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Next Windows obsolescence panic is 450 days from … NOW!

Aqua Marina

I remember that story...

This was it

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2001/04/12/missing_novell_server_discovered_after/

And this one is a good read

http://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2013/03/epic-uptime-achievement-can-you-beat-16-years/

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OK, we get the message, Microsoft: Windows Defender splats 1000s of WinXP, Server 2k3 PCs

Aqua Marina

Re: Well...

All my crap is HP branded. Oh look, they deal with the warranty themselves!!!!

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Aqua Marina

Re: Well...

No, but for the first time ever, I've been given permission by a unanimous board today to buy what I need to fix the problem, and as a result I've now spent all of our Ebuyer.com credit limit, in one purchase!!!!

I might have squoze the odd network switch replacement, SSD, and RAM upgrade into next tuesdays delivery too :)

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Aqua Marina

Re: Well...

I had a similar conversation with my frothing-at-the-mouth FD this morning, after 10% of our PC base had died since yesterday, and users were sitting down twiddling their thumbs.

First I reminded him that the documented 2014 budget proposal that I submitted last year had covered replacing all XP machines by April, but that the expenditure was overruled because I was told that nothing bad would suddenly happen that could kill all of our XP machines at once.

Then I again reminded him that my justification when questioned before the board, over removing all XP machines was that once the official support date has passed, it would only take a single untested software update to kill all our identical machines (at which I used identical twins as an analogy, and how genetically an affliction that kills one twin, usually kills another twin unless the other twin seeks treatment straight away (I also discussed virus outbreaks at the same time)), I also pointed out that once the official support date had passed, it would be unlikely that software manufacturers would test new releases of software against XP, and that I joked that the cynical would suggest that MS would deliberatly build in obsolesence to XP so that it died shortly after support expired.

Luckily for me all said meetings are minuted and right now the board are pointing fingers at each other, rather than me.

Personally I believe that what happenned yesterday was a result of MS not testing against XP, or inadvertantly releasing a non-XP update for XP, because it's not MS policy to test anything against XP.

Considering that today has been a total arse for me and my department, I feel strangely liberated, smug and awesome!!!!

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TrueCrypt audit: Probe's nearly all the way in ... no backdoor hit yet

Aqua Marina
Black Helicopters

Here's hoping that iSEC Partners are not already subject to a gagging order preventing them from disclosing that Truecrypt is riddled with NSA backdoors!

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Wookiee! CHEWIE'S BACK in Star Wars Ep VII – blab Hollywood 'sources'

Aqua Marina

Re: WORTH THE PRICE OF ADMISSION....

No too far off the truth, Peter Mayhew has been unable to walk without the aid of, erm, walking aids for some years now. He might not be too bad if they film him from the waist up, but unfortunatly he isn't in a fit enough state to reprise walking chewie, never mind running.

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Homeopathic remedies contaminated with REAL medicine get recalled

Aqua Marina

Re: Aqua Marina

Ok, but if some diagnoses of "it will never get better" are wrong, can some diagnoses of "homeopathy never works" be equally wrong?

My opinion of this topic so far, is that science and doctors can do no wrong. But... when they do get it wrong, the response is, "meh everyone is human". But they don't apply the same "meh, shit happens" when casting judgement on anything that goes against the perceived wisdom, that they just decided could be infalliable in another circumstance.

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Aqua Marina

Re: What do we do for those for whom it works?

By that reasoning why should modern science expel effort try to disprove it?

Don't get me wrong, I believe in modern science. But what do we do with the people for whom it would and does work? I'm here, and my mother is still alive despite the best doctors telling her she should be dead and they don't know why.

What would you have told me and my mum to do at the time?

Everyone else If you are going to downvote, at least have the guts to explain your reasoning.

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Aqua Marina

What do we do for those for whom it works?

My mother was in a wheelchair caused by psoriatic arthritis. She was told after 20 years of failed treatments that she would never walk again, and she was literally left to waste away in a wheelchair and die. She turned to homeopathy, and now 10 years later, and double the weight she was in the wheelchair, walks several miles per day and is quite energetic and well known on the car-boot scene.

I was diagnosed at 13 with an undefined skin disease. From 13 to 21 I was passed from doctor to specialist to doctor. Was filled to the brim with antibiotics and the most expensive and powerful drugs I could be prescribed on the NHS. I even went private which cost my parents a fortune. At 22 I was told that there was nothing more that could be done. I turned to Homeopathy. I'm now 40, and the only sign of a skin disease left on my body is a 1 inch square spot of psoriasis on my thigh, and a white patch of hair, about an inch square on my head.

Now in these instances, I ask non-believers what they think people in my mother's and my case should do. Should we simply accept modern sciences proclamation that there nothing more that can be done, admit defeat and wait to die, or do we go out looking for alternatives. Please provide me with your insight on what your prescription should be. What should we have done?

To me it's simple. I'll start to believe modern science, when they perform alternative medicine research, using subjects for whom all other medical treatments have been exhausted.

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No Notch niche: Minecraft man in rift with Oculus after Facebook gobble

Aqua Marina

It's just struck me that the Wii U might inadvertently be an ideal VR platform. It already has a portable controller with built in screen. I bet I could take it apart and convert it into a VR headset myself, coupled with the motion plus bits of the old controllers, and come up with something useable within a few hours.

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NASA: Earth JUST dodged comms-killing SOLAR BLAST in 2012

Aqua Marina

Analogue Nuclear?

Are nuclear powerstations controlled by manual technologies, so that in the event of electrical failure, an engineer can turn off the powerstation using his pliers and wrench set?

Just wondering what would have happenned if electrical control systems were fried.

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Blighty goes retro with 12-sided pound coin

Aqua Marina

Re: ISIS Security

Each year the royal mint produces coins and notes with Charles's head on them, just in case the queen dies. A couple of years ago some of these found their way into general circulation. They are now worth a fortune in coin collectors circles, because they have his head, and what was the current year on them, and they are legal tender.

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Beastie Boys settle with toy maker over Girls copyright dispute

Aqua Marina

Re: The hidden beauty of U.S. copyright law.

This explains it

http://www.legalzoom.com/intellectual-property-rights/copyrights/2-live-crew-weird-al

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Aqua Marina

Re: Who sued who?

It's exactly what happened. The toy makers preemptively sought "Injunctive Relief" to stop the Beastie Boys from sueing them for using their song. The Beastie Boys obligingly did follow up with a lawsuit.

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2013/11/28/goldieblox_apologises_to_beastie_boys_over_girls_parody/

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X marks the... They SAID there was a mystery planet there – NASA

Aqua Marina
Alien

Nibiru

Maybe they should ask the ancient Sumarians for directions!

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Massive new AIRSHIP to enter commercial service at British dirigible base

Aqua Marina

@ TRT Re: They almost laughed him out of the boardroom...

Here have a thumbs up for the Thunderbirds quote. And boo to the 2 people who voted you down, clearly not fans.

They should paint the airship green and stick a big yellow "2" on it.

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Microsoft: NSA snooping? Code backdoors? Our hands are clean!

Aqua Marina

Piffle

I remember the UK MS Marketing Director in the 90s saying in a magazine interview that MS would never break competitors products at a binary level, because to do so would be commercial suicide.

We all know how that turned out.

Don't believe a word MS say. They didn't become the worlds richest company by being ethical and honest.

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Terrifying photo special: 'Electric Cannon' anal orgasmo-probe in use ... on a BULL

Aqua Marina
Coat

Come again?

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Hot Stuff! NASA mulls 'urgent' space walk as ISS cooler conks out

Aqua Marina

It's getting hot in here

Opening a few windows cools down my caravan in the sun.

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Ultimate Doctor Tom Baker REGENERATES, RETURNS to WHO

Aqua Marina

Re: Prediction

I agree, it would be sad if Ecclestone still maintains his distancing himself from the role that re-launched the most successful British Sci Fi export ever. Even McGann has made an appearance on a canon mini-webisode.

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Aqua Marina

Re: thrilled

Funny thing is, in subsequent interviews, he regretted not appearing in The 5 Doctors properly, and carried on traversing the Dr Who appearances circuit. So not too sure why the article says that Baker is (was?) on a haitus.

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'Weird' OBJECT, PROPELLED by its OWN JETS, spotted beyond Mars orbit by Hubble

Aqua Marina
Mushroom

NIBIRU!!!!!

A few years or so late!

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Cameron pledges public access to list of who REALLY owns firms

Aqua Marina

This could easily be fixed by legislation that taxes the company as an individual at income tax rates until clear owners can be identified. As a UK LTD company it would be bound by such laws and profits would be taxed before they can leave the country. Simples.

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Bucket? Check. Toilet plunger? Check. El Reg's 50 years of Doctor Who

Aqua Marina

Re: Only 11 actors?

or Rowan Atkinson, Richard E Grant, Jim Broadbent, Hugh Grant and even Joanna Lumley!

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0212887/ (and can easily be found on Youtube)

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Aqua Marina

Re: Only 11 actors?

Cushing played a human called Doctor Who who invented a time machine called the Tardis. He didn't play the Gallifreyan Timelord called "Doctor" "The Doctor" or "John Smith".

A bit like Bob Holness played James Bond once, but rarely is he referred to as one of the actors that played James Bond.

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Murdoch calls for world+dog to 'expose' Google

Aqua Marina

robots.txt???

Given Googles history of treating other people's IP content as an all you can eat buffet. Does this actually stop Google doing anything, or simply tell them to acquire what they want via other means less blatantly?

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Ex-Sun journalist charged with handling a stolen mobile phone

Aqua Marina

"May I remind all concerned...

... that criminal proceedings against Ben Ashford will now be commenced and that he has a right to a fair trial".

It's a pity the Sun didn't consider that in their witch-hunts of Robert Murat or Christopher Jefferies.

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Google's boffins branded 'unacceptably ineffective' at tackling web piracy

Aqua Marina

Re: Ask one back

Colour photocopiers know when you are trying to copy money. Every colour copier I've used in the last 20 years has stopped this. Technical solutions are readily available for specific instances.

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Aqua Marina

Re: A coherent responsible answer

Would be just as easy to block "justin bieber never say never torrent".

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Space-walker nearly OPENED HELMET to avoid DROWNING

Aqua Marina

Is it a very hostile environment???

... or is it a non-existant one?

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Microsoft to fund Blake's 7 return as Xbox Live exclusive

Aqua Marina

Re: I'll believe it when I say it.

Darrow's involvement might be enough to get Avonism's into the new actor. He own the rights to B7.

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How Novell peaked, then threw it all away in a year

Aqua Marina

Novell was good for me.

The last Netware box I installed was late 2000. I made a very good living out of Novell. For me the only thing that stopped further implementations was Microsofts intentional bugs, which later on in court they had the nerve to say shouldn't have been an issue, because the fake error messages were not fatal.

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UK.gov fines itself harshly for hurling NHS records to the winds

Aqua Marina
Mushroom

Hypothetically speaking

I'm a public sector organisation, with 10000 desktops to retire and replace. Each PC has a hard disk of between 250-750 GB. How long will it take me to securely erase that many hard disks using the Guttman method? And then independently verify that the hard disks were wiped effectively?

What's the solution? As someone who used to work in ISO compliant quality inspection, with high volumes there is an unavoidable small failure rate. 100% compliance is a physical impossibility, human error can never be ruled out, and managers are always pushing deadlines forward, reducing budgets and expecting the impossible. Making a single person liable doesn't introduce accountability, it just ensures that the job position goes unfilled. You want to put me in jail if I make a mistake, either add a few 0's onto the end of that salary, or find someone else.

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Apple: Ta for blowing £££s on apps, fanbois. Now we've set them FREE

Aqua Marina

BOGOF!

When I worked in retail, yes they did. We'd get customers on the phone furious that we hadn't told them the day before when they purchased new shinies, that the today it would be being sold at 20% off. They didn't believe us when we (honestly) told them that we only typically get notification on the day that items are to be marked down. Any mark down of significant size, was imemdiately followed by the return of "faulty" products for refund, with the same quantity going back out at the new price almost immediately.

At least in the UK customers have distance-selling regs, so anyone who has purchased said apps in < 7 days can get a refund (I've tried this and it works).

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Microsoft caves on Xbox One DRM and used-game controls

Aqua Marina
Happy

Re: Xbox One?

I'd have multiplied by 453778.25

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Facebook bows to pressure, vows to rid itself of sexist hate speech

Aqua Marina

Re: Venables?

Lol yeah that one!

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Aqua Marina

Promoting violence isn't against the FB T&Cs.

A few weeks ago I reported a page to FB moderators that had a picture that it said was of Terry Venebles, and was promoting stringing him up from the nearest tree. I have no idea if the photo was genuine or not, but the page had over 20000 likes, and looking at the comments section which was in the hundreds of thousands, I have no doubt that if located, the chap in the photo will probably end up dead.

About 30 seconds later I got a reply back from Facebook admins that the page violated no facebook terms, and if I didn't agree, visit the feedback page and leave some.

The day after, the page owner started posting the identities of peoplw who had PMd him to say they had reported the page, and suggesting that some summary justice on these Venebles supporters be carried out by the pages supporters. This comments section then ran into the hundreds of thousands.

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SAP in search of autistic software engineers who 'think different'

Aqua Marina

Re: Fixed it for you

I find it funny that 9 thumbs down -1 thumbs up ( = 8 thumbs down ) occurred after my comment, but 8 thumbs up occurred after the AC basically agreed with what I said.

So where does this leave us? That El-Reg voters cancel each other out, or even themselves out?

I wonder if the same 8 who voted for me, also voted up the AC? Does the Bronze, Silver and Gold badging scheme take into account the hypocrisies of it's voters?

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Aqua Marina

Fixed it for you

SAP wants to hire exploit engineers diagnosed with autism.

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Judge: Evidence will likely show Apple DID fix ebook prices

Aqua Marina

@Roger Stenning

Having been at one end or the other of several courtroom battles over the past 20 years, at pre-trial where both parties have been brought before the court, and both parties have presented summary evidence in order to justify full proceedings, the Judge has usually turned to one of the parties and said (and I approximate this) "If the following evidence can be demonstrated to be true in court, then you will probably lose. I would recommend you go away with Mr xxxxxx and come to an agreement rather than take this to trial".

To me this has always been common sense. Judges are not fools, and from speaking to several from an IT support perspective and 2 I know personally, they are also nothing like you see on TV, and they point out that trials in Film and TV have very little similarity to what goes on in real life. The "shocking revelation" near the end of the trial never happens. More often than not the Judge tells one of the parties (and again I approximate this) "you are talking bollocks,don't take it to trial"

When I read what this judge has done and said, this is all that has happenned. The high public interest of this case has ensured that the Judges comments have been magnified within the media, but it is still nothing outside of what happens day in day out in court.

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They WANT to EAT YOUR COMPUTER - welcome your ANT overlords

Aqua Marina

Solution???

So do we replace the family dog with an anteater?

The article doesn't mention what the natural predator for these things is, but mentions there is one?

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Borked your iDevice? Pay EVEN MORE to have it fixed by Applecare

Aqua Marina

Re: Grr...

Were these devices within the warranty period, was this within the UK (or EU) and were you a consumer or a business.

If the answer to any of these questions is Yes, then small claims court time.

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Researcher hacks aircraft controls with Android smartphone

Aqua Marina

Re: Die Hard

Had this been an article about Die Hard 6.0 where terrorists take over a plane using an iPad, I have no doubt a lot of critical commentards will have been droning on how this could never happen, and surely aeroplane systems will have been thoroughly tested and segrated and anyone suggesting otherwise, well is plainly stupid. A bit like they did with the GCHQ screw ups :p

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New rules to end cries of 'WTF... a £10 online booking fee?'

Aqua Marina

Re: But, but, but...all payment involves the payee in costs

When I used to own a retail outlet, I was charged by the bank 3% for credit card transactions, 25 pence for debit card transactions and 50p for cheques. What these new rules are saying is that the fees can be passed on to the customer, but they can't exceed the charges they pay. So the £5 debit card fee that I've been seeing recently when booking hotels is now illegal, but they could charge me 25p.

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Aqua Marina

Re: so...

This annoys me when I book cinema tickets and I get charged a "booking fee". They are getting the money up-front for crying out loud.

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GCHQ attempts to downplay amazing plaintext password blunder

Aqua Marina

Re: Banks too?

* I mean I didn't have to change any of my secret answers, not password.

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Aqua Marina

Re: Banks too?

I think my bank (Yorkshire) stores it's secret answers in non-encrypted format. The answers used to be case sensitive, then one day they ceased to be so. I used their internal ticketing to ask why the change. The answer was that too many people were forgetting case sensitivity so they turned it off. What worries me is the fact that I didn't have to change my password when they did this, and the fact that now I can WrITe My SecRET AnsWERS in ANY caSE I liKe tells me they arn't encrypted, and probably neither are the passwords.

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Tech distie Tech Data tears up last THREE years of profit numbers

Aqua Marina

How can anyone not notice that there's £27000000 less in the bank account, than is being displayed in Quickbooks?

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Whatever happened to telepresence? From $2.5m deals to free iPad apps

Aqua Marina

Re: Robots

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-K1uj9VmCzo

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