* Posts by Michael Thibault

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Chinese mobe market suffers pre-pwned Android pandemic

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Who needs a walled garden, anyway?

Go Android, go!

Twitchers click here (the one on the right).

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Apple will reveal new iPhone on Sept 9 – this is what it may look like

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Re: Let me guess

And when should we expect to be able to 'finger' it from behind? From the backside, I mean. Oh, never mind.

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Apple's fruity wristjob breathes down Fitbit's neck

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Here we go!

"You know who I am," he said

The speaker was an angel

He coughed and shook his crumpled wings

Closed his eyes and moved his lips

"It's time we should be going"

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Get whimsical and win a Western Digital Black 6TB hard drive

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Great Caesar! World domination is within my grasp!

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Collective noun search for security vulns moves into beta testing

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Big Brother

el Reg un-good

Fowl! What was that 'collective noun' exercise earlier this week about, then? Was it to demonstrate to the collective readership that while their input will be playfully solicited, it will be roundly and immediately ignored? Un-nice. Wrong turn, el Reg.

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One more thing: Swatch trademarks dead Steve Jobs' catchphrase

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Uh-oh!

This could lead to all kinds of complications.

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Yet another Android app security bug: This time 'everything is affected'

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And... we have...

many good contenders for the collective noun. Here's my suggestion:

a failanx of flaws

More at: http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/phalanx

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Google reveals OnHub WiFi router, complete with GLOWING RING

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What else could possibly be wrong with this picture?

>Google has also harnessed its Android platform with an app that serves as a management system for OnHub.

Oh!

>It helps users set up, and trouble, shoot and manage remote connections for the device.

TFTFY

Go Android!

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Brassiere belays boob-bound bullet, begetting bruised breastbone

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Re: Teutonic tits

>I can't rid my mind of the image of some hefty Brunhilde riding her bike...

And now that you mention it...

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Re: Boared now

Puns are a bad sign of poor wit.

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A close shave: How to destroy your hard drives without burning down the data centre

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Re: Sand? Chlorine TriFluoride

>In an industrial accident, a spill of 900 kg of chlorine trifluoride burned through...

WTF? Which industry has a plant/facility that requires having 900 kg of alien blood such as this around? And in one container? Or even one county?

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No 50-calibre? No EMP? Budget cuts, I must suppose.

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LibreOffice 5.0 debuts, complete with fewer German code comments

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The 667.9 MB version. LibreOffice_5.0.0_MacOS_x86-64. Just opened it. Then opened the readme (a plain text file), as I had nothing in the "Recent Files" menu off of the "Startcenter". Curiously:

"LibreOffice requires a recent version of Java Runtime Environment (JRE) for full functionality." Ooops!

Reflexively, I'd (eventually) have gone to the preferences and unchecked the "Use a Java runtime environment" setting--but no need, as there's no Java on this machine! Two wins in one.

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Wow! I'd completely forgotten that I had it installed. So I went to update and, in a war of wills--myself against a stubborn pop-up at libreoffice.org--, won the right to upgrade it to the n-1th version (4.4.5). Of course, I'll also get the latest and greatest, (5.0) and might even use it (someday). Can't imagine a real need for it, though. It's just like Word--in that respect, anyway.

p.s. My $deity! It's full of megabytes! Two-thirds of a gigabyte, in fact. That's some digital paper-weight.

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Re/code apologizes for Holocaust 'joke' tweet

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>90 per cent of which were Jews

90 per cent of whom were Jews

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Flash deserves to live, says Cisco security man

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Is there an alternative to the alternative? Skeletal Flash, perhaps?

Do the world a favour, Adobe: if you're going to make Flash secure, then also make way for HTML5--and make Flash second-tier,

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Beijing cops' iPhone swoop knocks out counterfeit mobe makers

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Holmes

A real head-scratcher! Why would anyone with the necessary chops to bring these things together and, likely, also then arrange for them to be shipped and sold abroad not just get into the business legitimately? The economics of cranking out facsimiles of high-demand consumer items would make interesting reading... (cue TW)

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NASA: 'Closest thing yet to ANOTHER EARTH' - FOUND

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Re: We don't even understand all of what we need to know

And the axial tilt, to add a degree of dynamism--a cyclic leveling of the playing fields.

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Re: We don't even understand all of what we need to know

> Without that magnetic field, what would out atmosphere look like?

At a guess, it would look like the last of the plume of smoke coming off a wooden match extinguished by a puff of air---with the plume of what was once the atmosphere, and likely all of the surface water, heading off into deep space, directly opposite the sunward side of the planet.

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Lottery IT security boss guilty of hacking lotto computer to win $14.3m

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Re: Proof of purchase

"lawyers" == "they"

And: "they" were running in packs! Suspicious, ya think?

Unfortunately, once it looked like someone was going down, those lawyers had only to walk away, not run.

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The roots go deep: Kill Adobe Flash, kill it everywhere, bod says

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That!

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iPod dead? Nope, says Apple: New Touch has iPhone 6 brains

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>So basically it can do less than a current phone but it is still expected to excite... I need poked with the big clue stick because I just don't see it..

Look to the right:

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2015/07/09/smartphones_are_ludicrously_underused_so_steal_their_brains/ (but first remove the phone, as it's superfluous to needs).

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New Horizons: We've got a pretty pic of Pluto. Now let's get our SCIENCE on

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Re: "we'd still be roaming the plains of Earth as just another primate"

If we'd never made it to the trees, we likely would never have become mammals. Still, there's so much to see at the beach; the drive to go back is, understandably, primal.

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FLASH MUST DIE, says Facebook security chief

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Who knew? Who knew!? Who knew it could be so easy?

http://fpdownload.macromedia.com/get/flashplayer/current/support/uninstall_flash_player_osx.dmg

http://download.macromedia.com/get/flashplayer/current/support/uninstall_flash_player.exe

(This is a public service message.)

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Megaphone

Bring out the dead! Bring out the dead!

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Swimming in smartmobe profit? Let us guess, you're Tim Cook?

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>Co-founder Steve Jobs famously said that Apple wouldn't attempt to enter the low-cost end of the market because it "didn't know how" to build a cheap device.

That was then. Those guys in Cupertino are probably wilier than they let on. They could do the world a favour and drop something into the low end of the pool, just to kill off the marginal manufacturers.

As for cognitive dissonance.... plausible. But if the shiny-bedazzled yoof are aware that the non-Apple manufacturers are just scraping by, and there's little profit in the non-Apple sector to compete over, then they may well be aware that buying non-Apple is a crap-shoot--as a company making such shiny has a much greater likelihood of not existing, or no longer competing at all in that market, in the near term. And orphaned products are just not as fun to have around. So the decision becomes: go with the winner, because the winner has mega-tonnage of profit to burn through before it, too, has to face the possibility of running at a break-even point---which necessarily would be very long into the future. If ever.

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It's all Uber! France ends its love affair with ride-sharing app

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Does Uber have something that...

can't be duplicated by someone else? Isn't this all based on what is just a frikkin' app? So, encourage the conversion of the entire taxi industry into a f(r)ee-for-all affair, and let any and all play whatever role they want in the thing. If Uber is just a communications outfit, then they likely can't argue that they're entitled to a natural monopoly in that market--or litigate competition away. Eventually, ride-for-a-fee will settle down and there won't be any big winners. (At least Uber won't be a big winner, anyway.) Am I missing something?

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Cunning goldfish avoided predator in tank for seven years

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IT Angle

Scraping the bottom, el Reg?

Is this story here because it almost, tenuously relates to the tag line "Biting the hand that feeds IT"?

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THEY WANTED OUR WOMEN: Neanderthals lusted after modern humans

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Re: Interspecies DNA exchange

A real gentleman also ends with foreplay?

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Guy puts 1990s MacOS 7 on an Apple Watch – without jailbreaking it

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Re: I miss System 7

I never needed to do anything like that, and the machines I was using were never high-spec Macs. Can you say "RAM-Doubler"? I have to put your need to do so down to the running of Norton-something or Adobe-something-else, or any of a number of dubious third-party control panels or extensions or 'screen-savers'. I recall there were many such niceties that did not "play nice" and though they could be shown to be the equivalent of digital foot-binding, it was nigh-impossible to convince people to do without them- though they were a drag on system performance.

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Two foreigners, a desert and a jeep full of bank statements

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Joke

> I don't think that I would do that today!

The key step is "Off to the data center", right?

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INTERNET of BOOBS: Scorching French lass reveals networked bikini

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Re: There's a lot you can see when there's nothing to do.

@Bloakey1

One thing bothers me about your (current) case, though: in order to qualify as witnesses, wouldn't those same people have had to spend as much time, in the same location as you, doing approximately the same amount of "witnessing" as you are alleged to have done? That would be creepy, no? Just askin', like.

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Michael Thibault
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There's a lot you can see when there's nothing to do.

I've heard of sunburn, and I've heard of people being sunburned/sunburnt, but I've never heard of the process being "witnessed".

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ISIS command post obliterated after 'moron' jihadi snaps a selfie, says US Air Force

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Re: Air Force General Hawk Carlisle

Perhaps you're thinking of Buck Turgidson.

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Mass break-in: researchers catch 22 more routers for the SOHOpeless list

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Interesting to see

Linksys WRT54GL in there--if only in a limited way--as it's been a long-time favourite of the DD-WRT crowd.

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Naked cyclists take a hard line on 'aroused' protest participant

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Ahem!

>Nudity in the Canterbury World Naked Bike Ride is NOT an excuse for self-exhibitionism.

Erect penis != exhibitionism.

The former is largely governed by a reflex arc, the latter not.

A stiff public bamboo could be acutely embarrassing with, or without, the presence of prudes or the cops--not speaking from experience. And there's no Off button or anything, even!

Anyway, come prepared.

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Airbus confirms software brought down A400M transport plane

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>Airbus will still need to satisfy customers that it can ensure that software installs don't go wrong in future.

I can't think of more than one way they can do that.

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Mac bug makes rootkit injection as easy as falling asleep

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Angel

Without...

>any other tricks other than a suspend-resume cycle, a kernel extension, flashrom, and root access

Erm... doesn't root access mean you already own the machine anyway? Dizzy. Have to lie down. Maybe nap...

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That EVIL TEXT that will CRASH your iPhone: We pop the hood

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Congratulations, El Reg!

Some tentacle of the Apple juggernaut appears to have acknowledged your existence--possibly validating it. And, it's beer o'clock. Go to it.

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Finally! It's the year of Linux on the desktop TITSUP

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"...rank it the 80th-most-read-about..."

rank it the 79th-most-ignored Linux distribution.

FTFY

(had to be said)

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Re: image

Because it's bazaar?

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Look out, Dixon! That there is a dangerously INTELLECTUAL cow

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>The ones that make Swiss cheese.

Shouldn't they have holes in them, then?

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'Sorry we outed your affair ... this sort of thing happens every day'

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Re: Excuse me ...

but you're taking the expression "getting high" a little too literally. Apparently, you can do it in your garden/shed. Even in your basement.

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Re: Excuse me ...

I also thought there was more in that quote of the expected double-speak than... well... expected. Colour me confused.

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EXT4 filesystem can EAT ALL YOUR DATA

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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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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

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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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