* Posts by Paul Hovnanian

1092 posts • joined 16 Mar 2008

First full landing site and colour pictures back from Mars

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Fancy haircut? Big deal! I'm working on a reverse Mohawk.

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Curiosity needs OS upgrade before getting down to science

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Telemetry received

Please enter your Windows Product Key now. You will find this on a label affixed to the underside of your rover.

(I hope someone remembered to write this down before launch.)

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Why women won't apply for IT jobs

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37.5 hours a week?

The rest is spent fetching coffee for the boss.

And now you know why .....

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Microsoft tightens grip on OEM Windows 8 licensing

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"keyed to that particular computer's hardware"

And at what point does this key become invalid when someone adds new hardware? Didn't MS try something like this before? And get bitten in the a** when PCs suddenly went inop?

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Booth babes banned by Chinese gaming expo

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Communist Chinese Attitudes

This appears to be a symptom of the Chinese Communist Party's conservative attitudes toward sex.

Thanks to their 'one child' policy and the preference for at least one male heir, there is now an over supply of single males in China. And the implications for a stable society have not escaped the authorities. That said, I think they are going to make their problems worse rather then better. Banning on-line (and other forms of) porn and cracking down on prostitution may backfire. It might be better to legalize and regulate prostitution that to expect a bunch of single males to sit at home and think party approved thoughts. In the mean time, creating scarcity of any commodity will increase its price (not necessarily just monetary) and a certain segment of society will step over the legal boundaries to posses it.

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Microsoft promises Metro developers 'fame and fortune'

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Fame, fortune ....

... and all the Kool-Aid you can drink.

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Google ordered to censor 'torrent', 'megaupload' and more words

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Oh no!

We won't be able to find info about Jean Lafitte on the web any more!

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Microsoft sells out of MSNBC.com, plans to open own news pipe

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Brand alignment? Product integration?

The late Steve Jobs never managed to pull off a seamless TV/Internet Appliance integration. And Apple (under Jobs) was the master at integrating hardware, software and services with an intuitive UI.

I'm not betting on Microsoft pulling this off either. In fact, as soon as Microsoft figures that they aren't selling additional copies of Windows, they'll give up right there.

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Giant super-laser passes 500 TRILLION watts

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Units?

How many houses full of popcorn is this?

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Sleek new Macs violate fanbois' Retinas with display garbage

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Happy

Problem solved

Apple just renames their display technology iPicasso.

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US county named 'area of outstanding natural stupidity'

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Don't upset them

They've got nukes.

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Ballmer plays down sales impact of Surface

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Giving up already?

Make some room in the trash bin next to the Zune.

Paris, because relationships just don't seem to last after the initial press release.

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Global warming: It's GOOD for the environment

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RE: Fear of a weedy planet

"Until we figure out a way to eat grass and brambles, "

We plant wheat or other similar crops. Or we let animals graze on the 'grass and brambles' and then we eat them. We didn't spend the last 5000 years fighting our way to the top of the food chain without learning a few tricks.

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Dell seeks Linux fans to try cut-price Ubuntu Ultrabook

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Project Sputnik?

Launch a basically harmless piece of hardware over the heads of your mortal enemies. Enemies who are currently mired in a swamp of complacency. This will motivate them to catch up and even surpass your efforts.

In the final analysis, who is launching all the supplies and crew to the ISS now?

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Computer error triggers mass rocket launch

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Its only fireworks

It could have been worse.

"How about a nice game of chess, Doctor Falken?"

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US federal boffins insist that mermaids DON'T exist

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After a few months at sea, even a manatee looks pretty good to some people. Why spoil their fantasy?

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Samsung fails to get Galaxy Tab ban in US lifted pending appeal

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Not available in the USA? Time for a quick hop over the Canadian border.

I'd better hurry before US Customs finishes training their Samsung-sniffing dogs

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Second win for Apple as Galaxy Nexus sales banned in US

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Perhaps MGM should sue Apple for copying their tablet design from 2001: A Space Odyssey. Prior art and all, the copyright coverage of that design will last a lot longer than some patents.

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First lady taikonaut and pals plunge into the dirt after space mating

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Scary looking re-entry. There was a shot of the capsule early in the re-entry phase with what appears to be some hardware detaching. Although this was probably planned, it is a bit disconcerting in the context of the Columbia re-entry breakup.

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Microsoft's offices gutted in Athens arson attack

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Mushroom

Nothing to see here. Just an old XBox power supply.

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Microsoft says tablets will trump PCs in 2013

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Battling the UI

I gave up trying that years ago, what with Aero, ribbons and the continual hunt for elusive menu items.

Obligatory bad car analogy: If GM kept moving their gas, brake and clutch pedals around every few model years, I wouldn't buy their cars (I wouldn't anyway, but that's another story).

Mine's the one with the Print function in this pocket .... no, wait, maybe its the other pocket. Or the other coat.

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TERROR in SEATTLE: Gang of violent LEPRECHAUNS on the loose

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They say people go crazy when the moon is full:

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2012/06/22/planet_pair_close_together/

This was enough to drive them completely bonkers.

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Kepler space telescope peers at hot alien couple

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That's no moon!

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Source code smoking gun links Stuxnet AND Flame

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"A lot of AV these days uses heuristics to pick up suspicious behaviour. The authors have widely agreed that tagging only known stuff is whackamole."

Which will work against virii that attack any system they are installed on. But for those that target specific installations, or don't hog resources on systems they inhabit, they could be difficult to detect.

Stuxnet could have been caught sooner by anyone running PCs connected to Siemens PLCs running Uranium enriching centrifuges. On any other machine, the virus lays low, possibly propagating itself to USB media or over the 'Net.

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Smart meters are 'massive surveillance' tech - privacy supremo

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So they can tell what program your TV is watching? Big deal. My set top box is already selling that info back to the cable company.

I'd worry about meters that provide real time data which some tech savvy thieves can use to scan a neighborhood and figure out who is on vacation. Or during what times of the day your house is empty.

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Lard-busting specs trick snack-happy Japanese

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Paris Hilton

The porn applications of this technology are almost limitless.

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White AMERICANS will have become MEKON brain-men by 3000AD

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Meh

Here I am, brain the size of a planet and they expect me to comment on articles like this. Call that job satisfaction, 'cause I don't. [Sigh]

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LINX 'downed by ethernet loop' on external network

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RE: warning to everyone out there!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fPgV6-gnQaE

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People-powered Olympic shopping mall: A sign of utter tech illiteracy

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Hmm. They must have had WalMart in mind when they came up with these energy yield figures.

http://www.peopleofwalmart.com/photos

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Microsoft will fiddle with prices as euro burns, UK biz fears

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Puzzling

Its not like Microsoft has to recover some costs incurred in the local currency. There isn't a mine somewhere in Whales were they have to dig up copies of Windows and incur the associated wage and overhead costs (its more likely Windows comes from under old outhouse sites).

Their marginal cost per Windows/Office license is close to zero. Pricing in each market is pretty much an issue of maximizing revenue in that market. Expenses are a matter of accounting gymnastics to spread the development costs across each copy sold. And we all know how easily MS (and other IT firms) can open branch offices and magically move chunks of expenses and revenues into markets with tax and/or exchange rate advantages.

So, what's with the screwball pricing structure?

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WTF is... Li-Fi?

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Car to car

Modulate LED tail and/or brake lights to inform the vehicle behind you of a panic stop. An ad-hoc mesh network can relay such data back to cars further back.

Paris, because getting rear-ended could be a thing of the past.

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Billion-dollar high-tech ghost town to run itself without humans

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Terminator

SkyNet ...

... anyone?

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Cloud data fiasco forces bosses to break out the whiteboards

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Not to worry

Our IT guys assure us that they've got backups of everything over on Megaupload.com.

There are clouds and then there are clouds.

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Evil plot to control souls via Wi-Fi thwarted

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Devil

The Evangelicals think they own the copyright on crazy.

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Intelligence a genetic mistake

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A Genetic Mistake

Not to worry. We're hard at work trying to correct it. Give us a few more generations and we'll breed that tragic error right out.

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UK Ministry of Defence eyes GPS patent payoff

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The US DoD project was initiated in 1973 and became operational in 1994. I purchased a handheld GPS in 1998. So what's with this patent cropping up in 2003?

Is the wheel still patentable?

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Standing NEXT to an HTML coder is like standing NEXT TO GOD

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Like standing next to God ....

.... if God needed a bath, that is.

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Steve Jobs' death clears way for Broadway star to play Woz

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Ballmer

will be played by Shrek.

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Indiana cops arrest violent 6-year-old

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It's called "scared straight". The consequences of violence, or inappropriately acting out physically will be intervention by the local law enforcement authorities. This time, it may just be a ride to the police station, followed by the parents' picking the kid up and dealing with him at home*. Eventually, its going to be actual legal consequences. Better to let kids see this early.

*Its also possible that the parents might be a couple of losers. They could either laugh it off or, worse yet, give the kid their own beating. So the cops will get a chance to make contact with the parents at the hand over and assess the possibility of domestic problems.

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From the Department of WTF: New USB tampon flash drive

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My wife (and all my other female friends) thank you. For giving the TSA an excuse to go poking around, looking for things in places that would have otherwise been left alone.

You don't think the criminal element doesn't already know about and make use of this (and other) orifices? Now they've got an excuse to go probing the general public.

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'Attitudes to robot sex will change'

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Windows for Gigolos

Just watch all the complains when this O/S doesn't go down.

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Hitachi spins up 'leccy fan motor sans rare earths

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Recycling?

At some point, recovering rare earth metals from scrap electrical/electronic equipment is going to start paying off. And we can stop shipping old equipment to third world countries where kids burn insulation off wiring in open fires to get the metal.

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Judge: Checking Facebook at work is not a crime

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But I though that once my boss asked for my Facebook password

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/03/26/technology/senators-want-employers-facebook-password-requests-reviewed.html

that maintaining my page was part of my job description.

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Google plonks reCAPTCHA on Street View, makes users ID your house

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Re: Incorrect labling

Fine. Until you call for that ambulance when you're feeling short of breath.

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Facebook accused of 'wanton' use of Canadian woman's pics

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Read the contract. Particularly the part about the disposition of your soul.

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HTC sues fans for premature unboxing

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HTC Needs to protect itself

After all, if photos of their new phone slipped out early, Apple might have time to patent the shape.

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Use the holy word of God to stay secure online, says bishop

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"People would ask for it and we would say; 'shhhhhh, it's secret'".

OK. How many 'h's in shhhhh?

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Climate-change scepticism must be 'treated', says enviro-sociologist

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Isn't this the way the Soviet Union used to deal with dissent?

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

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Amazon boss finds Apollo 11 engines on seabed

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Most powerful?

The F-1s were rated at 1.5M lb thrust (6.77 MN). One shuttle solid booster was rated at 2.8M lb thrust (12 MN).

It would be more accurate to say the F-1s were the most powerful liquid fuel engines.

Paris, because thrust and all that.

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Actively cooled rocket primed for easy re-entry

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Tom Lehrer lyrics stuck in my head

'Once the rockets are up,

who cares where they come down?

That's not my department',

says Wernher von Braun.

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