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EE launches 150Mbps '4G+' in Central London

Dabooka
FAIL

Priorities?

Maybe the useless twunts shoudl sort out their standard 3G signals in the rest of the fucking country instead of looking after a couple of postcodes in That London.

Still why do I care, I'm free at last!

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This is why we CAN have nice things: Samsung Galaxy Alpha

Dabooka
Meh

Well that helped no-one....

So we have another £500 with no discernable (as I read it) must have USP. In fact I couldn't see anything on there that I wouldn't expect on most smart phones ot be honest.

I want a screen to see things and swipe at. Check

Must have a battery, even one that needs charging every day or two. Check

Camera for taking pics of stuff and things. Check

GPS for nav. Check

WiFi for browsing at home / pals / work. Check

As for waterproofing? Not an idiot, never droppped a phone in water yet (although the missus has, read into that what you will...). Dust proofing? Don't live in the Gobi. etc etc...

These are the things that matter to me on my phone, meaning the reason I won't look at this again is cost. Pure and simple, which is a pity as I too am at conract end and haven't a clue what to replace my aging but slightly tetchy Motorola Razr i. M8? Moto G? Any advice appreciated!

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Nokia France leak: Windows Phone DUMPED in Microsoft Lumia revamp

Dabooka

Re: And with that a thousand smartphone backlights just went out...

"If they just wanted to control the hardware experience they could have bought a cheap phone manufacturer"

Nokia were a cheap phone manufacturer surely? What was it, $4 billion? And I think that gave up fab plants, design team, support etc.

Anyway, does this mean the 'true' Nokia can now design it's own handests again, even if it can't make them? I'm not too clued up on the implications of this deal TBH.

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The 'fun-nification' of computer education – good idea?

Dabooka

Fun? At School?!

"I said that in middle age I rarely – ie, never – regret not having "more fun" at school, or not goofing around enough, but occasionally regret not having taken one or two things more seriously. That's my position on Fun Learning"

Completely agree with you here Andrew, BUT the times have a changed; you're not comparing like for like. I don't think it's fair to compare 'our' times at our school with those today, as they are so differnet. For example I have three year old who has had parent's evening at nursery and another tomorrow where I'll be told how he doesn't hold a pen properly or whatever (like I give a shit, he's just turned three. I'm sure he'll figure it out). My mother wouldn't have been dragged in when I was toddler, but the emaphsis then was on play and behaviour not assessments against expected levels of attaninment. And that's the problem isn't it, the fact that suggesting the addition of fun into the daily routine is a revolutionary concept. It's bonkers and really shows how borked the education system has become in recent years.

If they were doing it properly (i.e. my way!) the naturally occuring fun would trigger the interest and lead to other stuff, but I don't think that fun is there anymore. I bet you had teachers who'd go off curriculum all the time or spend longer on the practical fun parts than was warranted because it was just a hoot. My pals who teach can't freelance at all, no time, no permission.

Sucks really.

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Want a more fuel efficient car? Then redesign it – here's how

Dabooka
Headmaster

Re: @ ChrisZ Advanced Motoring

"i seriously hope you lose your license..."

Licence?

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Dabooka

Re: Depends on assumptions

"I can change the bulbs in my Renault Modus - perhaps the fact my hands are relatively small means I can actually do it."

Rear light clusters are a pain though, unless you know the knack and a brave enough to stick a screwdriver where it doesn't belong!

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Is living with Dolby Atmos worth the faff?

Dabooka

Re: Well it's not just the hassle and faff is it?

My man shed is actually canny marvellpus to be honest. My old 32" Sony flatscreen, a Spiderbox for footy, couple of fridges for beer and brewing the stuff and even an old X-Box loaded with games, but mainly MAME.

The main issue is actually I live in a house with the TV in the corner anyway. As, I suspect, most people do....

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Dabooka

Re: Well it's not just the hassle and faff is it?

Yup, in the unit beside my TV lays a pair of some cheapo Turtle Beach lie wrapped in various charger cables and the like!

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Dabooka

Well it's not just the hassle and faff is it?

In my good old days of pre-domestic bliss, my house had a nice (for its time) 32" TV, 5.1 and a projector. Big square room, with the TV and screen in the window bay and projector opposite above the sofa. Great for all sorts of fun. Unitl I got married and moved....

Now? Now I have a good (for its time) TV in the corner of the room, 5.1 with speakers placed where I'm allowed (with the sub in the shed as it's too loud and wakes the little one) and the sofas at obtuse viewing angles from the TV. The thought of asking to balance more speakers around the room fills em with dread. And I know I'm not alone, certainly not compared to my friends and family, and I suspect the majority of readers on here will know what I mean too.

I'm actually perfectly happy with the setup and never complain about the lack of sound stages etc. My amp was going to get replaced, but I setytled on a £35 box off the interweb that is actually more funtional than most amps.

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Radiohead(ache): BBC wants dead duck tech in sexy new mobes

Dabooka

Never going to happen

I took long enough for it to creep into cars (pleased that it did though, less so the wife now I can hear 5Live and TalkSport commentaries!), but not sure about phones.

Mind you, anything is better than radio apps so I live in hope. Although Andrew would have it there's no benefit to anyone, it does seem to be becoming more synonymously associated with radio in general nowadays. In fact, I can't think of anyone I know off the top of my head without one?

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Apple reportedly inks deal with American Express for its iPhone payments system

Dabooka
Stop

I keep getting told no where accepts American Express

In fact I've heard for the last twelve years. Yet somehow I manage to put hundreds if pounds a month through it. I wonder how I'm doing that then?

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EE: STILL Blighty's best mobe network, says 'Frappucino' Moore

Dabooka

My comment adds little....

Other than to say I can't believe EE / T-Mobile / Orange / Whoever are top dog. They are truly fucking terrible now and I can't wait to leave in November after 11 (?) years. Something Elsewhere must be in complete denial if they think they're mast shutdowns are not impacting customer access or pissing us off in the process.

And they seem to have destroyed Orange's previously respected customer service, although that is not from personal experience just close friends

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Premier League wants to PURGE ALL FOOTIE GIFs from social media

Dabooka
Stop

It's not about fan captured footage....

from a camera phone etc, it's fans copying the TV footage for their gifs and vines. Most of the comments on here are moot as a consequence.

What kind of footage do you think you'd get from a smart phone when sat in row AA on the half way line?

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Nuts to your poncey hipster coffees, I want a TESLA ELECTRO-CAFE

Dabooka

Re: You think you have problems......

A couple of months ago I met a colleague for a coffee in an independent coffee house in Sunderland (the End of the Earth). I was asked by the 'barista' if I wanted another shot.

"Well that would depend on the size of the cup, how big is it?"

"It doesn't make any difference, it only affects the strength"

".........."

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It's Google HQ - the British one: Reg man snaps covert shots INSIDE London offices

Dabooka
Happy

At least it supports their assertations....

that no actual work goes on in London therefore no tax is liable as it's not a business, not at all, no siree. Or is it Siri?

Either way looks a nice place to hang let alone work.

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Major problems beset UK ISP filth filters: But it's OK, nobody uses them

Dabooka

Well that's a start, I wonder if the rest will adapt. I guess not!

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Dabooka
FAIL

Well unfortunately I'm currently with Talk Talk and T-Mobile both of which immediately had my consent to unlock their content filters. However I only twigged they were on when I was blocked from various footy sites linked / associated with gambling. I still don't understand why the choice isn't there to select or opt in / out of blocking categories rather than lumping them together.

I don't need any filters (my only lad is 3) but when I get to the point where I do need to take this seriously, I'll be having to do my own filtering to keep open the parts of the net I and the wife want access to. I go further to suggest therefore that if people were given the option of just blocking 'porn' (or whatever) the uptake would probably improve, but as long as it's all or nothing who'd sign up for it?

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'Apple is TERRIFIED of women’s bodies and women’s pleasure' – fresh tech sex storm

Dabooka

Re: Somewhere ...

I think Steve is still spinning from the decision to make an iPad Mini.

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Dabooka
Meh

The "joke"

Is it meant to be "IT'S SO RI-DICK-ULOUS!".

Didn't say it was funny.......

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Booze in SPAAAACE! Brit rocket boffin preps bold stratobeer mission

Dabooka
Coat

"Can you just top that up please?"

A pint of London Pride.

A sealable 530ml container.

I dread to think what the local branch of CAMRA will make of that, let alone Trading Standards.

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Toyota catches up to William Gibson with LED hood

Dabooka
Happy

What's a hood?

Looks like the bonnet is covered in LEDs to me.

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Restaurant chain uses CARBON PAPER to fight credit card hack

Dabooka

Yup, something about the account balance having to be verified

Seen many a barny on a train as people are told they can't pay with 'those cards' by the conductor. I'm assuming as their tiket terminals don't have a live connection.

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DAMN you El Reg, CALL ME A BOFFIN, demands enraged boffin

Dabooka
Boffin

Acquired a negative connotation?

Never, and if I ever come across such a person I'll punch them right in the Tilly orifice.

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Motorola Moto E: Brill budget blower with one bothersome blunder

Dabooka

TLDR?

"To wrap on a more important note, I experienced no problems with call quality or signal reception, both of which proved well up to snuff."

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Dabooka
Stop

Blimey, talk about escalating quickly....

It's straight forward isn't it, if you need a forward camera FOR WHATEVER REASON don't buy it. If you don't need one, then it might make your short list. The lack of it is as significant as the lack of 4G in my mind; it is what it is and it does what it does.

I don't understand the baiting of those who do need it, anymore than I grasp the need of those that do in bashing the handset for lacking one.

FFS......

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Roll up, roll up for the Commentards' Ball

Dabooka
Pint

Well I hope it goes well...

although I don't comment enough, although multiple times a day visitor, to tag along. Plus up Newcastle anyway, bit far for a bevvie.

However, I do like the mock up El Reg pint glass, get them made up and put me down for one. You wanted some ideas for stock in the Reg's shop, yes?!

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Booze and bacon sarnies: A recipe for immortality?

Dabooka
Joke

I call foul!

That is not Newcastle, the crowd have jackets on.

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Good news: 'password' is no longer the #1 sesame opener, now it's '123456'

Dabooka
Meh

It's not just about websites though is it?

Take my work; every 28 days I'm instructed to "change my password for my security"

Before this policy, I used to be use my next door neighbours WPA alphanumeric string for their wifi (we lend each others when the connection is poor!). Can't do that now. Now I use it with an incrementally increasing number at the end, and I'd bet most of my collegues just use 'Password#' and add one once a month. I wonder what is more secure? I'm sure Enigma being cracked was in some small part to a incremental increase being used which allowed the rest to be broken.

I'm not suggesting I have the answer, far from it, but multiple logins at the same place of work, all of which require constant changes, just pushes people to either write them down or make them more simplistic and then repeat it'a usage.

Just sayin', please don't flame me!

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XBOX ONE ROUNDUP-of-the-ROUNDUPS: Everything YOU need to know

Dabooka
WTF?

Is it just me then?

As I took that to be the whole point of it?

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Totally agree

A 16gb stick loaded with various Shreks (and Disney rubbish) and a splattering of Ben and Hollie / Peppa Pig is a God send in our place, it's nearly always found prodding out the front of the PS3.

As long as you remember to press triangle first....

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Your kids' chances of becoming programmers? ZERO

Dabooka

I love reading articles of this ilk...

mainly becuase I can recall much of the build up and history up to the point I turned 17 and turned my attention to beer and skirt, rather than finishing my A Levels (including CScience). As a result, 98% of the comments section are written in a foreign language to me!

How I lament my giving up on what was once a real passion, in no small part to the boring and lacklustre experience of my CS lecturer.

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BBC's Clangers returns in £5m 'New Age' remake

Dabooka
Childcatcher

I take it no one has seen the Bob the Bastard Builder lately?

My boy watches it and that's all green design now with solar panels, wind farms, recycled material and even organic pineapple growing (I shit you not).

And conveniently none of his significant fleet of heavy plant bellows out as which as a whiff of black smoke.

Bastard.

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Oracle says open source has no place in military apps

Dabooka

Right, I know nothing about software devleopment.....

that's the domain of my missus, I'm just a lowly end user (I know, I know...) BUT

I do know enough that "hidden costs" can't possibly include labour charges, unless you're some kind of brain dead cretin. Surely the number one cost in software development, or indeed the development of pretty much anything, is fucking labour costs?

No?

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Firefox OS update adds performance, polish to Mozilla's webby mobes

Dabooka
Mushroom

Maybe it was designed with T-Mobile / Orange / EE in mind anyway...

in which case MMS is irrelevant as the fuckwits can't ever get it working properly in the first place.

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The Vulture 2: What paintjob should we put on our soaraway spaceplane?

Dabooka
Go

Couldn't care less...

as long as it includes invasion stripes.

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Techno-thriller author and gaming franchise Tom Clancy dies at 66

Dabooka
Go

I have to agree entirely

I love the 'biggies' he wrote; Red October, Red Storm et al, but the Net Force were a little,er, shit. Even at the time of VR glasses being 'imminent' for everyone's home entertainment, they were pretty dreadful. I think I gave up after 2.

Red October was my first grown up book, I recall reading it on the way into school, probably about 1987/88. And the film was my first book adaptation where I'd done the novel first.

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Radioaficionados españoles: Echadnos una mano

Dabooka
Flame

SCORCHIO!

You beat me to it :-)

[icon for heat]

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3D printers stroke LOHAN's shapely midriff

Dabooka
Coat

A trans-national process, that's how the pros do it.....

Surely they should now be shipped to Toulouse, along with all the other components you have scattered around Europe, for the final construction?

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Paypal makes man 1000x as rich as the ENTIRE HUMAN RACE

Dabooka
Stop

Another good reason the World Series doesn't allow foreign countries...

Wasn't it because it's named after the original sponser, the newspaper "The New York World"? Or is that myth?

Either way, it's still a bloody stupid sport. Now I'm off to tune into Radio 4 for Day 1 of the second test at Lords. Now thaere's a PROPER sport....

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What do you mean WHY is Sony PS4 so pricey in Oz?

Dabooka
Happy

Re: I read as far as

Cost me a keyboard too!

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Review: Beagleboard Beaglebone Black

Dabooka
FAIL

Re: Cost.

Eadon?

Is that you?

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The toy of tech: The Mattel Aquarius 30 years on

Dabooka
Happy

Re: Who are we kidding?

Couldn't agree more, we do the same on the PS3 with Worms. Great fun after a night on the ale :-)

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Brit horologist hammers out ‘first’ ATOMIC-POWERED watch

Dabooka
FAIL

Re: Cesium is not radioactive

I'm sure your technically accurate description will go a long way with the chumps at Terminal 5. [pass the gloves] :-)

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Apple to end support for original iPhone: report

Dabooka
Go

Just retired my 2G

Back in November when I got a Razr i. Got it form my mum, and still works well. In the same draw as my wife's N95, also a great bit of kit. Out of the two, the N95 wins my vote.

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New Apple TV may hint at Apple-Samsung divorce

Dabooka
Happy

Re: I had to check if the sky was falling

Asked for that I suppose....

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Dabooka
WTF?

Re: I had to check if the sky was falling

@Simon Harris

Which numpty down-voted that comment?! Simon was spot on

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Twenty classic arcade games

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Re: What was that one called...?

That's my vote, but I always found it lacking in substance and was expensive for what it was. Good novelty value though

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Wannabe infosec kiddies put Enigma Bombe machine to the test

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Thumb Up

Re: Correct me if I'm wrong..

Cheers Jim, nice to know I wasn't a million miles away even if the details were blurred in my brain!

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Dabooka

Correct me if I'm wrong..

Which will undoubtedly happen should I be, but am I right in thinking the Bombe was spec'd and created in Poland before the war and then reconstructed? I have vague recollections about reading somewhere that the Poles had got hold of an Enigma before the war and were starting to figure out before the invasion and the crypto geeks came to these shores with the plans.

Or am I barking?!

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Clarkson: 'I WILL find and KILL the spammers who hacked me'

Dabooka
Stop

Surely even the most ardent hater of Mr Clarkson....

can see he's clearly taking the piss here. The Taken quote for starters.

I would not put him in the same Luddite boat as Mr Fry in relation to his understanding of tech

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