* Posts by Michael Thibault

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Disk drive fired 'Frisbees of death' across data centre after storage admin crossed his wires

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Re: Recycle platters from modern hard disks

JulieM, unfortunately, to many, any sufficiently technical treatise advanced is indistinguishable from incantation.

"You cannot make a perpetual motion machine"

"Ahhh. Much better."

Just not very convincing. Very evidently.

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Re: Recycle platters from modern hard disks

"I am not sure what I will do with the magnets"

Most from 3.5" drives will hold up, from above, a 16 ounce hammer handily. And, of course, fridge magnets -- but a tiny dab of hot-melt glue or silicone centrally on the magnet will provide a bit of rocker, and easier removal.

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Re: Lathes

"encourager les actress"

"They need encouraging?"

Direction, maybe? Motorvation? Directions to the door? Oh, I see. It's been lovely.

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Florida Man… pockets Uber cash to keep quiet about data breach

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"He was brought in specifically to clean out the Augean Stables that are Uber's headquarters, and he will be on a typical US tech CEO megabuck contract."

Easy money. I'd like that job, not least because it would be a short stint.

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NiceHash diced up by hackers, thousands of Bitcoin pilfered

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Re: Move on, move on, nothing to see here....

So, that would be your castle and your keep, would it?

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Voyager 1 fires thrusters last used in 1980 – and they worked!

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Re: it's already doing 17.46 km/hour

"You would need to be going a respectable chunk of C to get any noticeable effect."

But you'd almost certainly be having the time of your life, and wouldn't much care either way.

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French activists storm Paris Apple Store over EU tax dispute

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"Aurelie Trouvé". Please!

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US politicos wake up to danger of black-box algorithms shaping all corners of American life

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So, algorithms should keep us...

"safe from unfair, deceptive, and malicious practices". Whither propaganda? Or are we to suppose that the keepers of the algorithms never have, nor favour, a political agenda?

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User dialled his PC into a permanent state of 'Brown Alert'

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Re: So let's thanks technology...

for micro-lettering and nano-icons embossed in black plastic. Subtle, but too fekkin' subtle! In such cases, liquid corrector and a pencil eraser to the rescue.

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Re: so only highlighted text could be seen.

"DOS Wordperfect highlighted certain letters, I forget details"

I had forgotten. And now, this. You've ruined my weekend!

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We go live to the Uber-Waymo court battle... You are not going to believe this. The judge certainly doesn't

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All's up with Alsup?

Devoutly to be wished, methinks. What has me wondering is what keeps this guy from laughing his ass off in the face of what's coming across the courtroom. Maybe Uber is trying to get him to bust a gut, in a bid to build a case for 'reasonable apprehension of bias'? That wouldn't surprise me.

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Judge stalls Uber trade-secret theft trial after learning upstart 'ran a trade-secret stealing op'

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Re: Corporate death penalty

Sadly, you have to start somewhere.

Corporation Kill Switches Now!

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Surprise: Android apps are riddled with trackers

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"Do we violate your privacy? Of course, ...

but you have no right to know the details of how".

Transparency Now!

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Permissionless data slurping: Why Google's latest bombshell matters

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Mandate Corporation Kill Switches

Nice bit of disruptive innovation you have there. 'Twould be a shame if something were to happen to it.

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Uber: Hackers stole 57m passengers, drivers' info. We also bribed the thieves $100k to STFU

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Re: SS ranks

I wondered about there being no words with camel-case, so just did a copy-pasta. I've returned to raid the pantry and, fortunately, there's new intelligence. Thanks for the tips MJ.

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"putting integrity at the core of every decision we make"

And mellifluous lies on the sleeve of your every public declaration?

It's déjà-vu 2.0.

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Uberst Gruppen Fuhrer Anonymous Coward, you seem peculiarly well-informed about these ranks... Won't you step into the office? We'd like to have a little chat with you. Off the record, of course.

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Aussie Catholic School forced into hasty cover-up over suggestive Saint

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Oh, please! Jesus and Mary

Gravity doesn't work that way. At all. Very apparently.

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Cops jam a warrant into Apple to make it cough up Texas mass killer's iPhone, iCloud files

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Similarly, Apple would have to prove an impossibility -- if, with a gun to their collective head, they can't, in fact, break the encryption. Either because they've done their self-selected job well. Or breaking the encryption just isn't within the realm of the possible. Putting things another way: How much of an effort should Apple expend if they're forced to walk the plank? Should they be required to try until the heat death of the universe?

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Chainmail tires re-invent the wheel to get future NASA rovers rolling

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"rubber tyres are overrated anyway"

Especially in low-pressure atmospheres.

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What do Vegas hookers, Colombian government, and 30,000 other sites have in common? Crypto-jacking miners

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Re: Vegas hookers take euros now?

Those branché(e)* do. Apparently. You can even pay in yen, or rials.

* vernacularly: 'wired', or 'plugged-in'

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Thousand-dollar iPhone X's Face ID wrecked by '$150 3D-printed mask'

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Re: Meanwhile, on Qatar Airways flight QR-962 (Doha-Bali)...

"...a woman used her sleeping husband’s thumb..."

And served everyone in the neighbourhood a scene-de-menage when a little stewing time would likely have made the dish, ultimately, that much tastier. Impulsive humans!

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Amazon to make multiple Lord of the Rings prequel TV series

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"All of which has huge potential for fine television."

If that sentence does not contain an oxymoron, it certainly sets thing up for a massively-hyped, expensive, unforgettably unforgivable, widely-disparaged, disappointing face-plant. Brought to you by Orville Redenbacher.

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WikiLeaks is wiki-leaked. And it's still not even a proper wiki anyway

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"none of this is normal"

You can get used to anything. That's the idea behind boiling the frog.

Now, however, it seems the frog is aware. And is none too happy...

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Teensy weensy space shuttle flies and lands

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Re: Back to my childhood...

IIRC:

"Flight call, the pitch is out. I can't hold it! She's breaking up! She's breaking up!"

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Re: Playmobil

"It smashed a neighbour's window before the shattered greenhouse glass had hit the ground."

So, promising tethered-flight test results. Bad news about the budget?

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Re: Playmobil

There's nothing wrong with technology that a little innovation can't fix.

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The critical detail...

Is it more than one lane wide?

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User asked help desk to debug a Post-it Note that survived a reboot

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Re: Immovable window

It's with some pride I say I've never tried to minimise a window inside a screenshot I've just taken. Close, yes, but never minimise.

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Re: PICNIC

"Problem in chair, Not in computer"

Excellent! The opposite also works, and quite well:

No PICNIC - Problem In Computer, Not In Chair.

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Re: RE: You can never under estimate how stupid some people can be.

"If you make something idiot proof, they make a better idiot."

You clearly misunderstand the situation. To "idiot proof" something means you've advanced the technology to the point where it now acts as a detector.

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Brace yourselves, fanboys. Winter is coming. And the iPhone X can't handle the cold

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Re: the use of fingerprint unlocking forces you to de-glove anyway

I'm left wondering if there's a way to turn that face-recognition shit off permanently. Nothing nefarious in wanting the option, but without the option your device dies with you. Otherwise, you might just want the benefits to be accelerometer-triggered. Or passcode-protected.

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"much". "half". The best part? You antipodeans can, of course, always vote down under.

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Jet packs are REAL – and inventor just broke world speed record in it

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"serious work" begins to be possible sometime after the energy density of the fuel goes up by an order or magnitude. Or several. But, as with any journey, you have to start somewhere, and this Browning is among the first out of the gate. Lucky stiff.

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Birds are pecking apart Australia's national broadband network

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Re: Cull them all.

Plumage is beautiful, you say! A little social engineering and the cull could be self-starting and pay for itself.

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Over a million Android users fooled by fake WhatsApp app in official Google Play Store

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"it's likely the writer of the fake version is going to be banned"

Well, there's that. I wonder what the decision criterion will be...

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OK, we admit it. Under the hood, the iPhone X is a feat of engineering

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"I also often ignore messages which rely on emoji to convey content."

Just as well you do; there's practically no content to be expected from people who've gone all emojional.

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Software update turned my display and mouse upside-down, says user

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"For a certain significant portion of the population... Wet Paint? Really?"

Paint does, of course, eventually dry. And the sign 'expires'. So the active-fore-brain types drag a knuckle (s)lightly across the paint...

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Re: Git

It's what you can do with that one button that matters. Time, it should be remembered, is divisible into units far smaller than the threshold of human perceptibility.

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15 'could it be aliens?' fast radio bursts observed in one night

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If it were a distress call, all things considered, wouldn't you scratch your head and consider the wisdom of responding?

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Can North Korean nukes hit US mainland? Maybe. But EMP blast threat is 'highly credible'

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"The Norks don't have thermo-nuclear."

That's what we'd like to think.

"at least one [test] left no traces for the radition sniffer planes - which of course may just have been that they kept the cave it was detonated in sealed. Or they faked it."

That's what we'd like to think.

All this calculation and speculation is interesting and enlightening. Probably very close to the money. One of the things we're assuming, though, is that NK is doing their testing publicly and earnestly -- in keeping with received dramaturgical wisdom about emergent nuclear weapons programs in small, isolated, secretive rogue nations run by hereditary dictators.

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FYI: Web ad fraud looks really bad. Like, really, really bad. Bigly bad

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Re: Advertising is often overhyped...

"lets say they spend 100m a year on advertising, do you think they would sell 100m less product if they didn't advertise?"

Conversely, let's say you don't spent anything on advertising, but decide, at one point, to spend $1m on advertising in the next FY. The only thing* that would make doing so worthwhile is an increase in sales large enough to return profits at least as large as the expenditures on advertising. Not sales -- profit. Otherwise, you're throwing money away.

An alternative to advertising: instead of the 'spend' aggravating societal noise with inane ads of all kinds in various contexts, pay your staff/employees more, tell them that you're doing so with what would otherwise be the advertising budget, and tell them why -- namely that you are hoping to encourage them to invest, in some sense, in some way, in the success of your business.

* Well, not exactly the only thing; this is shooting from the hip after all.

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Strip club selfie bloke's accidental discharge gets him 6 years in clink

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Re: I'd have to guess

Or he can't operate his digits except as pairs. The mirror may have been an aggravating circumstance.

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Ten new tech terms I learnt this summer: Do you know them all?

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Re: I am still waiting

"for the smart sandwich."

Would such a sandwich be DIY? Or would it require the help of a maker fair?

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Re: When FTTP gets widely deployed

"Fibre To The Penis. cf Teledildonics."

That would be video on de hand?

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Re: "weaved"

I was wanting to say exactly that.

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The cheek of it! Beach bar owner shoots nude bather in the booty

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Re: Brit Police Helicopter spys nudists

"Canada 11%"

Oddly, Canadian jurisprudence (specifically Ontario, IIRC) has it that toplessness is a right to be exercised almost anywhere in public. Not many take advantage, even in summer. Or so it seems. Maybe saving it for a rainy day.

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"Swollen", yes, but nature breeds symmetry... And I'm sure there's another side to the story.

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Hell desk to user: 'I know you're wrong. I wrote the software. And the protocol it runs on'

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Re: We got this far talking about HR without a link to Catbert ?

The last frame is stand-alone. T-shirt stuff.

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