* Posts by Michael Thibault

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UK PM Theresa May's response to terror attacks 'shortsighted'

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@Rich 11. "meth texting"

You're close; I suspect it's aman, familiar to elregulars, on new meds.

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Re: Trying to analyze the response is pointless

"Punish the victim."

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Microsoft founder Paul Allen reveals world's biggest-ever plane

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Re: Elon Musk has five sons...

"Honestly, what self-respecting super-villian wouldn't put their lair in the largest volcano in the Solar System[?]"

One who realises that a fifty-mile-long elevator ride is going to get tiresome in a hurry?

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No nudity please, we're killing ourselves: Advice to Facebook mods leaks

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"Pointless, inane postings..."

You peeked?

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Re: So I can live stream my suicide

"But I can't show a woman's nipple. Wow - just wow."

This is a more-generally-applied interdiction, apparently, and that fact -- strange as it may seem -- largely explains why I never see one. Even IRL, babies are always blocking my sight-line. I'm not saying "conspiracy?", but ...

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Re: RE What if I pixelate it?

"Will it be hard to see?" appears to be the question.

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Gravitational waves permanently change spacetime, say astroboffins

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"... so does that mean there is also an Australia Research Centre for Gravitational Wave Discovery?"

Or does that mean that they renamed it some time after it opened? Hope so. Having two 'gravitational wave research centres' would have confused those in the Redundancy Department of Redundancies.

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Man sues date for cinema texting fiasco, demands $17.31

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Re: At least call me a cab

"can I be a pink taco ?"

You have to ask?

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Why Uber threw top engineer Levandowski under self-driving bus

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Re: Hes truely and rightly screwed

"His lawyers should make a deal with Waymo ... Alternatively ... he should be making a deal with the California state's attorney office..."

Tough choice! Tough choice! But either way, the smoking hole and the stink of sulphur in the plume of smoke will be welcome news.

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Re: fsck Uber

"I'd use a taxi except they're too incompetent to find my address or show up on time."

Or realise that there's an untapped opportunity in at least these circumstances, and begin forecasting demand, and timing supply, based on the "ready" of your car from the mechanic, and your own "ready" for the ride to pick it up. Seek out ways to put someone in your cab full-time -- even if it means occasionally taking a small loss. Acquire, use, and modify technology appropriate to the landscape. Adapt or die.

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OpenWRT and LEDE agree on Linux-for-routers peace plan

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Un-hunh

"burying the LEDE brand"

Journos! Sigh.

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Heroic stepmum takes one for team, sticks pot pipe up wazoo

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Re: I'm confused

"in her vagina"? I imagine if that were the case, you'd have read "in her euphemism" rather than "into the front of her pants". It's hard to know for certain, though; language evolves, and I may have muffed the analysis.

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Re: Been there, seen that

"a display of unusual athletic ability"

I'll alert the IOC.

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Apple fanbois are officially sheeple. Yes, you heard. Deal with it

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Re: M-W: grammar not a strength, then . . .

You don't need a map. And you don't need a Jesus phone, either; just accept that you can't walk on water and you should be fine.

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Re: Licensees

"Us Americans are only licensees."

And it shows!

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

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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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vMac

That is all.

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

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"car" != "vehicle"

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Switch on your smartphone camera and look how fertile I am

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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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"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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"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

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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 :-(

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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?

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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!

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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"100 miracle project"

... what's a heaven for?

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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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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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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

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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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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

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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

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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

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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

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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!

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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

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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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