* Posts by Paul Hovnanian

1092 posts • joined 16 Mar 2008

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!

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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?).

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Pubic louse falls victim to eager Brazilian strippers

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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Devil

Santa?

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

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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.

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

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Alien

Next picture ...

... the night sky with city lights.

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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.

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Delay climate mitigation, escalate the costs: study

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Pirate

Missing options

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

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How an Amazon engineer's slip-up started a 20-hour Netflix cock-up

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Change processes themselves have to be tested and controlled. That errant maintenance process should have been run against a test environment prior to being used on production sites.

And then a test suite needs to be included and run to ensure that the test/production sites are still up and running after the change is applied.

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Merde! Paris Apple Store in €1m armed raid on New Year's Eve

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'The French press is now reporting that "initial estimates were of 1m euros of goods stolen, but some boxes thought stolen were just moved". Says a lot for their stock control!'

Could be a smart move. If they can't figure out which serial numbers were stolen or just moved around, that could delay their being entered in the stolen device database. For just long enough to unload the goods onto some unsuspecting buyer. Yeah, the iPhone works. For about another week.

'Apparently the robbers waited until a cleaner opened a service door, then pushed in and tied up the cleaner and security guard.'

Smart move. No alarms are set when the cleaning crew is mopping the floor. This gang sounds like it might be pretty organized.

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Yes, hundreds upon hundreds of websites CAN all be wrong

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I'm tired of liver and beets.

[Mum was a lousy cook]

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Major new science: Women more nude, more often online

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Some interesting research to be done

In discussions with a few psychology experts, there appears to be some interesting dynamics involved with nudity and attraction. Men like looking at (attractive) naked women. Women like looking at (attractive) naked men. Women also like looking at other women. Men, however, fall into two groups. For most of us, there is a built-in 'threat response' involved with the view of a naked man. This has been demonstrated by fMRIs in several studies. The second (smaller) group of men lack this threat response and may also find another naked man attractive. This group may correspond with Kinsey's research showing a (startlingly) significant minority of men that have some level of attraction towards other men. Even those that identified themselves as straight. Kinsey found this to be about 35%.

From the point of view of 'acceptable' naked images (avatars, game figures, etc.) it would seem that, given an unknown audience, the naked female form offers the least chance of triggering a negative subliminal response. With naked male figures, that possibility increases.

The interesting research would be to strap a cross section of the population into an fMRI and compare their responses to their answers to Kinsey's survey and other issues of sexual identity. It may turn out that the lack of this threat response trigger is genetic. And it might be a necessary, although not sufficient condition for bisexuality or homosexuality. It might also be tough to do, as many gays don't like being poked and prodded (scientifically, that is) as if they suffer from a disease.

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Divorce lawyer spots increase in Christmas 'text message bustings'

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Holmes

There's an App for that

A friend (female) sent me this link a while back:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2217512/The-cheats-app-How-adulterers-make-lovers-texts-calls-disappear-shake-phone.html

So now there's really no excuse to get caught in flagrante delicto digitally.

A few observations. According to the above article, women (or at least those that identify themselves as such at the purchase) make up 70% of the market for this product. Possible conclusions: Women cheat more, or are better at the logistics of it than men. My anecdotal experience indicates that this might be true. Alternately, leaving the phone lying about with lovers messages in public view is a marriage exit strategy. That's sort of a wimp's way out, and expensive too, if your jurisdiction allows for the aggrieved party to collect damages. Since the tradition is that the man has the property and income, giving the outgoing wife just cause isn't a smart move.

£3 is cheap insurance.

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Facebook tests feature to let strangers pay to message you

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My plan

1. Create a few hundred phony Facebook accounts.

2. 'Friend' each other, making it look like one big (lucrative) pool of users.

3. Wait for the marketers to notice and begin their messaging for $$ (or ££ if that works for you).

4. ????

5. Profit!

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MIT boffins demonstrate NEW form of magnetism

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Magnets, how do they work?

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Opposable thumbs for FISTS, not finesse, say bioboffins

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Re: broken metacarpals... Next Evolutionary step...

Humanity will split into several evolutionary branches. A claw-like appendage with one, two or three spare digits for gripping a mouse, depending on whether one follows the OSX, Windows or Linux paths. Or the requisite number of tentacles needed to perform the (patented) touch screen gestures of either the iOS or Android subspecies.

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Re: I used to box as a yoof as well as playing both codes of rugby.

"But I'm pretty sure I'd have come off a very poor second in a fist fight with any of the other great apes who don't carry these supposed fighters' fists."

That's just a matter of a large mismatch in strength. Although the average human outweighs a chimpanzee, the chimp has several times a man's strength and could do much more damage with the same moves. However, if you should find yourself pinned by a larger animal and not yet eviscerated, your best move would be to punch said animal squarely in the snout. That's a sensitive spot and not the sort of pain they are used to when combating those of their own species, so it could scare them off. If not, odds are you won't live much longer anyway.

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North Korea's satellite a dud, say US astroboffins

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A dud? Perhaps not.

They've got us all looking up while they sneak ashore.

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Naked Scarlett Johansson pic snatch bloke gets 10 YEARS

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Next photo series

Chaney releases his next set of photos, including:

(NSFW) http://oyster.ignimgs.com/wordpress/www.ign.com/11331/2011/04/Its-a-trap.jpg

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'We are screwed!' Fonts eat a bullet in Microsoft security patch

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vi unaffected

vi is my shepherd, I shall not font.

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Won't follow Apple Store rules? How 'bout an iTASER TREAT!

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"Lies - it's near impossible to reload a weapon's magazine/chambers while driving"

Practice.

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Police use 24/7 power grid recordings to spot doctored audio

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Re: Well that's a relief then, we can all sleep soundly now.

I think the frequency of either the police or defendants doctoring the evidence is pretty low. But this technique is a tool with which the evidence can be validated.

The problem is; it appears that the baseline data is in the hands of the police. So they will be able to validate their recordings as required. But one can only hope that the data will be made available for the use of the accused as well.

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iPhone 5 launches in China, late and expensive. Chinese say 'meh'

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Apple, make up your mind

Now, you want the Chinese to buy them. Yesterday, you didn't:

http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/986768-469/woman-zapped-by-taser-after-being-asked.html

What's "Don't Taze me, bro!" in Mandarin?

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Cassini spots Titan ‘mini-Nile’

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Moon river

wider than a mile

I'm crossing you in style

someday

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NASA reveals secrets of Curiosity’s selfies

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Alien

Simple

The camera is detachable and has a self timer. Curiosity simply set the timer, detached the camera, set it on top of a Martian post box, rolled back into frame and waited for the shutter to go click.

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Revealed: The Brit-built GRAVITY-powered light that costs $5

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Oh, no!

If these become widespread, we could run out of gravity!

In reality, these run off of carbohydrates. The muscle energy you put in and store as potential energy in a gravitational field.

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Girl gang targets Microsoft's Seattle stores for $5,000 theft spree

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RE: 6 women and a man?

"When this gang is caught, I've got 20 bucks that says the man's sentence will be longer or more severe than any of the womens'"

Not taking that bet. Its possible that the man is providing security for the women picking up the merch. In fact, he might be armed.

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Is Microsoft going to count these as part of their sales figures?

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The latest tech firm to be accused of tax dodging: Microsoft

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"50% of the corporate tax payable in their home country?"

So I sell to India through an independant distributor located in the Bahamas. Zero tax owed.

"I am sure the UK Government can make this happen in the UK."

The Bahamas, a member of the British Commonwealth. And the UK government can't even lean on them? Good luck with all of the other tax havens that can just tell HMRC to bugger off.

In my opinion, the best tax system is one that operates on events within your borders and ignores international corporate structures. The latter are beyond your jurisdiction, so there's no point in wringing ones hands over them. Implement a sales tax. When goods change hands within your jurisdiction you collect a percentage.

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Tim Cook: Apple to manufacture Macs in US in 2013

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Its possible

The US could make Puerto Rico the 51st state.

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Scientists build largest ever computerized brain

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Canadian Scientists build computer ....

.... dumb as a bag of hammers.

Got to be a McKenzie brothers tie in somehow.

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Archaeologists uncover 'Unicorn's lair'

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Windows

Seen elsewhere ...

The Koreans also have a saying: Drink until you see unicorns.

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Swedish woman cuffed for sex with skeleton SHOCKER

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Geoff Peterson

Now we know what Geoff does when he's no co-hosting with Craig Ferguson.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geoff_Peterson

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Petraeus appeal: STOP BUBBA the Love Sponge FRYING a KORAN

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Sorry, Bubba

We had a police security detail assigned to your radio station. But it seems that someone announced a special over at Krispy Kreme Donuts and they all headed over.

We've got an APB out for the bunch of Muslim looking guys who burned down the station. But we're not allowed to profile. So we'll be starting the TSA on the little old ladies with knitting needles.

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GoDaddy puts gratuitous sexy pics on IT content

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Who's your Daddy?

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App designed for safe sending of naughty selfies is rife with risks

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Never mind kids ....

<p> ... can we stop government officials from messaging naked pix of themselves back and forth?

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Paying for Windows Server 2012: Worse than using it?

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Devil

Specifically ...

... refer to the license paragraph concerning the disposition of your soul.

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Ballmer comes not to praise Sinofsky but to bury him

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Big Brother

Sinofsky, Trotsky ....

Pretty soon, they all get cut out of the official company photos.

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Sorority girls gone wild: '1 to 3' casual sex 'hookups' every month

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RE: I don't know about today...

The primary mention of 'sorority' was the subject line. The body of the article is about first year female college students' behavior.

Whether sorority girls get more, the same, or less action than the general population, so long as they confine themselves to the fraternity boys, the damage will be limited to greek row.

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US condom rules 'will cause nasty RED RINGS on porn stars' todgers'

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Paris Hilton

Re: Porn for the Yanks

If I yank it, do I still have to wear one?

Paris, because how did we leave her out of this discussion so far.

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Habitable HEAVY GRAVITY WORLD found just 42 light-years away

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RE: about that gee thing

"1.9g. With a few workouts, it could be done. Kinda."

That falls within one sigma of the American population's body mass distribution. If my countrymen can survive, I don't see why the settlers couldn't adapt.

Perhaps a trip involving a gradual increase to 1.9G acceleration (and then a 1.9G deceleration) would condition the settlers to their new habitat.

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'Bundle' signals from SPACE seize control of small car in Germany

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Alien

New traffic court defense

"Alien radio transmissions steered my car into that tree, your honor."

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The GPL self-destruct mechanism that is killing Linux

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FAIL

I suppose ...

... if I had just tried to use autoconf and failed on a BSD or OSX system, I'd be ranting about those O/Ss.

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Apple rejects NAKED HIPPIE ebook, despite apple coverup

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Strange coincidence

I cover up Apple logos with pictures of my junk.

Paris, wondering which computer logo is a banana and two peaches.

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