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* Posts by Andrew Field

5 posts • joined 23 Dec 2007

Parallels 4 users want their money back

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No issues for us

Just a quick comment to say that we've not tried Fusion or other solutions, but the latest Parallels upgrade has worked without any problems. Was a bit annoying to have to pay to upgrade (plus it seems we could switch to Fusion by paying a similar amount). However, the Parallels 4 upgrade worked without crippling our Mac and it seems to be playing ball thus far.

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Government kids website pays £6 for every visitor

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Even worse!

Plus try to view the explanation for adults and you get:

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An Error Occurred #title#

A system error has occurred, we apologise for any inconvenience this may have caused."

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Parents to get classroom spynet in 2010

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Strange comments

Just for the anonymous coward, posting "Absolute rubbish!

Secondary school teachers have more than enough free time, at maximum they have 25 hours interaction time per week, leaving a MINIMUM of 10 hours (After compulsory tea breaks) for marking, lesson plans, and anything else required of them, not to mention several "Inset" days set aside for training and administration work.

From my own experience working in a school, the teachers would rather spend their 10 hours sitting in the staff room having a chat or browsing the internet than to actually do what is required of them.

What other employment requires absolutely no knowledge of what you are doing, offers13 weeks paid holiday and a £5k starting bonus?"

Dunno what planet you've been working on, but I've just finished my marking and preparation for tonight and it is now 2am. Your communts are utter tosh. These 25 hours you mention refers to the teaching time. Am equal amount of time is often spent marking and preparing work. We haven't even got onto effective report writing, dealing with behaviour management, long term planning, curriculum development, dealing with constantly changing exam syllabi and much more. I certainly won't claim that teachers get is harder than many other professionals but your comments about timing are wrong and entirely mistaken. There is also no £5k bonus unfortunately, nor any of the other benefits you suggest. Quite honestly the holidays are extremely good but you have to be a teacher to appreciate the pressures that you are put under. Then you won't moan about the holidays at all.

My concern about this latest government initiaitive is how well it is going to be funded and supported. The current systems used as examples cost schools thousands of pounds. If some whole scale, expensive system is imposed on schools without adequate training, planning and provision it simply won't work as well as it could.

Ideal if it streamlines the reporting processes, allows useful contact between parents and teachers and allows parents to track their own child's progress. However, I really have to be convinced about the practical reality.

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Serious Flash vulns menace at least 10,000 websites

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Isn't this a bit over the top?

This is a bit of a scare story isn't it? Flash itself isn't vulnerable to XSS attacks - it is the fact JavaScript can connect to Flash. JavaScript is the problem here, and I completely disagree with a previous comment saying that JavaScript is secure. A .swf file, with JavaScript disabled, cannot access anything on the user's computer apart from Local Shared Objects, Flash's secure version of cookies. A .swf file with 'Allow Script Access' disabled is exactly the same.

It sounds like this security issue is a vulnerability that Flash can trigger, but that it is just as likely an html page using JavaScript could. It is also a bit dubious that we're encouraged to purchase the book to find out the real deal.

Finally, criticising Flash for being responsible for over the top, waste of time animations is wrong! It is the designers, those who use Flash, who create these issues. Just as there are many examples of poor implementation, there are many examples of how Flash makes using the internet a more streamlined, enjoyable experience.

It is a pity this article seems to have focused on Flash and then brought out lots of out dated criticisms, losing focus on what would actually have been useful i.e. what the actual security issue is! What is the issue that makes already published .swf files vulnerable? Surely this is an issue where a .swf file has been produced specifically for these nefarious purposes and then triggers the trouble. I guess we have to wait and see.

Anyway - Merry Christmas!

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