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Superworm Crisis eats Macs, VMware and - shock - Windows

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late?

This is listed on the Symantec and Sophos websites since 25th July. It's a bit late to be talking about it now isn't it?

It's seems that Symantec has been detecting this type of jar delivered malware since 2010!

Or is it just the way it attacks VMWare that makes it news worthy?

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Doctor Who to hit small screen on 1 September

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Re: Doctor Who?

and hasn't there been at least one daleks episode in _every_ series of Dr Who?

Dr Who without the Daleks who be like Batman without the Joker, Superman without Lex Luthor, Star Trek without Klingons, Obi Wan Kenobi without Darth Vader or Speedy Service without Bad Bird!

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NASA: WE'VE FOUND Four-toed NON-HUMAN FOOTPRINTS

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dinosaurs on Mars!!

frikken A!!!

obviously, someone's doctored the original press releases to include all Goddard location references to try and cover this up. there's skulduggery afoot here! and it's a giant armoured alien dino sized afoot too!

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Apple, Samsung blast away in patent case closing arguments

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Denny Crane

Denny Crane!

They should have hired Denny Crane to present their case (http://bostonlegal.wetpaint.com/page/Denny+Crane)

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Denny Crane!

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Creepy skull find proves Man penetrated Asia 60,000 years ago

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wtf

the headline : "...penetrated Asia 60,000 years ago"

paragraph 2 : "...estimated at around 63,000 years old..."

paragraph 6 : "... at least 60,000 years ago."

paragraph 7 : "...around 63,000 years old."

ok, enough, we get that it was 63,000 years old!

and yet, only once in paragraph 1 do you mention the important and interesting fact about this story, that 60k is "20,000 years sooner than previously thought."

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Samsung spends $4bn tarting up Texas factory

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Re: Or perhaps again...

Texas: home of the patent troll... methinks there's a method behind Samsung's actions here.

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Surfing ROBO-shark hunter stalks great whites along US coast

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acoustic tags?

So this is only good as long as all sharks in the area have already been tagged and that their tags are working?

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Beck's open-source challenge to freetards: play it yourself!

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Re: Won't be selling many of these...

photocopier? that so 80s dude! someone will scan these in and then they'll be up on the interwebs and you'll be able to download it via torrent just like it was a normal audio release. 'cept the filesize of the rar's will be smaller so it'll download much faster.

All that's needed is some kind of OCR that can convert scanned sheet music into a midi file...

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Apple axes loyal store staff in Essex, Milton Keynes

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WTF? is Anna stuck in a timewarp?

The original MacRumors piece came out 4 days ago. I guess it's taken a long time to put together all the rest of the information in this article.

But also, MacRumours published a new piece on this story Apple 'Messed Up' with Retail Store Cutbacks, Denies Mass Layoffs over 20 hours ago, and it doesn't seem to be mentioned in this El Reg article at all.

Is Anna's internet connection working alright?

For anyone that's interested in more current news, but doesn't want to click the link, here's a quote from an Apple spokesperson on the issue:

Apple acknowledged the retail staffing changes. "Making these changes was a mistake and the changes are being reversed," said Kristin Huguet, an Apple spokeswoman.

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Samsung: 'You want $2.5bn? WRONG, Apple, you OWE us $420m!'

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Re: Wow

Samsung spends nearly 2/3 of their profits on marketing?

costs a lot to find a way to market something without it saying "it's just like an iPhone" in a sort-of reverse VW-Golf advert

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Re: Hawker?

El Reg is consistently blind to that fact. I guess facts don't make for good journalism?

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Apple seeks cable connection for set-top box

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Re: Why on earth would you want to pay over the top rpice for an Apple television ?

yes, but Apple kit "just works" so you don't have worry about anything breaking

;)

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Judge begs Apple, Samsung to get a room, or trial will end in tears

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Re: It will go to appeal.

yes it is - but you also paid a lot by the hour for it, and for the right price, most people are willing to put up with dull and unpleasant

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Flash Player to vanish from Android store on Wednesday

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@Peter 48 Re: Wasn't this

You do realise that "Hey. Look at our open platform. It can run Flash (if we want to)". and "but can you run flash? no? because i can with my android and so that makes it better"" are exactly the same statement?

No they're not.

I thought your point originally was that the Android user was saying "the platform is open, which makes it better, oh and also, as a result, i can run flash, yay \o/ lolz"

whereas what i was saying was that all the Android users i've encountered insisted that being able to run Flash was the key advantage of the platform over iOS. To them, the openness of the platform was a secondary consideration.

(which is weird, cos most of them a techies, so you'd think they'd appreciate the open platform, but it seems all they really cared about was the ability to run flash and also play divx and avi movie formats)

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Re: Wasn't this

The underlying message about Android being able to run Flash was - "Hey. Look at our open platform. It can run Flash (if we want to)".

that may have been the underlying message, but it wasn't the one that every Android user i've met in the last few years has said. they've just said "but can you run flash? no? because i can with my android and so that makes it better"

perhaps Android users should have been a bit more clearer in the messages they wished to convey and then they'd avoid having to find ways of making it out like they meant to say something else than what they did.

"Oh yes, I may have said you were an utter smeghead, but my underlying message was actually that I think you're okay"

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Apple's lone wolf approach to security will bite it in the rear

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Re: The trend is social engineering

Rather than a trend, it is more the current fad.

As soon as a way is found to reduce the success of these social engineering attacks, then another method of attack will be chosen. social engineering attacks are only used now because previous vectors of attack are not longer so successful.

you're comment suggests that Apple users are brand new to the social network scene and will happily click and install malware without suspicion. that's not the case.

also, you suggest that because MS users have had malware installed in the past, they are more wary now? that's similar to suggesting that it's a good thing that your house burnt to the ground because now you'll be more careful about not leaving the gas on the cooker while lighting up a cigarette.

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Study shows half of all websites use jQuery

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Re: And a bloody good thing too!

@toadwarrior

yes, and the world would be a much better place if we all coded in assembler like in the good ol' days, eh?

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Ten freeware gems for new Macs

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Re: The Unarchiver

+1 for TheUnarchiver - best thing, it keeps itself totally out the way too, much like the built in decompression tool.

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Hello nasty, don't use my music: Deceased Beastie Boy to admen

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Re: Anyone know

haven't the Beastie Boys long been known for not allowing any of their material to be used in advertising? since the 80s.

so this is merely a continuation of his wishes from when he was alive. presumably the other two feel the same, so this largely applies to any solo work of his

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Doctor Who gets one-off special to mark Time Lord's 50th year on telly

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Re: and?

it's Doctor Who and El Reg is a tech news site - any self respecting tech geek is a Doctor Who fan. If your not, gtfo and go back to reading your "Dummies Guide to..." books so you can continue pretending that you know anything at all about IT!

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Banking IT cowboys 'need whipping into shape by watchdog'

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FAIL

"Banks are willing to spend money on cutting-edge technology that facilitates high frequency trading or reduces the time it takes to process a transaction in the capital markets ... allows them to deliver better customer services"

But isn't it the regulators that put the chinese walls in place that stop the capital markets part of the banks from being too closely tied to the customer / high-street side of the banks? The side that makes the most money, naturally, has the money to spend on improving it's systems. The other side also has infrastructure and numbers of accounts that so vast and widespread, that the sheer amount of work required to upgrade those systems that means such projects are very expensive and very time consuming.

Regulators suddenly saying "you need to do this" isn't going to get it done any faster. It just puts more pressure, and so more risk, on the under-funded part of the IT Dept.

Insufficient data and information sharing within banks prevented institutions from having an accurate view of their business as a whole, the report said.

Again, isn't this 'siloing of information' at the insistence of the regulators already?

Sounds like whoever wrote this report didn't really do any research into how things are currently run, and merely came up with their own ideas of what's wrong and what should be done to fix what they perceive as being the problem. This isn't a report, it's an opinion piece.

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Mac malware Crisis as Apple lets slip its Mountain Lion

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AV for Mac

and while you're at the Sophos site reading their blog post on the issue, worth noting that they offer a free virus checker that so far, seems to work great at picking up windows viruses attached to emails, and it should check for any of the known mac viruses.

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Virgin Media's 'bye-bye to buffering' beardy Bolt boast BANNED

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stunning

awesome work on the subtitle alliteration! top job!! it's a dying art but always a pleasure to it done well

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Amazon to bash down Google, Apple with SIX new tablets - report

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and will ANY of these be released outside of the US?

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Samsung flogs 10 million Galaxy S IIIs in 7 weeks

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Re: Not bad...

what's 70 million Android activations in 70 days (2 and a half months) then?

a lot of activations divided across a lot of different manufactures

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Re: Not bad...

oooooh, jealous-much?

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Google urged to rethink mobile in crunch EU antitrust talks

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Re: Why isn't there anything about 'rethinking mobile' in the actual story?

oh good, i feared it might just have been me that couldn't find it in the article. i was worried my friday-fatigue was worse than usual this week

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New lightest-ever material: Ideal power for electric car

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Re: Maybe...but...

that'd make the film Vanishing Point a whole lot less interesting if he had to stop and sleep while he waited for the batteries to recharge.

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Re: Light just falls into it.....

AARrrggghhhh it's sucking the light right out of my eyes!!!!!

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Judge: Apple must run ads saying Samsung DIDN'T copy the iPad

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Re: I laughed SOOOO hard!!!

why would the Judge say that? it's his job, why would he want to stop them from providing him with work to do for which he gets paid? Sure, the judge would probably get paid the same for any other trial, but surely these cases are much easier than other ones he could get given.

That'd be like Usain Bolt saying "all this running about malarkey, especially in the summer, it's just stupid isn't it?"

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Sony preps PS3 with old-school design

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Re: Two thoughts...

i suspect it's more that the top loading mechanism is far cheaper that a slot loader - no need for motors or for moving the laser head and spindle up and down.

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Microsoft 'didn't notice' it had removed Browser Choice for 17 months

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Skullduggery - no one does it quite like Microsoft...

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Behold: First look at Office 2013, with screenshots

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facebook? twitter? required cloud integration?

None of these things will get this past our approval board. There's no way we're going to be rolling that out here unless it's easy to lock it down to only work within our network.

This, like Win8, seems to geared much more towards the small business or home user. MS doesn't seem to be at all interested in selling to the large enterprises any more, maybe they figure they don't need to because we'll all have to upgrade as soon as they pull support for XP and Office 2007 (which we only rolled out to everyone last year - we're not exactly what you'd call early adopters here).

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Sleek new Macs violate fanbois' Retinas with display garbage

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an ordinary poor people's computer

<grammar execution>

God, it's like using an ordinary poor people's computer

</grammar execution>

Journalism on the web: literacy not a pre-requisite.

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Build a bonkers hi-fi

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Re: Bonkers? oh yes.

oh my! i want one of those so badly... to play my old Wombles records on :)

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RIM: What's all the 'bleeding' fuss about BlackBerry developers?

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Re: YOu lost me here...

it's simple maths really.

AppWorld opened in 2009 - so that's about 3 years it's been open and in three years it's had 3 billion downloads.

Averaging one billion per year, if you like.

iTunes App Store opened in 2008. And after 3 years, it had reached 10 billion downloads. an average of 3.3 billion per year.

it's now been open for 4 years, and the downloads are approaching 30 billion. raising the average to 7 billion per year.

RIMs figures sound impressive by themselves, but in fact, they just confirm that they're at the back of the race and have a hell of a lot of work to do when/if their new OS is released to catch up with the Android/iOS pack at the front.

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Apple rejoins EPEAT green tech cert program

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El Reg's article didn't include the interesting bit

The really interesting part of the EPEAT CEO's statement wasn't included in this article:

We look forward to Apple’s strong and creative thoughts on ongoing standards development. The outcome must reward new directions for both design and sustainability, simultaneously supporting the environment and the market for all manufacturers’ elegant and high-performance products.

Sounds like EPEAT will be adjusting their adjusting their rules to bring them into line with Apple's standards.

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Security fail for Apple as hacker cracks iOS in-app purchasing

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apparently 30,000 people have given him their usernames and passwords via this method, but he's only gotten less than $7 in paypal donations.

turns out, the kind of people who want to get free in-app purchases by any means aren't all that generous towards the hackers that help them either. who'da thought it?

http://www.macrumors.com/2012/07/13/hacker-releases-tools-for-bypassing-apples-in-app-purchase-mechanism/

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New electronic labels squeal to spare you from food poisoning

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Re: power source

thanks for that - can't remember if i grasped that fact at the time, but evidently if i didn't, it didn't stick around. that may well explain my poor A-Level Physics grade.....

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power source

not required for labels on potatoes and lemons, if my vague memories of school science lessons is correct

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Metro, that ribbon, shared mailboxes: Has Microsoft lost the plot?

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Re: outside of a few Excel power users ...

and for good reason. no serious enterprise should still be using Access

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Re: When is Ballmer going to be put out to pasture?

if Win8 fails?

why didn't it happen after Vista?

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Tablets, copycats and Weird Al Yankovic

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<raises hand>

Yep i had a macally mouse at some point. While it was, and still is, true that if you need a second, physical mouse button to do something, then it isn't worth doing, that mouse did make it a bit easier to play Starcraft. (These days all Mac interfaces are multitouch, so it's no longer an issue).

AND i had one of those USB ports - and a printer in Bondi(ish) blue and white.

and what's not cool about Wierd Al?

Amish Paradise is a work of genius, especially the video - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lOfZLb33uCg

As is The Saga Begins - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hEcjgJSqSRU

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Seize your moment, Microsoft: iPad is RUBBISH for enterprise

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shock horror

y'know, they're also utterly crap as replacements for the racks and racks of servers in our data centre. just you try setting up a full Oracle database on a cluster of iPads and try and get them to successfully fail-over to your DR cluster if someone switches one off.

It's shocking that a tablet isn't the completely technological replacement for absolutely EVERYTHING! (as Norman Stansfield might say). Thank god Matt Asay has brought this to our attention!

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Can neighbours grab your sensitive package, asks Post Office

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this is new?

my postie has been delivering parcels to the next door neighbours for as long as i've lived there i think.

and when they're not in either, and it requires a signature, he signs it himself and puts it through the letterbox... and if it's too big, leaves it on the doorstep!

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'Proud' RIM supremo survives shareholder showdown

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technological and business transition

sounds like RIM thought "well it worked for Nokia, surely it'll work for us too"

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Retina MacBook Pro nukes Apple's green credentials

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but it does suggest that they're the only ones who do it (Apple/Foxconn, that is, not bankers) which is completely inaccurate and so not 'a matter of fact' at all

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Is the Higgs boson an imposter?

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i though the whole point was that they'd demonstrated a sigma-5 level of probability that it was the HiggsBosun.

the probability of it being something else exists, but surely it's far less that sigma-5 level, so therefore unscientific to make such a claim.

this sounds like a bunch of scientists shouting "me too!!!!" and trying to get on the HiggsBosun press band wagon

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Welcome, friend, to Metroland

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the world's a better place

with a bit of Verity and a cuppa tea.

and congrats, is this the first time someone has successfully used Lorem Ipsum in prose?

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British Gas bets you'll pay £150 for heating remote control

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but....

My boiler has a 7-day timer function, so it switches off during the day while i'm at work. I don't need to check it, it does it all the time anyway.

It's only a year or two old, but even so, the previous boiler that had been there since the 90s had a timer function too, but wasn't multi-day. Even so, i never found myself at working worried sick that i was heating the place when no one was there.

How does it save £140 quid a year? are they assuming that people forget to turn their heating off every single day?

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