* Posts by Michael Thibault

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EXT4 filesystem can EAT ALL YOUR DATA

Michael Thibault
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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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Michael Thibault
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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

Michael Thibault
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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

Michael Thibault
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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

Michael Thibault
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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

Michael Thibault
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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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MacBooks slimming down with Sammy's new 3D NAND diet pills

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Wait

Isn't the iPhone Apple's one thin mint?

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Google adds evil-code scanning to Play Store

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There's hope... always hope

>it remains remarkable that it has taken Google so long to institute decent security screening.

A bit presumptuous, no?

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Sick of Chrome vs Firefox? Check out these 3 NEW browsers

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Re: Classic Theme Restorer add-on

I agree with the spirit of CTR, and laud the intent of the developers, but there is no question whatever that it has an ill-conceived interface (e.g. lexical overload), and it adds to the confusion anyway. Still worth installing, though.

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Tim Cook chills the spines of swingers worldwide

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Re: A car key I have to recharge every day?

NO, foolish humans! The watch will not hunt down every instance of the physical key you have been using, hitherto, to start your goddamned car, then melt it down into a near-spherical blob, only to then pea-shoot the result into the nearest large body of water. Really! You WILL be able to keep your physical keys; rest assured that that last-millennium technology won't be Terminated (tm) by the watch. So: calm down; put a cold, wet towel on the back of your neck; and, keep the fingers out of your ears--their presence is apparently causing undue cranial pressure.

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NERDGASM as Apple announces 'special event'

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Re: ...Fall back?

~= swoon?

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Lenovo to customers: We only just found out about this Superfish vuln – remove it NOW

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Two heads are better than one

Both Lenovo and Superfish owe, big time--at least one apiece. Nobody wearing a red shirt, though. Unless it's silk.

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Man the HARPOONS: YOU can EASILY SLAY ad-scumware Superfish

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Anything for a buck!

A hangin' offense. Justice should be swift and visible.

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Hello Barbie: Hang on, this Wi-Fi doll records your child's voice?

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tears, tears, tears

>$31m in funding from Greylock Partners, Charles River Ventures, Khosla Ventures, True Ventures and First Round Capital, and others.

Pro bono no doubt. "You know, for the kids."

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Microsoft leaves the Rooms. How will Windows Phone OS users make to do lists?

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Re: poor persons [sic] Hangouts

>empty rooms would have [been] more accurate branding

"Abandoned Buildings" to follow?

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Watch: China has made an internet censorship THEME SONG

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>Is there a word for when you are amused and at the same tired rather horrified?

Probably. German. Probably.

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Yes, fine, but what we all want to know is...

Does it scan?

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Boy, 16, cuffed after posting selfie with body of kid he allegedly killed

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Re: A scary reminder

>that the veneer of civilisation is thin.

Pa-pair theen?

If you can't be famous for 15 minutes, your only option is to be infamous for 15 milliseconds.

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Enough is ENOUGH: It's time to flush Flash back to where it came from – Hell

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Do the right thing!

Adobe really should do the right thing and euthanize Flash, publicly and resolutely, on a short time scale. Else, there will be people hanging on to its long tail for years, the way people hung onto--and still hang onto--XP. Make a clean break, Adobe; stop playing with that thing, and just kill it. It's the best thing for all concerned.

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At last! Something else for smartwatches to do as BMW promises park-by-wristjob demo

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Parking is like math ... it's hard! ... it's just hard!

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Horrifying iPhone sales bring Apple $18bn profit A QUARTER

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>"The down side is they are increasingly dependent on iPhone revenues," the analyst commented about the Apple results. "If they were to stumble at some point with the iPhone, they could be in trouble."

"dependent"? "trouble"? Billions of dollars. Per quarter. Profit. "dependent"? "trouble"? WTF?

There should be a laugh track dogging every industry analyst, set to go off every time they pause between sentences. There's sure to be a buck in merging the available technologies and surveillance schemes to make this happen. Anyone? Anyone?

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Nexus 6 would have had a fingerprint reader, but Apple RUINED IT ALL

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Re: If they felt AuthenTec was clearly superior

One of the ostensible purposes of the patent system is to afford the inventor a reasonable period of protection during which they can, effectively, monetize their creativity/recoup their investment in bringing it to market. Apple acquired the company, and the tech with it, and should--reasonably--be allowed to recoup their investment by being the sole purveyor of the tech; IP is property, and property rights should apply even during that period during which the owner of the IP is protected by the patent system. That would be Apple, for the duration. If that tech were, somehow, to become part of an ISO standard *cough*, Apple would probably neither be justified, nor able (it's hoped), to wield the tech tight-fistedly. But we're not there yet.

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Cubans defy government's home internet ban with secret home-made network

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Please, think of the children

and re-kern "communication" on that keycap before someone gets hurt!

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Dongle bingle makes two MEELLION cars open to exploit

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Re: Actually that's rather a non-issue here...

"Car simulator"?! I smell a marketing opportunity.

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