* Posts by Mike Moyle

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Defiant Labio lawyer spits on black hats after 'med data' theft

Mike Moyle

Requisite Monty Python reference:

"No, Sir; we don't make moral judgements. We only want the money."

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UberPop granted temporary reprieve in France

Mike Moyle

Re: Funny isn't it?

@ Phil Dude:

"The difference being when I want to go home (or wherever) I simply hit the "get me home" button.

And there are no taxi's where I sometimes find myself after a night out...."

So -- and I'm not asking to be snarky; I'm honestly curious -- How is this different than having one or more cab companies' phone numbers in your phone's contacts list and hitting "dial"?

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Blockhead fugitive Snapchats himself into police custody

Mike Moyle

Re: I can't stand burglars

"(S)trong enough to hold a grown man."...? I was assuming he hid in the under-counter cabinets. Did I miss something?

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Boffins build Cyborg beetles, fly them by remote control

Mike Moyle
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"With the 3.9V lithium battery..."

So would the article be in "Direct Current Biology"?

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Pentagon 'network intruder', dozens more cuffed in British cops' cyber 'strike week'

Mike Moyle

Re: Virus writing?

A remedial programming tutor.

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Churchill's blood valued at £560,000. Take that Stalin!

Mike Moyle
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I'll bet Peggy is kicking herself now for dumping out that vial of Steve's blood into the East River!

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Net neutrality victory: FCC approves 'open internet' rules in 3-2 vote

Mike Moyle

Re: We Internet pioneers breathe a sigh of relief

May we see your actual evidence for this?

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Don't touch me up there! Photoshop creator appeals for 'ethical' use

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@ Senshi

"The only advantages for subscription are for Adobe and that's it. To pretend otherwise is just foolish..."

As much as I dislike the software rental model, I'm going to have to disagree with you, here. It would actually have been quite useful and kept me from starting up smoking again a couple of years ago.

I'm the graphics geek for a government planning agency in a smallish city (population: a bit over 100,000). Every ten years, the city produces a consolidated Master Plan outlining where we think we should go for the next decade and beyond. Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign featured heavily in putting the book together on the last go-round.

At the time, I had a copy of Adobe Creative Suite (original) on my work machine, and had had since... well... since CS came out. Because, as I said: municipal government; we're not talking big budgets here. The Design Planner had bought her own copy of CS 5 for when SHE needed to produce presentations. The Neighborhood Planner/Community Development specialist, who was the coordinator and lead writer on the project, had none.

In order to incorporate he Design Planner's pages into something MY version could open -- because, while she is a REALLY GOOD urban designer, she is a REALLY BAD document designer -- I had to bring in my home laptop, with CS 4 on it, to down-save to a version that CS could open (CS 5 only would only save down to something that CS 3 could open, IIRC).

So the workflow was:

1 -- Produce template document in InDesign and start inserting the lead writer's Word files, editing and inserting photos, creating infographics, tables, etc.

2 - Design Planner produces her pages in CS 5 and down-saves to CS 4.

3 - I open her files on the laptop and down-save to CS.

4 - I open in CS on the work machine, correct her out-of-standard layout, type, graphics, tables, etc., and export a PDF for the lead writer to look at and make edits.

5 - Writer makes changes in Word. Design Planner makes edits in CS 5 and down-saves to CS 4.

6 - Repeat steps 3 - 5, up-saving and down-saving as needed.

7 - When finished, submit draft to City Manager for approval.

8 - Writer and Design Planner include Manager's edits in Word and CS 5.

9 - Repeat steps 3 - 8 as needed.

Now, let's look at how it COULD have worked:

1 -- Produce template document in InDesign Creative Cloud and start inserting the lead writer's Word files, editing and inserting photos, creating infographics, tables, etc.

2 - Design Planner produces her pages in ID. (Since she only needs InDesign, Photoshop, and Acrobat Pro, we rent her that subset)

3 - I open the edited files, correct any infelicities, and send to the lead writer.

4 - Writer makes text changes in the copy of InDesign that we rented her on a temporary month-by-month basis for the duration of the project.

6 - When finished, submit draft to City Manager for approval.

7 - Writer and Design Planner include Manager's edits in the CS file.

8 - I do final cleanup and export as PDF.

Granted, my local liquor store, smoke shop, and physician (I punched a lot of walls and heavy pieces of office furniture!) wouldn't make as much money from me with this more linear workflow, but my lungs and liver might be in better condition, and -- who knows? -- I might still have hair!

So, yeah... Being able to standardize and streamline workflows across multiple users on a project, and to custom-tailor software toolboxes with ONLY what you need, ONLY when you need it, DOES have certain advantages, even though I still don't like software rental as a general concept.

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Google strongly opposes plans to let ANY US COURT authorise digi-snoops

Mike Moyle

Re: Translated

But you didn't phrase it in proper El Reg headline form:

GOOGLE TO FEDS: "You can't snoop on users; that's OUR job!"

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Ex-NASA boffin dreams of PREDATOR-ish tech in humble microwaves

Mike Moyle

Re: Great Idea but.....

It seems that most microwaves that I've seen these days come with a rotating turntable. It evens out the cooking, but makes keeping a wired probe in place in the food something of a problem.

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Boffins baffled by the glowing 'plumes' of MARS

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Two pages of comments...?

A mysterious plume of gas from Mars? Not from Uranus?

Well, SOMEONE had to say it, didn't they...!

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Bitcoin trade biz MyCoin goes dark, investors fear $387 MEEELLION lost

Mike Moyle

@ Phil O'Sophical

No -- THEY are the TAKERS, the others are the TAKEES.

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Japan's death threat hacker collared ... BY A CAT

Mike Moyle

Re: No one escapes the long arm of the paw.

Katayama thought he was fooling Felis, but now he's feeling foolish.

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'Revenge porn' bully told not to post people's nude pics online. That's it. That's his punishment

Mike Moyle

Re: Germany

I can't speak for Germany, but where I live in the U.S., the determining factor is whether the subject had "a reasonable expectation of privacy" at the time the photo was taken. This, in general, eliminates the hurdle of getting a signed release from everyone in a news photo. Thus, for instance, someone is allowed to take your picture on the sales floor of a clothing store, since you can't "not be seen" there, but they can't follow you into the changing booth because you SHOULD have a reasonable expectation of privacy there. In the case here, a photo taken between consenting adults for their private entertainment would fall under that reasonable expectation of privacy unless the subject specifically agreed that it could be disseminated to others,

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FORCE Apple to support BlackBerry hardware, demands John Chen

Mike Moyle

Any programmers out there...

...want to port a fart app to BB and insist that they MUST carry it in their store, out of fairness?

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Jammin', we know you hate jammin' too: Marriott U-turns on guest Wi-Fi ban

Mike Moyle

Re: Streisand

As nice an idea as that sounds, you probably couldn't get more than two or three impacts out of her before she wasn't really useful any more, and Marriott has a LOT of buildings.

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Google unleashes build-it-yourself 'Ara' SLABLET phones (in Puerto Rico)

Mike Moyle

Project Ara?

Not Project Mondrian?

Tsk.

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Kim Jong-Un shoot-em-up Glorious Leader! yanked

Mike Moyle

So, apparently...

...this "lost" game wasn't the Money Horse that they thought they could ride to riches on?

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GoPro feels COLD BREATH of APPLE on back of neck

Mike Moyle

Interesting...

The two appearing on the same date strikes me as an interesting coincidence -- and it could BE coincidence -- but consider:

1 -- A waterproofed/ruggedized camera, suitable for underwater use, and;

2 -- A control system designed to operate based on motions of 4 cm/sec. -- which is, as someone pointed out above, slow for normal use, but could be just about right for underwater motion.

An underwater camera/Google glass-type system mounted in a diver's face mask seems, at first glance, an awfully niche product, but niche products have a way of inspiring people to find new uses for them. (I wonder if such a system could be mounted in/on a NASA space helmet? Slow movements to minimize action/reaction problems seem to be pretty standard from what video I've seen.)

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Ross Ulbricht trial Day One: 'I DID invent Silk Road ... but I'm innocent'

Mike Moyle

Re: Innocent until PROVEN guilty!

"Their so called "proof" and witnesses should be investigated as much as the defendant has been."

If his lawyer has been half doing his job, that will have happened by now and will be presented in evidence at the appropriate time.

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Windows 7 MARKED for DEATH by Microsoft as of NOW

Mike Moyle

@ jason 7 Re: Bye Bye MS

Well, I got at least nine years from the time I purchased my mirrored-drive-door G4 Mac in 2002 until Apple dropped PPC support with OS X 10.7 in 2011.

From then until until I retired it in '13, I just kept it patched as security patches were released. Was still doing illustration, doc layout, and music and video editing on it until I upgraded.

What was your point, again...?

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This $10 phone charger will wirelessly keylog your boss

Mike Moyle

@ jzlondon Re: There is no sensible way to encrypt those on a budget

...And it's those few pennies that meant it wouldn't happen.

"The answer to any question starting, 'Why do they-', or 'Why don't they-' is almost always, 'Money.'" -- Robert A. Heinlein

I used to work for a company that made antitheft devices for automobile ignitions. the idea was to harden them just enough to (depending on the model of steering column/ignition) dissuade a thief trying to smash the housing or insert a screwdriver into the keyslot to over-torque the cylinder. Our main customers were the rental fleets, since they self-insure. Being a non-car person, I once asked our national sales manager why we were even necessary. His answer: "Because the car manufacturers want the absolute best ignitions they can get... for under a dollar."

Companies HATE spending that extra .00004% if there's any way at all to pass the cost off to someone else as an "externality" and the product's security once it leaves the shop -- unless you're making security your biggest selling point -- is an externality.

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Lube company merger receiving second 'in-depth' probe

Mike Moyle
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Palms, hell...!

Generally, they grease the whole hand.

Wait... What were we talking about...?

oh...

never mind...

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Cops think Mt Gox meltdown was an 'INSIDE JOB' – report

Mike Moyle
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Re: jake Gee, you think?

"Comforting as it would be to assume it was just "the Great Unwashed", I suspect the majority of the Mt Gox victims were probably techies that fell for the idea that their geekiness could actual make them rich."

So, the Lesser Unwashed, then.

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NORKS? Pffft. Infosec bods BLAME disgruntled insiders for savage Sony hack

Mike Moyle
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So we still don't really know...

Was Kim Jong Un involved or it was Kim Jong uninvolved?

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Shock! Nork-grating flick The Interview WILL be in cinemas – Sony

Mike Moyle

Oh... Vitter... (eye roll)

The only reason that he'd suggest running the movie at the White House would be because he'd be hoping that whomever was responsible WASN'T kidding about being able to pull off a 9/11-style attack on anyone showing it.

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Mike Moyle

Re: Christmas Day

Since everything else is either: A -- closed, or; B -- broadcasting an orgy of faux Christian religiosity, going out for a movie and Chinese food on Christmas day is a grand tradition for the American Jewish community.

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Who wants SLEEP DEPRIVATION for Christmas?

Mike Moyle

More time to read, then!

So many books; so little time!

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Sound and battery: 20 portable Bluetooth speakers

Mike Moyle

Does the stand on the Ted Baker flip around to cover the speaker when not in use?

Because if it does, then what you have there isn't a 1960s camera but a Star Trek:TOS Communiucator. Same vintage and aesthetic, though, so there's that.

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Sony sued by ex-staff over daft security, leaked privates

Mike Moyle

"This won't take us down. You should not be worried about the future of this studio."

Translation: "We're all screwed."

It's times like this that I wish "Google Translate" had a "Business-to English" or "Marketing-to-English" option.

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Assange's WikiLeaks: Give generously this Xmas – for STATUE of our DEAR LEADER

Mike Moyle

Any wagers...

...That if they can only make it to 1/3 of the desired amount, they'll "decide" to do the project in stages and so do Julian's "first" and do the others "later -- when we have the money"?

Although, if someone ever DID do a statue of Assange, it might entice me to convert to one of the religions that believes in reincarnation, in hopes of coming back as a pigeon!

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Spanish scraper scrapped: Google axes Google News

Mike Moyle

Does this rule apply to ALL content aggregators?

I mean, Facebook can be considered a content aggregator. The aggregation is done, in this case, mostly by human(oid)s, rather than by bots, but when someone posts a link to a news site, a thumbnail and excerpt of the original site appear in the timeline. It seems to me that that this is infringing at least as much as Google news -- at best, it can be argued that Facebook infringes retail, while Google News does it wholesale, but I don't see how that makes a difference of KIND, rather than merely one of DEGREE.

Does Facebook have a local presence in Spain? If so, does the "rights" agency go after FB next? And -- if A and B -- what do they do when FB decides to close its local presence and block local access?

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Uber? Worth $40 BEEELLION? Hey, actually, hold on ...

Mike Moyle

"After all, the robots aren't going to (...) rape anyone, are they?"

...Never saw "Saturn 3", did you...?

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Woman who stung Tinder with sex-pest sueball stings again – with rival Bumble app

Mike Moyle

"We're not sure exactly why the "Bumble" name, but the company has gone all out on it..."

Didn't I ever tell you about Bumbles...? Bumbles BOUNCE!"

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Be real, Apple: In-app goodie grab games AREN'T FREE – EU

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So-o-o-o-o-o-o...

Does this only apply to software downloads, or does the EU ban include, say "free" events that have concession stands selling food and tchotchkes...? ..."free" schools that have PAYG lunch facilities...? Do politicians have to stop referring to "free" elections...?

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

Mike Moyle

@ Michael Thibault Was: Re: disguised as a system update...

Perhaps Mr. R79 was just trying to match the tone of the article, which looks as though it didn't get proofread before being posted; viz. "...access the botnet is been rented out...", "Various generations of NotCompatible has infected..."

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

Mike Moyle

Re: "... if you're not causing trouble, you're not doing it right."

Unfortunately,. you can be causing trouble and STILL not doing news right. Viz. Fox "News" and any number of other sh!t-stirrers.

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Holy vintage vehicles! Earliest known official Batmobile goes on sale

Mike Moyle

At least this one doesn't have the stupid turbine engine.

Since the Barris conversion, every live-action Batmobile has had to have the honkin' big jet engine in it which was -- I suppose -- alright for the mood of the TV show, but makes absolutely NO sense if you're trying to be the movies' ninja-like urban legend.

Just sayin'.

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FCC makes up its mind about net neutrality: Er, we'll decide in 2015

Mike Moyle

Delaying the vote until after the first of the year will give the new, Corporate-controlled Republican-controlled Congress to get settled in and hold hearings on net neutrality, where they will blast it as more Obama-decreed government overreach stifling Amurrican bidness and passing a law that prohibits the FCC from classifying ISP as common carriers, taking the responsibility and the blowback off of their plates.

Or, that's what I'd think if I were a cynical sort of individual; which, of course, I'm not!

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3D PRINTED GUNS: THIS time it's for REAL! Oh, wait – no, still crap

Mike Moyle

Re: no records check?

In many states, private transfers (e.g., transfers within a family, sales not involving a licensed dealer, etc.) and sales at gun shows don't require the background check.

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Mike Moyle

Not a perfect solution, but...

If one just wanted a one-off: while quite expensive these days, GyroJet ammunition can occasionally still be found. Being recoilless and not requiring rifling -- while, admittedly, introducing their OWN set of problems -- rocket cartridges seem as though they would be go some way towards making printed plastic handguns viable.

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REVEALED: Apple fanbois are 'MENTALLY UNSTABLE' - iShop staff

Mike Moyle

@ Stuart Castle: PREACH IT, BROTHER!

I spent too many years working retail gigs when actual living-wage-paying jobs were thin on the ground.

I have come to the conclusion that you can ALWAYS tell people who have never worked in service jobs by the way that they treat service/retail workers. The rude, entitled ones have never been on the receiving end; the ones that are willing to at least be polite and treat you like a fellow human being have been there -- or have, at least, had empathy inculcated in them at some point.

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First space Hasselblad goes under the hammer

Mike Moyle

Re: But why.....?

Redundant systems.

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Virgin 'spaceship' pilot 'UNLOCKED tailbooms' going through SOUND BARRIER

Mike Moyle

Hmm...

"Alan Bond of the British "Skylon" spaceplane project has compared the Virgin "space ships" to a "fairground ride".

...Never read "The Man Who Sold the Moon", did he?

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HP settles suit with popstar Chubby Checker over todger tester app

Mike Moyle

Re: because no one else will say it

Because the big stars can afford more and higher-test drugs, no doubt.

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Microsoft WINDOWS 10: Seven ATE Nine. Or Eight did really

Mike Moyle

Re: So...

"'We will carry forward all that is good in Windows,'

Were they not doing that with previous releases?"

Well, first they had to *FIND* something good, didn't they?

I mean... Be fair...!!

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Ice, ice maybe: Evidence of 'Grand Canyon' glacier FOUND ON MARS

Mike Moyle

Re: Schrödinger's glacier

...or maybe not.

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Sun of a beach! Java biz founder loses battle to keep his shore private

Mike Moyle

Re: Armchair lawyer strikes again!

AND -- speaking here whilst wearing my municipal-government employee hat -- he would also doubtless face a tangle of assorted local, state, and federal Conservation, Environmental, Historic, Wetlands, and Whatevere-Else Commissions who might have jurisdiction over dredging up sand and/or changing the beach contours.

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Damien Hirst, eat your heart out - these guys chop up TAXIS

Mike Moyle

Re: London catching up as usual?

Back in the early '80s, when Banana Republic's thing was comfortable and durable traveling clothes -- before they went all Ralph-Lauren-y -- the store in Cambridge, MA, had a military Jeep that was sliced diagonally in half, and bisected by one of the main windows with one half outside of the store and the other half inside.

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iPhone 6: The final straw for Android makers eaten alive by the data parasite?

Mike Moyle

Re: What?

Market share doesn't help the individual companies, except in the indirect "a rising tide lifts all boats" sense.

What you SHOULD be noting is that 51.7% of the smartphone users in the U.S. are split among a half-dozen manufacturers, while ONE manufacturer, Apple -- even WITH significantly higher prices for a given feature set -- has northwards of 40% of the market to itself.

AND Apple has higher margins than Android handset manufacturers can generally claw out while trying to differentiate their offerings from the Android handset on display next to it at Best Buy or Wal-Mart. And it's MARGIN, as has been pointed out, that gets money-men wet.

Now, none of this means that Apple will ALWAYS have that sort of market share to itself, or that it will ALWAYS be able to make those sorts of margins, but as with any war of attrition, they only have to do it long ENOUGH to drive a couple more of the mid- to large- companies out (vis. Sony) and watch the Android market fragment further as smaller companies try to fill the (perceived) gap left by the big boys' exit. If Apple ends up with 30% of the market but keeps their margins up, while a dozen or more companies are splitting Android's 60% and driving their own profits (and, hence, their attractiveness to investors) down to do so, then, even -- with loss of market share -- Apple wins.

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