian
Alert

One typo? Really?

Given the tone of urgency of the rest of the Devlan e-mail, I'd have followed through with the instructions. Perhaps questioned the use of the word "legitimate" and maybe replied to verify his concerns.

Maybe they need a PANIC! emoticon.

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HBO slaps takedown demand on 13-year-old girl's painting because it used 'Winter is coming'

Paul Hovnanian

Fair Use

Using that phrase within the artwork might be protected by the 'fair use' doctrine. It's possible that HBO objected to the use of that phrase as the file name when it was uploaded. It would then appear in a search along with their branded merchandise. So, change the name and put it back up.

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Sysadmin told to spend 20+ hours changing user names, for no reason

Paul Hovnanian

I don't understand ...

... exactly what “Harold” meant by "The 2IC is having none of that argument". He provided an estimate along with identifying some possible risks. And the #2 boss is saying "No"? Does he have some insight into the process and a more streamlined approach? Or is he one of these supervisors that just think the IT department throws a handful of faerie dust at the servers and its 'job done'.

Having worked in some heavily audited lines of business, this sounds like a request to 'just get it done, but hide the expenditures' which can get even a CEO canned. Or at least the business banned from government contracts. Now I understand that not everyone must answer to this high a level of accountability. But Harold should take whatever steps are needed, through official channels, to request budget for and set up charge lines to track this activity. That might be enough to stop 2IC in his tracks.

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Wannabe Cali governor gives up against beach-blocking billionaire VC

Paul Hovnanian

"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'

Paul Hovnanian

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

Paul Hovnanian

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

Paul Hovnanian

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

Paul Hovnanian

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

Paul Hovnanian

Forget self driving cars

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

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Paul Hovnanian

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

Paul Hovnanian
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

Paul Hovnanian
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

Paul Hovnanian

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

Paul Hovnanian

Re: Has everyone forgotten everyting?

/etc/hosts FTW!

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

Paul Hovnanian

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

Paul Hovnanian

$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

Paul Hovnanian

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

Paul Hovnanian

Old line

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

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