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

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

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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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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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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

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@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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Aqua Marina

Re: Cisco is the problem, Skype is good enough

Quote from my CEO "We're not using Skype to plot the perfect murder. We're trying to save some cash where the alternative is to fly several regional directors over to give us his monthly report and presentation."

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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?

Aqua Marina

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

Aqua Marina

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

Aqua Marina

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

Aqua Marina
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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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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