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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'

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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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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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Holmes

@EvilGav

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

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@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
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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

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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
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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
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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

Aqua Marina

@ 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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Microsoft 'fesses credit cards exposed by Indian store hack

Aqua Marina

Re: Re: Err...

Maybe they outsourced it to India.... Oh wait!

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Wii workouts unlikely to improve fitness

Aqua Marina

Pffffft

Dancing Stage Euromix.

Still got my steel dance mat from almost a decade ago.

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Aqua Marina

But I lost over 2 stone

In the last 12 months playing Zumba!!!!

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Goldman Sachs developer cleared of code theft

Aqua Marina

Go directly to jail, do not pass go...

Anyone from the US want to explain to me how the keeping someone in jail for weeks or months after being found innocent works? In the UK you're legally allowed to leave and walk off any time the judge utters "not guilty" and taps his hammer.

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LibreOffice debugs and buffs up to v.3.5

Aqua Marina

@ site admins

I did a search for "libre" hoping to find this article and amke a comment, but only came up with an article from 3rd Oct 2011.

Have a chat with your website admins please!

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Aqua Marina

So she hasn't

discovered "boys" yet then?

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Sun hacks cuffed after being DOBBED IN by News Corp

Aqua Marina

So when is...

...AOs follow up article denying that The Sun have ever been anything but above reproach?

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2020: A Press Odyssey – reporter licensing explained

Aqua Marina
FAIL

Is the author in denial???

"One of the more rubbishy Sunday blogs, er, newspapers did something quite dreadful. It deleted voicemails on a missing girl's phone.... Yes. But it turned out it wasn't true, they hadn't."

No, they just interfered with what became an investigation for the murder of the missing girl. By illegally listening to the voicemails, and then the subsequent automatic deletion, they gave police and more sickeningly the parents cause to believe the girl was fine, and most probably just a runaway, but lets not get some facts get in the way of your rant. If the trashy rag was so innocent and hard done to, surely it would have fought against the injust allegations, no instead it decided to keep quiet and try to close it's doors, hoping the story would go to sleep so it could get on with the job of re-opening the paper as The Sunday Sun. Only the story didnt' go away, more and more details about the illegal actions of the paper and it's owners kept coming out over the next few days, weeks, months, and still now. More and more people started getting arrested, and subsequent criminal investigations began. But dont' let all this get in the way of the point you were trying to make, actually what was the point you were trying to make?

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Google 'chooses' not to censor Mosley content, MP says

Aqua Marina

Punch and Judy

You're almost right about me being almost right.

If I take max mosely's video, re-encode it, and stick it on the internet with no identifying marks, it won't end up being offerred up when people search for "Max Mosely Video". In all likelyhood it will never be offerred up if people search for any search terms. The video's that are being offerred up are correctly identified, and as such Google are in a position to exclude it from the listing. Google very quickly unlearns incorrectly identified data, if it didn't every link would be a youtube Rickroll.

The point I'm making is that it doesn't matter what individuals tag their videos and images as. Google follow every search and click, and they also follow people hitting the back key almost straight away, and clicking the next link in the previous search. Google know exactly when they have it right, so they can choose to exclude if they wanted.

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Aqua Marina

Agree with Max Mosely

Google are constantly bragging how accurate their search is, how well they know you better than everyone else, that their search engines can follow you round as you move from one site to another, and the targetted search and ads follow you at the same time, and that their search is the most accurate at matching information with recipient. Googles heuristics know exactly what is contained in every page they index, no exceptions. They wouldn't be this accurate if they didn't. They CAN pinpoint content, and they CAN choose to link to it, or not to. morality/thin edge of wedges/ethics aside this IS physically possible. For Google to say otherwise is simply a lie. They have made billions out of identifying, categorising and quantifying as much information as is possible and available on the internet accurately.

Downvote as much as you like, Max Mosely is simply asking that Google do the opposite of what they are already doing with the information they already have on him. After a few minutes of searching, Google clearly is accurately able to link me with his "sordid affair" without exception, it never gives me anything other than the Max Mosely story. It is equally possible for them to choose not to if they wished.

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First-person shootout world record set

Aqua Marina

Did they take...

... player number 0 (Zero) into account?

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NHS fined £375k after stolen patient data flogged on eBay

Aqua Marina

Pictures...

... or it didn't happen!

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