* Posts by Michael Thibault

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iPhone X 'slump' is real, whisper supply chain moles

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"Apple are fortunate enough to be able to absorb a $10bn loss without flinching"

Apple are also comfortably in a position to continue selling the current iPhX -- dropping the price (i.e. the margin, effectively), step-wise, by increments, on a schedule, to clear out all stock, keeping the upstream production lines humming, and exhausting any current 'over-production' of screens. It makes some sense to do so; some profit is better than none, even if it isn't the 'usual' profit. And, of course, doing so would create a bit of buzz. Arguably, it is also a way they can get larger numbers than otherwise would -- at current prices -- to upgrade. (A Windows 10 move, with carrot, rather than stick). Much depends, though, on what's in the pipeline for new features, chips, etc..

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James Damore's labor complaint went over about as well as his trash diversity manifesto

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Re: controversial bro-grammer ?

"If I want to read opinion pieces disguised as journalism Goebbels style I will go to HuffPost."

Thanks for the tip.

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Astro-boffinry world rocked to its very core: Shock as Andromeda found to be not much bigger than Milky Way

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Re: Films / TV-shows ever dramatize the collision of galaxies?

"anime Gurren Lagann"

That's just silly! How can you throw something in spaaace, with any accuracy, when you aren't standing on anything?

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Sorry, Elon, your Tesla roadster won't orbit for billions of years

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Re: Douglas may have been right

"So how are you supposed to see it?"

In transit, obviously.

I'm here all week.

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Three in hospital after NSA cops open fire on campus ram-raid SUV

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Re: really?

This 50%/50m rule of thumb is still shy of acceptable, though -- at least for handguns, where there's less stealth involved and less prep/setup time involved or available, and less pavement as the backdrop to catch the misses. The bullets do keep going when they miss a particular man-sized target...

However, if they can come up with a smart-ass bullet that, when it misses its target, turns around, comes back, and taps its target on the shoulder, we'd be laughing.

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Re: really?

"32/40 rounds, and that was at ranges from 50 to 300 meters"

That's got to be for a rifle; hitting anything at 50 meters - let alone 300 - with a handgun with a tenth that success rate is a back-slapping accomplishment, shirley? And is it really a crisis situation if you have the leisure of reloading 5 times?

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Rogue IT admin goes off the rails, shuts down Canadian train switches

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Re: First prize

It's a matter of scale, I guess; not HO-HO-HO funny, by my gauge. Still, your mentioning the humour might spur closer scrutiny down the line.

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It took us less than 30 seconds to find banned 'deepfake' AI smut on the internet

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Plausible deniability

Develop, within the porn industry, an arrangement where the body is provided by one person, the face by another -- with the upshots *cough* being that both the body-providing individual retains anonymity -- is thus spared public notoriety -- and the face-provider -- who could even contribute via 'face-capture' shooting -- is known not to have engaged in whatever 'sex' is portrayed in that film? It would create a remove, or distance, from the tawdry aspects -- if any -- of in-frame participation in porn film production.

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Wish you could log into someone's Netgear box without a password? Summon a &genie=1

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"execute arbitrary code on the router as root over the air"

I don't know where to begin!

It does occur to me that the bugs, backdoors, and flaws are not the priority. At all. The human(s) responsible should be identified, located, and beaconed. Every thing they've touched, before and after, should also be closely scrutinized. It's the only way to be sure.

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‘I crashed a rack full of servers with my butt’

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Re: Just finger trouble

" I managed to keep the button in, so the power stayed on."

A momentary grasp of reason saves the day!

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Dori-no! PepsiCo boss says biz is planning to sell lady crisps

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"bags of air"

Any product revision broadly in the category of food ('snack' or 'convenience") is a bit of legerdemain to raise the price -- typically by changing the portion size while keeping the price constant -- which is ultimately a scheme to increase remuneration to management for the important value they bring to the company by suggesting such revisions. There's something poetic about it all.

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"going to hell in a hand basket"

Is it fair trade, though?

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Re: Do project managers live in the world?

"these 'tool kits' usually fail"

These kits are glorified security blankets; they typically include large numbers of incredibly inexpensive-to-produce fiddly bits of little value and little use in order to pump up the item count to make it seem as though there's a deal to be had. The one or two included items that ever get regular use is what the purchase price is really buying -- functionally a price gouging almost without equal. Ultimately, they're a false economy -- pink or otherwise. And, on the subject of colours: pink is a bitch to coordinate.

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Nunes FBI memo: Yep, it's every bit as terrible as you imagined

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Re: How to get rid of fleas on your dog

You can "smell" DC all the way from California? Better than anyone between those points? You've got your beak in the underlying background evidence and the testimony to make the claim? OK, whatevs, dude. However, the stench might just as easily be localized to the bad actors in the narrative implied by (the perceived need to write) the memo. We'll have to await more information. Apparently -- and necessarily -- there is more than what's currently in the public sensorium...

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Re: How to get rid of fleas on your dog

Indictments, so far, number zero (0). Directly-related indictments, that is. Collusion -- so far -- has not even been demonstrated. Collusion is not a crime, btw -- but conspiracy most definitely is. Remember that distinction. And the definitive take on vote-rigging? Well, let's acknowledge that, as in any election, there's a lot of bluster. That subject is open still.

Many seem assiduously to be avoiding the issue of the potential for procedural irregularities in the foundations of the process that set up (used advisedly) the Special Prosecutor's investigation (the one currently with RM as lead dog). This avoidance seems to me to be rooted in wishful thinking, a fevered hope that their least-favourite candidate -- now POTUS -- face almost any kind of misfortune...

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Re: How to get rid of fleas on your dog

That you state:

"[Trump] has coerced Nunes and others..."

suggests to me that you believe it likely that a political outsider, a business figure largely shunned by the East-coast financial set, could beat out more than a dozen intra-party rivals in the primary, then defeat an experienced, familiar political figure, scion of a well-oiled, well-greased political dynasty going back several decades, endure nigh on two years of 90% negative press from the cozy-with-his-opponent media, to enter public office for the first time ever, as POTUS, facing opposition from within his own party, and, in just over a year turn (or, as you say, coerce) significant numbers of ensconced bureaucrats and seasoned, invested politicians to do his capricious bidding.

Trump is not a god. He's not an emperor. He's not a king. He's not a dictator. He's just the President of the United States.

Maybe he has a fortune of moral suasion with which to buy people's participation in his plans. If so, you can't nay say any such expenditures -- not in the slightest. But who knows?

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Wasn't the Yahoo! story based on the very same questionable dossier?

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You mean the Congress oblivious to the existence -- let alone the contents -- of the memo (and, therefore, the underlying testimony and evidence)? What would you expect instead? Prescience? Would you not consider it 'funny' if the first news of the Nunes memo had surfaced prior to the vote on renewing FISA? Would it not also have been possible, or even likely, in such a case, to politicise that sequence of events? Would it depend on whether or not you were in favour of renewing FISA or not? It is just legislation; it can be changed -- even rescinded. By a majority vote in the relevant chambers. As happens from time to time. Funny, that.

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Re: How to get rid of fleas on your dog

>There's an old saying "where there's smoke, there's fire" and there's been an unbelievable amount of smoke over this issue.

And, from (y)our vantage point, how do you distinguish smoke from fog?

While I agree about "run it's course" et seq., wrongdoing can also be found that is procedural -- which, like it or not, favourable or otherwise, torpedoes any case that may be brought about by such an investigation.

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Re: While the invader's tunnel is being destroyed

Did you mean: "Bend over, 'comrades'"?

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Re: How to end an investigation into possible wrongdoings...

Demonstrate that its findings would necessarily be the fruit of a poisoned tree?

Or ask RM. He'll know Shirley... by now... at least!

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Shopper f-bombed PC shop staff, so they mocked her with too-polite tech tutorial

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Re: The worst customers...

"Good! *click*"

We need a Hug button. First one to hplasm.

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Adobe will kill Flash by 2020: No more updates, support, tears, pain...

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Re: Cuban

And disappear like smoke when he comes in second?

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Nork hackers exploit Flash bug to pwn South Koreans. And Adobe will deal with it next week

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Unfortunately, the bullet intended for Flash...

is moving slowly; it will take 1000+ days for it to arrive.

If Adobe were a tad more responsible they'd make the imminent demise of Flash a visible, obvious part of the update process. And start stripping functionality from it with each iteration. And build into it a suicide gene that completely erases the f*in' thing after the last day of 2020. And let users know that that's the future.

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So you accidentally told a million people they are going to die: What next? Your essential guide...

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Re: DON'T PANIC

Management material, right there!

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Re: Cyber-attack

"I dated a thespian once..."

Admit it -- it was the lack of encores, wasn't it? No? Performance, then?

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Re: In the confusion...

You have misread what was written. I wasn't suggesting a system for the general case; I was addressing a particular instance -- the one where the system's design proved to have been insufficiently complete in its coverage of the possibilities that it was impossible for participants to deal with the particular circumstances quickly and effectively.

My original post asked about the wisdom (and likely effect) of using the same signal, in those very circumstances, in an unexpected way -- given that everyone involved should surely have seen that the system was going to be replaced any-fucking-way, and that no more damage could possibly have been done than had been done the instant the erroneous signal was issued and it became apparent there was no pulling it back (or specifically saying "Oops!"over the same channel). IOW, they had nothing else in their quiver...

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Re: In the confusion...

"WTF?" is exactly what people would likely respond with -- drawing them out of their inner world and, possibly, encouraging a re-assessment of matters, possibly putting an end to what will end up -- either way -- being a completely pointless flight response. Ideally, there are 0 alerts; very much at the other end of things, there will be 1 alert; what's going on when there are multiple alerts, all identical, over the course of the time it would take for nuclear annihilation to have occurred twice over? Things that make you go "hmmmmm", no?

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In the confusion...

I wonder whether the re-issuing of the alert at regular -- but short -- intervals would not have served to signal that something was amiss about the signal itself. IOW, if no self-destruct for the message could be found within a minute or two of the realisation that the message was in error, why not make it very obvious what the error was by repeating the message unnecessarily?

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Dinosaurs gathered at NASA Goddard site for fatal feeding frenzy

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"...guessing those impressions were left over quite a short period of time"

Probably responding to news that the swamp was about to be drained.

What else could explain the sudden exposure of a suitable patch of muck into which so many prints could so conveniently be made and subsequently be concreted to be discovered, as rock, more than 100 million years later?

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Re: @John Brown (no body)

""Mahatma Gandhi answered ~1947 to the question what his opinion was on Western civilisation..."

Probably apocryphal, but instead it may have been: "That would be nice".

Civilization: the delta of the Ganges is as potable as the headwaters.

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FYI: That Hawaii missile alert was no UI blunder. Someone really thought the islands were toast

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Circumstances in which panic is an appropriate response

Exhaustive list:

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Thar she blows: Strava heat map shows folk on shipwreck packed with 1,500 tonnes of bombs

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Re: Surely.....

"instantaneously envious"

Pix or it didn't happen!

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Re: Surely.....

"Never underestimate the ability of a human being to be irretrievably stupid."

So what you're saying is "200 feet into the air" and "over a large area" is good enough?

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Julian Assange to UK court: Put an end to my unwarranted Ecuadorean couch-surf

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Re: Oh do fuck off.

"Sydney via LAX"

He'd probably prefer a flight with a stop-over in NY, so he can go couch-shopping in New England. LA is just too hot.

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Crypto-jackers slip Coinhive mining code into YouTube site ads

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Re: If I may extrapolate...

Some would appreciate in-context audio notisications; they don't distract you from your world beyond the glass.

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Biker nerfed by robo Chevy in San Francisco now lobs sueball at GM

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Re: The Real Moral of The Story

"Always count on the minivan to slam on the brakes for no reason."

The much-misunderstood principle "stop and think" in action.

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Re: I think the cyclist is at fault#2

"Drive with the presumption that every other road user is an idiot."

Likely the part dropped to dumb it down enough for the average road user is:

"and every one of them is looking for confirming evidence that you are an idiot, too".

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FYI: There's now an AI app that generates convincing fake smut vids using celebs' faces

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On the upside, it will very dramatically and very rapidly change animation, making it much more accessible.

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'There was no monetary incentive for this' = not what you want to hear about your tattoo

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Re: Life changes, tattoos don't

"Some people could do with 'Poor impulse control' tattooed on their forehead."

Ultimately, the overwhelming majority of tattoos amount to exactly those words. True thurts!

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"I knew a woman who got uncontrollably excited whenever she got tattooed, so she married a tattooist. Sensible choice if you ask me."

The empire of the senses; no edges, but it's finite.

Unfortunately, he's doomed forever to bringing his work home with him. Not so sensible a choice for him.

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Twitter breaks bad news to 677,775 twits: You were duped by Russia

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"why isn't your administration prosecuting her"

It ain't over until the fat lady Sing-Sings.

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"we note that the web upstart hasn't said how many people total saw Moscow's retweeted or liked disinformation."

Some "disinformation" is true, though -- just inconvenient to some agendas. Does twitter break out all of its findings? Is there a functional difference between a retweet and a like of a given tweet? Does twitter expose its methodology for making its various (probably motivated) findings? Link(s) -- to that methodology and to verification of the findings -- if yes. If no, how would you classify or characterize such unsubstantiated claims?

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Don't panic... but our fragile world is drifting away from the Sun

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Re: Boldly going

"You turn a gas-giant into a rocket, using its atmosphere as fuel, and live on the orbiting moons."

Sol has already been successfully ignited, so all that's left to do is to aim it somewhere. The key to solving problems is properly characterizing them.

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Re: Boldly going

The moon? Neither imagination nor ambition! If you can wrangle the moon, you can wrangle it to wrangle the planet -- which is the bigger if.

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Re: Ah, here is more like what you want, but from 2008

One of the authors of the "the new and well-calibrated mass-loss formula" used in the paper probably has to be a bit circumspect about who they hook up with for research purposes.

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America restarts dodgy spying program – just as classified surveillance abuse memo emerges

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Re: Liar liar....

"As noted though, all the more strange that the renewal of the surveillance should get such bi-partisan support. "

Trump has veto power on that. It would make for interesting theatre if he were to closely consider it, at his leisure.

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In Soviet California, pedestrian hits you! Bloke throws himself in front of self-driving car

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Re: My first taxi ride in Paris

"Logical , in a very Gallic way, the car was honouring the one way system by facing in the correct direction at all times."

Not particularly Gallic; it's called "plausible deniability" almost everywhere. As in: "I was backing into a parking spot that was there once but isn't anymore... apparently".

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It's the auto-pod challenge! Win 15 seconds of ever-lasting fame and notoriety if you end up with tire tracks over your face (5 seconds if the upper body)! Avoid the rush; it's a rush!

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Butt plugs, mock cocks, late pay and paranoia: The world of Waymo star Anthony Levandowski… by his kids' nanny

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Re: Wong's sueball is set to be held on April 5

Such detail suggests she's been a very busy Cluster Bee.

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