* Posts by Michael Thibault

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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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Big Brother

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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Alabama tops US teacher-pupil sex league

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Who're you kidding?

>Ohio is the stand-out state for sex with inanimate objects

That, of course, would be "for public sex with inanimate objects". And then only for those instances that caught the eye.

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You'll get sick of that iPad. And guess who'll be waiting? Big daddy Linux...

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Re: So, 2015

>It's been the year of Linux for some time.

Obviously, very large values of "year" involved here. Or what was originally said, long ago, was "ya hear of linux" and it's yet to be put right.

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Go Canada: Now ILLEGAL to auto-update software without 'consent'

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Re: So...does this mean

>That "Install the Yahoo! Toolbar" checkbox will be unticked by default for Adobe's updates

some time after the preferences you've set for Flash--relative to its use of audio and video devices, to data storage, and to update preferences--'stick' for any length of time at all... Tick.. Tick...

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DANGER: Is that 'hot babe' on Skype a sextortionist?

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Re: Also in other New News...

>don't give your bank account information to Nigerian Princes

Russian princesses are OK, though, right?

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Hawking and friends: Artificial Intelligence 'must do what we want it to do'

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First things first

Weaponize! Just in case some other AI is getting the treatment. No one wants to find themselves on the low end of an AI gap, do they?

From there it's a short hop to collusion between the multiple, weaponized AIs--("Thanks, HUmans")-- and humanity is a thin sprinkling of warm, but cooling, ash across the entire planet.

Seriously, though: AI is going to be weaponized before it's set to make the world a utopia (somehow defined). There isn't a single "we/us", so no "our". AI isn't going to be shared around like the atmosphere. And with AI set to come up with creative ways to more effectively keep what's currently 'ours' ours, it's likely that AI will destroy--probably all of humanity and what it has built up--because that's what it will be put to work at first and fastest.

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Computers know you better than your friends

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Re: Er...

Apparently unable to think clearly when that one reared its head.

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Anonymous vows to avenge Charlie Hebdo massacre by blitzing jihadist sites

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Re: @AC

MFAS-DT, you weren't the AC poster in question; your style falls short--it lacks a certain je ne sais quoi. Nice try, though.

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@AC

>The ... freedom.

There is nothing in what you've written that really warrants your posting anonymously. You should--by your own standards--be free to post what you've posted under you own name (or avatar, if applicable)*. And without fear of being pigeon-holed or stigmatised. Anonymity is largely the assassin's refuge and aerie. But it can also trap.

Circumspection about anonymity, as a resort, should have priority over circumspection about what you want to say.

* I'm not without sin in this regard, though; I've posted anonymously in order to avoid too much, and accumulated, hate from certain quarters, representatives/acolytes of which are known to circulate in these waters...

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Holmes

Intelligence

is all that is needed.

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World's largest ship swallows 900 MEGATINS of baked beans

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Re: Shoe-rly shum mishtake!

>what will it be shipping back?

Shipping containers, of course. Filled with *our* air. Clean air, and UNpaid for!

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Analysts claim itty bitty iPhone Mini to land next year

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Re: or maybe...

>They are working on a smaller version so that they can extend the life of the 5S and include NFC so that Applepay is available to more at a cheaper price

... a key-fob with BT ear-piece/mic + 'print reader, and just enough smarts to 'pay and (dis)play'? Roughly between the iPod nano and the Watch.

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Reg man confesses: I took my wife out to choose a laptop for Xmas. NOOOO

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At least it wasn't pink

So hard to coordinate, the pinks. Much moreso than the oranges, anyway.

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I'll be back (and forward): Hollywood's time travel tribulations

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Re: Multiple timelines

> were time travel possible, you'd be perfectly free to go back and make as many tweaks and changes as you'd like and see what would happen.

Yes, but to "see what would happen", you'd have to go 'back' or 'across' to another verse, one not your own. However, if that were possible--energy requirements aside, and given the nature of consciousness--could you not arrange to travel to that same verse repeatedly/continually (to the point of continuously), ending up--effectively--in a different verse on a basis indistinguishable from it being your 'native' verse? ...

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Privacy-loving BOXING KANGAROO BIFFS DRONE out of the sky

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Where's the beef?

Never mind: found it by searching on "kangaroo drone" and ...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UFWUlObSgn0

I can't be arsed to fiddle with permissions in NoScript to find out whether or not the link is hidden behind one or another JavaScript. Is it not possible to ensure that a link expressly referenced in a story is always explicitly present i.e. not dependent on scripts running indiscrimately? And can El Reg ensure that anything in Facebook is explicitly flagged (e.g. NSFW) within the body text immediately adjacent the link?

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Bloke, 36, in the cooler for leaking ex's topless pics on Facebook

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"of nude or sexual images"

Bare breasts don't constitute nudity everywhere and always. Nor are photos of bare breasts necessarily sexual in nature. Legislation of this type may not be particularly apt.

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APPLE set to Air PLUS-SIZED iPAD – claims mag

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Joke

>What reliable sauces would you use?

My first thought was to proffer "open sauce", but that's not going to happen--for various reasons--so.... never mind that.

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systemd row ends with Debian getting forked

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Knock yourself out

The in-fighting is theatre, in the same way watching someone repeatedly punch themselves in the head can be seen as theatre.

Linux on the desktop^H^H^H^H^H^H^Hdoorstep^H^H^H^H^H^H^H^Hcurb?

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Author fined $500k in first US spyware conviction

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>to protect consumers from those who sell illegal spyware

Admirable precision!

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Ten Mac freeware apps for your new Apple baby

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Re: MSPaint equivalent?

Too few fingers?

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FORGET the CLIMATE: FATTIES are a MUCH BIGGER problem - study

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Pint

Re: The Obligatory

So simple, really!

A cold one? This one's on me.

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Useless 'computer engineer' Barbie FIRED in three-way fsck row

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Is there a problem here? Do you fear they're going to forget the fu once they move into TRW? Or that the fu is less applicable there?

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Re: Not the right way to promote IT among girls... but realistic, after all

>why did she have to be naked?

A zen thing. You wouldn't understand.

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Re: i look forward to more real world barbie books

> ... nothing gets in the way of her flight to the top ...

Ah, priorities!

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'Most advanced mobile botnet EVER' is coming for your OFFICE Androids

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Re: disguised as a system update...

@PaulR79 "a large amount of people" might be correct if you were serving up minced human flesh. However, since the "people" you are referring to are living, and are discrete and distinguishable and, therefore, countable, in most variants of English, correct usage would be, instead, "a large number of people".

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Uber exec wanted to sic private dicks on critics ... Hey, Emil Michael, COME AT US, bro

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Aside: Hitchhiking does offer a periodic change of scene. And you can look up without craning. And there's plenty of leg-room while checking out the scenery. But consider a bicycle as a principle mode; it has many advantages...

Anyway... the coin of apology is everywhere and inexorably being diluted--first by the mob-forced blood-vengeance demand for resort to it (for the slightest misstep, be it verbal, sartorial, etc.--no real limits) and, secondly, by the ease with which an apology can be shit out^H^H^H^H^H^H^H^Hissued from the corporate body, when circumstances really demand it, and everything being made 'nice' thereby. Apology is approaching meaninglessness asymptotically.

Über deserves a smoking hole, though, and that can't arrive too soon.

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Facebook's plain English data policy: WE'LL SELL YOU LIKE A PIG at a fair

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Fine print

Define "enhanced".

Precisely.

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Rosetta probot drilling DENIED: Philae has its 'LEG in the AIR'

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I wonder if the harpoon could be used to launch Phil off of the comet's surface--after doing as many of the experiments as possible within the first battery charge period, and with consideration for the need of direct contact with the surface for those. If the harpoon can be fired, and Phil relaunched with some chance of having another go at a 3-point landing, somewhere else and sometime later... Could turn into an interesting, challenging long-distance hobby.

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Scalable storage outfit Imation SLIDES BACK after recovery

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Where were we?

Oh, yes: "a half million" != "a half billion".

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Trolls pop malformed heads above bridge to sling abuse at Tim Cook

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Re: Troll or Messiah

>the right to express their approval, disapproval or complete disinterest

If your disinterest is genuinely complete, you'd never exercise that right; apart from there being no point in doing so, doing so would make a liar out of you.

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MEN: For pity's sake SLEEP with LOTS of WOMEN - and avoid Prostate Cancer

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Re: Does it follow

that it makes you bald, too? There's an apparent correlation there, anyway. More research!

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HUGE SHARK as big as a WWII SUBMARINE died out, allowing whales to exist

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Re: Just imagine

'There's a sucker born again every minute.' At least for the last 6000 years or so.

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DOUBLE BONK: Fanbois catch Apple Pay picking pockets

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>Anywho, the time she spent getting the loyalty app for said rank coffee shop to open ...

It would have been much worse if paying with cash. One upside to pay-by-bonk is that the means to pay is almost certainly already in-hand (literally), so there's much less need for the hard-of-thinking to go faffing about in pockets and purses for the necessaries--after the total has been announced over the store's PA system.

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The voice of experience?

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NOT OK GOOGLE: Android images can conceal code

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Joke

Re: If I get this right....

It's ... like ... déjà vu all over again?

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Microsoft pulls another dodgy patch

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Headmaster

@leexgx

That was as clear as mud--possibly a function of your being so parsimonious with punctuation.

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'Dancing Jesus' file-sharer found guilty

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Re: What is this, punch the monkey?

I don't mind el Reg engaging in some animated hijinx with Jesus (or rejecting the original version of this post), but does that animation have to be so g*-awfully irritating? Try subtle, for C*'s sake!

image.animation_mode, once.

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Slabba-dabba-GOLD! Apple kicks off presales of fingerprint-loving iPads

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The Mini

with cellular is one very-large-screened phone.

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