* Posts by Michael Thibault

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Yahoo!'s Marissa! will! eject! with! $186m!.. $185m!.. $184m!..

Michael Thibault
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Re: 9 figures??

The only way to explain this is either a brilliant self-serving negotiator, on one hand, or some frantic profligate populating a contract with clauses that give away wealth on the other. Had to be. But neither alone seems likely something from this universe, and to attribute it to some combination of the two is equally alien.

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Mondays suck. So why not spend yours playing with an original Mac and games in your browser

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Re: PRAM batteries

"Most macs don't really need a PRAM battery as it is (some, though, won't start without it)."

Those that did and which came with a hardware switch (e.g. LC 475) could still be started in the absence of that PRAM battery. You'd never guess how, though, so here it is: turn it off, and immediately turn it back on again. It's macgical!

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Michael Thibault
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vMac

That is all.

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Apple nabs permit to experiment with self-driving iCars in Cali

Michael Thibault
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"car" != "vehicle"

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Switch on your smartphone camera and look how fertile I am

Michael Thibault
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'shopped image should tell you that the product is fiction

'nuff said.

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US military makes first drop of Mother-of-All-Bombs on Daesh-bags

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Re: Stupid bastards

Post hoc fallacy, in part, methinks.

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Michael Thibault
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"The explosive power of the bomb, and the pressure wave it generates, means most humans within a one mile radius of the impact point would be killed. If you were in tunnels the situation could be worse."

There's something worse than being dead?

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Michael Thibault
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"You could pay every member of Daesh in Afghanistan a half million dollars to stop fighting and it'd still be cheaper than dropping the damn thing..."

But... where's the "Kaboom"?

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Prisoners built two PCs from parts, hid them in ceiling, connected to the state's network and did cybershenanigans

Michael Thibault
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"they got cocky and ... greedy"

Under the circumstances, "impatient" would sew things up nicely. A hobby is a good thing to have.

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Official science we knew all along: Facebook makes you sad :-(

Michael Thibault
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Re: get off that computer and go outside and play with your friends

There's AC and there's DC. Do you mean one, the other, or both?

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Overcharge customers, underpay the serfs. Who else but Uber (allegedly)

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It's the definition of entrepreneurial

Suck it up!

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Why do GUIs jump around like a demented terrier while starting up? Am I on my own?

Michael Thibault
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Re: Microsoft time

"Used Calmira as the UI on Win 3.11."

Although the years won't release information on whether I used its predecessor, I did use Calmira II. Did you get to ride on a dinosaur before they went extinct, too?

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Nest cameras can be easily blacked out by Bluetooth burglars

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Re: In other news

"every time I plant something new outside, it only lasts until my gardener shows up"

Too large a value of "gardener", I think. BTW, I suggest keeping a counter running between yourself and your butcher.

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Tip for darknet drug lords: Don't wear latex gloves to the post office

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Re: for the summer

"You wear leather driving gloves when you have a wank??!!???"

He-men like to think they really have skin in the game, perhaps?

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BONG! Lasers crack Big Ben frequency riddle BONG! No idea what to do with this info BONG!

Michael Thibault
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"What is it called when you do the same thing again and expect different results?"

Re-marriage?

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Fire brigade called to free man's bits from titanium ring's grip

Michael Thibault
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Re: I keep seeing these

"Having a big blokey man with an angle grinder bearing down on your family jewels would probably discourage you from a repeat performance of that particular trick in the future..."

Not so sure; after the bright sparks, it's the same brain, after all. We understand that the blood complement is only sufficient to operate one head at a time, and ... here we are to begin with.

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Re: Best bit

I also appreciate the warning; I am not that curious--yellow, black, or blue. That some people's lives are a warning to others is well understood, thanks.

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Sad fact of the day: Most people still don't know how to protect themselves online

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>Mozilla is developing products that advance privacy and security and is creating media content that serves to educate and advocate.

Which media is to be delivered within FF as non-offable PSAs (whether in place of the stuff µBlockOrigin snuffs out, otherwise in addition to the ads). You have to start somewhere, I guess.

What might benefit the public is a full-on, sleaze-and-scum tour of the covert goings-on that underly the monetary churn behind the cat pic dander, the social mud, and the half-assed vids that make the internet go 'round.

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Malware infecting Androids somewhere in the supply chain

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Re: Flake

It isn't about you. Sure, _you_ can root and re-install Android from scratch, and be secure thereby, but there's a common expectation, among the billions of purchasers of consumer goods that what they get on opening the package is what was put there--exactly, deliberately--by the manufacturer. And, let's not pretend that even single-digit percentages of those consumers are anything but completely copeless (and kept so) with regard to the words "appropriate technology". Which seems to be what has been applied here. Shame on the manufacturers for not having seen it coming and done something to prevent it, but that is the ever-devouring markets in operation...

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The future of Not Reality is a strap-on that talks to my smarting ring

Michael Thibault
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Re: Coming soon - non-invasive diabetes glucose monitor

>The article has an irrelevant eye-candy picture.

Sweat is exuded with near-perfect uniformity across the entire skin surface: true-to-life, or Not Reality?

It seems the marketing department is in on it.

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Don't worry, slowpoke Microsoft, we patched Windows bug for you, brags security biz

Michael Thibault
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'... enable automatic updates to receive the latest protections when available. In the meantime, 0patch. Couldn't make it worse, could it?'

FTFY

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Who will banish spy-cam drones from US skies? The FAA doesn't want to do it. EPIC disagrees

Michael Thibault
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Re: Exciting new business opportunity!

"'and the easy-break mount means you only need to replace the fishing line if some snooping... [i]person[/i] flies over your property..."

The 'finder's fees' should keep you out of the red, I would think.

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Pack your bags! NASA spots SEVEN nearby Earth-sized alien worlds

Michael Thibault
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"100 miracle project"

... what's a heaven for?

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Michael Thibault
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>we can observe him to see how the Creationist lives in the wild.

And which member of the flock is the Creationist? Oh, I see! Never mind.

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Michael Thibault
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Does the knob go to 11?

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BS Detection 101 becomes actual University subject

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Re: Hmm...

There's the problem right there!

Hope it's not contagious...

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Michael Thibault
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Grumpy wrote:

"worthwhile to make Marketing, Statistics and Economics compulsory study topics for high school kiddies so they could tell when they were being lied to."

You do have to start somewhere, but I think an honest BS Detection course appearing in early primary school curricula is something to strive for.

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In colossal shock, Uber alleged to be wretched hive of sexism, craven managerial ass-covering

Michael Thibault
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Re: Just look at Uber's CEO

KW wrote:

"you forgot to include the quote in your rebuttal:

(SJF wrote:) 'On my first official day rotating on the team, my new manager sent me a string... He was trying to stay out of trouble at work, he said, but he couldn't help getting in trouble, because he was looking for women to have sex with.'"

The last line is, in fact, unclear, as--wait for it--it doesn't include quote marks; you could read it as being the sum of what the new manager wrote (apart from the "he said"), or you could read it as "He was trying to stay out of trouble at work", he said, but he couldn't... If you account for the ambiguity about what is being described, and to whom what text is being attributed, it isn't possible to say that "There's no other way to read that except as a proposal for sex".

Even so, just mentioning to a new 'inferior' word one about the nature of his relationship with his 'intimate partner'/girlfriend was a step too far in the direction of uncomfortable.

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Michael Thibault
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Re: Just look at Uber's CEO

I'm heartened to see that the majority commenting in the thread get the idea that there are not only lines you don't cross, but lines you don't even approach. Not surprised, though; I doubt there's much playing against type going on.

SJF wrote: "I don't know what I expected ..."

I'm willing to jump to the conclusion (yes) that the statement above is rhetorical. In real life, this was UBER. It is UBER! You'd have to be living long under a very-deeply-buried rock not to have just a tiny inkling that there is something a-twitch in UBER's public face. So there had, and has, to be something sketchy going on below.

Don't feed the juggernaut! Even if just the opportunity to do so activates the "But I Need It" reflex--whether you need it to get home, save money getting around, keep your ass from being transferred to the social sling, or you need it to exercise your chops and move your professional career ahead. Just don't do it; you're creating and re-creating the context and culture that you'll eventually be beaten down by.

Doubtless this little screed will be parked in the blaming-the-victim spot, but... ugh, never mind.

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Installing disks is basically LEGO, right? This admin failed LEGO

Michael Thibault
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Re: HTFU?

Hang the Fuck Up? Could be taken two ways, though.

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Huge if true: iPhone 8 will feature 3D selfies, rodent defibrillator

Michael Thibault
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Re: Power button

> Apple will eliminate the power button.

Of course they will, as there's no point in having a power button when you've eliminated the batteries. DUH! Oh, and it's not "wireless charging", it's "wireless power". Thanks Nikola!

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US visitors must hand over Twitter, Facebook handles by law – newbie Rep starts ball rolling

Michael Thibault
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Re: So reality check?

And what hell is unleashed upon those who answer, truthfully, that they have neither a Twitter, Facebook, nor any other social mediocrity account?

Legislation is not magic, and legislators are not wizards, though they may be wishfully so.

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The Register's guide to protecting your data when visiting the US

Michael Thibault
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> Then you just recover later from your (ideally non US based) cloud backup....

This, presumably, after you've served your time, been deported, or both?

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Explain! yourself! US! senators! yell! at! Yahoo!

Michael Thibault
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Does anyone really care?

Bueller?

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Get orf the air over moi land Irish farmer roars at drones

Michael Thibault
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However fun and challenging, the trouble with a shoot-down policy is that the drone is likely already considered by the operator to be expendable, and shoot-down 'success' simply sends the miscreant to another potential target, with a different drone. The longer-term strategy should be to build in a large disincentive to anyone considering this type of recon and theft; as there won't be many people willing to steal in this way, the cost of doing so has to be borne by those who are--and seen to have been borne by them--in order to prevent the method from moving into the mainstream. Perhaps a honey pot, but one created after the fact of the recon having been spotted (to work around the get-out-of-charges because entrapment business).

In thinly-populated areas, the most economical means of spotting such drone-based casing is to use camera-based security. It will devolve into a technological cat-and-mouse game, though. Unfortunately, too, the net effect of the application of video cameras in defense against remotely-controlled video cameras is to create a hyperactive-self-surveillance society.

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FYI: Ticking time-bomb fault will brick Cisco gear after 18 months

Michael Thibault
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Re: Not a canard

It's subscription hardware obsolescence. Replacements? The first one's free.

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USA! USa! Udia! India! India! Apple nudges iPhone production base

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Re: This will work

Yes, there's the risk of finding a Brahma in the China shop, but when you consider that Apple's expected to begin production in mere months, you might be wondering if they've taken to building those assembly plants in shipping containers--just in case. 'Twould be a smart move, anyway.

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Coming to the big screen: Sci-fi epic Dune – no wait, wait, wait, this one might be good

Michael Thibault
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Re: And all this time, I thought ...

of the Bible as fantasy.

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Michael Thibault
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Re: Can't be a single movie

>Ask your local CIA for details...

You have their number?

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Dark web hubs paying workers to leak corporate secrets

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>no justification in any way for Criminal activities.

I don't disagree. However, that this new institution (*) has arisen at all could be taken either: as a sign that the milking of the largest number of humanity for profit to the benefit of an ever-shrinking number of the club has gone too far, and wants remediation; or, an opportunity for capitalists to innovate around a little *market excess.

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Michael Thibault
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Re: Insiders as a threat

>disgruntled employees

Probably more accurate to say: insufficiently-gruntled serfs. Everyone has a price, and everything becomes a commodity.

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You're taking the p... Linux encryption app Cryptkeeper has universal password: 'p'

Michael Thibault
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Re: Assuming makes an ass out of you and some guy named 'Ming'

>I will not lose myself again fixing other peoples [sic] stuff

I fear that you are missing the point.

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Wow, look out, hackers: Trump to order 60-day cybersecurity probe

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Holmes

We'll wait for the tide, then.

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Michael Thibault
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King Canute, methinks.

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Did you know? The FBI investigated Gamergate. Now you can read the agents' thrilling dossier

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Re: Humanity fail.

@charles paul

Truckle isn't expressing attitudes. He's expressing opinions.

What, if any, is the implicit threat/menace/risk to you for speaking your mind? Any at all? Odd, then, that horrors (including 'limited sexual horizons') await heterosexual males for being forthright, no? Underneath your words is a particular flavour of gynocentrism...

In such a wide, diverse world as this, the prospects are vanishingly small of one's sexual prospects being absolutely limited for being forthright and outspoken--the behaviour you are (implicitly) calling out.

Opinions differ, in any case.

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H0LiCOW! Hubble's constant update paves way for 'new physics'

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Compare and contrast:

>the universe is expanding at an accelerated pace.

"the universe is expanding at an accelerating pace."

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Japan's terrifying techno-toilets will be made foreigner friendly, vow makers

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Re: Clarification

>Why isn't there an option to make spray go round in little circles?

You'd then have to provide an option for clockwise and one for counter-clockwise*, otherwise you'd be fingered for discrimination against one or the other preference. Let's keep in mind that the movement at hand is intended to simplify matters.

* counter-clockwise (CCW) != anti-clockwise

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Korean boffins vow 1,000km-an-hour supertrain

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Re: Tubes are cheating

There'd definitely be indications of a problem in personnel if any route requires a directional change sharp enough, and sustained enough, to make possible a vertically-banked wall-of-death turn. Fortunately, any such system would be automated, if it were possible or necessary; I suspect that the Gs thrown would knock out everyone on the train but the fittest.

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US Marines seek more than a few good men (3,000 men and women, actually) for cyber-war

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>recruit about 3,000 troops skilled in online warfare

You're going to turn a blind eye to any claims of relevant experience, of course. Right?

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Microsoft sued by staff traumatized by child sex abuse vids stashed on OneDrive accounts

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Re: So many problems on so many levels

>First MS should have asked for volunteers. Seeing the nightmare of depravity that some people are capable of is more than most people can take, let alone for long periods for time.

The point of the article seems to vary with the reader, but one aspect that gets short shrift is the effect on those doing the work over an extended period. It can't possibly be neutral. And, no, I don't believe that compulsion has to be overt; the threat, implicit or explicit, of losing you job, or having your chances of advancement coloured by whether or not you bolted the room when the subject of this particular task was raised is a real threat.

It seems to me that if anyone at all is going to (have to) do this kind of screening (and there are obvious issues with it happening at all, which I'll skip over for the moment), it seems to me that if volunteerism is to be considered, it's a small, advisable step to take further to make it a requirement of all employees (in this instance, at MS) to serve a hitch. A short one. Seems a bit draconian, but short stints for all would, I think, on balance, have a cohesing effect on the local culture, the humanity that is there already. I'm not advocating universality for that outcome as a pay-day, but to point out that hell is best understood if it's a shared experience. And, yes, I'm aware that there's one hell within the imagery, and one in its presence.

And, of course, knowledge being power and outrage being a strong motivator, iff the screening is to continue, then it would be very prudent to doubly-blind the screeners from any personally identifying information of onedrive users... (I catch the irony of double-blinding, btw, so no need for you to pivot on that term in any response.)

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