* Posts by Dabooka

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Dump X of your crew, DXC Technologies UK told. Hundreds face axe AGAIN

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'Please stop leaking information'

Surely that's just asking for trouble, a bit like the Streisand Effect?

Amateurs

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Reg reader turns Geek's Guides to Britain into Geek's Map of Britain

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I agree

There's an article on these boards isn't there? I can never find it when I look (I'm sure I've had this conversation before)

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All your bass are belong to us: Soundcloud fans raid site for music amid fears of total collapse

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That Twitter feed

Hurts my head. It also suggests to me that their user base are a bunch of fuckwits anyway, never going to squeeze a 10 bob bit out of that lot

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Want to kill your IT security team? Put the top hacker in charge

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Not limited to Infosec engineers; this is sector agnostic

I'm struggling to think of many sectors I've worked in where this isn't the case; often the best in the field is wasted in a management role or more often as not is terrible at it. Education (best teachers don't necessarily make good heads), sport (plenty of examples of good managers not being to kick a football for example) and construction.

It's a bit worrying that various industries have cottoned on to this fact which has been well documented from the 50s and before. I appreciate many folk want the positions as it's seen as progression (and the money is usually better), but that needs addressing if you want to keep the best talent.

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Two-factor FAIL: Chap gets pwned after 'AT&T falls for hacker tricks'

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Re: why would anyone link their bank accnt to paypal

Typical AC comment, blame 'the system' for lack of control.

As has been pointed out, using a CC has many benefits to the user. I have a low limit card for all online purchases (yes I even keep rejecting their limit increases) my logic being if it got hacked it'd a) not be my money anyway and b) the amount they could obtain would be limited to a few hundred quid.

I can happily argue with a CC company or PayPal until the cows come home, my current account is totally unaffected; mortgage, gas, mobile etc all get paid. Try that when your debit card is trashed and your account is plundered. Yes you may get a refund eventually but trying to cover bills or plead with service providers isn't my idea of fun.

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Sysadmin bloodied by icicle that overheated airport data centre

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Re: Welcome to the UK

Our system has an uphill outlet but it is pumped to the top of the drainage area which is downward. If that pump trips or the float switch gets caught (which happened after initial install until the cable was shortened and rerouted) you'd get a day or two max before the alarm would trip.

It would make it impossible to live with if the run off wasn't working, the frequency of the tanker would be thrice weekly and cost a fecking fortune

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El Reg partners with Action for Children to give IT industry an uncomfortable night

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Re: Not interested

So not to disappoint, have a down vote.

Most of what is wrong with your post has already been covered by my fellow commentards, but nonetheless what an utter cocksocket you've made yourself out to be. And a cowardly one to boot.

It's not as if those 'pesky kids' are sleeping rough by choice you dick. Liking kids is not a requirement to showing them a bit of compassion when life is shitty is it?

Twat.

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Despite high-profile hires, Apple's TV plans are doomed

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Re: Must watch tv ?

Well in that case you've missed out on some good stuff over the last decade and a half. Seriously, your loss.

While I agree 'must see' is inaccurate term, there's plenty out there for everyone to find something.

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Re: "There's more premium original content than consumers can even watch."

I have to agree Dave, but really just wanted to chuckle about how your TLDR statement is as long as the original :-)

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Whisky snobs scotched by artificial tongue

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At a tasting event last year

Me and my two pals opted for a South African blend (Bains) as our #1 of the day, priced at about £25. Second went to a Scottish single malt which was five times the price, and although we debated long and hard on our little table the cheaper one won out. That blend put a lot of the other far more expensive samples to shame, including a good range of established Scottish distilleries.

Of course we were tarred and feather by the (incorrect) purists.

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Re: Peatiness

I got bought a bottle of their Very Young for my 30th.

God I wish I had kept it rather than drinking it all, nice though it was.

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Boeing preps pilotless passenger flights – once it has solved the Sully problem, of course

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Such a pessimistic bunch

My first purchase in Elite was always a docking computer and that saved me countless lives (well, reloads). So fully automated flight control has a proven track record right there.

All this worry for nothing!

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Please do not scare the pigeons – they'll crash the network

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Re: Something smells ... and it ain't pigeon shit.

My reading leads me to think that birds pecking outside fly up when punters arrive and sit on cable = lost connection. Our tech rocks up, gets near the wire they're perched on and they fly off elsewhere, only to return when all is quiet. Well, after $hitting all over his motor (probably a Montego, and I have absolutely no reason whatsoever for assuming this).

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The revolution will not be televised: How Lucas modernised audio in film

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Re: When The Empire Strikes Back debuted in May 1982

Not just me then.

First I saw in a cinema was Jedi, on holiday in Yarmouth I believe.

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China's phone quartet is shouldering its way into Western markets

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Re: One if the GREAT things about living in VietNam is that we are ...

I was surprised at the signal strength throughout my time there (Ho Chi Minh City and Danang), certainly better than parts of the UK.

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Bye bye MP3: You sucked the life out of music. But vinyl is just as warped

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Re: Shame

@Tezfair

Snap. 100%. My only saving grace is I never actually got around to digitizing half of it anyway, so I think a few new HDDs for the NAS and I'll start all over again. Or I could do as Dabsy suggests and stick to the discs, especially as I've just been given a lovely Marantz CD separate that's hardly been used.

Hmmm. Do Ikea still sell CD storage?

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Samsung Galaxy S8+: Seriously. What were they thinking?

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How much?!

I'm still amazed folk pay these kind of prices. My last mainstream was a newly released Galaxy 5, and very nice it was too, but a free upgrade from retentions. Now I pay for my handset outright and although they're not 'cutting edge' I'm failing to see what I'm missing out on. Or rather, I now CAN see what I'm missing out on (i.e. Bixby etc).

Mine's the one with a Wileyfox on the back.

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Dude hit with $300K bill for faking his hours, hacking boss's website

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4 hours A DAY?

Hardly salami slicing is it

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User loses half of a CD-ROM in his boss's PC

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Re: Paper yes...

Ah yes, running non-printable acetates through in error.

It was up there with my favourite of permanent markers on the whiteboards (or the smart boards as they are now)

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Please tell me you're joking here

Please.

Normally I can tell when someone is taking the piss, but I dunno, there's something about your tone....

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Today's bonkers bug report: Microsoft Edge can't print numbers

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Hmmmm

'...making math assignment.'

Excellent work, keep it up

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NASA's Cassini snaps pic inside Saturn's ring – peace among the stars

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Seconded

Reading this stuff never fails to amaze, the sheer achievements being made is simply wonderful

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Can you make a warzone delivery drone? UK.gov wants to give you cash

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Re: When you think about it, isn't there a lot of obvious work to be done here?

Those are just a few quick ideas...

And, unfortunately, terrible ones

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Nuns left in limbo after phone line transfer hell

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We need a Father Ted icon

It's not the first time one would have been handy

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ICO fines Flybe, Honda for breaking data rules. They were, um, trying to comply with GDPR

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Not sure they sent these to try and comply

A very good friend worked until fairly recently at one of the mobile telcos that now constitutes the EE brand, and I assure you they had teams of folk ringing customers up who'd requested no marketing contact to 'ensure their preferences were still reflecting their wishes'.

It was overtly used as a hook to engage in chat and try and up sell and upgrade. Much debate occurred internally about the legality of this and many refused to engage in it, my pal being one.

So I could easily imagine the justification of these emails being agreed in marketeers round tables and not those in charge of data compliance.

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Trump's America looks like a lousy launchpad, so can you dig Darwin?

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Thanks for that

I did wonder why the BBC ran a story last month (?) about Prestwick becoming the Scottish Cape Canaveral as it were.

I did wonder if it was just political blustering ahead of Brexit / Scottish referendum, and what not

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UK.gov confirms it won't be buying V-22 Ospreys for new aircraft carriers

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Re: Makes sense to standardize

Apart from the endurance problems associated with the Merlins meaning spares, routine maintenance and costs will be higher when using whirlybirds for aforementioned duties. That's why the Yanks have used the Hawkeye or whatever it is for the last 50+ years.

So the Osprey would have made total sense, because they have far better record for endurance vs cost whilst meeting all the requirements. No, wait....

[I'm not a military guru so that might not be 100% accurate, but you get the idea]

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Airplane bomb fears spark America's laptop, tablet carry-on ban

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Re: or stowed in the hold

@ Kane

Great post, and took the words right off my keyboard. I too don't want to be searching for certain things at work.

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Judge issues search warrant for anyone who Googled a victim's name

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'Searches of Bing and Yahoo did not produce results'

Well, duh.

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Why is the Sinclair ZX Spectrum Vega+ project so delayed?

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There's no place for your sort around here

Look at you, posting on here your support of the project with your open minded and considered approach. And as for understanding the risk associated with crowd funding, well really. Far too rational, be away with you!

Don't you know your supposed to grab the pitchforks when these stories come to light, and chase down the foolhardy who backed such pipe dreams?!

[I'm glad I didn't back it but was sorely tempted. Decided to wait to buy one instead, a bit like that Psion 5 remake]

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Facebook, Google slammed for 'commercial prostitution'

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Re: This is a bit like the Crap over Googles Tax

Good feedback from the Doctor, but they missed the obligatory icon

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Vodafone gets less flexible on flexible working Ts&Cs for own staff

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Re: Can someone explain to me the the issue around maternity leave?

That's childcare, I get that; I've got one if my own.

I don't get the returning from maternity issue

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WTF?

Can someone explain to me the the issue around maternity leave?

The statement "how this is meant to suit those returning to work post-pregnancy.” leaves me baffled. What difference to make if you're returning from maternity leave? Even if you're at home you're at work, not looking after the little bundle of chaos.

Shit like this just confuses the issue and detracts from real problems faced by those on maternity / paternity.

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Public IPv4 drought: Verizon Wireless to stop handing out static addys

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Well surely that's the point

Over the years much has been touted about ISPs and their lack of concern in upgrading and going IPv6 compatible. Some even denying it's a problem and a lot not knowing how to even respond to the query.

I guess the answer will be that when access to IPv6 becomes a challenge customers will have to walk from ISPs who can''t provide it. I doubt it'll be a problem in the main as it would be suicide for an ISP to be on the 'old' internet.

I'm sure some marketeers are already dreaming up ways to sell it as an enhanced service to the great unwitted.

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RadioShack bankruptcy savior to file for, you guessed it, bankruptcy

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Re: ☹️

We bought our Dragon 32 from the Tandy in Coventry. I still remember bringing it home on the bus with my mum.

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Nintendo Switch orders delayed: Dun dun dun... dundundun dundundun dadada!

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Re: Here

I think you've been sent in tmagic's error

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81's 99 in 17: Still a lotta love for the TI‑99/4A – TI's forgotten classic

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Similar things are done on CPCs

Over at CPCWiki there's the same kind of stuff going on; 'jukebox' carts for the short lived GX4000 gaming system (and the CPC+ models), the ubiquitous HXc floppy emulators and others including IDE HDDs, alternative ROMs, 4MB expansions, etc. And of course loads of new software

I was amazed when I had a Poke about....

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This ferry is said to weigh 250 cows. We say that is actually 20,600 Lindisfarne Gospels

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Oh go one then, you can have this one on me!

African or European?!

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So in standard terms

It's 0.3 Lnq

I hope you forward this onto the Wight Press or whoever they are and demand a correction in next week's run of the Banda machine.

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Alert! The dastardly Dutch are sailing a 90-ship fleet at Blighty

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Re: Stern carving.

Yeah, we have such a good record on that ourselves of course!

Still, at least theyhaven't tried restoring it in any way

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I want it hot and wet – preferably with Wi-Fi

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Re: Have a downvote

Actually they do a half decent coffee if you are pushed.

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Re: Where was this, pray tell?

There used to be ten Greggs within a square mile in Sunderland.

Ten

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Omg, that is, like, sooo 2007... Retromania set to grip this year's MWC

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Re: TMA

I don't think 'HMD' is a TLA, it's just HMD Global (who own the rights to Nokia Mobile).

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If there's only one dry wall in the way

Then Ethernet is your friend.

I'm assuming your talking laptop / base unit here by your comment.

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HPE CEO Whitman says everything's 'on the right track' as sales are literally decimated

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Mind the GAAP

Didn't GAAP confusion drop them in it when buying Autonomy? So which iteration of GAAP are these based on? Or is that just an excuse for covering up a balls up?!

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IBM: Voluntary redundo offer? Ticked. Min stat terms? Ticked

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Re: Not just IBM who screw you

I'm not sure how a CA / NDA could be expected if paying out stat redundancy. If you're going, you're going.

Obviously I'm talking about in relation to the terms of redundancy, noting to do with the role as such.

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Smart Hosting offers up service credit in bid to hang on to clients

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I'm confused

Granted it doesn't take much, but....

He said it 'was a mistake' which to me kind of implies it was intentional? Not it was a unexpected problem, or unforeseen circumstances or some such, but it 'was a mistake'.

Still seeing the posts above seems actual users are happy with the response, and again a part credit for acknowledging the problem, It's not really for me to comment. But I do wonder what the plan was following the merger.

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UPS & drones: Delivery company launches UAV from truck

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WTF?

How's this stuff signed for then?

Or even dropped off securely?

Seriously, am I missing something? Is the plan to drop off at these kiosks in supermarkets etc that are popping up? I don't see how this is going to reliably get stuff to me when I'm not outside looking up?!

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Nokia's 3310 revival – what's NEXT? Vote now

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Wrong model

6150 please, that was the pinnacle of my Nokia ownership (bar a reasonable loan of an N95, but that's far too modern)

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Dead cockroaches make excellent magnets – now what are we supposed to do with this info?

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Now THIS is why I read the Reg

Arms me nicely for the weekend beer chats.

"What, you didn't know dead 'roaches are magnetic for two days after being exposed to a magnetic field strength of 3 kiloGauss?"

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