* Posts by Paul Hovnanian

1128 posts • joined 16 Mar 2008

CURSE you, EINSTEIN! Humanity still chained in relativistic PRISON

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No interstellar travel?

[Sigh] I guess I'll have to change my holiday plans and book a hotel room in Maui again.

Hubble boffins: Incredibly old supernova could explain EVERYTHING

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RE: Everything?

"Can it tell me where my lost socks in the wash, are?"

Socks are the larval stage of coathangers.

Patent shark‘s copyright claim could bite all Unix

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RE: You had me up until Cook Islands

What better place to register a domain for your firm?

I am NOT a PC repair man. I will NOT get your iPad working

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Re: offensive

Give the guy a break. He's had to deal with a few Windows systems.

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I just tell them that I'm a self-taught sex therapist.

Based on the fact that everyone I know tells me that when they want my f*king advice, they'll be more then happy to ask for it.

MI5 undercover spies: People are falsely claiming to be us

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Tell me about it

On this side of the pond, every year around April 15, some dodgy outfit starts begging me for money.

GCHQ attempts to downplay amazing plaintext password blunder

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Plaintext storage

Nothing new here. Back in the day when I worked for a major US defense contractor, we had a 90 day password change requirement for their IT access control system. The change rules were quite onerous and woe to anyone who just tried to roll from 'password01' to 'password02'. Changes deemed 'too simple' were rejected.

My best guess is that they stored passwords in plaintext and tested changes against the old version*. Compromised systems were par for the course at this outfit.

*Easy work around: The validation algorithm could only look at the present password, so it was a simple matter of remembering two different ones and switching back and forth every three months.

Experts doubt Anonymous Mossad spy outing claims are kosher

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Black Helicopters

RE: Why are security services exempt from incompetence ?

There's a rumor that there is a sign in the CIA gift shop at Langley HQ warning NOC agents not to purchase items with their credit cards.

That they would even have to remind agents indicates they are employing those that aren't the brightest bulbs in the marquee.

Young model ruthlessly fingers upskirt iPad petshop pervert

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Re: Just wondering...

"but it looks pretty odd what the desk staff are doing too"

It appears that they are crouching down to pet a dog. Not so odd in a pet shop.

Voyager goes off a (helio) cliff

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Re: keep going baby

"Unless someday we get our crap together and go retrieve it."

Hey Bezos! Did you get that?

Amazon boss salvages Apollo engines from watery grave

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More photos on Bezos' site here:


There's one of the thrust chamber on the sea bottom. It looks like it dug itself a little crater when it hit bottom.

Kinky Android X-ray app laid bare as malware

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Who needs an X-ray app?

What with all the women around here wearing Lululemon yoga outfits.


Drilling into 3D printing: Gimmick, revolution or spooks' nightmare?

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Re: Part of the process

"I've heard of people printing in wax."

So, you are a good way through the investment casting ('lost wax' casting) process. I see a business for foundries taking the wax original or the ceramic shell built on the wax original and doing the molten metal pour for reasonable prices.

Then there were 3: Micron slowly 'wipes out' NAND flash rivals

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Not bad for a company that started out in potato country.

I wonder if anyone had the guts to tell J R Simplot that when he said we should go into business making chips, we didn't think he meant the kind you serve with fish.

Holly(oaks) talking head is FUTURE of face messaging, claims prof

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RE: Very disconcerting...

"..her eyes are focused just above your head"

The male version (for women's phones) will be gazing down.

Six things a text editor must do - or it's a one-way trip to the trash

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Real programmers

use a hex editor.

Why recompile something when its only off by a couple of bytes?

Apple ordered to surrender coveted docs in iOS privacy lawsuit

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Discovery process

"We searched for them with Bing, your honor."

Oklahoma woman cuffed with loaded .22 in pork holster

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Prison break

Guard: "She shoved a pair of 38s in my face. And then she pulled a gun on me."

US lawmaker blames bicycle breath for global warming gas

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RE: stuck behind a bicycle

Yeah. I hate it when that happens:


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This is why people hate us.

This, and Microsoft.

And flaming plastic airplanes.

Health pros: Alcohol is EVIL – raise its price, ban its ads

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The 1920's called

They want their temperance movements back.

The trouble with all this nanny state stuff is: The people who are easily dissuaded from abusing alcohol (or whatever) by high prices, taxes and regulation aren't the ones who suffer the worst consequences. The people who are really hooked will ruin their lives regardless of the costs.

Moscow's speed cameras 'knackered' by MYSTERY malware

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Virus, or ...

... logic bomb?

IntechGeoTrans may have inherited a system that the previous maintainer, SK Region, didn't want to let go of.

US insurer punts 'bestiality' to wide-eyed kiddies, gasp 'mums'

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One Million Moms

I've seen some of them. And their husbands. So their aversion to bestiality is understandable.

And probably based on personal experience.

Strategic SIEGE ROBOTS defeated by 'heavily intoxicated' man, 62

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Re: "Dangerous Ordnance"

Its all about muzzle velocity and energy. I'm not certain what sort of weapons various people have available to them. But I could probably make short work of most siege robots with a 25 kg sledgehammer. No background check or waiting periods required.

Canonical unveils fondleslab-friendly Ubuntu 'experience'

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Yes, but ...

... does it run Linux?

Satanic Renault takes hapless French bloke on 200km/h joyride

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No neutral position? That's been available on every auto or manual transmission I've ever driven. I will admit to never having driven a vehicle with paddle shifters, so perhaps this feature is missing.

A paddle shifting arrangement would seem to be a common adaption for a handicapped driver. Two buttons that could be relocated to any location suitable for that driver. So this raises another point: When adapting a vehicle for handicapped use, are various combinations of control inputs that might be needed in an emergency required to be implemented? What sorts of certifications are required to ensure that the combination of driver and adapted vehicle will be safe under normal and abnormal conditions?

Ask Google this impossible question, get web filth as a reward

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Makes sense actually

More than once, I've watched one of those videos and said to myself, "No! That's not possible!"

Curiosity photographs mysterious metal object on Martian rock

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My car keys

I found them, honey. You can stop searching.

Huge rock-hard marble erection shocks Japanese kiddies

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RE: Japanese Censorship is weird to us...

"... for instance, 2 armed guys ..."

Better pixellate out those guns in the USA!

Ethernet at 40: Its daddy reveals its turbulent youth

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Won't work?

Back in those days, I can remember the 'Ethernet won't work' pitches. I also remember the TCP won't work, HTTP/HTML won't work, Windows-OS/2-Unix-whatever won't work. Blah, blah, blah.

The most interesting thing was that it was always the same group of people at my company that ran around with these pitches. Some sort of anti-marketing shills that vendors knew would take a few bucks to spread their propaganda white papers around. Pretty soon, the smarter folks started recognizing them and, whenever they came around, there were always coughs of "Bullsh*t!" behind our hands.

Some of them are still around and at least one major prominent company appears to be dealing with the fallout of bad engineering decisions pushed down from the MBA crowd. Some people never learn.

Why you need a home lab to keep your job

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I agree wholeheartedly. I design anti-tank artillery for the US Army.

Mine is the Kevlar jacket.

How to destroy a brand-new Samsung laptop: Boot Linux on it

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So, there's no 'Restore Factory Defaults' option from the boot screen?

I'd walk away from any hardware that didn't have that. Its inevitable that a BIOS update will hiccup sooner or later.

You thought watching cat videos was harmless fun? Think AGAIN

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Feral cats

My neighborhood has a solution: coyotes. Keep your pet inside or lose it.

YouTube's hilarious cat videos could soon cost you $5 a month

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This explains ...

.... why my cat is on strike. He's holding out for a percentage of the gross.

Who ate all the Pis?

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Re: The vi thing

Trouble with the vi UI? I don't believe it! What could be simpler?


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Apple 'dismayed' to find over 100 kids building its iDevices

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100 Children?

That's terrible!

Can't we cut that back to 50 and just work them longer hours?

Silly gits upload private crypto keys to public GitHub projects

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Re: Simple github filter

Point taken. Once the change is checked in, its probably too late to do anything. I still like the auto-generated "Idiot" e-mail. At least that will give the user an opportunity to revoke his keys and maybe add a line to gitignore.

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Simple github filter

Crawl through user's accounts looking for "BEGIN RSA PRIVATE KEY" followed (after the appropriate string length) by "END RSA PRIVATE KEY" and delete the file. Maybe even triggered by an upload.

And then sent them an e-mail, Subject: You moron!

Boeing 787 fleet grounded indefinitely as investigators stumped

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Baffled inspectors

I predict that once they pull ALL of the LiON batteries out of service (along with their histories stored in NVRAM), they'll figure it out pretty quickly. With two out of a hundred batteries having gone up in smoke already, I'll venture a guess that there are a few others out there with internal damage, but not to the point of runaway yet. And that damage will be easier to spot if its not in the middle of some melted goo.

The problem is: How to get the used batteries back to the NTSB lab. Show of hands for any cargo carriers willing to load one of these into their hold. Better to put them on a slow boat from China (Japan?).

Victims of 'revenge pr0n' sue GoDaddy, smut site

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RE: A salutory warning...

It gets worse than sexting. And it boggles the mind as to how many people think that its just their partner picking up their cell phone to answer 'Just one important text', when they are in a compromised position.

Engineers are cold and dead inside, research shows

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RE: Well, I work with computers

"but computers really like me and want to please me."

Don't anthropomorphize computers. They hate that.

Google's JavaScript assassin: Web languages are harder than VMs

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Re: ...eyeroll...

Side effects are why we write code. If not for them, execution of a program would have no observable effect in the outside world. On the other hand, side effects don't tell you all there to know is about the internal state of an object. So debugging (or optimizing) based upon side effects alone is incomplete.

Pubic louse falls victim to eager Brazilian strippers

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Paris Hilton

RE: Endangered Species?

No doubt its time for the United Nations to take steps to protect their habitat. I, for one, will do my part to patrol for areas of deforestation.

Paris, wondering why the inspector is taking so long.

Titsup Windows Phone 8 orders user to cram 'boot disc' in mobe

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"some have spent their entire careers coding the NT kernel."

Sisyphus comes to mind.

Anger grows over the death of Aaron Swartz

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I think I'll pull out my "Enemy of the State" DVD and give it a watch this evening.

It's a shame Swartz didn't have Edward Lyle to help him arrange a little payback.

'Not even Santa could save Microsoft's Windows 8'

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I think you've misspelled the name of the one character with whom Microsoft could contract to turn their prospects around.

John McAfee the Belize spymaster uncovers 'ricin, terrorist plots'

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Its sad

I've known a number of people who have moved to a little cabin deep into the woods (one on the beach in Belize will do as well), lost touch with society and have gone over the edge. Paranoia, conspiracy theories, etc.

ProTip: Maintain contact with society. Its good for your mental health.

Ancient Mars: Covered with life, oceans, clouds, and imagination

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Next picture ...

... the night sky with city lights.

US Patent Office seeks public input on software patents' future

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Software Patent's Future

Nasty, brutish and short, to paraphrase Hobbes.

Delay climate mitigation, escalate the costs: study

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Missing options

Pay $500 in 2030, or $2500 in 2040. Or .....

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