* Posts by Paul Hovnanian

836 posts • joined 16 Mar 2008

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New Royal Navy Wildcat helicopters can't transmit vital data

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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

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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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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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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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The revolution

... will not be televised.

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Meet the Internet of big, lethal Things

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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'

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Object lesson

Passenger airlines are no place for jokes.

Ryanair excepted.

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Amazon files patent for 'Death Star' flying warehouse

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Barcodes stamped on breast implants and medical equipment

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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'

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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

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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

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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'

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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

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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

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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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