* Posts by Dabooka

225 posts • joined 27 Jul 2007

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Next-gen Freeview telly won't be another disruptive 4Ker

Dabooka

Re: Sky...

"High bit rate DVDs can look better than much HD sources.

Das Boot looked fine on a 46" HDTV"

Absolutely it can, I'm not suggesting that HD = better. There's a guy at work who thinks his Android IP box spouts out full HD football becuase it's shwoing as '1080p' but we all know that isn't the case!

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Dabooka

Re: Sky...

Good points made.

I'm fairly sure it was Sky Atlantic although it was a while back. As I say it was not my system either so it may improve with differnent better decoders.

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Re: Sky...

Have an upvote.

Compression is so shocking now. Some of their HD channels are only moderately better than some of the German SD channels I've seen, and certain SD channels are virtually unwatchable on a reasonble sized telly. Bring back D2MAC!

I do confess to not having a Sky box so it might vary between receivers.

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Starbucks denies mobile app hack, blames careless customers

Dabooka

Re: And this is why the box always must remain unticked....

I wonder if the asshat with the downvote would care to shed some light and enlighten me? I'm curious as to what I'm missing here.....

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Dabooka
FAIL

And this is why the box always must remain unticked....

'Would you like to save your payment details securely for future purchases?'

Only a top-rate tit would okay that box. Linked payment details, do me a favour.

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Blocking pirate sites doesn't weaken pirates say Euroboffins

Dabooka

Re: Am I the only one

I assume you're on about 3pm kick off games? That's nothing to do with the moneymen really is it, that's the clubs themselves trying to protect their gate receipts. And that's always been the case, want to watch City v United 3pm on a Saturday? Go the game. Can't? MediumWave radio it is!

I can't believe you mean he can't buy physically buy a legal services for the matches that ARE televised.

For the record I'm in the same boat but bought a SpiderBox (IPTV is just awful for these things), so I'm not having a go, I'm simply explaining there is a difference between the 3pm and normal televised matches.

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Samsung offers $90,000 if you can fix California's epic drought with tech

Dabooka

Re: Disaster by arrogance

Completely agree, most of what they're doing in that example could be done with decades old tech, hooking it up to an 'app' doesn't change the core challenegs or offer solutions to problems that matter.

+1 for 1980s Coder too, Chris Packham has been pushing that for decades (he's the first person I recall bringing it to my attention anyway) and this is coming from someone who adores a good ribeye.

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Traumatised Reg SPB team barely survives movie unwatchablathon

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Needs more Cloverfield

I good start with those three, but blimey Cloverfield is shite.

And of course any 4th installment of Indiana Jones would be awful too, but thankfully they've resisted the urge to make such a travesty of a movie so it remained a trilogy.....

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HP lifts lid on Autonomy lawsuit claims, but Lynch cries BOLLOCKS

Dabooka

Re: The Enron Defence

Ah, I see my own personal A/C is still on a downvote rampage. He / she went back through all my posts downvoting them last week, must have taken quite some time that.... /tragic

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Dabooka
Headmaster

Re: The Enron Defence

*cheque

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Oxford chaps solve problem in 1982 Sinclair Spectrum manual

Dabooka
FAIL

There's a FAIL here alright....

but it's you.

How on earth can someone with the tag '1980s_coder' not read this without a wry smile? Why on earth would you pick it apart? Why not see it for a bit of fun which it clearly is? Why not watch it think' Hey something new with a speccy!' rather than thinking how you would've done it better (note, you haven't actually done it mind).

Why 1980s_coder, why?

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DRM is NOT THE LAW, I AM THE LAW, says JUDGE DREDD

Dabooka

Re: Credo!

Thanks for that, I jut don't want to spend all my time navigating it rather than reading. Think I'll give it a shot.

+1 Sub....

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Happy

Credo!

With an awfully long flight ahead of me next month, this has just given me a great idea to get back to my youth. How I loved 2000AD back in the day, as I'm sure many on here did.

Grokk, it's about time I got off my arse and did something about it! How do these e-comic thingeymebobs work out on a small screen like a S5, or is it strictly tablet only?

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iPhone vs. Galaxy fight hospitalises two after beer bottle stabbing

Dabooka

I have to ask the obvious....

which side were you?

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Dabooka

Re: To protect and serve...

Not really, over here plod would have chucked them in an ambulance to go to A&E (scared of death in custody) to be treated and sober up, where they get discharged and leave on their merry way the next day. Rarely a charge incurs from the the rozzers if a trip to A&E is needed.

I'm sure I'll get downvoted, I've but been there and seen it with my own eyes too many times.

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Don't shoot the Messenger: NASA's suicide probe to punch hole in Mercury

Dabooka

Re: Not too sure about the crater.

The article states it'll land on the dark side.....

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Google's new scribble-tab-ulous handwriting interface for Android

Dabooka

Re: @Badvok

Cheers for that Badvok, much appreciated use of Google there!

However, it's the element about retaining input I'm curious of as it wasn't mentioned as a permission per se, it was something buried within one of the permisison's descriptions. As I say it was a while ago and I didn't install it as a result so can't check.

I just wondered if this does the same, not that I'd use it anyway

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Just one question; what permissions does this thing want?

I only ask as I'm sure buried in the T&Cs of the keyboard is a reference to Google pertaining the right of all data entered via the app.

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Bloke hits armadillo AND mother-in-law with single 9mm round

Dabooka
IT Angle

Re: Erm...

According to local reports, the recliner had Bluetooth.

Sorted?

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Fancy six months of security nirvana for free? Read on...

Dabooka
Coat

Re: And just below this, in 'More from the Register...'

"Amazed your comment was accepted.

Every time I point out similar things, my posts are moderated into oblivion."

Give it time Lee, give it time...

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Dabooka
FAIL

And just below this, in 'More from the Register...'

I find;

"Dodgy BitDefender update bricks systems

BullGuard also bitten by borked box balls-up"

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Ex-cop: Holborn fireball comms outage cover for £200m bling heist gang

Dabooka
Headmaster

Re: Transatlantic twonk

Just reading the comments to seeif someone had beaten me to it. Have an upvote!

Wrong icon though.... :-)

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Bonking with Apple is no fun 'cos it's too hard to pay, say punters

Dabooka

Re: It's times like this....

Nonsense. You talk as if having a couple of dollars for bottles of water (not large amounts) is going to attract attention.

Cards I typically leave in the hotel unless I need CASH or am going to buy something and I'd rather not use the CASH I have.

Try going to Borneo via Brunei and buy something int he airport with a card. You'll have fun there.... :-)

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Dabooka

Re: I just don't understand the need for the concept to be honest

Yeah I know, I probably should get one (but then it'll be in the wrong car!).

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Dabooka

Re: I'm puzzled by these attempts.

I was doing that 15 years ago with IrDA.

Do you mean you looked for a not-too-bright-place, a flat surface and then attempted to send a vCard? While the rest of us had said 'Call me and hang up, I'll call yuo back and then you'll have my number'.

Mind, nothing got a bird in a pub hotter than aligning IrDAs.....

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Dabooka

Re: I'm puzzled by these attempts.

Satnav in my car works with no mobile service, on a bigger screen and dosen't need sticking down.

Still own a watch (several in fact). Not eveyone is glued to their handset.

MP3s plug into car direct, and wife's old Shuffle is better when running. Or are suggesting I should strap my S5 onto my arm?

Personally I don't worry about any of them, other than myabe my watch, and having a phone has not reduced my concern over my timepiece.

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Happy

It's times like this....

you need some local currency. You know, cash.

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Dabooka
Stop

Re: I just don't understand the need for the concept to be honest

Nope, I still don't see your point I'm sorry to say.

15 seconds? Wasn't that in Tesco twenty minutes ago, including topping up my wallet with 50 quid; much slower than you having to make a specific trip to the cashpoint; I’m assuming cashback is not available on contactless? No, even with 5 or so people in front, it just isn't that slow using chip and pin.

Dirty contacts? Forgotten PINs? As opposed to the 'Sorry that didn't go through the reader is playing up, I'll cancel this one and the try swiping it again'. Yeah, really not slow at all.

NFC. How does one pay on a mobile without a bank account? That's a genuine question, I don't know (never used it) but I thought you either had it linked to your bill or had to top up the wallet, such as the Vodafone SmartPass mentioned above. Can't see many networks doing that without a bank account?

Dirty stinking banknotes? Shops without change? Do you actually go out and buy stuff? You're not exactly describing my typical transactions although I'll happily concede it may be your experience if that's what you tell me, but I go in, pick up the item hand cash and get change. No problems experienced on the small (sorry, I should say 'micro'......) transactions that pay-by-bonk is all about.

40 years old next month, total wallets lost zero. Mobiles lost zero. And if I did lose my wallet, my chip n pin cards would remain harder to use in an before cancelling than a contactless one wouldn’t it? In fact, thank you, another compelling reason not to use them or indeed register the service.

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Dabooka

That's my take on it....

nothing more than mobe makers and network operators trying to force their way into your wallet.

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Dabooka

Re: I just don't understand the need for the concept to be honest

Cheers AC, I do get those points but I don't see how it's easier than handling cash?

I need cash. The Tyne Tunnel needs cash, or more rather change, to let me in (or out!), the buttie van I get my lunch from needs cash and my window cleaner knocks on expecting cash. And I don't find myself specifically making trips to the cash point either; cashback or cashpoints at the supermarket or garage does not inconvenience me one bit. What slows me down is people queuing and then deciding what they want at the bar, or queuing and then fidgeting for their wallet or purse. THAT is what slows queues down, no the transaction at the other end!

It's not a resistance to change for me, I just don't see the point. At all.

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Meh

I just don't understand the need for the concept to be honest

If I reach into my pocket for a phone, I can reach into it for my wallet, where taking some (wait for it) 'cash' out while queuing, has served me well for many a year. Or maybe make a card payment too, as chip n pin isn't slow in my book.

To me it's just mobile makers and networks trying to get in where I don't want them; they give me texts and calls which is lovely, thank you. However I'll go elsewhere to pay for stuff and things.

And for the same reason I've never tried contact less with the abundance of cards I have that take them. I just don't see a compelling reason, unless someone here can tell me what I'm missing?

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BT thinks EE customers will FLEE from enlarged four-play mobe biz

Dabooka
WTF?

Re: Ignorance of the UK telecoms market

I'm showing MY complete ignorance? Or are you just showing your [corporate induced?] naivety?

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Dabooka
Pint

Well unless I'm missing something

"Its rivals might take a dim view of this, wanting the Openreach fibre to be prised out of BT’s hands. This scenario isn't listed in the possible risks."

Could BT list it as a risk without acknowledging they're getting a competitive advantage?

Pint because it's nearly home time for 4 days and that's what I have waiting

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Supposed spy-busting Anonabox insecure, says Cloak Project

Dabooka
WTF?

Phew, that's a relief

"..... accessible by ipv6 only from the LAN or Wifi."

Just LAN and wifi. No reason to worry then.

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Sony tells hacked gamer to pay for crooks' abuse of PlayStation account

Dabooka
Stop

You seemt o be guilty of the same thing

"You need more upvotes.

There was no 'hacking' here, just someone stupid with no idea how to secure their own cash."

Although I can't speak for the others, my downvote was because of the MASSIVE assumptions made that aren't covered in the article. It's not with no reason Sony acknoweldge it's fradulent, the fact the purpose of the fraud remains a mystery to us on here doesn't disgregard the fact it's been acknowledged. That's a pretty big element you fail to address in his and your post.

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Dabooka

"Coming to think of it, if the charges were run up on a credit card, wouldn't the card company cover him?"

They have, they acknowledged it was fradulent and put the money back in his CC account. That means Sony now have to take the 'hit' hence the alleged debt against his account. If the £50 charge was against another user or something else (liek a phone) that would've been blocked, but because it was fradulent against HIS acocunt, he's effectively been blocked out.

I'd love to know why Sony can't just removed the service or content that was purchased and remove the debt too

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Dabooka
FAIL

@cyke1

What an utterly bollocks comment

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The coming of DAB+: Stereo eluded the radio star

Dabooka

Maybe times have moved on.

The DAB in out '14 plate gives uninterrupted listening on the way from the North East to Nottinghamshire and Lancashire, although I've heard many comments from friends bemoaning dropped signals in older (and granted more expensive) cars. Maybe a case Early Adopter Syndrome? I don;t know.

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Dabooka

Re: If 6music was on FM

You had me until RDS, the technology that makes me mash the stereo to get back to what I was listening too whilst swearing.

"The A1 at the MetroCentre is backed up". No shit.

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Dabooka
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Re: DAB Fan

Reading this lot, I was starting to think I was the only one who likes using his DAB sets!

One in the kitchen, used most days. One in wife's car, used daily although she'd be happy with FM. One in my shed, used every time I'm outside. Only place I stream is office (as I am now) or living room, where my Denon is connected to the interweb for IP radio and NAS based CD rips.

The thing is for me, although yes I'd use 'normal' radio in DAB's absence, I listen to lot of MW stuff. Five Live, Talk Sport etc. DAB is a million miles better for these channels, plus I get Planet Rock and a few others too. Talk of IP and satellite is overkill for kitchen and shed / garden use. Oh, and mono is fine here too.

I do get why people dislike DAB and I agree it’s not fulfilled what I was buying into all those years ago, but a lot of the problems can be attributed to other radio tech too. For instance I appreciate some collectors gear still works after a bazillion years, but I have had my Pure receiver (with FM and Aux in) for about 10 years now and frankly it owes me nothing, so talk of wasted gear when DAB goes away is moot; people upgrade naturally anyway. I can't even recall what I did with my £250+ Technics radio receiver separate I bought back in the 90s (PLL TUNING FTW!).

As for ‘Hugo’ what a crock of shit. £80?! I’d rather buy another DAB….

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BT Home Hub SIP backdoor blunder blamed for VoIP fraud

Dabooka
Stop

Re: A few at fault here

Quite simple, the need for port '5004-5060' to be open to allow connection is irrelevant; if you lockdown all incoming connections, it should lock them down. If a user then needs it to be open to allow SIP it’s up to them to open it up. Or is that too simple?

As for BT, I think a simple amendment of the firmware would've resolved this. Surely offering 'All incoming connections will be refused EXCEPT 5060 for VOIP purposes' with another option beneath stating 'Block all connections INCLUDING 5060 (this prevents VOIP working)' would suffice. Or specifiy a port for VOIP (blank means no VOIP). You know, user choice.

Other than that glaring flaw in your post, I thought the rest of it was alright. The question that needs to be answered though is if the account was set up as business or domestic; that'll put the blame of the HH5a router being used squarely with BT or the firm.

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Rezzed: Indie gaming shows off its finest

Dabooka

I remember it well....

And I loved it. The CD rom had a normal audio soundtrack too if I recall, with one or two catchy dittys. Never took off as an idea like it really should have for the time.

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You – yes, YOU – can now 3D print your very own Paul McCartney

Dabooka
Stop

Great, now I need to get a 3D printer

And an air rifle. And more MAP gas.

The only possible use I can think of for the fucktard is to create to destroy

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A gold MacBook with just ONE USB port? Apple, you're DRUNK

Dabooka
Facepalm

Re: If only 2 ports were allowed, why a 3.5mm jack?

Great shout, and I don't own a bluetooth headset; I'm merely stating that for this kind of product and it's target audience (whoever the fuck they are!) I'd imagine a USB port and a power port would be more useful than a USB port and a 3.5mm jack.

Peroanlly, I wouldn't ever dream of parting with my own hard earned for one in a gazliiion years anyway!

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Dabooka
WTF?

If only 2 ports allowed, whya 3.5mm jack?

I'd settle for a Bluetooth headset and usb + power over this setup.

Mind, then they wouldn't be able to charge $80 / €80 / £80 for adaptors

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Dabooka
WTF?

If only 2 ports were allowed, why a 3.5mm jack?

I'd settle for a Bluetooth headset and usb + power over this setup.

Mind, then they couldn't charge $80 / €80 / £80 for adaptors

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Storm in a K-Cup: My SHAME over the eco-monster I created, says coffee pod inventor

Dabooka
Happy

I used to recycle my Nespresso pods...

I went from a Senseo which uses coffee pods like tea bags that went in the compost bin or ripped on onto the garden by the missus; then on to a Nespresso where I simply popped the capsules when cold and did as above before recycling; and now I'm onto a bean to cup where the grounds and emptied onto the garden, still by the missus.....

Loved the Senseo but it died and I wanted something 'better'. The Nespresso was costing a lot but the flavoured coffee was nice for some people, but the bean to cup wins hands down.

However, the best value coffee maker I own? A little tin tray and hodder that I picked in De Nang when I discovered Vietnamese iced drip coffee. I think it was about 8p and does what the K-Cup does by the sound of it.

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Nokia boss smashes net neutrality activists

Dabooka
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I read it as they (cars) would need the internet to avoid accidents and reroute; like some satnavs. I too would be bloody worried if somehow a net connection was neeed to avoid a crash!

Especially if on the EE backbone....

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Marconi: The West of England's very own Italian wireless pioneer

Dabooka

Re: technology dominated the early 20th century, it was wireless

RE: Strowger

Was that the story of the operator forwarding his calls to a competitor she was knocking off or something, so he 'bypassed' the operator and invented direct dial?

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Is it my memory or....

didn't El Reg visit there once a long time ago, as in before a Geek's Guide? I seem to recall a photograph of cut cables near a rockface and I thought I saw it on these very pages.

Too far for a fleeting visit from me, but would love to make it down there one day to take all of these sites in

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