* Posts by Dabooka

778 posts • joined 27 Jul 2007


Ooh, my machine is SO much faster than yours... Oh, wait, that might be a bit of a problem...

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Re: Time machine

Yep, I'd have to agree. Although an amateur kid with a dangerous level of enthusiasm, I only knew 3Com as hardware cards and hubs.

My first experience of Novell Netware was many years later when the ortgainsation I was with went national with the databases (PeoplePlus if I recall) and got rid of legcay regional networks. That also saw a shift to 'high end' 486s and early Pentiums (all Dells) to replace the creaking fleet of various 286/386 and even a TI 486DX4(!) which was actually far too new to be consigned to the skip.

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Re: Cat-5?

Well even old Amstrad 1512s and 1640s had an (optional) 10 or 20MB HDD so most 386s exceeded that size but you're right, not by much. Maybe 40 or 80MB unless you were loaded / lucky and got a ~200MB or so. Or maybe slaved two together?

Happy days of IDE....

Just updated Windows 7? Can't access network shares? It isn't just you

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Re: 'On a point of order, Mr Speaker'


I never actually intended for a debate about the term (although clearly it;s wrong).

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Re: 'On a point of order, Mr Speaker'

Well I'm a Brit living in Britain, and I've never heard the term 'lappy' out in the wild. Indeed I've never heard the IT mob use it either and I expect I'd be despatched forthwith if I were to do so.

So I guess I'm not seeing your point, if there is indeed one? Bollocks to the El Reg article of old?

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'On a point of order, Mr Speaker'

I wish to refer my fellow contributors to this here link.

I await the Speaker's ruling and a suitable admonishment.

You were told to clean up our systems, not delete 8,000 crucial files

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Yes I know I could check IMDB but where's the fun in that?!

First movie I saw with my (future) missus.

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I remember the 2Gb file size limit in 95 / ME

It caused a hell of a nightmare when trying to edit a video for whatever reason in the early 2000s, and was a good excuse to upgrade everything, so certainly some machines would've had higher than 320mb.

However being in a government organisation 2 or 3 years earlier, I suspect there was a greater chance the hard drive would've been a more modest size though, so 320-500mb sounds feasible.

Until now, if Canadian Uber drivers wanted to battle the tech giant, they had to do it in the Netherlands – for real

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Re: Always the Netherlands?

Good shout, Dutch drivers have to attend arbitration in Calgary.

Of course they could just offer to pay expenses and the fee upfront and make it fair. Obviously they host all of these in Stoke, that would surely put any claimants right off.

I'm just not sure the computer works here – the energy is all wrong

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Re: Memories


I thought the 727s had a three man crew with Flight Engineer, surely any level of autonomous landing would've involved a great deal of manual 'support and intervention'?

That's not to say none were upgraded of course, but I assume even the later versions wouldn't have been fully autonomous landers?

Just curious. :-)

My 2019 resolution? Not to buy any of THIS rubbish

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Re: Alexa...

Yep, have to agree. My in-laws were aghast because we bought some Sonos One speakers but opted for the version sans Alexa. Apparently ours were cheaper but weren't as good as the Alexa enabled versions.....

Apple blew my mind – literally, says woman: MagSafe plug sparked face-torching blaze, lawsuit claims

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Oxygen supports combustion does it not?

I was going to say that, depsite my knowledge being sketchy and my memeory fading, I thought oxygen supported combustion but wold not 'igntite' as it were. As usual the crowd have already flagged this up as such, which makes me think how on earth is this going to proceed? Surely it'll be dismissed, or is this a case of playing for an settlement hence the low value of the claim?

Oregon can't stop people from calling themselves engineers, judge rules in Traffic-Light-Math-Gate

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Re: Surely this is just payback?

I know they're available, I was talking more about the focus of the story shifting in other media outlets too.

A bit like the 'flood of immigrants' distracting us away from the borked Brexit debacle...

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Surely this is just payback?

I mean I appreciate the statute exists, but isn't this a case of sour grapes by someone being told how to do their job better by a geezer who's improved their 'math'? I'm sure they loved receiving a letter saying 'You're doing it wrong, do this!', so a quick check of the register is easy payback.

After all the story doesn't actually make reference to if the revised calculations are indeed correct, instead the focus is on the use of engineer...

Found yet another plastic nostalgia knock-off under the tree? You, sir, need an emulator

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Never had an Amiga

But a lot of those games I did play on one, although ownership was on the PC.

Cannon Fodder. Great game, have a virtual pint.

Corel – yeah, as in CorelDraw – looks in its Xmas stocking and discovers... Parallels

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Ah Corel Draw!

How I loved that, messing around with vectors was full on futuristic compared to the bitmaps squares I was used to. See remember the hot air balloon on the box and the 348 floppies.

I do also remember how Word 2 (?) emulated the Word Perfect shortcut keys, but I guess that doesn't count (unless I missed that lawsuit). I sure WP 5.1 was ctrl-p to print and Word was ctrl-shift-F12 but also responded to ctrl-p.*

*Age is working against me here there may be some inaccuracies there but I'm sure my point is clear.

London's Gatwick airport suspends all flights after 'multiple' reports of drones

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Re: I wonder if...

Quote "I say kids, but TBH it's always boys really. Or young men. We are definitely the stupider sex."

It's really disappointing in 2018 to see such a blatantly sexist and cliched comment on the Reg forums, suggesting that boys and men are inherently more stupid than females based entirely on their gender.

Actually when you say it out loud it's kind hard to argue with isn't it. Carry on!

IBM: Co-Op Insurance talking direct to coding subcontractor helped collapse of £55m IT revamp project

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All I know is my missus is a product manager and recently has had problems where the lack of BA / QA etc has resulted in the rule of unintended consequences being played out when developers have gone off plan. No bad intentions of course, that goes without saying, but when you are talking about calculating tax for example, you really do have to know (or at least know to check...) every piece of minutiae.

There's always a running battle between dev time, testing and getting out to market, where the various factions are always the 'hard done to' and 'their managers don't get it', but that is no different to many other sectors. Sure the actual output may vary, but the adage that managers know nothing and developers / teachers / machine operates etc are being held back by meddling incompetence is often little more than a lazy stereotype. The reality is not as clear cut in that.

Now manager employed solely to hit data targets (such as those found in NHS) is a concept I cannot get behind at all.

The Palm Palm: The Derringer of smartphones

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Sorry I thought I read £350

Which clearly is ridiculous, as a secondary phone why would I want to pay nearly double what I spend on my main handset?

This is just something to take out to the pub right? The small battery, ability to call and maybe an app or two and I'm sorted, but it's about £280 too expensive.

I'll await the might of AliExpress and Banggood to develop their thirty quid alternatives...

Ticketmaster tells customer it's not at fault for site's Magecart malware pwnage

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Just out of curiosity

What did the Java 'customer support product' actually do? Clearly I don't mean the hacked code, I'm referring to the intended function of it.

Doom at 25: The FPS that wowed players, gummed up servers, and enraged admins

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Re: All credit to iD games...

So many of us experiencing identical flashbacks, especially the Dragon 32 to Amstrad 464 (and then 6128).

Serial cables at the dining table were a thing at mine for while but soon I scored for some old cheapernet cards and hooked up a small token ring. I may be wrong but I only recall up to four players on head to head and can't recall internet play, but that might have been the limitations of my setup back then.

I do recall LAN parties involving mates bringing base stations, CRT monitors, Soundblaster speakers / headphones, keyboards and mice for a whole weekend. Used to flip between Doom, Quake, Duke 3D, Heretic and Rise of The Triads.

Ah the chicken spell in Heretic. Halcyon days.....

Google CEO tells US Congress Chocolate Factory will unleash Dragonfly in China

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Re: I thought Google was supposed to 'do no evil'?

Bloody hell Bob, that's virtually incoherent.

Seriously, chill the fuck down and sort yourself out. It's not 4chan

Google: I don't know why you say Allo, I say goodbye

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Re: Messages?

Can't you turn that off in settings? I've just lost my Android, but thought Messenger was alright to be honest.

BOFH: State of a job, eh? Roll the Endless Requests for Further Information protocol

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Again the BOFH teaches me something

As a user I'm learning all the tricks of IT at work.

Total Inability To Support User Phones: O2 fries, burning data for 32 million Brits

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Do people really need reminding buses are still running?

Are folk that dense to assume no buses are operating because an app doesn't update? Hang on, I think I've just answered that one myself.

Do not adjust your set: Hats off to Apple, you struggle to shift iPhones 'cos you're oddly ethical

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Nice try, but...

You're still not getting a Christmas card

Q: If Pesky Pepper had a peek at patient papers, at how many patient papers did Pesky Pepper peek? A: 231

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Re: At least it was reported

Indeed, from what I can read into the article that is my take on it too; I cannot believe that a missed requirement for training and systems, whether mandatory or best practice, wouldn't have been mentioned in the summing up.

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At least it was reported

I know it doesn't mean that much, but at least the practice flagged it up to the ICO. It may be because it became public knowledge within the workplace or something, but it still got reported. I dread to think of the breaches that are dealt with on the 'hush-hush'.

Also no mention of a fine or reprimand for the practice so that suggests they were happy with their trainign and safeguards etc.

Blockchain study finds 0.00% success rate and vendors don't call back when asked for evidence

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It's all Greek to me this

But other than for digital currency I can't see it having much use in the real world or by now we'd see it out in the wild.

This article just suggests it is indeed emperor's new clothing as I'm sure any successful applications would've be exploited by the marketing droids behind it.

Take my advice and stop using Rubik's Cubes to prove your intelligence

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Great music selection this week Dabbsy

Have you hacked my Google Play account?

Well that's just spliffing: UK Amazon merchants peddling Mary Jane

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Combing, but not searching Amazon. Although they do say it's the most obvious things whihc pass us by....

Finally a platform for train puns: IBM Halt station derailed

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Re: Chester le Street is my 'local'

Good point, but typically halts are nothing more than a platform anyway, tickets being bought onboard. Think Trainspotting and you have a good idea.

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Chester le Street is my 'local'

But no sodding trains to anywhere stop there. Tees-Side Airport (now Durham Tees Valley Airport) is quite a way from the airport if I recall and only has a train-a-day or something equally pathetic; about the same as the amount of planes that now depart form the airport itself.

Anyway I thought the point of a 'halt' is the train only stopped if someone wished to alight or disembark, so it could theoretically continue to serve it even if it didn't actually stop, unless there dismantling the station entirely.

TalkTalk hackhack duoduo thrownthrown in the coolercooler: 'Talented' pair sentenced for ransacking ISP

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Hmm, but Harding's description

of the shed covered in brambles, sounds like it offered better security than anything they had at the time.

Health secretary Matt Hancock assembles brains trust: OK, guys. Let's cure NHS IT

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Well he did a grand job previously

You know, when he made his app? So surely that alone qualifies him, although quite what he's actually achieved in any of this positions is a bit of a tough one. I know he did SFA as Skill minister.

Wombats literally sh!t bricks – and now boffins reckon they know how

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Re: Kinda macabre, but alright

Sounds like a new Reg Unit right there, something about parabolic arcs and wombats?

Britain may not be able to fend off a determined cyber-attack, MPs warn

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Are they taking the piss?

The cap on ripping customers off means there's not enough left in the post (after bonuses) for security? No problem, we'll remove their licences then, that'll focus the collective minds.

Seriously, what a bunch of piss poor disengaged amateurs they must be to link the two.

We asked the US military for its 'do not buy' list of Russian, Chinese gear. Surprise: It doesn't exist

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Surely that is the definition of a list is not?

You know, a quantity of companies detailed in such a way as all be counted as a shared characteristic (i.e. DO NOT BUY).

More a misuse of the word 'list' if you ask me.

Microsoft slips ads into Windows 10 Mail client – then U-turns so hard, it warps fabric of reality

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Surprise = Not

I'm struggling of any free to use 'services' that don't at some point foist ads on people, and Microsoft joining the fray is of zero surprise. I did think they might do a better job of it though. No, wait....

That's no surprise either.

Japanese cyber security minister 'doesn't know what a USB stick is'

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I think we have a winner!

For the newly vacant post of Brexit Minister, he seems perfect for the role.

This one weird trick turns your Google Home Hub into a doorstop

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Re: This is bad news, bad news indeed.

Yeah, I was kinda taking the piss there my friend

Clunk, bang, rattle: Is that a ghost inside your machine?

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Re: Given the toxicity of the toner powder, Mike called an ambulance forthwith.

I used to get the job of refilling some (Fujitsu / Konica?) copiers at our office some 8-10 years ago. I'm not IT or a technician, but know my way around so they were happy to show me and leave me to it.

One day someone else decided it must be easy if a bozo like I could manage it and took it upon themselves. Getting the replacement black toner out from the cupboard, they saw what they thought was a plastic tab to pull out prior to inserting the drum, a la laser printer, except on these printers the toner was designed to be securely placed over the hopper, with the tab releasing the lid allowing toner to fall into the hopper.

The dust cloud, the mess and the stains will forever be emblazoned on my memory as it will the carpet and walls.

Nikola Tesla's greatest challenge: He could measure electricity but not stupidity

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I still clearly haven't woken up completely from my slumber

When I initially read Who should an autonomous vehicle kill in an avoidable crash? I exclaimed to no-one in particular 'It's avoidable, the answer is kill nobody!'.

Then I read the list and got it

Need electric propulsion for your satellite? Want a 'made in Britain' sticker? Step right this way...

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Re: Don't be too hard on British space industry's lack of creativity, El Reg...

Assuming he's mastered a mouse by then of course....

Worldwide Web wizard Tim Berners-Lee sticks wellington boot into Worldwide Web's giants: Time to break 'em up?

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Interesting point about Twitter

I'm not sure the structure of Twitter's design has created any additional online arseholes mind, unfortunately that's just some aspect of human nature creeping through.

Doesn't mean it's not full of vacuous sentiment, but again that's another human trait.

'He must be stopped': Missouri candidate's children tell voters he's basically an asshat

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Re: Hmm

We've been crying out for an icon refresh, let's get that one added to the list!

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Re: Hmm

I know. It's almost as if by now they'd have a section for odds and sods like this, and an icon we could use on our posts to emphasize the lack of said IT angle.

We live in hope my friend, we live in hope....

US government charges two Chinese spies over jet engine blueprint theft

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Re: Not the first time

I too thought the Mirage clone was sanctioned by design, but was always going to be fitted out with Israeli derived avionics and weapons.

Doesn't seem a close case to the one reported to me.

Bomb squad descends on suspicious package to find something much more dangerous – a Journey cassette

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Re: Harmless

Most cars are headerless units now, CDs are being phased out so unless you're in deepest Africa I cantt see most cars having cassette.

I did hear 8 tracks and sat radio were the big thing in the states at one point, but don't know if that's true.

UK banking TITSUP*: This time it's Clydesdale and Yorkshire banks

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Re: "export to MSMoney"?!?

Isn't MS Money just a convenient interchangeable format nowadays?

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Re: I work for CYBG

Either that or it was something you've done and you'll be getting a call not to go in Monday either...


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