* Posts by Aqua Marina

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Drunk? Need a slash? Avoid walls in Hackney

Aqua Marina
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£1000?

Surely it would be more cost effective to simply paint the walls with a bit of Ronseal (does exactly what it says on the tin). Once the walls are no longer porus, kinetic energy will ensure that the first time you pee perpendicularly against a wall, it will bounce straight back at you. About £10 per litre and lasts for years.

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Physics uses warp theory to look beyond relativity

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Re: FTL travel is easy...

I recall an episode of ST Voyager (maybe just a scene or two, it's some decades ago) about that very premise. Despite them travelling at FTL speeds, their reputation as a ship of death was always ahead of them resulting in a not too cheery welcome.

So maybe we need to build a reputation powered drive!

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Kids' TV show Rainbow in homosexual agenda shocker

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All these TV programmes...

... full of sexual innuendo, and not one person mentions Captain Pugwash!

Yes yes, I know it was an urban legend, but Captain Pugwash still comes up regularly in topics like this.

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Google says its quantum computer is 100 million times faster than PC

Aqua Marina

Re: Blimey, look at all the Plutonium badges in the comments...

Don't feel too discouraged. Eadon had a gold badge!

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Doctor Who: Oh, look! There's a restaurant at the end of the universe in Hell Bent

Aqua Marina

So now we have Capitan Jack, and Clara as fixed points in time. Can any anagrams be deduced from those names :p

Awaiting a future episode of Torchwood!

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Sysadmin's £100,000 revenge after sudden sacking

Aqua Marina

Re: BAU

Only voice I was hearing was Dave Lee Travis.

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Aqua Marina

Re: BAU

That used to happen to us when I was working as a Manager at Escom in 1996. People would leave their kids in the shop as though we were some kind of baby sitting service while they went shopping. We had one particularly agressive woman complaining to us that we hadn't checked with the abandoned child, whether it needed a toilet break.

I wanted to implement a "no under 16's without an adult" rule, but was told it was company policy not to qualify customers.

As a side note, our shop on Deansgate had blast resistant glass installed only a couple of weeks prior to the Manchester bombing. When staff were finally allowed back a few days later, it was the only shop in the row that still had a front, although the front was now concave.

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Part of the world's IT brought down by Azure Active Directory issue

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"...and are developing a mitigation strategy"

I read that as "...and are developing a migration strategy".

It made more sense :)

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Patent litigation in Europe will look very different in 5 years' time – expert

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Re: New Courts...

A British court did stop Apple trying to patent round corners. And in a rather unique set of circumstances, the ruling was Europe wide, and put an end to Apple's claim throughout Europe that it owned round corners.

http://www.bailii.org/ew/cases/EWCA/Civ/2012/1339.html

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Many UK ecommerce sites allow ‘password’ for logins – report

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Re: On the other hand.

Been in this situation before, and someone above me decided that they would attend the KPMG IT audit, without letting me know, until after the auditors had been in. Said person simply lied throughout it.

I suspect that you are in the UK, so instead of staying silent, send an email to said manager, and CC several other directors too, asking direct questions, while pointing out the current legislation, basically pointing out that he can be held criminally responsible for any data leaks that occur as a result if he ignores your advice. And make copies. At that point either suddenly you will be handed responsibility, or you will be fired (hence having the copies ready for the unfair dismissal tribunal).

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Remember Windows 1.0? It's been 30 years (and you're officially old)

Aqua Marina

Re: I preferred...

Ditto, of our 80 odd Amstrad 640s we had 1 windows machine no-one used, and 79 Gem and DOS Automenu machines. By the time of Windows 3 and Netware 3 (I think) all that had changed. We had a brief flutter with OS/2 when Escom shipped it as the default OS, before switching to 95 when that came out. Windows all the way since.

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Child abuse image hash list shared with major web firms

Aqua Marina

Re: Hmm

"If the technology actually worked as advertised, why isn't it being exploited by people who could make profit from it?"

It has been for some time, check out Tin Eye. Throw some images at it, and parts of images, combine a couple of images into a new image etc.

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Re: Hash list

I suggest you look at something like Tin Eye for how accurate image detection can be. As an example I photoshopped 2 generally available meme images I downloaded from the internet into one joke pic to stick on the wall at work. Tin Eye correctly identified which 2 photographs I cut parts out of to create my pic, and pointed me to where I could download them off the net. It really is quite good. From my chats with a couple of engineers who tinker with image recognition, the only thing holding them back in a facial recognition sense, is privacy legislation. They have had the means for some time, but are discouraged from applying it on Joe Public.

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BlackBerry Priv: Enterprise Android in a snazzy but functional package

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Re: Can It Be True?

Maybe they are hoping for the same kind of disaster that befell Nintendo back in 2006 when all the pundits claimed a console named after a bodily function was doomed to fail.

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Aqua Marina

Re: SIM free price?

That was probably going to be included in the section that's labelled "Summary" but is clearly missing one :)

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Aqua Marina

Re: Dual SIM

All the sales guys and buyers that work here have dual SIM phones. SIM 1 is the UK one, and SIM 2 is usually the one for China, or which ever other country they spend the most time in. Works out much cheaper than using roaming tarrifs, somewhere in the region of £40K per year for 15 people.

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Drones are dropping drugs into prisons and the US govt just doesn't know what to do

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Kaboom

Exactly, legislate a 500 yard no-model-aircraft exclusion zone round the perimeter of a prison, and shoot them down if they enter it.

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If MR ROBOT was realistic, he’d be in an Iron Maiden t-shirt and SMELL of WEE

Aqua Marina

Re: I love the the access controls in movies

That was one of the things that niggled me with the final Matrix installment. The door that was separating Zion from certain mechanical doom outside, had a fail-open mechanism when the chain was cut, in turn letting everything in. It certainly wasn't designed by a forward thinking engineer, or with the help of a keep-the-bad-machines-out minded health and safety officer :)

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ProtonMail still under attack by DDoS bombardment

Aqua Marina

"ProtonMail offers a webmail system designed by boffins and CERN to withstand surveillance by the world's intelligence agencies."

The cynic in me suggests that perhaps ProtonMail offers a webmail system designed by the NSA boffins and CERN to allow withstand surveillance by the world's intelligence agencies.

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Hacked TalkTalk CEO: Dead as a Dido? Nope, she refuses to quit

Aqua Marina

Are we sure Dido is a woman? That person in the picture looks like a guy. A sort of ugly Michael J Fox guy.

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You own the software, Feds tell Apple: you can unlock it

Aqua Marina

Re: And in the UK...

Using his current logic so far, he'll probably instead demand that you name one real-life person who DIDNT get double-whammied, complete with court cases and dates that can be looked up :)

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Aqua Marina

Re: And in the UK...

Downvote me all you want Kit. It still won't make the opinion of your imaginary lawyer friends any more real.

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Aqua Marina

Re: And in the UK...

Citation needed!

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Aqua Marina

Re: And in the UK...

Clearly you have not read the links you, erm, linked. And I'm assuming Kit Fox by your return to reply to this 3 old day topic, that you are the initial Anonymous Coward. Well done on fessing up.

Anyway back to my point. I refer you to the contents of your second link:-

Section 53 Failure to comply with a notice.

3 For the purposes of this section a person shall be taken to have shown that he was not in possession of a key to protected information at a particular time if—

(b)the contrary is not proved beyond a reasonable doubt.

So, I'll reiterate again. Stop perpetuating a myth. Resonable doubt has to be demonstrated to a jury, and accepted by them. It was this way before (as demonstrated by your own link), it is this way now (as demonstrated by my referring to an ACTUAL case).

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Aqua Marina

Re: One option

If a rental car was used in a robbery, the authorities would confiscate it until the appropriate part of the investigation was complete. They would also expect the hire company to provide the keys to unlock it.

If it was used as a car bomb, it probably wouldn't need keys to gain entry to what's left of it.

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Aqua Marina

Re: And in the UK...

Care to quote specifics?

Take a look at page 53, section 10.5 for the phrase "The prosecutor has to prove the contrary beyond reasonable doubt" using the Home Office's code of practice https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/97959/code-practice-electronic-info.pdf .

Then take a look at this http://www.newstatesman.com/blogs/the-staggers/2010/10/police-drage-password-sex , a write up to the Oliver Drage case. Scroll down to the section where when interviewed, the CPS explained how they had to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the claim to have forgotten a password was false.

So I'll repeat. Stop perpetuating a myth. The claim of forgotten passwords is a viable defence, and the burden of proof rests solely with the prosecutor to demonstrate beyond a reasonable doubt that this isn't the case.

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Aqua Marina

Re: And in the UK...

"Not only that but if at the end of that 2 years they still will not unlock it they go back round for another lap."

This is one of those myths that is frequently mentioned in these very forums, but has never happened in real life, and is highly unlikely to. After 2 years a defence of "I've forgotten it" could be considered valid. The length of time passed since a password was suspected to be last used, is something the CPS and the judiciary consider before cases like this are brought to court. The CPS wouldn't attempt to bring it back to court a second time, when the defence can prove that the accused has spent the last 2 years in jail, without the use of a computer, and is therefore likely to have forgotten it.

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'Profoundly stupid' Dubliner's hoax call lost Intel 6,000 hours of production

Aqua Marina

Re: Phoning it in

"Have any actual terrorists ever called in an actual bomb threat where there was indeed an actual explosive device ready to go off?"

Yes, I was one of many evacuated from Manchester on the morning of the 1996 Manchester bombing.

Admittedly at the time tho, 2 or 3 times a month the university was closed because a bomb threat had been phoned in. This was the first time I was turned back by police on the A6 Chapel Street going into Manchester centre. Normally we were being turned around as we reached the uni car park.

The thing that sticks out the most, is that we didn't bat an eyelid at it. Several times a month we'd be in a lecture, and a staff member would stick their head round the door and say "Bomb threat". There was no panic, or mad crush for the doors. Just a few cursed words, everyone packing up their bags, then we'd all go to the nearest pub for the remainder of the day, lecturers included. Nowadays the slightest mention of a bomb threat and everyone seems to go crazy.

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Cops use terror powers to lift BBC man's laptop after ISIS interview

Aqua Marina

Re: Note to those who don't want to be subject to RIPA

Well you have section 49 (1) confirming that protected information has to be in the possesion of the appropriate authorities.

( http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/2000/23/part/III/crossheading/power-to-require-disclosure )

So IANAL, but you cannot be forced to provide a key for something, that the authorities cannot prove they have a physical copy of. That would be considered fishing.

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Aqua Marina

Re: Note to those who don't want to be subject to RIPA

Isn't RIPA only relevant for something the authorities have physically in their possession? My last reading of it gave me that impression. I.e. if they have an encrypted USB stick, then they ask can ask you for the password. If you have a smashed up USB stick, they can still ask you for your password, because it's still in their possession. A proton mail account however, is not in their possession, and you have no obligation to give them access to it via RIPA.

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Burned: British Gas customer info hits Pastebiin

Aqua Marina

Has someone told Sid?

No, but if you see Sid, will you tell him?

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'Govt will not pass laws to ban encryption' – Baroness Shields

Aqua Marina

Re: Kitemark

Up until last week, Ashely Madison had a "Trusted Security Award" seal on it's website. Shows how much use seals are.

I have no idea who reported them to the ASA for falsely advertising that award. :-O

http://web.archive.org/web/20151020130928/https://www.ashleymadison.com/

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Aqua Marina

Re: Fantastic

Phew, at least the password to my luggage is still safe.

Now, how do I make the jump to ludicrous speed?

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Wait a minute, Doc! Are you telling me that you built a self-driving car ... out of a DeLorean!?

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Look at the mess they made of that road.

It's your skids MARTY, something's gotta be done about your skids!

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Bosch, you suck! Dyson says VW pal cheated in vacuum cleaner tests

Aqua Marina

Well this sucks.

See title!

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Spectra Logic: You can't, er, stick to tape forever

Aqua Marina

You can't, er, stick to tape forever

For the last 20 years there's always someone saying that the end is nigh for tape. 20 years later and tape is still part of my daily backup. I have a smattering of removable disks in there, but if everything goes titsup, the tape is the one thing left to try after all other virtualisations, replications and hard disks have failed.

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After Burner: Sega’s jet-fighting, puke-inducing arcade marvel

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They should've written a dogfighting jet game especially for it

They did. It was called Wing War and released in 1994.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ExPCAeHBnmg

http://www.gameroomrepair.com/R360/R360.htm

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Aqua Marina

The full blown upside down ones signed the death warrant for the arcade industry. At $125K SEGA were selling the R360 for back in the day, arcades simply couldn't recover the costs of the machines. At 25c per play, it would be 500000 plays before the arcade broke even, even at 50c per play (still realistic 20 years ago) it would be 250000 plays before the arcade started making cash from the machine. And this doesn't take into account the 3 phase electrical requirements, nor the maintenance these machines required. I remember seeing these things in arcades just sitting there rotting with 2, 3 and 5$ per go signs above them, that kids (the target market) simply couldn't afford.

So you could say, Afterburner killed the arcades :)

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Man goes to collect stolen-car court docs found in stolen car in stolen car

Aqua Marina
Coffee/keyboard

Re: @sabroni (was: Correct me if I'm wrong.)

Hmmm, that just brings me back to this comment.

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LOHAN chews the fat with US TV station over Spaceport's FAA-ilure

Aqua Marina

Re: Contact with the FAA

Treat it like you would a business.

Keep posting to their facebook page, asking if they are having a problem with their emails / phone / fax machine.

Eventually someone will get annoyed enough to get you some kind of answer.

https://www.facebook.com/FAA

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Audi, Seat, Skoda admit they've been fiddling car pollution tests as well

Aqua Marina

Call me cynical, but my gut is telling me that the people currently suspended from their jobs as a result of this, are probably the same people who can point fingers directly at the person or people who made the decision to include the cheat code in the firmware.

Restrict their access, delete anything incriminating.

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Holy litigation, Batman! Custom Batmobile cars nixed by copyright

Aqua Marina

There was a case near to me, where a local ironmonger was making iron gates, that had star trek imagery in the design. The shape of the Enterprise, a caricature of the captain and the Star Fleet symbol. They were hit with a cease and desist from Paramount initially, which they ignored, and then they heard nothing more. The reason being, because under UK law, they were making a likeness, and likenesses don't fall under copyright laws in the same way. The company was and continues to be free to make gates with iconic imagery in the designs, but because they don't explicitly say "Star Trek" or "Star Wars" or any of the other brands they build their gates around, there's nothing the owners of the brand can do.

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Sysadmin ignores 25 THOUSAND patches, among other sins

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Re: On occasion

I've been in this situation several times, and in each case the predecessor was not a sysadmin. He was a member of staff that had some technical literacy, that started with the system when it was around 5 workstations using workgroup sharing. The guy looked after it while doing his normal day to day job. Over the years the number of desktops increased, the guy while still doing his day job figured out how to install windows server and exchange, it probably took him a few attempts. His day to day job didn't relent, and he found himself working later and later into the evening. As the number of users increased he became the help desk for every jammed printer and power cycle. Fast forward a couple of years his normal work is suffering, he no longer has the time for IT and he's mentally exhausted from the stress of keeping a multimillion £ company running. Then he leaves. The company takes on a new person to do his non-IT job, and in we get called to look at the IT.

The owners of the company probably have no idea what he was doing to keep the system going, after all he'd just always done it for years, they never needed to spend money.

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If you installed Windows 10 and like privacy, you checked the defaults, right? Oh dear

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EU law

I have a niggling suspicion that EU law might come to the aid of those of us in the EU. Something in the back of my mind is telling me that we can explicitly opt out of data retention by informing Microsoft via any official method. I.e. If MS advertise an official Facebook page, then any posts to it are legally considered officially delivered in the same way they would be via post. 10 million posts would probably DOS the page, if only it was possible for an opt out template to go viral. Then there is the fact that for £10 you can ask MS UK to supply you with a hard copy of everything they hold on you under data protection laws. The awkward git in me thinks that this can be used to make things difficult until MS provide a single opt out function that is unambiguous to non-corporate users.

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Wait, STOP: Are you installing Windows 10 or RANSOMWARE?

Aqua Marina

Re: @cosymart

He used the LIN spelling variant.

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PLUTO FLYBY: Here's your IT angle, all you stargazing pedants

Aqua Marina

Getting to the next star system at that speed is going to take a long time. :(

One question I've often wondered. At our current technology level, what speeds would be be able to achieve if the motivation and cash was there? I don't mean concept or drawing board technologies, but rather what we can build right now practically.

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Apple spared from paying a day's revenue in patent damages bout

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He said the figure should be reconsidered

Forgive my ignorance on US law, but is it possible in these instances that the jury can reconsider the figure as directed by the judge, and still decide on exactly the same sum?

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Microsoft U-turns on 'free' Windows 10 upgrade promise for ALL previewers

Aqua Marina

I couldn't care less....

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Mildly successful flying car crashes - in mildly successful test flight

Aqua Marina

Would it be possible to fit this one or more of this ballistic parachute system into say a 747? Or does the sheer size of it render it impossible?

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Boffins' ball barrage bombardment biffs bumbling bimble biped-bot

Aqua Marina

Re: Has nothing been learned from Endor?

My girlfriend watched ROTJ (and the other 5) a few weeks ago for the first time. And she asked something that I hadn't even considered in the last 30 odd years I've been watching it. When did the Ewoks get the time to prepare all the logs in the right places, without being discovered?

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