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

Aqua Marina

Ditto to Skype

Spent the past few years putting Skype into boardrooms. A £1K Skype spend performs the same as a £15 - 20K Cisco spend. 1080p is more than possible with a 1.5Mb uplink ADSL. Sound quality is achieved by using pre-amp'd mics distributed over desks. QOS in the router set up so that Johnny Torrents download doesn't knock out the Skype, and use an ISP that doesn't throttle like Zen or AAISP.

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BAN SMUT, rage MEPs: Purpose of internet must be EXTERMINATED

Aqua Marina

Re: Not all bad

I worked for an ISP about 8 years ago. One of the largest in the UK (NDA stops me saying who). After implementing packet inspection, we discovered that without porn, there would be no ISP industry. All other traffic paled into insignificance. Dunno if that's the case still.

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Carrie Fisher dusts off THAT bikini for Star Wars VII

Aqua Marina

Re: Maybe she had to.

You're probably closer to the truth than you imagine. I remember seeing an interview where she mentioned she'd signed over the rights to her likeness over to Lucasfilm. She joked that every time she looks in the mirror, she has to send George a cheque for 5 dollars. Then you had the revelation that David Prowse never received a salary for ROTJ because due to creative accounting, the film never made a profit. I live in the same street as Kenny Baker. His humble abode certainly isn't that of what you would associate with someone credited as an actor in what at one point was the 3 highest grossing films ever made. Lucas stuffed the lot of them* IMHO.

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Aqua Marina

Not for profit??

I wonder if following the sale of Starwars for 4 billion, Return of The Jedi made a profit, and Darth Vader has actually been paid his salary now?

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Apple: OK, we tracked your every move... but let's call it a caching bug, m'kay?

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Apple is refusing to hand over certain documents which might prove this one way or the other

So their documents show that they did...

Wilfully....

Despite being warned by the lawyers it was illegal.....

And overuled the developers who pointed out the off switch, didn't actually turn it off.

At least that's what I assume from them admitting they have documentation, but refusing to show it.

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Microsoft still reviving Azure SQL Reporting after MONDAY FAIL

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Re: "That Windows experiment cost them a trillion pounds."

I'm no Eadon fan, but when I read Trillion, I imagined Dr Evil saying it, with his little finger in his mouth, and Minime by his side, and got the point without getting all aspergers about it.

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Curiosity raises mighty robotic fist, punches hole in Mars

Aqua Marina

That pic would indicate...

... that the surface of mars has been painted red?

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Star Trek saviour JJ Abrams joins the dark side: Star Wars VII

Aqua Marina

Re: Star Wars originally planned to have 9 parts?

Episode IV was grafted onto the scrolling credits a year after Empire Strikes Back was released. It wasn't fore-planned as a trilogy.

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EU-wide mega-Leveson 'needed' to silence Press, bloggers

Aqua Marina

Regulate the media...

... or fine them a years turnover when the media is caught lying.

As it is now, national rags have no incentive not to hound someone to suicide, or simply decide someone is guilty of a crime, and proceed to ruin that persons life for them.

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Swartz prosecutor: We only pushed for 'six months' in the cooler

Aqua Marina

I wonder if the documentation...

... has been amended to match the new official line?

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Up your wormhole: Star Trek Deep Space 9 turns 20

Aqua Marina

Re: Trek downhill since then

Watch the DVD release containing the cast interviews. In it you'll see Nathan Fillion explain how he intentionally based his character on Han Solo.

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Polaroid plans retail Fotobars to print out your pics

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Don't think it will work

but they have the right idea.

My parents have physical folders upon folders of pictures of me from my childhood. I believe they are called photo albums. These albums are around 40 years old. They have other photo albums that are closer to 60 years old.

Contrast that with the calls I get all the time, because I'm the techy guy that can usually help, from a family member whose SD card or flash disk has just died, with the last several years worth of digital photos he hasn't duplicated elsewhere, who is horrified to find out he either has to accept they are gone, or try something like an Ontrack recovery that can cost up to £5K.

A service like this is needed, simply because people can't be bothered turning their digital pics into something more tangible either by printing them out themselves, or backing them up. I just can't really see how it can be made profitable tho.

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Review: Kingston Hyper-X 3K 240GB SSD

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Pint

@andretomt

Or I could be the kind of guy that buys a 64GB drive, where I know the drive won't be filled beyond 50GB.

I like your idea. I'm surprised I hadn't thought of it, sort of obvious now I've thought about it. Well done, virtual beers are on me!

Like I said earlier tho I was an earlier adopter, and I'm sure that many of my original RMAs have been fixed by firmware updates since.

Still a bloody good idea tho, I intend to give it a try!

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Aqua Marina

Re: Fast Drives?

I've only found that happens under XP and Vista, the solution is to run OCZs tool every couple of weeks on a Friday night. The tool writes 1s to free space, which triggers the drives clean-up manually.

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Aqua Marina

Re: Backup Backup Backup!!!

The only consistency I find is that they simply stop. The first I hear of it tends to be the 9am "My PC wont come on" phonecall. I've only managed to pull data from 4 SSDs in 2 years, 3 had bad sectors, and one allowed me to copy all but one set of files, at which point it would simply hang and time-out. I've settled on Crucial M4s now, as I found OCZs RMA procedure to be unreliable (i.e. discs went missing, and I had to produce PODs for every return, then the return would take weeks from the Netherlands).

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Aqua Marina

Re: Backup Backup Backup!!!

In fairness, I was an early adopter, and a lot of the issues that caused me to return a drive, were probably resolved by firmware updates 6 months later. As it is now, I won't buy an SSD unless the firmware revision is in the double digits. Even so, SSD failure is still total failure.

On the other hand, our developers all use Netbeans. Even the fastest machine we had took 20-30 minutes from power-up until it was ready to be used. Since I've replaced the drives with SSDs, even the oldest machine we have takes 3 minutes tops from hitting the power switch, till the bod can actually start to type. That's a 10 fold speed increase. Something the boss noticed very quickly when the devs were sat around for an hour each morning drinking coffee and reading newspapers while their PCs warmed up.

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Aqua Marina

Backup Backup Backup!!!

I think I've mentioned this before. SSD drives are the single most effective upgrade for any system. I've got single core 1GB RAM machines out-performing quad core 8GB beasts that have cost me over £1K. Just sticking a £60 SSD into any machine brings it back off the scrap heap, and into meaningful use again. There is one caveat tho. I've installed over 300 SSD upgrades now onsite, and I can't stress how important backup is. When an SSD goes, it goes down in flames! There is no gradual decline or tell-tale clicking you get from plain old rusty HDs that gives you time to perform that backup you really should have been performing but couldn't be bothered to. Your data is simply there one minute, and gone the next!.

Having learned my lesson from the first dozen or so failed SSDs I now enforce scripted backup on my domain, and it's paid off. My failure rate on SSDs is close to 20%, but the demonstrated cost savings through eeking out a couple more years on existing kit has raised several eyebrows in board meetings because previously it was the norm to simply replace PCs every 2 years with £1K machines.

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El Reg mulls commentard icon portfolio shake-up

Aqua Marina

Emoji!!

Nuff said

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Fujitsu: We could run Office on any device if Microsoft lets us

Aqua Marina

Re: Why bother?

As long as LO or OO are unable to open MSO documents visually identically, LO and OO will remain as widely used as Notepad is for business use.

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Captain Kirk does a Crapp on the iPhone: 'Shatoetry' for 'Shatisms'

Aqua Marina
Joke

Re: I just

Why is Lt Uhura brown?

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How IT bosses turned the tables on our cushy consultancy gigs

Aqua Marina
Coffee/keyboard

Job requirements

I remember seeing those impossible job requirements spring up. In 2001 and 2002 I was applying for jobs that were requiring at least 5 years experience in Windows 2000!

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James Bond doesn't do CGI: Inside 007's amazing real-world action

Aqua Marina
Mushroom

Thunderball

So good they made it twice!

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WHITE WHALE spent 4 years trying to tell us something, then stopped

Aqua Marina
Linux

Re: What he is trying to say is.....

Ermagerrrd! Ahm gerna be un The Rergishter!!!

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Theresa May gets a smile out of Gary McKinnon at last

Aqua Marina

Re: Reality check?

The DPP already has looked at the case previously and decided there was no case to answer as no laws existed (at the time the "offence" took place) to which he could be held accountable. It was only because of new law being used retrospectively that this whole mess occurred.

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'Hypersensitive' Wi-Fi hater loses case against fiendish DEVICES

Aqua Marina
Joke

Re: 10 years of research isn't enough

I remember the BSE causes CJD people saying the same thing for a decade or two.

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SpaceX satellite burns up on re-entry after Falcon FAIL

Aqua Marina

Re: Those insurance policies cannot come cheap

I hope they took out no-claims-bonus protection!

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Galaxy Nexus cleared for sale by US court

Aqua Marina

Not being an American

Can someone explain to me why the decision is referred back to the old judge for reconsideration? Can she reconsider, and then uphold the ban?

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Samsung claims Apple jury foreman LIED to get REVENGE

Aqua Marina
Pint

Monsieur, le chèque s'il vous plaît!

If it turns out that he is responsible, send him the bill for all the costs of the original trial, plus the full costs for a retrial!

Dunno about the US, but in the UK you can't go bankrupt twice!

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The Pirate Bay founder held for weeks without charge in Sweden.

Aqua Marina

The Pirate Bay founder held for weeks without charge in Sweden.

Interesting read. Sweden locks up suspects and throws away the key without trial prior to court hearings. Tis a Grauniad article, but mentions both The Pirate Bay and Assange™ at the same time.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2012/oct/01/wikileaks-sweden-pirate-bay?newsfeed=true

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October SSL certs deadline & SBS 2011

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Alert

October SSL certs deadline & SBS 2011

Bit of advice please.

According to this story http://tinyurl.com/96q6262 on the 9th october MS will block access to SSL sites that use certificates with less than 1024bit keys.

I run lots of SBS 2008 and 2011 servers that use the built in tools to create self signed SSL certs for RWW and OWA.

Here:- http://tinyurl.com/d9pc9yw I'm able to buy UC certificates still, that are for Exchange 2007 / 2010 servers etc, yet they are still 128 / 256 bit.

So, my quandry, come October 9th, what kind of certificates do I need to have in place?

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Shuttle Endeavour buzzes the Golden Gate Bridge

Aqua Marina

Some pics of the Manchester flyby can be seen here http://forums.airshows.co.uk/viewtopic.php?f=40&t=22128

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Yahoo! punts! $3.6bn! to! shareholders! after! Alibaba! deal!

Aqua Marina
Facepalm

Down from $44 Billion

OUCH! That's gotta hurt!!!

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Oracle tunes up VirtualBox hypervisor for Windows 8

Aqua Marina
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Re: Yes yes yes but......

Aye you're right. I should learn to proof read my posts. It should have said a guest shouldn't notice the differences in physical hardware.

Anyway thank ye kindly. If they've resolved that daft limitation I'll take another look at it.

Incidentally I've just taken a look at my VMware guests Regardless of amd or intel CPU in the hosts, the guests all show 4ghz intel CPUs.

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Aqua Marina

Re: Yes yes yes but......

Nope VMware guests simply load after a "Has this VM been copied from another machine" prompt. If you choose "yes" It loads if you choose "no" it doesn't. A guest only notices the difference in physical hardware. A virtual machine should be unaware of the physical hardware. I'm happy to confer with you directly with several VMWare / Vbox examples to enlighten you.

This is an example of the previous rigmarole I've had to go through when recovering someone elses Vbox machines from failed hardware:- http://www.howtogeek.com/howto/36870/how-to-backup-and-move-virtualbox-machines/ In all cases, it was expected that preparation had been performed to facilitate the transfer from one physical hardware to another. However in my case all I got was a "erm, we have been using Vbox for some time now instead of VMware, we thought making a copy of the files was enough, we are unable to restore from the backup, HELP!!!"

If this has now been resolved with Vbox, please point me to the relevant documentation so I can pass this onto my clients who would like to use Vbox, but I keep pointing to VMware simply because the clients are hardware agnostic, and I can cut and paste the files to as many machines as I want, at will.

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Aqua Marina

Yes yes yes but......

...... can I simply drag and drop virtual machines files from one machine to another, and have it simply boot with out any kind of preparation like I can with VMware virtual machines, or do I still have to go through all that "Export" nonsense?

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Got a BMW? Thicko thieves can EASILY NICK IT with $30 box

Aqua Marina

Re: My Vauxhall (Opel)..

You'll find there will be a back door just in case the 4 digit code ever gets lost tho.

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iPad no flight risk says Federal Aviation Authority

Aqua Marina

Re: Trigger Happy!

Unfortunately, the 9/11 recordings demonstrated that cell phones on a plane do work. 30000 feet is only 5 miles, usually no objects besides the aeroplanes hull between you and it.

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Trigger Happy!

The previous ban on mobile devices was to stop Dom Jolly like conversations taking place, much to the annoyance of the rest of the passengers, and not because it posed any threat to the aircraft.

<Nokia Ring Tone> "HELLLOO!!!! CAN YOU HEAR ME???? I'M ON A PLANE!! NO A PLANE!!! NO NOT SPAIN, PLANE!!!!. HUH WHAT'S THAT NOISE? IT'S THE PLANE!!!!!"

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'World's first' dog to sniff out pilfered cabling is Brit black lab

Aqua Marina

Re: RE: @ Boris

We marked all ours with "Stolen from xxxxx engineering company ltd"

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'Picture of Dorian Gray' borrowed in 1934 is finally returned

Aqua Marina

Re: Wow, and I thought I was a record holder

That's the kind of feelgood story I would have expected would have made an appearance in the local free paper, if only for the sakes of advertising the existence of the local library. It would have taken up half a column along with the obligatory picture of you handing over the book sheepishly 33 years late to an annoyed looking librarian pointing to a calendar.

Thumbs up from me!

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Aqua Marina

@0765794e08

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0QeyRIyBJy4

One of my favourites!!

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Android dev smacked with £50k fine over premium rate SMS scam

Aqua Marina

If this is a Ltd company

Then surely they can cease trading, and start another company up afresh?

Don't thumbs down me, this is my current understanding of how UK Ltd companies keep appearing to exist, while avoiding responsibility for their actions.

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Ten 15in notebooks for under 400 quid

Aqua Marina

SSDs

I find an SSD is the single most effective performance upgrade at work. I've got 1 and 2 GB RAM single core laptops that are outperforming £1K+ laptops simply by swapping the HD for an SSD.

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BYOD turns sysadmins into heroes

Aqua Marina

Not so much BYOD

"use of operating systems and devices which meet a pre-defined list of basic criteria, Keating explained."

So more Pay For Your Own Device then. I bet the list was

1 Smartphone - Blackberry.

2 Laptop - Windows 7 Enterprise

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UK data-blurt cockups soared 1,000 PER CENT over last five years

Aqua Marina

Re: An alternative

"the councils didn't insist on a computerised record of who had used the gym"

Woo, I know the answer to this one, having just completed my CYQ Level 2 fitness instructor training (yes an IT geek that teaches fitness too).

The reason the councils keep that data, is because of the prevalence of these particular adverts you might recognise:-

"Been involved in an accident in the last 5 years? Had a trip or fall? Regardless of blame call 0800-blood-sucking-lawyers. No win, no fee".

The council owned centre I have been training at has 15000 members of varying degrees. It's impossible to track that many members, and whether they attended a particular class within the last 5 years, unless it is held on computer. If it wasn't stored, every tom dick and harry would be claiming their £3000 average no win no fee from the local council, for injuring themselves in a class they hadn't actually attended.

It's sad but true. There is an awful lot of people out there willing to lie to make a quick buck. I've had to maintain my own PARQ database for the private classes I take outside of the leisure center for the same reason.

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Video shows armed assault on Kim Dotcom family home

Aqua Marina
Pirate

Ahoy me hearty

Is this what the video on the piratebays home page is in reference to?

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UK judges quietly declare text chat can be obscene

Aqua Marina

Neutrogena Nipple

Almost happenned. Channel 4 aired Neutrogena ads a long time ago with full naked body from behind, and full breasts on display from the front. Only a matter of time before the camera pans downwards!

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What happens when Facebook follows MySpace?

Aqua Marina

Faceparty!

I had exactly the same problem some years ago when Faceparty decided to close it's doors to, well anyone that wasn't female. Years worth of albums were lost, and the company wasn't interested in allowing me to obtain all my pics back.

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Aqua Marina

Re: I don't put any pictures of my son on Facebook

I created my son an account, to which I've been adding photo albums from birth. None of the albums are public or viewable by anyone outside the immediate family. When he's old enough I'll let him have the password, and he can choose what to do with the documentation so far of his life.

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