* Posts by Dabooka

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BACS Bank Holiday BALLS UP borks 275,000 payments

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Christ there's some bollocks spouted on here at times.

Pay in cash? - I think I have to give notice for wanting more than couple of grand out, and how many millions would a decent sized branch need on hand to service their business customers? Even that's assuming they have enough to float 2 x payrolls (remember the money has gone to BACS, it isn't there now). And how exactly do they claw it back when bonanza time hits and the employees get paid twice?

Legal obligations? - FFS. No comment necessary on that one....

Retirees had it easy? - Yeah I remember how much a fun time my parents had in the employment dreamscape that was the 70s and 80s.

I'm glad I have a stack of alternative payment methods available, so I could at least get through until it's resolved; mortgage and DDs can swivel, that'll get fixed, I'm talking about petrol, food and beer!

Thinking about it more, the missus and I have been mooting about getting a joint bank account for years, but the more of this I see the less I want to. Seems to be a big advantage in having our pay go into different banking groups.

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Ex-HP top aide in the clink for racking up $1m on company credit cards

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Re: They've got the wrong person!

'That's a man behind bars in the photograph.'

You've never had a night out in Sunderland have you?

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Is this the most puzzling DEF CON attendee badge yet on record?

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Hmm, I'm not so sure

'But the Elan of to is probably supposed to be Elan off to.'

Possibly but I find it hard to believe that after all this effort and the detail that is put into these puzzles, they'd let a simple typo slip through? Not impossible I know, but stills seems unlikely.

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SPLAT! STAR THWACKED, GUTS flung into space at 15 per cent of LIGHTSPEED

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Disappointed

I saw the tag line and thought George Michael has battered someone with a BlackBerry or something

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Contactless card fraud? Easy. All you need is an off-the-shelf scanner

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Common thing amongst the crooks

When my CoOp debit card was used rather naughtily a couple of years ago, the chap on the phone was chatting while we went through the transactions. He said (and I have no reason to disbelieve him) that they’ll often try a mobile top up of £10 or suchlike to see if the cards active and open to be hammered, and that they require next to no security checkups.

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Still not for me.

I know this argument goes on and on, but I STILL don't see the need.

I don't and won't use contactless but I am aware they're in my wallet regardless. When I find a nice one that blocks RFID I'll probably get it, for now I'm confident the 'white noise' emitted from the plethora of plastic will do a half decent job.

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Re: Attack of the clones

@Sugerbear

Except it isn't is it? Not really. I don't see why a few small purchases throughout the month wouldn't have a reasonable chance of going unnoticed byt the sort of person who uses wireless to pay for small things. So, you know, not really a crock at all, unless you can explain exactly how your ARQC reference would actually stop someone doing this?

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Ashley Madison hack: Site for people who can't be trusted can't be trusted

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WTF?

I'm intrigued....

on how they hope to accomplish this aim;

"working diligently and feverishly" to get the leaked data pulled offline.

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Science sub spots lost Revolutionary-era SHIPWRECK

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Re: I was hoping...

'and what's with the fat kid?'

So much fail.....

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The Great Barrier Relief – Inside London's heavy metal and concrete defence act

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Re: How does the barrier defend against heavy rains?

@GBE

'Thanks for actually answering my question rather than acting like a 9-year-old'

Actually that's exactly what I would tell a nine year old to do; go back and READ IT to find the answer rather than not bothering. You did imply by posting you had read the article, otherwise say as much in your post.

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Re: And when you've finished

What's that you say, 'pub' and 'child friendly'? Two of my favourite things right there!

I'll probably be down back end of the summer with the wife and toddler so might have a look as I've never been. It would do us good to get out the centre for once.

Now if I can try and figure out a route via Bletchley....

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Re: How does the barrier defend against heavy rains?

Now go back and read the article. Go along now.

I'm sure you'll see the reasoning if you actually bother reading it.

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RE: 'show them the capital and all it has to experience'

Good lord, why would you want to do that?! The best thing London is the Kings Cross express back up north!

Joking aside it's a nice enough place to visit, but I'm bloody glad I don't live there. Thankfully work rarely sends me there now, I get to experience Manchester and Coventry instead.

Oh, wait....

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Ireland loses entire airport amid new postcode chaos

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Re: Father Ted!

So true!

My pal visited in a few years ago and said exactly the same thing. Not that he was complaining, it's not as if it's an arduous experience mooching aorund that part of the world.

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Re: If you've only been to Dublin, you haven't been to Ireland.Ireland

I'd say this is true of most places I've visited to be honest.

I mean, who'd could say they've 'seen' England (or the UK for that matter) after spending some time in that shithole encircled by the M25? Is Edinburgh Scotland? Paris France?

You get my point

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China wants to build a 200km-long undersea tunnel to America

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Re: It's not for people, only goods...

You're missing one thing of course; people actually do spend that length of times on trains. Unlike flying, the train journey is the holiday.

Of course I'm not suggesting the service could be sustainable by passengers alone, but I bet they'd be a couple of high class sleepers with restaurant and observation carriages on each scheduled service.

Just saying, try not to make sweeping statements about wasted time. After all it's only wasted if you want to be doing something else with it....

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Smart Meter biz case still there, insists tragically optimistic UK govt

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Re: No mention of the Health risks!

"Oh and if specuation is true these devices will eventually enable muli tarrif prices i.e. high rates during peak times."

A bit like good old Economy 7 does now?

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Google yanks fake Android battery monitor

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Permisisons stop me downloading SO many apps

They simply don't need them, and the one with more reasonable demands makes it on to my phone. Take Autotrader and compare that to Motors; guess which one didn't get installed.

It's scary how blind people are though, and even if you mention the permissions requested it's usually met with a nonchalent shrug.

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150,000 angry Redditors demand Chairman Pao's head on a spike

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Re: Headline not literal

Oh do be quiet FFS.....

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We forget NOTHING, the Beeb thunders at Europe

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Re: Lawsuits inbound

@FF22

Swing and a miss

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Indiana Jones whips Bond in greatest movie character poll

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Zero credibility in my eys

If Indiana gets #1 after The Crystal Fucking Skulls, then clearly it's being voted for by cretins.

And Breaking Bad's Walter White #1 TV? Will it stand the test of time? I'm not so sure, not like Columbo does....

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Online gov services are mostly time-wasting duplicates, says EU

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I call shenanigans

"Forms pre-filled with data already available to public administrations (e.g. date of birth, home address, marital status) would stop wasting everyone’s time, but are available only in 45 per cent of cases."

Only 45%?

Bollocks, I don't believe it's a tenth of that. Not that that's a bad thing per se...

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LastPass got hacked: Change your master password NOW

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Re: Say what?

@Lee D

'It gets me that techy people aren't running their own domain but complain about spam.'

I'm not techy (enough), but I really want to be doing this. Any good idiots guides out there? I need a challenge for the looming long autumn nights....

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It's curtains for you, copper: IBM boffins push the LIGHT FANTASTIC

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Re: Good article, and rather exciting potential, but

No shit Sherlock, but this is a UK site (albeit with a few outposts in the colonies)

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Good article, and rather exciting potential, but

'Do the math'?

'Do the maths'

FIFY

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Denon delivers low-cost DTS:X AV kit. Finally Dolby Atmos gets some competition

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Onkyo go 'bang'

Two Onkyo's in my 'circle' gone pop as described.

My old Yamaha got replaced some 3 months ago. Final choice was the Denon as I wanted dual (but independant) HDMI outputs. The Sony alternative was like a chocolate box, I have no faith in Onkyo now and Marantz were too expensive for same feature set, unless i went open box on old stock.

Still not sure I need, want or could use 'Atmos' or it's alternatives

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ISP Level 3 goes TITSUP after giganto traffic routing blunder

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WTF?

I know who I blame.....

and it's nothing to do with levels, tiers and ISPs.

Wrath of the Gods

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Caterham 270S: The automotive equivalent of crack

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Re: Far too little horsepower for the money!

Only one I found was a touch over £17k?

Not that I coudl see anymore as I don't have permisison to read the thread and I'm not signing up just to see the advert!

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The watts in a box that kept West London's lights on

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Ah, Horsea

Lovely part of the world, Ulrome / Skipsea is a frequent destination for our hols. I'd imagine some of the locals haven't seen this new fangled electric lighting before

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HMRC ditches Microsoft for Google, sends data offshore

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Re: Mamba?

@Voland

"Mamba is a cutie.

What we have here ladies and gentlemen, is more like a golden lancehead viper"

I assumed the OP was refering to a big black sex aid, not the snake

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LG G4: Be careful while fingering this leather-clad smartie pants

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Good pal of mine agrees...

He's stuck with his S3 for EXACTLY the reasons you mention. He just pops in a sim only deal and away he goes, he'll upgrade when it dies and not before.

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Re: Function Before Form

That's fine, Otterbox away. It's fairly easy to add that element to a smartphone, but a lot less simple to remove it if it's built in.

The problem I see it with 'survivable' phones is they can't just be droppable, the spec becomes huge (as has been mentioned on these boards before) with IP ratings etc. You end up with a huge great lump of indestructable mass which is a great product for those that need them, but they don't sell to consumers in any numbers and are easily outdone in performance terms by the mass produced ones too. They're a niche product.

I know what you mean though, I typically clad my new shiney in something to help with knocks and scrapes (initially anyway).

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Re: A Review? Advertorial maybe....

@Christian Berger

"So the relevant facts are:

no removable battery

no SD card slot"

Sorry if I misread your comments, but are you on about the G4 still? From the review here;

"Sensing the opportunity, LG has made its own flagship for 2015 much more "Galaxy-like". It retains the removable battery of last year’s G3 and is priced keenly off-contract. You can stuff in a Micro SD card up to 2TB"

Or have I clusterfucked here?

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Mass break-in: researchers catch 22 more routers for the SOHOpeless list

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Re: The old way

And the interim chaos? Who'd manage the fall out from that?

An admirbale aim, but totally unworkable in the real world. Accountability, and a couple of US of A class actions for breaches, is the only way this will move on

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Couple sues estate agent who sold them her mum's snake-infested house

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Re: Inspections dont work in the UK

DItto.

I went barmy with the inspector and he actually came out and did another one with me present; same sort of issues as you, lightbulbs (one full fta bulb on the stairs to the cellar, all others energy efficient or LED), no insulation (stone built and rendered). Unble to check loft as there isn't one, just the apex boarded and insulated as the entire 3rd floor is the 'loft'. Windows; newly fitted double glazed wood frames but slated for not being uPVC (when we couldn't fit them anyway even if we wanted). Unable to check boiler as in the cellar, which is full height, runs the length fo the house with lighting, electrics, natural light and houses the washer and dryer.

The funniest was watching my missus tear him apart on each of these points after his feable excuse. He stood there with a clipboard and hi vis vest on lokoing a right chump

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Google to axe TXT reminders for Calendar events

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Re: SMS messages on Android

Sod Android, I'm fairly certain my trusty 6150 from the turn of the century allowed me to call from the SMS Received screen? Or have I dreamt that?

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

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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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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

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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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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

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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

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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

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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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Re: The Enron Defence

*cheque

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Oxford chaps solve problem in 1982 Sinclair Spectrum manual

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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

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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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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

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I have to ask the obvious....

which side were you?

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