* Posts by Michael Thibault

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Microsoft, IBM, Intel refuse to hand over family jewels to China

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Re: How about a collective response from the corporate West?

"Here's our FU"!

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Sysadmin figures out dating agency worker lied in his profile

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Re: Bless....

"Don't fix what ain't broke." ~= 'Fix that which is broken, and only that which is broken.'

IOW, replace the keycaps. Iff the user asks, or agrees to the change. The issue is the caps.

And it isn't really necessary to evacuate the premises and scorch the technological earth when it's found that there's a slight mismatch between the keyboard resource in use and the (still-visible) keycap markings.

At what point does this kind of (H&S) nannying became a threat to happiness and sanity?

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Geo-boffins say 'quake lifted bits of New Zealand by 8 metres, moved at 3km/second

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>Better to have a hot air balloon... The jetpack won't hold you up long enough, and it is rather hard to refuel.

Good points, but time-to-launch is the deciding factor in an anywhere-but-here situation.

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>Definitely a case where a picture is worth more than a thousand words.

True, but also definitely a case for keeping the jetpack near to hand.

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China gets mad at Donald Trump, threatens to ruin Apple

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Re: Trade War

Annex. M^HAnnexico's southern border is much shorter.

Profit.

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Married man arrives at A&E with wedding ring stuck on todger

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"The conclusion?"

This guy was unwittingly presenting impressive credentials for deserving marital shackles. Perhaps fortunately (mostly for, and courtesy, her), there's a little one in the picture already. Darwin is still right, though.

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Physicists create the world's tiniest magnifying glass to see atomic bonds

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Pix

or it doesn't didn't happen. Or whatever.

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Browsers nix add-on after Web of Trust is caught selling users' browsing histories

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Re: It's still available

>Coming soon: A browser addon that tells you the trustiness of other addons.

And what if a second such appears? Will there be complete agreement between their respective assessments? Will the first blacklist the second, or will the second make that move right out of the gate, in a pre-emptive strike? Could be a head-spinner.

Silliness aside, I'm hoping there's a PHB involved in this WoTTF affair to receive the spit.

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We're going to have to start making changes or the adults will do it for us

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>Hell is a Word documents with ... random things so you can never get everything to line up.

That would be the majority, then?

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Re: Ok, so...

This is for those occasions when you spill the tray and have to put the program back together? If so, good thinking.

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Re: TAB treachery

>replaced some of the spaces inside a string literal with TABs

Why would you have multiple consecutive spaces in such a string to begin with?

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Android's Hover feature is a data HOOVER

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>or even "all notification overlays are logged along with the application they overlay" for after-the-fact checking.

Given the timing considerations, you wind up with a means to home in on such an overlay almost in real time. But what then?

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Any questions? No, not you again at the back, please God no

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Re: Fear of flying

>I do occasionally have a slight nervousness about take-off or landing when they seem unusual.

You can get used to anything. Apparently.

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Re: Fear of flying

>I hear that some men will pay for that sort of thing.

Corollary: some of their vendors will do it for free. For the shits.

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So long Vine, your six seconds of internet fame are over

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>So that's what a Vine is? A six-second video?

Quaint idea. I'm sure I'd remember if I ever saw one.

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Web devs want to make the Internet of S**t worse. Much worse

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Re: Why the F...

Is there an IoT gubbins that is better than a Leatherman? An SAK? Ha! Thought not.

I'm fairly certain I've come across a beer mug that could be used wirelessly with an associated app. Didn't look into it,--as the thing seemed to be made of plastic, and I'd never drink from it,--but it may have been connecting 'wirelessly' some other way... The point of it eludes me. Anyway, what I'm wondering is: how bad, or absurd, does IoT get?

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Boffins eschew silicon to build tiniest-ever transistor, just 1nm long

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Re: "eschew silicon"

>What's that stuff in the illustration that the whole kaboodle is deposited / etched on?

And can an object that is 1 nanometer in length--and much less in width--even cast a shadow? Let's be real.

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'There may be no hackers' says Trump in Presidential Debate II

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Re: USAians

>the best election outcome would be for Clinton to win, and then drop dead a month later.

She'd miss the inauguration in that case (if she isn't dead as of this moment). Which would certainly make it a pyrrhic victory.

Anyway, fingers crossed.

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Apple to automatically cram macOS Sierra into Macs – 'cos that worked well for Windows 10

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>can't you still use CUPS on a Mac ?

Apparently, yes--at least on this kit, which is more than a decade old, and running 10.5.8. Installed CUPS last night to get a long-idle instance of Apple's own StyleWriter 1500 working with a USB-to-serial dongle I found somewhere . For shits'n'giggles, of course, as I haven't needed to print anything since the last millennium. Surprisingly, the test page printed using the cartridge that was abandoned with(in) the printer.

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Narcissist Heidi Powell wants her dot-com and she wants it now, now, NOW!

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Re: Whatever happened to Mike Rowe ?

>(yes, I am *that* old !)

On the bright side, you're not alone. Apparently.

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10-second hijack hole could kill any Facebook profile

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"I'll work for cheap"

Honestly!

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Tesla driver dies after Model S hits tree

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Re: standard operating procedures

>maybe...

Maybe not. Let them come to you; there's no benefit in appearing desperate. While you wait, continue to hone your chops (for which I owe you an upvote).

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Sex is bad for older men, and even worse when it's good

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Re: Next Weeks Headline

>Linux users enjoy an average 5 extra years of life

Hard to imagine any real enjoyment in that 5 years when it will almost certainly be spent on the distro-go-round looking for the real pony.

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Hollywood offers Daniel Craig $150m to (slash wrists) play James Bond

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The implication of the offer

is that James Bond must truly, irrevocably die.

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Re: Daniel should walk away now....

>he could end up being stereotyped and lose other lucrative movie roles.

Or take the mega-bucks that he's made, and that he'll have made, and just make his own goddamned movies, thank-you-very-much-and-do-fuck-off!

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

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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.

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FFS, Twitter. It's not that hard

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Re: It's SO simple

What's a tortoise?

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

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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.

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Guilty! Trump delivers orange justice to Amazon

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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.

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

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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.

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Criminals exploit zero day Flash vulnerability

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Re: Which Browser?

>Surely Flash must die, and die soon.

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

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

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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.

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Revealed: How NASA saved the Kepler space telescope from suicide

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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.

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

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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...

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

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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.

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

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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.

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Chilling evidence emerges of Kilocat weapon

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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.

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

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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[\\

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

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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'.

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

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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?

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

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>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?

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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Parasitic symbiotes

Makes for a handy target, though.

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

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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.

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

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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.

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

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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.

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

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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.

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

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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.

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