* Posts by Michael Thibault

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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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Re: Possible or easy?

"I've lost count of the number of times I have been forced to do ..."

I, unfortunately, understand. But I only let it happen once, and that occurred on the very first resort to product service -- on the first go. One nightmare to end them all.

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Re: Possible or easy?

"DontFix" needs a makeover, a repositioning on the shelves of the marketplace of ideas. It's negative. It's a bit of a downer. And it doesn't even have an apostrophe. How pathetic! We need something more positive, more definitive. Something that holds authority. Let's call it "JobDone".

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Re: Possible or easy?

"While that can be ... and consequently isn't in the documentation."

An easter egg, IOW.

"It would be ridiculous to expect developers to document every technically possible use case for something, even some they had envisioned."

Sounds different.

Video documentation could help here, as the developer's focus, scope, affinity for metaphor, etc. can more readily be surfaced via an interaction that is a social interaction -- an interview via AI, perhaps. Draw the information out. Put a face to the tech.

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Re: Possible or easy?

"software is 'fun' but writing documentation is a chore and fixing bugs is an absolute PITA."

Why not then encourage the use of video? Tie it in closely with sites frequented already by tech-leaning people. Move to the medium that flows, grows, and shows. Make it easy, make it comfortable, but make it happen.

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Google and its terrible, horrible, no good, very bad week in full

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Re: Does this firing thing only work one way?

That anyone would read the entire article on the Guardian site! I was pulling the rip-cord by the time I'd finished the first hackneyed sentence.

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Your top five dreadful people the Google manifesto has pulled out of the woodwork

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Re: Awesome.

"Much needed!"

I'm almost certain you don't mean in the sense that captive seals have to be given a chance to strut their stuff, or what's the point of all that training?

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Re: Average differences between groups

@JimC. "And then what happens?"

The manager who spear-headed the change takes the bonus cheque cheerfully, anyone who suggests that the fall in productivity and throughput is a result of the change is fired, and a memo is circulated to remind workers that: they're fortunate to still have a job; that they're fortunate not to be paid at piece-work rates; and, that rations will be further limited and discipline by caning will be stepped up until productivity and throughput return to historical highs?

Close?

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Re: Average differences between groups

@AC. "The manifesto is"

not a manifesto, it's a memo. 'Do not overlook the distinction' seems to be lost on many, as is the very real significance of by whose conscious, willful actions the memo took on a character it did not originally have.

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Re: asshe but

@Version 1.0. "If males are such good coders and that's why men write code, then when does every day bring a new exploit and vulnerability?"

Exposing vulnerabilities typically requires an understanding of code and creating exploits typically requires coding. And then there're the incentives... Who ya gonna call if you want either a vulnerability, an exploit for a vulnerability you know about, or both as a package?

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Google's macho memo man fired, say reports

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Re: The facts

@TheElder. The author of the article you linked to, Debra Soh, apparently holds a "PhD in sexual neuroscience". WTF more is there to say?

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@phuzz. I'd agree IFF "you're sending ten page manifestos to your colleagues about what you believe to be wrong with the world" every other day. Damore wasn't. And: the identification of it as a "manifesto" (a term with dark and sticky connotations, obviously) was not original with him -- a fact which should neither be glossed over nor forgotten.

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@Anonymous Coward: "Start over with a quote to show which post you are replying to."

"if..." only would have been my choice, had I not thought that the use of the word "premise" in my post -- made fairly early in the comments thread -- would have been sufficient information to contextualize it.

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Ableist!

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My thumb-down stalker... is BACK!

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The issue appears to be...

the very rules of the discourse about 'issues'. Sloppy move on Google's part, killing the messenger for a quantum of virtue.

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Start over without a false premise.

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Busted!

Fired while utmosting...

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To truly stay anonymous online, make sure your writing is as dull as the dullest conference call you can imagine

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Re: "he shall ever ever know it"

My guess is: Pompous Git.

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Re: Demonstrating that maintaining complete annonymity is seriously hard work.

"cognoscentiised"

Shirley you mean "cognoscentified"?

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Teen who texted boyfriend to kill himself gets 15 months jail

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Re: @DA: "Committed Suicide"

@Powernumpty wrote: "I thought the current term was 'Worked for the Clintons'".

Current? Hasn't it been superseded by "started working for the Clintons"?

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Re: Two free speech aspects

"she is prohibited from profiting from her story"

Where is "profit" defined viz. this judgment?

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New iPhone details leak: Yes, Apple is still chasing Samsung

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Re: Onanism

"Never took Religious Knowledge in high school, eh? The 'Sin of Onan' was one of the things they really went to town on."

The kids, you mean?

How times change -- benefits for everyone these days. Apparently.

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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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