* Posts by Dabooka

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Open source sets sights on killing WhatsApp and Slack

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Meh

No reason it couldn't be.

Still seems preferable to Friendface versions which I still refuse to install

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Sole Equifax security worker at fault for failed patch, says former CEO

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What about intrusion detection

Okay, even assuming his utterly bollocks excuse about 'Gerry in IT forgetting to insert floppy #2' holds some merit, I can't help but think that they clearly lacked in other areas.

140m people. Think about that for a minute, that's lot of people. Someone needs to go the slammer for this but it's mire likely to be 'Gerry' than anyone with Chief in their title

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MH370 final report: Aussies still don’t know where it crashed or why

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Re: planet is surrounded by spy satellites

On that link to what if, I'm sure the tablet on the desk is viewing The Register....

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IKEA flat-packs TaskRabbit to crack assembly code

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What a harsh bunch some of you are!

I've done this very thing before for neighbours, friends and even a couple of colleagues. It's not just about following instructions is it, it's dexterity, strength and above all confidence.

Bear in mind not everyone has the family resource to tap into with these things. Plus it always makes a nice change form 'setting up the broadband' kind of calls

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Essentially invisible: Android big-daddy Andy Rubin's hypetastic mobe 'flops in first month'

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Re: yeah bun no but yeah but

@Elmer Phud

I was led to believe the World Times newspaper sponsoring it. Although I mentioned that on here yonks ago and got down voted (I think)

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Buying an unlocked phone outright

Actually there's more of us than you think and if my circle is anything to go by, that number is increasing at a right old rate. I think it's helped by retention deals appearing be pretty piss poor of late.

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Want to keep in contact with friends and family without having to sell your personal data?

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This is just what is needed

My good friend has elderly parents who up until recently used Skype on their smart TV to talk to kids and grand kids in NZ. Worked a treat, they'd be sat there, a box appears and hey presto (exactly what no one wanted to do in the article). Now there's no support we're struggling to come up with a simple enough replacement system that doesn't need some sort of pre-planning (such as having a laptop turned on ready etc etc).

This, it would appear, would be the out-the-box solution he needs

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IT plonker stuffed 'destructive' logic bomb into US Army servers in contract revenge attack

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Two fails

1 - Timing; it's waaaaay too soon, as has been pointed out. Too obvious.

2 - Instead of a logic bomb, he should have got all the spare cents from each pay roll run transactions etc and rolled them into a separate account. No one would EVER notice (unless he stupidly buys a Ferrari or somesuch) /Profit

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Google's Big Hardware Bet: Is this what a sane business would do?

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Re: On of Androids Achilles heels

Hear hear.

And as another Wileyfox owner were lucky in the sense we get updates. For now at least...

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Behold iOS 11, an entirely new computer platform from Apple

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'work laptop and personal iPad keep things nicely compartmented'

This, totally this.

It's the mental equivalent of taking the suit off and popping your jeans on, plus I can browse and use apps on my iPad I wouldn't wish to do on my laptop (no not that, but really embarrassing stuff like El Reg)

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123-Reg customers outraged at automatic .UK domain registration

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Furtehr reason to leave

I believe Mythical Beasts was the suggestion on here last month

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The new, new Psion is getting near production. Here's what it looks like

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At last!

A comment that makes sense to me!

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RE: Moto Mod Campaign

Interesting, but that looks like a mighty small keyboard with tiny buttons

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It's happening! Official retro Thinkpad lappy spotted in the wild

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Re: Screw 16:10

@Lotaresco

I believe his point was the toolbar etc are installed down the edges of the doc to mitigate the pointless-ribbon-type-thing

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'Driverless' lorry platoons will soon be on a motorway near you

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Less congestion? Greater efficiency?

Try using the sodding rail network then, especially on an evening. Or good old fashioned coaster boats and ports.

Rail network is virtually dormant overnight.

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Nokia trademark filing reveals name of upcoming drone brand

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Well the fact they're Finnish will go some way

Since all the US military are banning use of the Chinese DJI systems, one can't but wonder if the Finnish versions will get kinder treatment.

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Sonos will deny updates to those who snub rewritten privacy terms

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Well here's one point you may have missed

'I have a bluetooth adapter box attached to the hifi separates in my 19"racking in my living room.'

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'I have a speaker in my living room'

Look, I too have amps and wired speakers but I still get the use case of a Sonos. I was / am intending to buy something Sonos like for some rooms, where at the minute I use a small-but-competent Bose Bluetooth thing. Having a decent speaker in the dining room and conservatory sounds appealing.

Sometimes a huge setup, speakers and cable are exactly what isn't needed

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Do you want to have another go at that?

Try writing in a style that actually makes sense to the reader.

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Virgin Media customers complain of outages across UK

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Not a Virgin Company

It doesn't matter though, not really.

They bought the right to the brand, consumers buy into it = a Virgin company. They can't disassociate themselves, even if it is standalone or sold off now (whatever the state is. American owned is it not?)

Edited to add; still better than TalkTalk

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Bank IT fella accused of masterminding multimillion-dollar insider-trading scam

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Why always back in a winner?

Why not lay off against other trades, and use the knowledge to lay off against them? The guy's cleever enough to avoid electronic comms, but misses the bleedin' obvious smoking gun.

You know what I mean, that $2m profit could've been $138k for example, against a load of losses and static trades. Would anyone have looked and noted if that was the case? Can anyone with such knowledge explain why that wouldn't work, or at least reduce the risk?

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Guess who's hiking their prices again? Come on, it's as easy as 123 Reg

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Re: I have a couple with them

Thanks for the replies guys, been over to Mythical Beasts and looks straight forward enough.

Much appreciated

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I have a couple with them

Stupid I know but there you go. They're due in January, how do I go about transferring them? Never done it before and don;t want to slip up and lose them. In fact I'd rather pay more to move earlier if it means it's safer.

And who do I go with? Also thinking about taking out email so I can have unique email addresses.

TIA

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Drone-maker DJI's Go app contains naughty Javascript hot-patching framework

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Re: Security Concerns - Not rocket science.....

Source?

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Hell desk to user: 'I know you're wrong. I wrote the software. And the protocol it runs on'

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Several popular home electronics outlets

A while back I had two zones in my house for A/V, configured via a cheapo Chinese HDMI switcher that allowed two zones to have any one of four inputs. This allowed me to watch my sat / PS4 in the kitchen whilst the missus could have BAke Off etc in the main room. Worked a treat, domestic bliss ensued.

Queue my amp blowing up and me thinking my shiny replacement needs these two independent zones built in. A bit research online was more difficult than it should have been so leather was trod and I hit the high streets. An all too common interaction went along the lines of;

Them - 'Can't be done mate'

Me - 'Why's that then?'

Them - 'You need a distribution amp as HDMI can't work over those distances'

Me - 'But I'm doing it now. With a cheap 10 quid box and a 12m HDMI cable'

Them - 'Nope it won't work. Besides those amps don't exist, both zones have to use the same input'

Suitable amp eventually tracked down and installed, all worked a treat (and continues to do so today over a longer run again in the new house).

Honestly, so many places and not department stores but so-called specialist AV showrooms, the names of which would be well known by those on here.

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That's fine as long as you feed off the same sat

I assume a non-motorised system?

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No, Apple. A 4G Watch is a really bad idea

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Re: I'm served, thank you verrymuch

Have a thumbs up.

I do like them, but the styles are too limited for my kind of watch. I don't blame Nokia mind, you can't have a dozen different styles with the associated costs but it does put me off owning one. I think the Go is the way forward for me, and just don't wear it all the time. I'm not really fussed about tracking my activity behind the desk at my 9-5.

I know Tag do a smart range but I just don't believe for a second it's a) worth the premium of a normal Tag, and b) it'll be supported in three years.

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Four techies flummoxed for hours by flickering 'E' on monitor

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Re: "by the size of his Micro Channel Adapter"

My first PC was the Amstrad 1640. Parents had far newer (and frequently replaced) but mine as a 1640.

Upgraded quite a bit from scavenged bits, out went the B: floppy and in went a 30mb HDD. Sure I did something to get colour (EGA?) graphics. A modem went in, 9600 baud or something terrible I think, and I even stripped the whole thing down to spray it black. Looked half decent really, and ahead of its time.

Absolutely no idea what I actually did with it though.

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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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