* Posts by Michael Thibault

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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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Internet of Sh*t has an early 2017 winner – a 'smart' Wi-Fi hairbrush

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Re: Your Photo

Have you ever seen an empty shelf anywhere in a home? Shelving is where the real money is. And think of the possible applications! Shelves that search and inventory themselves is just the beginning. And don't forget cosy licensing deals with makers of things that fit on shelves. The mind boggles. Profit, here we come!

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Re: $200 for all that tech?

>It is sensitive though...

Though almost certainly not to the boar that contributed the bristles... and whatever else along the way.

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How the NYE leap second clocked Cloudflare – and how a single character fixed it

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Re: There is the theory of the moebius...

>time becomes a loop

How do you know it's just one?

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New Android-infecting malware brew hijacks devices. Why, you ask? Your router

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Re: Infection Vector

>disable wifi configuration of the router

Small problem: the mouth-breathers doing the side-loading of the Shiny Golden Software (tm) are not only very unlikely to inconvenience themselves in this way, they likely aren't even aware of the possibility of doing so. Another small problem: these Android thingies appear to be mobile--the implication being that you'd have to disable wifi config on every router any such infected peripatetic Android thingy might come across, before it does so. Extremely unlikely.

The router tech is neither the problem nor the solution; the meat seems to have only the expected intelligence for what it is.

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Barcodes stamped on breast implants and medical equipment

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Re: But how to know if someone has an implant?

>a tattoo

Logistics! Where, exactly? Matching L and R? What effects, if any, could such have on children before they're weaned? After? All of a piece, in a strange way. The details...

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‘Artificial Intelligence’ was 2016's fake news

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Re: AI is as AI does

>odd and/or extraneous words that peppered the article

The first role for AI (Assistive Intelligence) will probably be spell-checking and grammar-checking. This world, the article, and this thread of comments, would all benefit immeasurably were that AI widely available. We're approaching that goal asymptotically, though; evidently, getting even there is a bit of a slog.

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Folders return to Windows 10's Start Thing

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Re: 17 inch penis!!

It's a head-scratcher!

In-air re-fooling, perhaps?

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El Reg just saved your Wikipedia Xmas

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Save your own X

> staff at the WMF - the fundraising alone employs 17 people

Sinecure much?

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The Life and Times of Lester Haines

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Re: Poorly worded writing in the article

>Is there a word for happy/sad at the same time?

If there isn't, there probably should be. Try this:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ERYY8GJ-i0I

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'Upset' Linus Torvalds gets sweary and gets results

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Re: Linus needs to start looking for his replacement.

>happily

I hope he's happy (and that he will at least be content that far off), but I'm inclined to think the word you're looking for is "grumpily". On the other hand, maximum theater would begin with LT having a major snit, turning on his heel, and bolting.

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Re: Linus needs to start looking for his replacement.

>Is there a clear path of succession, or would things just devolve into 10 forks from people with different ideas?

There is no contingent relationship. In fact, you can assume the forking a priori.

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Sexbots could ‘over-exert’ their human lovers, academic warns

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Does a "kill button for arachnophobes" turn the machine on arachnophobes who press the button? Slightly disproportionate as features go, but I can see how it's not entirely a bad thing.

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Ancient water found in Canada is two billion years old – giving hope to Mars colony dreamers

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Re: Mars Colony Dreamers

>lets [sic] just develop the technology and skip moving to Mars

In other words, send 'just the head'. If humanity ever gets its head out of its existential arse, it will realise that it has a duty to go to the stars. In baby steps, if needs be--but to go is a must. The moon having been reached, the next way-point for footprints is, necessarily, Mars. Sure, it's a larger leap, but it will have to be attempted eventually--and all the robotic exploration is merely a data-gathering, technology-perfecting run-up (see what I did there, and there) to landing, and standing, on the red soil.

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Privacy Commissioner, infosec boffins, call for reform of anti-hack Bill

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Legislators conflating the map and the territory.

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Crim charges slapped on copyright trolls who filmed porn, torrented it then sued downloaders

Michael Thibault
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Gaming the justice system is sociopathic behaviour. Gotta be.

OK, maybe not technically, but in the lay sense. There should be harsh penalties for using the justice system's own operations and attributes instrumentally e.g. by using it as a proxy bully/muscle, or as a 'weapon'. Self-defence is a universal, inalienable right. And the courts need to be in a position to exercise that right against 'disruptive innovation' within the whole justice system.

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Mushroom

Slowly. Very slowly. On a spit. For education. For entertainment. And for 'encouragement'.

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Not OK Google: Tree-loving family turns down Page and pals' $7m

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Re: What would I do with $7 million?

Yeah, seems counter-productive to cram in a third job--particularly into the weekends--when, presumably, you'd expect to be able to enjoy the pool in the backyard. Priorities, priorities.

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Re: Good for them

Once the land surrounding that lot is occupied by any construction whatsoever, the site loses all charm, becomes locked forever to a very different 'horizon' and view, and will be nowhere near as bucolic as it once was. Location and what's at that location are, obviously, seperable; Google can afford to move the entire lot, including the soil, using the most extravagant heavy lifter available, to some other nice location 'nearby'. Google--which is in a position to splash billions just to hear the sound it makes on contact--is being excessively tight-fisted. And thick.

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'I told him to cut it out' – Obama is convinced Putin's hackers swung the election for Trump

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Kids! Kids! ...

>The release of the messages was likely designed to cast doubt on the legitimacy of US political processes and its leaders in general.

Making Russia 'the tyranny of low expectations'?

In the other direction:

'Any excuse will serve a tyrant'.

What is called for is disclosure of the proof. A data dump. And some quiet time to let it be fact-checked. Otherwise, there's an in-group (intel community) telling the out-group (the public) it, the in-group, has decided on a version of reality, and that, on the basis of that shared reality, they'll be throwing a snit and taking unspecified clandestine tradecraft actions, on a tight timetable, against a well-armed state. The public might, or might not, eventually be told what those actions were. And the next administration in the White House will be left to decide whether or not to rebuild above-ground. Adult?

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Facebook hires Hillary Clinton to lead assault on fake news*

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Re: Problem - Reaction - Solution & fake v false

How much protection is there against gaming of the mechanism? Is there a public audit trail? What model of humanity underlies how it will work?

To the extent the machinery isn't a completely arbitrary mechanism from one day to the next, people will be tempted to game it in various ways (e.g. to influence traffic, or to influence discourse broadly via the mechanisms of labeling and reputational taint).

Regardless, this will generally increase engagement with FB, though, and that's never a bad thing for MZ and toadies. Apparently.

I can't wait to see what happens when our eventual alien overlords do make first (official) contact.

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A single typo may have tipped US election Trump's way

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Re: Yep

>Most

not

>no difference whatsoever.

and

>But honestly, I don't think there's any real evidence to suggest she was doing it to dodge FOI.

What, in fact, would 'real evidence' of such a motive look like or sound like?

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Re: This:

> The CIA has said it was definitely to help Trump, the FBI is saying they wanted to delegitimize the election process.

And both of these instances of press-tadigitation require that we ignore the role played by Wikileaks in actually bringing light to the lucre of the hacking effort(s): how do accounts from each of these two agencies convincingly explain that Wikileaks would necessarily have published the trove(s) delivered to it? Why did the hackers not just fake the emails (or even create new documents) so salacious-yet-plausible that their near-certain publication by Wikileaks or similar would have had the lady in Washington scrambling to get out a denial?

The slipper don't fit in either case.

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Re: legitimate/illegitimate

>all the other guy heard was "... TURN THE POWER ON."

"Still, a man, he hears what he wants to hear, and disregards the rest". Sadly, slapping has probably slipped from the palette of available responses forever.

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Re: Yep

>I always wondered why everyone was going after Hillary for using a private server...

Not because a private server would shield those emails from Freedom of Information act requests and, thus, public scrutiny?

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Beancounter nicks $5m from bosses, blows $1m on fantasy babe Kate Upton's mobe game

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Re: The rest...

>,,, just frittered away

Knickknacks and baubles in dribs and drabs, no doubt. He must have been busy with all the shopping, though. Time not well-spent. The future will be, on the other hand.

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Re: I wonder how anyone can be that stupid

>As opposed to pokies?

My lexicon has just experienced a little turgidification.

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Microsoft, IBM, Intel refuse to hand over family jewels to China

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Re: How about a collective response from the corporate West?

"Here's our FU"!

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Sysadmin figures out dating agency worker lied in his profile

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Re: Bless....

"Don't fix what ain't broke." ~= 'Fix that which is broken, and only that which is broken.'

IOW, replace the keycaps. Iff the user asks, or agrees to the change. The issue is the caps.

And it isn't really necessary to evacuate the premises and scorch the technological earth when it's found that there's a slight mismatch between the keyboard resource in use and the (still-visible) keycap markings.

At what point does this kind of (H&S) nannying became a threat to happiness and sanity?

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Geo-boffins say 'quake lifted bits of New Zealand by 8 metres, moved at 3km/second

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>Better to have a hot air balloon... The jetpack won't hold you up long enough, and it is rather hard to refuel.

Good points, but time-to-launch is the deciding factor in an anywhere-but-here situation.

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>Definitely a case where a picture is worth more than a thousand words.

True, but also definitely a case for keeping the jetpack near to hand.

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China gets mad at Donald Trump, threatens to ruin Apple

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Re: Trade War

Annex. M^HAnnexico's southern border is much shorter.

Profit.

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Married man arrives at A&E with wedding ring stuck on todger

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"The conclusion?"

This guy was unwittingly presenting impressive credentials for deserving marital shackles. Perhaps fortunately (mostly for, and courtesy, her), there's a little one in the picture already. Darwin is still right, though.

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Physicists create the world's tiniest magnifying glass to see atomic bonds

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Pix

or it doesn't didn't happen. Or whatever.

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Browsers nix add-on after Web of Trust is caught selling users' browsing histories

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Re: It's still available

>Coming soon: A browser addon that tells you the trustiness of other addons.

And what if a second such appears? Will there be complete agreement between their respective assessments? Will the first blacklist the second, or will the second make that move right out of the gate, in a pre-emptive strike? Could be a head-spinner.

Silliness aside, I'm hoping there's a PHB involved in this WoTTF affair to receive the spit.

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We're going to have to start making changes or the adults will do it for us

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>Hell is a Word documents with ... random things so you can never get everything to line up.

That would be the majority, then?

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Michael Thibault
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Re: Ok, so...

This is for those occasions when you spill the tray and have to put the program back together? If so, good thinking.

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Michael Thibault
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Re: TAB treachery

>replaced some of the spaces inside a string literal with TABs

Why would you have multiple consecutive spaces in such a string to begin with?

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Android's Hover feature is a data HOOVER

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>or even "all notification overlays are logged along with the application they overlay" for after-the-fact checking.

Given the timing considerations, you wind up with a means to home in on such an overlay almost in real time. But what then?

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Any questions? No, not you again at the back, please God no

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Re: Fear of flying

>I do occasionally have a slight nervousness about take-off or landing when they seem unusual.

You can get used to anything. Apparently.

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Re: Fear of flying

>I hear that some men will pay for that sort of thing.

Corollary: some of their vendors will do it for free. For the shits.

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So long Vine, your six seconds of internet fame are over

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>So that's what a Vine is? A six-second video?

Quaint idea. I'm sure I'd remember if I ever saw one.

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Web devs want to make the Internet of S**t worse. Much worse

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Re: Why the F...

Is there an IoT gubbins that is better than a Leatherman? An SAK? Ha! Thought not.

I'm fairly certain I've come across a beer mug that could be used wirelessly with an associated app. Didn't look into it,--as the thing seemed to be made of plastic, and I'd never drink from it,--but it may have been connecting 'wirelessly' some other way... The point of it eludes me. Anyway, what I'm wondering is: how bad, or absurd, does IoT get?

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Boffins eschew silicon to build tiniest-ever transistor, just 1nm long

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Re: "eschew silicon"

>What's that stuff in the illustration that the whole kaboodle is deposited / etched on?

And can an object that is 1 nanometer in length--and much less in width--even cast a shadow? Let's be real.

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'There may be no hackers' says Trump in Presidential Debate II

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Re: USAians

>the best election outcome would be for Clinton to win, and then drop dead a month later.

She'd miss the inauguration in that case (if she isn't dead as of this moment). Which would certainly make it a pyrrhic victory.

Anyway, fingers crossed.

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Apple to automatically cram macOS Sierra into Macs – 'cos that worked well for Windows 10

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>can't you still use CUPS on a Mac ?

Apparently, yes--at least on this kit, which is more than a decade old, and running 10.5.8. Installed CUPS last night to get a long-idle instance of Apple's own StyleWriter 1500 working with a USB-to-serial dongle I found somewhere . For shits'n'giggles, of course, as I haven't needed to print anything since the last millennium. Surprisingly, the test page printed using the cartridge that was abandoned with(in) the printer.

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Narcissist Heidi Powell wants her dot-com and she wants it now, now, NOW!

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Re: Whatever happened to Mike Rowe ?

>(yes, I am *that* old !)

On the bright side, you're not alone. Apparently.

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