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Oracle tunes up VirtualBox hypervisor for Windows 8

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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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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Aqua Marina

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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Boffins demo passwords even users don’t know

Aqua Marina

Re: Heck, I don't know most/nearly-all of my passwords.

I'm guessing that comment was said tongue in cheek.

Lastpass is great until say something like this happens http://tinyurl.com/clh26fo

All your eggs in one basket much.

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My dad found the Higgs boson! Reminiscences of a CERN kid

Aqua Marina

Ditto

A friend of mine has the same problem. He's been involved in the design process of most of the western worlds nuclear reactors, both power generating and military. He too holds the same access all areas pass, and he too is detained each time he leaves or enters the States for hours, because his passport says he's Iranian. Although he is in the true sense born and bred over there, only moving over here as an adult (with lots of nuclear qualifications and his services being snapped up in the 60s and 70s by governments wanting to implement this nuclear thingy).

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Startup pitches £64 hackable Android console

Aqua Marina

Will probably go the way of..

.. the GP32. A great idea, but ended up doing nothing other than running emulators for decades old consoles and games.

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Trekkie pays £45,000 for rusty shuttle

Aqua Marina

this would make

a great 23 foot long caravan!

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YouView recommends radio hams' pet peeve

Aqua Marina
Pirate

Hamateur radio?

Do radio hams still exist? I started off with CB in the early 80s, moving up to a UK Novice license in the early nineties using a friends equipment, RTTY on a Dragon 32, and finally before getting my own full license, it came to an abrupt end. The internet happened and everyone I knew simply moved their activities onto that, forums and IM. For well over a decade I haven't seen a tell-tale radio mast overshadowing a house, so I assumed it'd probably gone the way of the dinosaur.

Not that I didn't have fun mind. Most of my class at primary school had a CB and a Thunderpole in the back garden. It was our social network. I lived in a rural village, houses and farms spread out, and CB was the backbone of the community. That and "The Grapes" pub and it's front lawn that had a 2nd function as the local community green where all fetes were held.

Pirate for obvious reasons

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Turing Machine brought to life with Lego

Aqua Marina

Re: Sir

You can't get much more official than a written public apology from a serving Prime Minister and published in a national newspaper.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/politics/gordon-brown/6170112/Gordon-Brown-Im-proud-to-say-sorry-to-a-real-war-hero.html

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Scots council: 9-yr-old lunch blogger was causing 'distress and harm'

Aqua Marina
Thumb Up

Re: Ah, the old old "lets throw petrol on the fire"

Epic fail for the council, epic win for the girl and the charity.

This afternoon the page count had reached 2.5M and the charity had received £15K

This evening the page count has reached 3.8M and the charity has received £45K

The charity has even posted how they've received enough to go beyond the original appeal, and build a new kitchen and stock it with food for a year.

Streisand effect much.

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Happy

Where do I buy that food???

Just followed the Marys Meals links and read up. It costs £10 to feed a child for a year. Where can I buy this food, £30 and I'm sorted for the year.

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Aqua Marina

7 digit pageviews right now.

Someone tell the council about the Streissand effect.

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Oracle case crippled after judge rules APIs can’t be copyrighted

Aqua Marina

Re: @EvilGav

So the judge is saying that in this instant, the text cannot be copyrightable because there is only one way to code the encryption method in that language?

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Aqua Marina
Holmes

@EvilGav

I'm probably as confused as the OP between the two, care for a quick laymans explanation?

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Aqua Marina
Happy

@As a Judge who's a developer.....

So only Judges who have no driving licences or experience can preside over motoring offences :p

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Mars rover Opportunity spots WALL-E in crater ramble

Aqua Marina
Happy

Where's all the red????

I'm surprised by how colorful that picture is. I guess you can blame it on film and TV, but I expect everything to be a shade of red when looking at images from Mars.

*note to devs, why is the spell checker insisting I use the US spelling of 'colourful'? This is a UK site.

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Apache OpenOffice security fixes emerge

Aqua Marina

Ok so have they fixed...

... the bug that stops the column from adding up correctly if it has a hidden row in it?????

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Child support IT fail: Deadbeat mums 'n' dads off the hook

Aqua Marina

Re: I hate "deadbeat"

I think some of you need to go make a visit to the Citizens Advice Bureau or insist on a appeal to a tribunal on the basis of financial hardship as you're paying far more than the CSA is allowed to take by law. The maximum they are allowed to take is 40% of your income when you are in arrears. There's a calculator here https://www2.dwp.gov.uk/csa/v2/en/calculate-maintenance.asp

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Council fined £70k after burglars nick vulnerable kids' files

Aqua Marina

Re: Security being compromised due to cutbacks

Write to the ICO with documentation of your allegations then and ask that they keep your identity confidential. You'll be protected under whistleblower legislation.

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Pilots asking not to fly F-22 after oxygen problems

Aqua Marina
Thumb Up

Re: F-22 and Annoxia / Hypoxia

</salute>

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BYOD sync 'n share

Aqua Marina
Happy

Wait 6 months,,,,,

......

And then do a surprise audit. I guarantee that you will find that their accounts will be used for customer data, services will be registered to home email addresses, any old computer will have been used, including little Johnnys laptop while he was asleep. I also guarantee that multiple USB keys full of data will exist, emails will have been sent to personal accounts, and several briefcases and folders will be full of printouts of everything.

If there's one thing I've learned in the last 20 years, it's that most users can't be educated, only physically restricted from doing something they shouldn't :)

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Dad sues Apple for pushing cash-draining 'free' games at kids

Aqua Marina

@Danny 14

Ditto. I'm 38 now, but at 10 I was catching the 35 Express bus from Leigh to Manchester for the princely sum of 10p, (or a point off my "Clippercard") to go spend my pocket money in the (old version) Arndale. I had no problems, my parents had no problems. 28 years later and the state the worlds in now, there's no way I'd let my 10 year old take a bus, well pretty much anywhere on his own. Sad state of affairs really!

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Google's top female cheese nominated to serve on Walmart board

Aqua Marina
Trollface

Wonder that if...

... Marissa Mayer Nazi Sex videos started popping up, whether or not Google would suddenly find themselves able to exclude them from search results!!!!

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Developer leaks Microsoft product plans for next two years

Aqua Marina

Re: Dear Microsoft...

I remember receiving a document with an embedded picture in it that I wanted to amend. To edit the picture I (eventually) discovered that I needed to click "Insert" on the ribbon first. Not particularly intuitive.

My own personal thoughts are that the ribbon is an attempt to lock a new generation of users into their own software by force / legality. They do this by creating a new totally unintuitive interface that looks nothing like the "File - Edit - Vew - Etc." we've all become accustomed to and then copyright or patent it. Then because it's "Microsoft" the schools and colleges teach a whole new generation "the wrong way" to use Office. This new generation of kids can now no longer use the classic interface when released into the real world, and as such cannot use competing products, and will refuse to do so. Competing products are unable to incorporate "the wrong way" interface into their products, because MS have copyrighted / patented it. Yay, no threat to any of MSs revenues by competitors or Open Office.

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Forensic snoops: It doesn't take a Genius to break into an iPhone

Aqua Marina

Re: What's on the outside of the phone

So pop the phone into an evidence bag, before popping it into a Faraday bag. And just make sure the receiving lab is housed inside a Faraday cage.

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550,000-strong army of Mac zombies spreads across world

Aqua Marina

@NomNomNom

How do you know you NEVER, repeat NEVER, got a virus? Every Mac user I've come across in the last 20 years, has refused to install any Antivirus, therefore wouldn't actually know if they had got a Virus.

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RIM extends management software to iOS, Android

Aqua Marina

Re: Almost Interesting

BES + cals has been free for the first 75 users for a few years now.

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Aqua Marina

Potentially something to write home about.

Provided that Blackberry for Iphone has overcome this problem http://www.slashgear.com/iphone-password-broken-in-6-minutes-10132627/ which reveals in plaintext, your passwords for your "secure" Exchange to Iphone account, then they have achieved no mean feat. If we can get 3rd party accreditation that RIMs iphone solution is truely secure (as opposed to Apples assertations that they are secure (provided you don't jailbreak the phone) ) then expect Enterprises that have legal security obligations to start using it.

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Battling remote-control helicopters

Aqua Marina

Meh!

Give me a pair of turbine Airwolfs anyday :)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RKbFPKOvF9U&feature=related

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IPv6 networking: Bad news for small biz

Aqua Marina
Happy

I've always viewed...

...World IPV6 day, the same way I've always viewed World Esperanto day.

Something that will never achieve anything in my lifetime :)

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Sky boffins: The Moon is not Earth's only natural satellite

Aqua Marina

Re: I don't get it...

Frickin lasers!!!

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Geeks seek cubits for Battlestar flight sim

Aqua Marina
Happy

Re: Bah

But being penniless students, I'm guessing that they are going to be building this thing for much less than the $125K SEGA were selling the R360 for back in the day.

The R360 pretty much signed the death warrant for the Arcade industry. Arcades simply couldn't recover the costs of the machines that Sega were knocking out at the time. At 25c per play, it would be 500000 plays before the arcade broke even, even at 50c per play (still realistic 20 years ago) it would be 250000 plays before the arcade started making cash from the machine. And this doesn't take into account the 3 phase electrical requirements, nor the maintenance these machines required. I remember seeing these things in arcades just sitting there rotting with 2, 3 and 5$ per go signs above them, that kids (the target market) simply couldn't afford.

As an aside, the Space Harrier game in it's full motion cabinet is still my all time favorite game, and I've been attending arcade auctions now for several years to try and pick up enough working parts to get my own. An R360 would be nice, but I just dont' have the space :)

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Pair of double-As give you cheap, quick charge

Aqua Marina
Happy

Hi-de-hi

Maplins is a fictional holiday camp loosely based on "Butlins" in the fictional seaside town of Crimpton-on-Sea, where Joe Maplin and his Yellowcoats have replaced the real-life Billy Butlin and his Redcoats.

Maplin is an electrical store with over 15000 audio, video and computer products, components and accessories.

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Apple to kick start 'iTV' production in Q2

Aqua Marina

Re: Not for the UK market, obviously

ITV is broadcast via Satelite in many European countries. Also ITV content is broadcast in the US, and there is a US production company called ITV Studios America (owned by the UK ITV) which produces US version of shows like Hell’s Kitchen, Kitchen Nightmares, First 48, After the First 48, Steven Seagal -Lawman, Four Weddings, America Now and funnily enough the Jeremy Kyle Show (please keep him over there). http://www.itvstudios.com/us/home

There are also ITV production companies in France, Germany, Sweden and Australia.

So I think Apple will have a hard time passing off ITV as their own trademark , relating to TV content pretty much worldwide.

Unless they decide to simply ignore them like they did The Beatles.

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Is Google liable for unlawful web graffiti on its walls?

Aqua Marina
Happy

Only because there is no regulation.

Piss off enough decision makers and regulation will be seriously considered, and probably implemented.

The internet has only been "free" for as long as it has because the right people haven't been affected by it yet. "Welcome to the Official Internet - Webmasters, please fill in this form in triplicate, approximate waiting times for approval are 6 months". :)

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SHOCK: RIM PlayBook outsells Apple iPad

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@ Henry Blackman

"Cost saving alone from the removal of BES must be worth it."

BES and the first 75 licenses is free. That pretty much covers 99.% of companies out there using mobile comms.

"ActiveSync works perfectly"

Just not securely. Last time I looked at it

a) it required Outlook Web Access to be available

b) I was able to jailbreak the Iphone, and extract the password in plaintext by following this http://tinyurl.com/3eqf6uw

c) I then logged into Outlook Web Access using the plaintext login details I'd just extracted.

I don't know if Apple patched this in the year since I last tried, but having Outlook Web Access would be a big NO to any company that had implemented BES because it's security accreditations were required.

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Feds unlock suspect's encrypted drive, avoid Constitution meltdown

Aqua Marina

I seem to recall

A case where the judge ruled that you cannot force a defendant to hand over the password, for the simple reason that the password might be incrmination within itself.

Main point being.

The police are convinced a man accused of torturing, raping then murdering a woman has evidence of his crime in an encrypted file on his hard disk. When forced to hand over his password, it turns out that his password is "I hate you you bitch, you are going to die begging me to stop".

At this point, irrespective of if any evidence is found, the man would be assumed guilty because of his password, and could not receive a fair trial or a thorough investigation, i.e. his password would be used as evidence of guilt.

I just wish I could remember where I've read this ruling before, because it's quite relevant.

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