* Posts by Michael Thibault

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It's all Uber! France ends its love affair with ride-sharing app

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Does Uber have something that...

can't be duplicated by someone else? Isn't this all based on what is just a frikkin' app? So, encourage the conversion of the entire taxi industry into a f(r)ee-for-all affair, and let any and all play whatever role they want in the thing. If Uber is just a communications outfit, then they likely can't argue that they're entitled to a natural monopoly in that market--or litigate competition away. Eventually, ride-for-a-fee will settle down and there won't be any big winners. (At least Uber won't be a big winner, anyway.) Am I missing something?

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Cunning goldfish avoided predator in tank for seven years

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Scraping the bottom, el Reg?

Is this story here because it almost, tenuously relates to the tag line "Biting the hand that feeds IT"?

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THEY WANTED OUR WOMEN: Neanderthals lusted after modern humans

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Re: Interspecies DNA exchange

A real gentleman also ends with foreplay?

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Guy puts 1990s MacOS 7 on an Apple Watch – without jailbreaking it

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Re: I miss System 7

I never needed to do anything like that, and the machines I was using were never high-spec Macs. Can you say "RAM-Doubler"? I have to put your need to do so down to the running of Norton-something or Adobe-something-else, or any of a number of dubious third-party control panels or extensions or 'screen-savers'. I recall there were many such niceties that did not "play nice" and though they could be shown to be the equivalent of digital foot-binding, it was nigh-impossible to convince people to do without them- though they were a drag on system performance.

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Two foreigners, a desert and a jeep full of bank statements

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Joke

> I don't think that I would do that today!

The key step is "Off to the data center", right?

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INTERNET of BOOBS: Scorching French lass reveals networked bikini

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Re: There's a lot you can see when there's nothing to do.

@Bloakey1

One thing bothers me about your (current) case, though: in order to qualify as witnesses, wouldn't those same people have had to spend as much time, in the same location as you, doing approximately the same amount of "witnessing" as you are alleged to have done? That would be creepy, no? Just askin', like.

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There's a lot you can see when there's nothing to do.

I've heard of sunburn, and I've heard of people being sunburned/sunburnt, but I've never heard of the process being "witnessed".

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ISIS command post obliterated after 'moron' jihadi snaps a selfie, says US Air Force

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Re: Air Force General Hawk Carlisle

Perhaps you're thinking of Buck Turgidson.

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Mass break-in: researchers catch 22 more routers for the SOHOpeless list

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Interesting to see

Linksys WRT54GL in there--if only in a limited way--as it's been a long-time favourite of the DD-WRT crowd.

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Naked cyclists take a hard line on 'aroused' protest participant

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Ahem!

>Nudity in the Canterbury World Naked Bike Ride is NOT an excuse for self-exhibitionism.

Erect penis != exhibitionism.

The former is largely governed by a reflex arc, the latter not.

A stiff public bamboo could be acutely embarrassing with, or without, the presence of prudes or the cops--not speaking from experience. And there's no Off button or anything, even!

Anyway, come prepared.

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Airbus confirms software brought down A400M transport plane

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>Airbus will still need to satisfy customers that it can ensure that software installs don't go wrong in future.

I can't think of more than one way they can do that.

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Mac bug makes rootkit injection as easy as falling asleep

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Angel

Without...

>any other tricks other than a suspend-resume cycle, a kernel extension, flashrom, and root access

Erm... doesn't root access mean you already own the machine anyway? Dizzy. Have to lie down. Maybe nap...

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That EVIL TEXT that will CRASH your iPhone: We pop the hood

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Congratulations, El Reg!

Some tentacle of the Apple juggernaut appears to have acknowledged your existence--possibly validating it. And, it's beer o'clock. Go to it.

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Finally! It's the year of Linux on the desktop TITSUP

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"...rank it the 80th-most-read-about..."

rank it the 79th-most-ignored Linux distribution.

FTFY

(had to be said)

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Re: image

Because it's bazaar?

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Look out, Dixon! That there is a dangerously INTELLECTUAL cow

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>The ones that make Swiss cheese.

Shouldn't they have holes in them, then?

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'Sorry we outed your affair ... this sort of thing happens every day'

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Re: Excuse me ...

but you're taking the expression "getting high" a little too literally. Apparently, you can do it in your garden/shed. Even in your basement.

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Re: Excuse me ...

I also thought there was more in that quote of the expected double-speak than... well... expected. Colour me confused.

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EXT4 filesystem can EAT ALL YOUR DATA

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If

>If you want to hang on to your data. Which you probably do.

If it's on a linux system, that is. Which it isn't necessarily. If you know what I mean.

FTFY.

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Stripped to the core and full of Xfce: Xubuntu Linux loses it

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Re: Get with the times

Upvoted. Ah, tone deafness.

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Re: And thus we have

>an appropriate time for a random observation

Applicable any time in the last 10-15 years, actually.

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CSI GALAXY: Cause of death = STRANGULATION

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Re: Not dead yet

That's confusing. Fortunately, I need more coffee.

FTFY

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Going up hills past blokes with coke-bottle legs: The Smart E-bike

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Re: Electric Moped

What (the fuck) is "a bike license "?

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Google's 'stale pale males' to be replaced by crack black chick pack

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Holmes

Aaaaand the crux of the matter is ...

> until the problem is solved

What criterion/criteria will be used to assess the state of the 'problem'?

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Choc Factory finds 84,000 ad injectors targeting Chrome

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Megaphone

Stop their presses!

'nough said.

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FOUND: NASA's stray balloon located in the middle of nowhere

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Black Helicopters

Suspicious...

absence of black stealthicopters for the pick-up! Something's up. Gotta be.

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Nothing BEATS a good anti-trust investigation, eh, Apple?

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Re: And Mail?

>... you can only modify your default ...

Better that a means to alter the default be found in an expectable location than to have each new application installed attempt to land-grab, frontier-style, the relevant lot of URLs, MIME Types, protocols etc. for itself--covertly and forcibly. Incidentally:

http://www.rubicode.com/Software/RCDefaultApp/

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In a galaxy far, far, far away ... Farthest ever star system discovered

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...

By now that neighborhood has probably gone to hipster shit anyway, so who cares?

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Apple Watch fanbois suffer PAINFUL RASH after sweaty wristjob action

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Re: Watch newbies?

One apparent up-side to the Apple Watch is that the demise of the word--and hence the concept of-- "clockwise" will likely be put off for another generation or two.

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Re: In fact, warning does make sense

It makes a lot of sense to require that every mirror be etched with the warning, too.

Just to be safe.

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Mozilla to whack HTTP sites with feature-ban stick

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Re: why, why, why... what is the point?

Also,

https://letsencrypt.org/

Can't arrive too soon.

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Apple Watch HATES tattoos: Inky pink sinks rinky-dink sensor

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Re: Hardly a bug, is it...

>Sadly the only thing I took away from this article was "Consumer buys flakey Product but would rather continue using it because it's so Shiny [rather] than actually try and get the MF fixed".

FTFY

>Depressing state of affairs.

Rational: along the lines of "but I need it nowwwwwwww". All too common behaviour, and childish. Nothing to be done to counter it, I'm afraid.

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The Apple Watch: THROBBING STRAP-ON with a knurled knob

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Re: send a brief recording of your heartbeat

In lieu of the very occasional postcard home reading only "still alive"?

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Astroboffins mine data in pursuit of lonely, homeless RUNAWAY GALAXIES

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Re: "a classic three-body interaction"

>So it's a menage-a-trois then?

Seems it was. We missed all the action.

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Grooveshark faces $750 MEELLION piracy payout

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Re: But what about

our freeeeeeeeeedom

Pocket change. In every sense.

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SUPERVOLCANIC MAGMA reservoir BUBBLING under Yellowstone Park

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Re: But how many Titanics would it fill?

>Not that it would be so evenly spread of course.

The skiing in YNP will be fantastic! Eventually. Cliff-diving, too, probably.

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Apple Watch: Exactly how many vids does it take to teach a fanboi to tell the time?

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>there are no tools to upload backgrounds or build your own watch app

Jesus wept.

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Love-rat fanboi left bobbing for Apples in tiny Japanese bath

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Couldn't imagine why the objets weren't dropped from a great height instead. I guess it's down to culture or the individual. Bad, but not too bad--almost genteel.

However, a dunking like that is not likely to get attention that will endear you to someone. Nor, it seems, get a rise out of them, as the victim seems to be taking it in stride... in the direction of a cold shower, possibly, then probably off to the dog house. Or to a friend's house for a commiseration session.

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Idiot thieves walk free after stolen iPad uploads pics of them with loot

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The punishment

>prohibits the consumption of alcohol

That's a little hard-line, isn't it?

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Aluminum bendy battery is boffins' answer to EXPLODING Li-ion menace

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Re: Bored of Battery "Breakthroughs"

>Fusion is 10 years away.

Starting when?

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Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge in Vulture's claws: we find looks AND brains

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Plus ça change, plus c'est pareil.

It seems that the writing is on the wall: the swappable battery and the SD cards so commonly found in phones (and tablets) are going away. They've historically been included because they've been included elsewhere; their inclusion once made a me-too product differentiator. And, for some--but not all, evidently--a deal-maker. Now they're being excluded from flagship offerings. When there's a version (of the S6) with the battery and SD card options built in--if it comes at all--, it will largely signal that these two features play second fiddle. Eventually you can expect them to disappear entirely. Get used to it, I guess. Apple pointed the way, and others are following, albeit at a distance.

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Prostrate yourself before the GNU, commands Indian DEITY

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Nice fit

Pantheism and linux distros. What can possibly go right/wrong?

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Anti-gay Indiana starts backtracking on hated law after tech pressure

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Re: Has it occurred to any of the shouty people...

>...that what these folks refusing to do business with Indiana are doing is exactly what the law that they're protesting about protects people's right to do?

Iff business is a religion. Arguably the mythical "invisible hand" is the core belief, and ... well, you can take it from there. But it's probably wisest not to refer to the elephantine sacred cow unless necessary (or useful) to do so; until either, it has its place--quietly in the background.

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Seen this before

>developing legal workarounds that would enable individuals and businesses to potentially withhold their products and services.

A variant on Jim Crow laws. Not surprisingly, a few conservative strains are being consistently resistant to evolution. Peace, love, ... and thinly-disguised supremacist malevolence and hatred.

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Re: So what about the other nineteen states and the U.S. Government

Religious freedom != religious beliefs

Conflating the two is duplicitous. (Ahem to that!)

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Google plans ROBOTS to SLICE YOU OPEN AND CUT YOU UP

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Not to cut you up, foolish person,

but to install the biometric micro-chippery that you'd be unable to get to yourself. Might as well do it while necessary invasive surgery is going on, right? All it will cost you is a little bit of data on how well things work out, ultimately. Everybody wins!

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One day all this could be yours: Be Facebook, without being Facebook

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Re: Very good idea

>Scientific studies have already shown that Facebook is anti-social ..., its users are ... self-absorbed, have difficulty dealing with reality or forming actual relationships with human beings ...

Cites or sites, please.

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Just WALK IN and buy an Apple Watch. Are you mad?

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Re: You want difficult?

You are being difficult. You are upsetting a common world-view--one with which many here are exceedingly comfortable. A permanent reference to this subversive activity has been added to your file. The data you've supplied is deemed irrelevant.

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GitHub jammed by injected JavaScript, servers whacked by DDoS

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Re: This <strike>well(/strike)wall won't go ...

>escalatory retaliation

At least until someone gets the bright idea of a pre-emptive strike--at which point things could get shouty-pouty with lots of finger-pointing and toys being thrown around the big rooms.

When is D. Bowie going to do a Chinese version of "Heroes"?

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Make up your mind: Microsoft puts a bullet in Internet Explorer after all

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Feet to the fire, please

Microsoft should show some forethought and fortitude and, in staged, incremental updates, pull the plug on everything in the way of IE going back to cover version 6--by having the update mechanism yank and shred each, in turn, until there's nothing left but the Spartans. With fair warning, of course, so that those foolish enough long ago to have bought in big time have no excuse for jonesing when they can no longer get a fix.

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