* Posts by Paul Hovnanian

1747 posts • joined 16 Mar 2008

Update your Tesla now before the windows put your fingers in a pinch

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Re: My car's window ...

"need to grease my mechanism"

Had a problem with my 2002 Audi electric window (yeah, not all my cars date back to the 1970s). Window would drag while closing until the motor electronics detected the condition and reversed the motor. The mechanism was OK. Turns out, it was the window gasket itself that started to dry out and drag. The recommended fix is to give the gasket a good spray of silicone lubricant. Mask the rest of the area first.

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My car's window ...

... has never had a safety system failure. You just stop turning the crank before your arm is caught.

US accident investigators want alcohol breathalyzers in all new vehicles

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"Of course it might not prevent drunk mathematicians..."

Never drink and derive.

America taps 150+ prosecutors to fight cryptocurrency crime

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"Those could be largely solved by banning banks from touching crypto."

Yes, but that was one of the design goals of crypto in the first place. A means of conducting transactions not dependent on a central authority. Banks, and the people who want banking involvement in crypto are just the people who want to arbitrage it to make a fast buck.

California Governor signs child privacy law requiring online age checks

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Re: Simple way to dispense with the need for an age check

But I don't want to prove that I'm not a child. One of my Google identities shows me as being 15 years old. There are a lot of protections I have being underage. Also not receiving solicitations for all sorts of things for which I am not legally capable of entering into a contract for.

Microsoft fixes Windows security hole likely widely exploited by miscreants

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Fortunately, they left it wide open for us reprobates. So I can still log on if I forget my password.

Biden administration prepares to bring hammer down on Chinese chipmakers

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Re: Isn't this going to make the chip shortage worse?

"The export ban is for tech used in _making_ chips"

Yes, but which chips? This ban might hamstring China w.r.t. it's production of state of the art cpus for high end computing (stuff at the 3 to 5 um lithographic limit). But that's a tiny part of the market. Most of which can be satisfied with 14 um microcontrollers. And they will still grab a huge chunk of worldwide sales, reducing the potential income of competitors who want such sales to support high end chip R&D.

Rest in peace, Queen Elizabeth II – Britain's first high-tech monarch

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Re: She was a good one

"he could want powers that Parliament will refuse"

IIRC, there was another King Charles that didn't fare too well butting heads with Parliament.

NASA's Artemis rocket makers explain that it's a marathon and a sprint

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Marathon and a sprint

One leg longer than the other?

Cloudflare stops services to 'revolting' hate site

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Re: Proud Boys = Antifa

It's false flags all the way down.

Convicted felon busted for 3D printing gun parts

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Re: So what's this "second amendment" then ?

"First is the "well regulated militia", and nobody seems to agree on what that means"

A militia is a state level body for defense and law enforcement. The Constitution gives states the right to "appoint officers". Back when that was written, it was everything from town sheriffs to whatever served as a police force (actual professional police forces were not really a thing for another 50 or more years). Our Constitution reserved the right to arm said militias to the US Congress. So that would have left states with unarmed defense/police forces. Not very useful. The Second amendment said "We'll keep our hands off the people's right to be armed. And you can hire them." You (states) can't arm them. But you can call up "the people" who can bring their own guns.

That leaves a pretty clear definition of how the people can be armed. You can have anything that the state would find appropriate for it's policing powers. Cops can't have nuclear weapons. Or Javelin missiles. So neither can you people. Our cops have M16s. Unless someone has found a big loophole in the constitutional right to arm militias being reserved to Congress, our state certainly didn't hand them M16s. They must have acquired them themselves as the people.

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Recovered by the ATF

Poor dog.

The International Space Station will deorbit in glory. How's your legacy tech doing?

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Re: A strange set of priorities

"There's very little value in getting from London to Canada in 3hrs"

Evidently, I value my 3 hours more than you do yours.

AI detects 20,000 hidden taxable swimming pools in France, netting €10m

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AI Algorithm

Looks for blue rectangles. This is going to hit the homeless camps with all their blue tarps pretty hard.

California to phase out internal combustion vehicles by 2035

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Re: Not going to happen

That always seems to be the leap in logic that the Left makes with EVs and self driving cars.

Yes, I might buy one. But I'll be damned if I put my autonomous electric Bentley in a pool for some homeless bum to borrow.

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Re: America without V8's just isn't America

"illegal to sell new"

And the low mileage used market in Nevada takes off. Onemight be able to even turn a profit by buying new out of state, driving a year or so and then selling into the Cali market. And then there's all the work from home folks with a legal address in Lake Tahoe.

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Re: America without V8's just isn't America

"New cars will be 100% electric"

Yes. But trucks will be given a few more years. Be prepared for the onslaught of bro-trucks.

Attacker snags account details from streaming service Plex

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Hashed passwords

What's the hash of "password1"?

In a time before calculators, going the extra mile at work sometimes didn't add up

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Something similar

I used to work for a large engineering/manufacturing company. A freind of mine there was in desktop support (a very secure position since we had made the switch from Macs to Microsoft). One group seceratary was complaining about the effort required to type up memos and insert (always different) recipients and internal mailing addresses into each. Jerry (my freind) sat down with her and gave her a simple lesson in Mail Merge. She thanked him profusely. And then followed it up with a nicely worded letter to his supervision.

Next thing Jerry knew, he was called on the carpet by our Information Systems management. For undermining what could have been a large and very lucrative internal project to build and maintain a custom tool suite that would have done this very thing. Jerry quit soon after and went to work for Microsoft.

The truth about that draft law banning Uncle Sam buying insecure software

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Re: Imagine the scenario

And such software usually comes attached to a security clearance with a "need to know" authorization. So there won't be many competitors conducting bug hunts through it.

Googlers demand abortion searches ‘never be saved or treated as a crime’

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Law enforcement?

But what if law enforcement poses as medical/pharmaceutical suppliers and purchases prospective customer information from Google. Or any other man and his dog who are getting into the on line ad business? Worse yet, the Texas anti abortion laws allow citizens to act as bounty hunters. So this gets around prohobitions against providing data to "law enforcement".

AI laser probe for prostate cancer enters clinical trials

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This may explain. ..

... that scene with the laser in Dr. No.

Security needs to learn from the aviation biz to avoid crashing

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Of course not. But if blame is to be laid, it's important to know where. Victims can't go throuout life blaming the world + dog.

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That's on the people who developed the system requirements. No redundant data sources, no failure indication. Large elevator authority by the automated system. The software worked as specified.

Real-time deepfakes can be beaten by a sideways glance

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Security ID

.. at one outfit requires a partial profile photo. So one ear is visible.

Implemented long before Photoshop, the Internet or deep fakes existed. But still very prescient.

Enough with the notifications! Focus Assist will shut them u… 'But I'm too important!'

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Re: Upper hearing frequencies/Teenagers

"to stop teenagers congregating"

Play classical music.

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That beep, beep, beep

... is the Apple Airtag that my obsessed and psychologically challenged ex stuck on me somewhere. Just to keep tabs.

As if the boiling bunnies were not a sufficient clue.

Hi, I'll be your ransomware negotiator today – but don't tell the crooks that

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"Back in the day, circa 2019, these negotiations happened via email. But since then, ransomware gangs have matured and evolved business operations to include instant messaging with victims to figure out deals"

I suspect that the ransomware gangs have leveraged social media's preoccupation with tracking and real identities. I can generate numerous e-mail accounts that belong to no human, a negotiating group or possibly law enforcement. I don't know where IM fits into this scheme. I don't use it and have it blocked at my end. It's e-mail or some other method on my terms. Ideally meet me at the end of a dark, lonely road. Come alone. Pay no attention to the snipers hidden along the route.

Claims of AI sentience branded 'pure clickbait'

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Re: generally agree...

Do not anthropomorphize machines.

They hate that.

US regulators set the stage for small, local nuclear power stations

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Re: @Dr Syntax - "more radioactive"

"Do you realise how cheap and quick wind and solar is now?"

(batteries not included)

There is a path to replace TCP in the datacenter

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Re: Multiple stacks

This, exactly.

I remember when TCP/IP ran alongside NetBIOS, with some other DEC and IBM protocols. All on top of our Ethernet LAN. The whole "TCP/IP is entrenched" goes against the whole protocol agnostic LAN design philosophy. Go ahead and implement SANs using protocols better suited to co-located servers and disks where nothing more than LAN (or VLAN) technology is needed. TCP/IP can just plod along next to it for the connections that need to find their way through routers, across heterogeneous networks and maybe out into the world.

Charter told to pay $7.3b in damages after cable installer murders grandmother

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Re: Alleged?

" ... and that the corporation turned a blind eye to a pattern of theft by its installers and technicians."

Installers and technicians in plural? I'd say Charter has some explaining to do. There may not have been any prior complaints against Holden. But if the "blind eye" bit is true, it appears that they had no process in place to deal with problem employees in general. One that might have flagged this guy before the murder.

Pay up.

Chinese booster rocket tumbles back to Earth: 'Non-zero' chance of hitting populated area

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It would have been fun to watch ... from a distance

I had a pretty good view of a wayward Falcon 9 upper stage passing overhead. It landed a few hundred miles away.

Meta proposes doing away with leap seconds

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Re: Do we need leap seconds?

"In modern society, there is no real need for the calendar year to coincide with the solar year."

I think this is more about the length of a day. Eliminate leap seconds and it might take a while for the change in sunup, sundown and noon to be noticed. But pretty soon all the night owls (and high school kids) will complain about having to get up so damned early.

James Webb, Halley's Comet may be set for cosmic dust-up

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Re: The mote in JWSTs eye

Halley's comet (and others) leave a trail of particles along their comets' orbits. We know where these trails are and in which direction most of the bits are traveling. Perhaps it's just a matter of pausing observations and turning the JWST mirror edge-on to the trajectories as it crosses them.

British intelligence recycles old argument for thwarting strong encryption: Think of the children!

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Two notorious characters ...

"... from the British security services have published a paper that once again suggests"

Perhaps it's about time that someone keep an eye on the sorts of things that they are writing.

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Re: Only the Guilty?

Manuel: ¿Qué?

Dev's code manages to topple Microsoft's mighty SharePoint

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Re: Exchange

What else would one expect from the likes of MICROS~1?

US EV drivers won't be able to choose vehicle safety alert sounds

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Re: "we can probably all agree"

"A single regulated sound would work."

Better make it a 454 Hemi V8 with open pipes and a racing cam. Because that's the sound I'll be rolling up behind you with. And it sure would be a shame if a Prius used something different.

Think of the confusion dealing with a different sound could cause.

San Francisco cops want real-time access to private security cameras for surveillance

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Re: There's a reason for this

'a particular sort of crime which could be called "We don't give a ***"'

'Surveillance (CCTV) cameras are a useful tool to deter criminals'

Not if they don't give a ****. And since the courts are hesitant to require cash bond from destitute people or detain these people pending trial for property crimes (because that would discriminate against the poor). They are released. Free to not give a **** all over again.

Five accused of trying to silence China critics in US

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Re: Double standards

"Everyone else connected with DHS can be trusted implicitly."

I'm sure the Office of Personnel Management is right on the job conducting it's security background checks. [sarcasm intended]

I'm glad that I missed that sh*tshow when they took over those intelligence duties. I mean the FBI was never staffed with rocket scientists. But they are looking like absolute geniuses in comparison.

NASA's CAPSTONE silence down to a software flaw

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Re: The software recovered by itself

"The problem started with a ground controller sending a misformatted query to CAPSTONE."

At least now we know where Bobby Tables is working.

Microsoft rolls back default macro blocks in Office without telling anyone

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Which one of you asked for this, and why?

Probably the people developing exploits that depend on this function.

You can secure a system or protocol all you want. But then you will receive a call from that one poor single mother. With the children crying and dogs barking in the background. And the landlord is on his way to evict the whole bunch. If only you'd switch some setting on or off, all these problems would go away. And so, as the big-hearted person you are, you do. And then they've got your corporate network. Sometimes you just have to be an *sshole.

"Do not redeem the card!"

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Re: Removes protection without telling anyone

"They could demand your first born in there and nobody would notice"

If they can get him out of my basement, they can have him.


FedEx signals 'zero mainframe, zero datacenter' operations by 2024

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Re: "where it hopes to save an estimated $400 million annually"

"Microsoft's Azure cloud is having difficulty providing enough capacity to meet demand"

I miss the good old days. When calling in for some service, I'd get the reply, "Sorry. Our computers are down." With the air of finality that there is nothing to be done about it, as it's some fundamental law of nature or something like that.

"Also cloud infrastructure has a ton of overhead - you would have to provision much more resources to match the performance of natively running infrastructure."

Been there, done that. I was the chief cook and bottle washer for an internal corporate system that consisted of some very lightweight web services. We were given the option of "buying" in-house server support from our IT department. At some outlandishly high rate. About $50,000 per month per server* IIRC. But why worry? It's just inter-organizational "funny money". Not real cash. The alternative (which we chose) was to rescue a couple (for redundancy) of Sun "pizza box" workstations and reconfigure them as web servers. They were sufficiently powerful enough to support the demand of some dozens of concurrent users.

*I came to find out that this figure was high due to corporate maneuvering to sell off our IT division. Big numbers like the above made that business unit look quite profitable, justifying a very high sales price. Which came back to bite the eventual buyers in the *ss when contracts were renegotiated with them for much lower, competitive services. The moral of the story is that mere peons like myself can never understand the devious machinations of the BOD or accounting department. There is often far more money to be made reorganizing business units than actually rolling product out the door.

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Re: Save $400m CapEx...

"Eventually having their own AWS like service."

Isn't that how Amazon got into the AWS business? They built data centers to support their own in-house needs. And then realized "Hey! We're pretty good at this. Maybe we should lease some capacity out."

California state's gun control websites expose personal data

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Re: Who cares?

"They could have flagged him, but choose not to."

No red flag laws in Texas. Even now (after the latest federal bill passage) there is nothing to mandate red flag laws. Only funds for states that choose to implement them.

The next step would have to be some sort of civil commitment. That's a huge hurdle to clear as it involves checking someone into a facility for observation.

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Re: Who cares?


This happened in New York State some years ago. Turns out it was a leak aimed at embarrassing all the fringe lefties who were screaming for more gun regulations but were also packing heat. Stay tuned for some serious embarrassment at the next cocktail party.

Tencent Cloud slaps googly eyes on a monitor, says it can care for oldies

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"That’d be terrifying."

Nah. That's just my anime girlfriend pillow.

5G C-band rollout at US airports slowed over radio altimeter safety fears

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Re: I hate when AT&T is right

"filters and replacement units for the mainline commercial fleet should be available on a schedule that would permit the work to be largely completed by July 2023"

What exactly do they mean by "should be"? Designed? Tested? Manufacturing capacity allocated and parts supplies secured? Resources available to retrofit the aircraft fleet? Or is this more of a hopeful "should"?

Maybe the FCC shouldn't have sold a slice of the guard band to the telecoms. And now they "should" pay them back for bandwidth they they may never be permitted to use. Garmin has expressed concern about the possibility of 5G interference with their state of the art, newly designed equipment (never mind all the old stuff in use for decades). And their radio altimeters are used in helicopters for things like search and rescue or life flights to hospitals. Not something that can be confined to cell sites near airports.


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