* Posts by Michael Thibault

645 posts • joined 26 Nov 2008

Page:

No means no: Windows 10 nagware's red X will stop update – Microsoft

Michael Thibault
Bronze badge

Re: Just on one month to go...

What I'm expecting thereafter is a gradual, teeth-gritting-but-no-screaming turning of the screws with a view to getting users of all stripes to begin paying. For something. Anything. It's going to be fascinating to see how much more abuse MS can dish out, and the forms that that will take, and even more fascinating how much such abuse Windows users will take before something breaks.

9
1

FFS, Twitter. It's not that hard

Michael Thibault
Bronze badge
Alien

Re: It's SO simple

What's a tortoise?

0
0

Microsoft won't back down from Windows 10 nagware 'trick'

Michael Thibault
Bronze badge

Re: 230 Million

Microsoft has hit a new low with this dialog slight-of-hand--although they do have similar form in getting the ISO to put out. But the wailing and gnashing of teeth that will occur within a billing period of the end of the-first-year's-free shit-show will see MS at the top of a steep incline. The best thing that can be done at that point is to give them a hard, swift kick in the ass.

Time for the penguinistas to herd all the USB flash drives they can find and prep them for installs of 32 flavours and then some. Maybe there's time to work something up with high on-line visibility and obvious unity and cohesion in the broad task... Maybe.

4
0

Guilty! Trump delivers orange justice to Amazon

Michael Thibault
Bronze badge

Dump! Dump! Dump!

So compelling watching Trump himself, and the Trumpets backing him, setting things up just so so that we can all witness the eventual, almost-inevitable slow-motion car crash of Donald Trump and the Republican party. It's a bit of a guilty pleasure. Such theatre can't be bought.

1
0

Kill Flash now? Chrome may be about to do just that

Michael Thibault
Bronze badge

Re: Google catches up to Apple, while Microsoft trails the pack

... plan to exempt the top 10 domains that use Flash for one year in order to concentrate the focus of, and increase the effectiveness of, any new exploits.

Plain-Speaked That For You

Euthanise Flash Now! The pain has to end. Make it quick.

0
0

Criminals exploit zero day Flash vulnerability

Michael Thibault
Bronze badge

Re: Which Browser?

>Surely Flash must die, and die soon.

And stay dead. That last part is the critical bit.

7
0

Woman charged with blowing AU$4.6m overdraft on 'a lot of handbags'

Michael Thibault
Bronze badge

Re: The dichotomy is amazing

>Too fucking stupid to actually invest the money.

Yeah, the surety was AU$1000; boyfriend will make good company, apparently.

0
0

Revealed: How NASA saved the Kepler space telescope from suicide

Michael Thibault
Bronze badge
Mushroom

Re: Just Like Home?.

>But we *need* to find the planet of the Trumps so that we can nuke it from orbit. It's the only way to be sure.

2
0

UK govt admits it pulled 10-year file-sharing jail sentence out of its arse

Michael Thibault
Bronze badge

Re: Rule by decree

"Turned around" is not to say 'reversed direction'. Remember PET: 'signal left, but turn right'. Fool me once, shame on you...

3
0

Cops deploy StingRay anti-terror tech against $50 chicken-wing thief

Michael Thibault
Bronze badge
Big Brother

Curiouser and curiouser

>a wall of secrecy

Isn't that something you'd use to ensure privacy? Why, if it isn't good for the goose to have one, is it good for the gander(er)? Something tells me that some animals are more equal than others.. and that those that aren't will just have to get used to it, by George.

4
0

The web is DOOM'd: Average page now as big as id's DOS classic

Michael Thibault
Bronze badge

Re: @JB: It's Worse Than That

>WTF? A whole DVD for the installer?

It may have been a trick of the light, but ISTR having recently witnessed an install of PowerPoint, which downloaded as 1.4G. And that's PowerPoint alone, FFS! 'because I need it'. Spine-curling cluelessness.

0
0

Chilling evidence emerges of Kilocat weapon

Michael Thibault
Bronze badge

Re: simple comedic timing

>shark?

Technically, there is a shark--but it's a whale shark. A filter-feeder. Who the hell would equip such a useless shark with frikken lasers and send it to do bad-ass shit? Seriously! The only thing bad-ass about it would be the laser.

There's a serious problem in personnel.

4
0

Uber hands over info on 12m passengers, drivers to US officials, cops

Michael Thibault
Bronze badge

Re: Taken for a linguistic ride

"The way things are going, riding a bicycle while not carrying a mobile phone is going to get you arrested as a suspected terrorist and economic subversive."

I may be that canary. I'll try to keep cx,/jklnznu e]a9ut0k]|Rl[\\

1
0

Windows 10 debuts Blue QR Code of Death – and why malware will love it

Michael Thibault
Bronze badge

What will make this work

(for large values of "work") is that Windows users will likely think 'ah, M$ has finally got it right and gone all modern, and when that link is followed, there will be a pot of informational gold at the end of it'.

16
3

Dear Windows, OS X folks: Update Flash now. Or kill it. Killing it works

Michael Thibault
Bronze badge

Re: Get the content^H^H^H^H^H^H^H producers to kill it

I wonder why Adobe hasn't come clean and globally recommended that everyone uninstall Flash and wait until a secure version is released. Anyone have any ideas?

6
1

FBI Director defends iPhone 5C unlock tool that's obviously going to leak into wrong hands

Michael Thibault
Bronze badge

>They are intentionally endangering the American publics [sic] right to privacy by not releasing details to the manufacturer that is willing to produce software to fix this exploit.

Apple should ... take them to court?

1
0

Here's a great idea: Let's make a gun that looks like a mobile phone

Michael Thibault
Bronze badge

Re: "Absolutely no one can make sense of the United States' infatuation with firearms."

>I DO need a handgun when I go shopping

I'm willing to bet you aren't much of a repeat customer.

1
0
Michael Thibault
Bronze badge

Re: How pathetic is this?

>"Q589: Are there any legal self defence products that I can buy?

>"The only fully legal self defence product at the moment is a rape alarm. These are not expensive and can be bought from most local police stations or supermarkets."

Blinkers! The ground beneath your feet has multiple uses in self-defence. And it's free and ubiquitous.

1
1
Michael Thibault
Bronze badge
Pint

Re: "Absolutely no one can make sense of the United States' infatuation with firearms."

Can you make sense of this?

"Reports of periodic attacks on opal miners in Coober Pedy may be apocryphal and related to excessive consumption of cooling amber fluids in dry areas."

Hanging from your feet all day seems to lead to a dry sense of humour.

5
0

Gumtree serves world's worst exploit kit to scores of Aussies

Michael Thibault
Bronze badge

Parasitic symbiotes

Makes for a handy target, though.

1
0

Japan loses contact with new space 'scope just weeks after launch

Michael Thibault
Bronze badge
Facepalm

Re: Why is rotation an unrecoverable problem?

Everyone loves a good problem even though, when sufficiently well-specified, the problem dictates its solution. Of course, the devil is in the details--direction and means of communication, assessing the sat for what's still working, calculating delays in communications and timing of any instructions, quantity of thrust to be applied, etc. Before you know it, you're doing rocket science.

1
0

US govt says it has cracked killer's iPhone, legs it from Apple fight

Michael Thibault
Bronze badge

So far...

>successfully accessed the data

Pix or it didn't happen.

Seriously, there could be a bit of dissembling going on: the FBI/DoJ axis, plausibly, has reason to halt the train, and they may well have accessed the data--but without being able to read it. A fine distinction, but if that's applicable, they're not lying to the court in their request to vacate the court order.

11
0

X-ray scanners, CCTV cams, hefty machinery ... let's play: VNC Roulette!

Michael Thibault
Bronze badge

Re: Thanks Chris.

It would be useful to have acronyms and abbreviations expanded--even at some length--via balloons/tooltips/flyovers, etc.. I've mentioned it before, and even tried it (unsuccessfully) in the comments. A little pre-processing, perhaps. A little grep joy-riding across the site. Who knows? Probably could be done. And, being relatively unobtrusive, this approach would leave the information accessible (practically on-screen), but won't slow down anyone already in-the-know, but unknowingly hurrying to their appointment with the underside of a bus.

As for VNC Roulette: a UI Horrors Roll if every I saw one.

10
1

Cosmic bonks, breakups led to birth of Saturn's moons as dinos died out

Michael Thibault
Bronze badge

Re: The T Rex had hands...

>...so it definitely could have held a telescope and focused it!

Though not, apparently, for its own use. IOW, T-Rex wasn't much on flossing.

0
0

Apple engineers rebel, refuse to work on iOS amid FBI iPhone battle

Michael Thibault
Bronze badge

Re: Slightly inaccurate

>And the next order will be for the iOS source code and signing key, so the FBI can make it themselves, rendering the entire attempt of resistance moot and leading to a worse outcome all round.

TC: Ah, yes, the source code... Yes, the source... Er... um... there's a small problem with... the source code.

JC: The court order, Tim! The AWA, Tim! We've been through all that. It's time to pony up.

TC: Jim, you've really run us to ground, and there's just no room left to move, and no where really to turn. But...

JC: But nothing, Mr. Cook. Hand it over!

TC: I have every intention of handing it over. The small problem, though, is that the source code is now encrypted. And we have no idea who might have done it.. All we can do is comply with the court order, and leave it to you... Take it away, Jim-it's all yours now--,and make of it what you can. Good luck.

0
0
Michael Thibault
Bronze badge

Re: You're missing one point

>if the fed drops the hammer and actually orders Apple to do this, those engineers really won't have any choice. If they refuse to do as they are told, they could be held personally accountable and put in jail for civil contempt of court and left in jail until they change their minds about cooperating.

There's a curious lacuna in the idea of corporations as being legal persons: they can't do jack, because they aren't corporeal. People, however, are. But people aren't the corporations they work for. Nor, in the final analysis, is the reverse true.

The FBI and the DOJ will be going after court-supported, mandated directives for "Apple, Inc.". The staff at Apple are only implicitly covered by that; Apple (the C-level types, in particular) will be responsible, then, for cracking the whip or cracking open the piggy bank to get the actual talent to do the required deed(s). The sought-after court-backed order will not, per se, be enforceable against any individual--only a legal fiction. That's a knotty problem in its own right.

Either way, getting to the point where there remain no further avenues of appeal for Apple means that the FBI could then pursue individuals within Apple. But that's a long way off, and likely they aren't really interested in the last mile anyway...

What would be most helpful to Apple at this junction would be proof that the FBI actually already has the ability to get past the current sticking point they claim to be at--whether that ability is original in-house, or available through their friendly, neighbourhood NSAgent, or whatever... Such proof would certainly blow the lid off of the the FBI-initiated theatre that is now playing out.

7
0

FBI backs down against Apple: Feds may be able to crack killer's iPhone without iGiant's help

Michael Thibault
Bronze badge

Re: Not a win for Apple

>if it turns out the phone can be easily cracked without help from Apple.

How will the world ever know? Because the FBI could make known what they found, or not. And they could lie about the results of their sub rosa inquiry, or not. Have a look around the table. Would you believe anything the FBI told you now, or ever?

0
1

Microsoft's equality and diversity: Skimpy schoolgirls dancing for nerds at an Xbox party

Michael Thibault
Bronze badge

Re: Fail on four counts (at least)

>(4) Fail for revealing an abhorrent corporate culture to the outside world.

This, if true, wouldn't constitute a failure, but an error.

>The "exploitation" angle isn't really about the girls involved. It's about promoting the general idea that sex can be bought and paid for and is therefore under my control, that it is all about me and what I can get, without reference to the other person. It's about getting (or providing) sexual satisfaction outside of a real relationship, in a way manner which a real relationship can't match because a real relationship deals with imperfect people, not an unattainable showcase, an idealised imagination, which never has to deal with the reality of dirty dishes in the sink and inconsiderate drunken remarks.

In this paragraph, you're selling sex as a commodified service. And doing it fairly well, I must add. It's difficult to discern where, in such exchanges, exploitation occurs; to the extent that the commercial exchange involved is entered into freely (i.e. willingly) by all parties, there doesn't appear to be any exploitation. The 'fake/real' dichotomy you hold out is only relevant (i.e. problematic) when a party to sex-as-a-service exchanges professes fealty in a "real" relationship--or to the idea of such--by being in one.

3
0

Western Digital spins up a USB disk just for the Raspberry Pi

Michael Thibault
Bronze badge
Trollface

Re: The price baloons. To what exactly?

>How big is the baloon? Is it more than the proce of the drive?

And, most importantly, can I keep it?

0
0

Middle-aged US bloke pleads guilty to iCloud celeb nude photo hack

Michael Thibault
Bronze badge
Holmes

Re: They gave him their password

... iff you've previously seen them in the raw. Otherwise, it's a bit of a distraction from the details you have seen up close.

0
0
Michael Thibault
Bronze badge

Re: They gave him their password

>the victims are equally to blame for giving out their usernames/passwords>

Unfortunately, the wording here gives a leg-up to those who are inclined to invoke 'victim-blaming' at every pass. It's the word "equally"; it's inclusion puts the celebs affected in the same class (or fix) as the perpetrator. Yes, it's acknowledged that what he did deserved at least a fingering, but they shouldn't (and didn't) share his punishment. They should, though, be recognised as bearing some of the responsibility for the breach for having opened the kimono so wide and so readily.

*cough*

2
0

Apple tells iPhone court 'the Founders would be appalled' by Feds

Michael Thibault
Bronze badge

@DonL

All men (sic) are created equal, but some make a better scarecrow than others.

6
0

Swedish publishers plan summer ‘Block Party’ to thwart ad blockers

Michael Thibault
Bronze badge

Re: Good Luck

>The number of Britons who use ad blocking software has risen from 15 per cent last July to 22 per cent

Assume that this statistic is generalisable to the west, or even just Europe, which is where those publishers do business. The implication is that there are fully four months in which to get that number up--way up.

The 'adverts-pay-for-content' argument needs to be run into the ground, where it belongs, as it's bullshit. If every business has fully to pay the freight of their on-line publishing/web presence, it becomes a universal fixed-overhead item. At the margin, there will be an effort, in every case, to minimise costs while maximising effect/reach/reaction/buzz. Sucking up that reality could well make for lean, clean, gracefully-degrading sites served from servers in direct control of the publishers. Competition is supposed to be an incentive to excel--so the articles of the faith suggest. So: stop feeding the parasite of the on-line advertising industry, and compete with your content!

0
0

Posh frockers Lord & Taylor spanked after Instagram fillies shocker

Michael Thibault
Bronze badge

Re: Slapped on the wrist? Hardly!

'Guilty. But we'll let you off if you never, never, ever do it again. OK?'

What response will be engendered by requiring that the stooges publicly admit, in appropriate context, to having whored their on-line personas to a commercial enterprise?

'OMFG! Easy money! Ker-fucking-ching! Sign me up.'

As for: "Companies are going to have to be much more careful and/or honest in future if they don't want the FTC knocking at their doors.", let me FTFY:

'Companies are going to have to be much more careful and/or honest in future if they don't want the FTC polishing their door knockers.'

3
0

Computer says: Stop using MacWrite II, human!

Michael Thibault
Bronze badge

Re: Ooh yeah, MacWrite!

>Does anyone recall the Cyberdog browser?

I've played with it, in its too-short life; that puppy died young, in the culling of OD, and never reached full-stride.

"... after 20 years, he still grieves .."

On Word: up to the late 90s, and even early into this millennium, almost everything done in Word by almost everyone everywhere could just as easily have been done in 4.

0
0

Feds tell court: Apple 'deliberately raised technological barriers' to thwart iPhone warrant

Michael Thibault
Bronze badge
Trollface

Let me FTFY...

"Can you imagine the excitement when a nutcase opens fire in, say, a dark movie theatre full of armed, ill-trained, nutcases?"

I think I get the picture, no?

0
0
Michael Thibault
Bronze badge

>the first time in American history a "corporate person" will find it's actual meat persons in jail for corporate decisions

I believe it's already occurred (a quick trawl of decades-old memories, as I can't be arsed to Google it, suggests it was along the lines of criminal negligence causing death, it involved radio-active material, and it may well have been in Texas).

0
0
Michael Thibault
Bronze badge

>miniscule

but not 0, and that's where the fun begins.

4
0

German lodges todger in 13 steel rings

Michael Thibault
Bronze badge

Re: So far no-one has made the obvious comment

Er... no! The obvious comment is a question:

After which ring was bloodflow to the brain diminished to the point that stupid kicked in?

Answer: after the 0th (but before the 1st).

0
0

McAfee gaffe a quick AV kill for enterprising staff

Michael Thibault
Bronze badge

Some confusion here

>Intel Security has fixed a flaw that made it possible to shut down its McAfee Enterprise virus engine, thereby allowing the installation of malware and pirated software.

Being able to shut down McAfee... isn't that something of a blessing? So, shouldn't the above read:

"Intel Security has fixed a flaw that makes it possible to install McAfee Enterprise virus engine, thereby allowing the installation of malware and pirated software."

Clarity, please.

5
0

Norman Conquest, King Edward, cyber pathogen and illegal gambling all emerge in Apple v FBI

Michael Thibault
Bronze badge

Re: Some very authoritarian arguments and assumptions in play here.

>refuse lawful court orders to reasonably assist law enforcement

Here are found two critical--even pivotal--qualifiers: "lawful" and "reasonable". I take it that Apple questions the applicability of both to the current situation. As they should.

If the idea is not to aid or abet criminals, directly or indirectly, why would anyone willingly oblige any agency, in any country, that colluded with its peers and created a planet-spanning, indiscriminate and omnivorous digital dragnet, in secret, and without specific authority, specific need, or evident oversight?

12
1

Uncle Sam's boffins stumble upon battery storage holy grail

Michael Thibault
Bronze badge

>proprietary materials to produce what it claims is a better battery for things like phones

Aaaaaaand... the first one's free!

1
0

Ad-blockers are a Mafia-style 'protection racket' – UK's Minister of Fun

Michael Thibault
Bronze badge

Re: That speech in full

"Self-regulation" works when there is a single self involved. Maybe. Things go considerably piriform when you've got multiple bodies interacting.

>“Quite simply – if people don’t pay in some way for content,

>then that content will eventually no longer exist,” he said. Most

>people get this, he added.

Implicitly, everything must acquire a price--which is so much derived free-market dogma. Strangely, there's a parallel between the statement above and the extortionate behaviour being ascribed to the ad-blockers who set themselves up as gate-keepers (ignoring that, increasingly, content is withheld until you can demonstrate that your shields are down relative to the ad-serving domains... sigh); what the quote above suggests is 'everybody will have to pay up, eventually, or the bunny dies--so, take your time, but adjust your attitudes accordingly'.

Advertising hasn't always been the financing engine behind content.

>“We need the whole advertising sector to be smarter. If we can..

>avoid the intrusive ads that consumers dislike, then I believe there

>should be a decrease in the use of ad-blockers,” he said.

The problem can be seen as ad-blockers vs. advertising. However, at the root, it's about a lack of a micro-payments system. There's nothing inherently necessary about advertising online; it exists because an industry of self-serving parties has managed to sell the idea of their own necessity (and benefit) to the web-producing and web-consuming... and ads are now entrenched as a 'feature' of the web. Whether advertising-as-a-means-to-fund/pay-for-content does, in fact, pay for the content is not established--except, perhaps, in theory. There must, sure, be an alternative to advertising and probably the best way to bring one about is to make liberal use of ruthless, merciless ad-blockers.

7
0

Gopher server revived after 15 years of downtime

Michael Thibault
Bronze badge

OMFG! My browser supports the protocol natively.

Not much of a loss not having known, though: I've long since ceased lamenting the decline of gopher as a protocol, as the ever-more-fruitless sessions, attributable to decreasing deployment of it, were the writing seen on the wall not many years after the protocol launched.

3
0

Science contest to get girls interested in STEM awards first prize to ... a boy

Michael Thibault
Bronze badge

Re: To Be Fair

>Do you stand back and leave all the disadvantaged people to their fate during that time, or do you try to do something to help them?

That something you do to help (them) would necessarily include determining that there's a point after which no more 'leveling' is practicable; defining equality as a strict function of parity (i.e. equality == parity in numbers) is a mistake, as doing so may well institutionally define inequality as perpetual, entrenching frustration. Not a wise thing to do.

8
1

Apple fires legal salvo at FBI for using All Writs law in iPhone brouhaha

Michael Thibault
Bronze badge
Headmaster

Re: this is not complicated

Unfortunately, AC, your post does not receive a passing grade. The brevity of it suggested that you might have been under the mistaken assumption that you were limited to a fixed number of characters. I took the charitable view, though, in assessing your contribution...

Your analysis is not particularly deep; your prescription is, thereby, not particularly sophisticated. And the general thrust of your post goes against the (local) grain. Such are first efforts.

I suggest more lurking/reading/education before you post again.

3
0
Michael Thibault
Bronze badge

Relevance of this line from "The Matrix"?

1
0

Prison butt dialler finally off-hold after 12-day anal retention marathon

Michael Thibault
Bronze badge
Coat

>Any details about the phone model?

Any details about who fingered him?

Why, yes, that is my coat...

3
0

Browser made by China's top search engine leaks almost everything

Michael Thibault
Bronze badge

Not "No comment", but...

"Unable to comment". So much more telling, that, but not really much more informative.

6
0

IT boss gets 30 months of porridge for trashing ex-employer's servers

Michael Thibault
Bronze badge

Re: Dumb git cubed

Three dumbs and... not quite out: at least he had the sense to plea bargain a relatively short engagement at Club Fed, followed by a decade or more of abject poverty, which he'll be able to savour while walking aimlessly about, or--if he's lucky--from job interview to job interview. Don't do the crime...

8
0

Page:

Forums