* Posts by Michael Thibault

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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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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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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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Re: The Obligatory

So simple, really!

A cold one? This one's on me.

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