* Posts by Chris Parsons

369 posts • joined 3 Apr 2008

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Britain needs more tech immigrants, quango tells UK.gov

Chris Parsons

Not red, I'm afraid

If you could name one communist state where people are/were happy, could come and go as they pleased and were treated fairly, I'd agree, but for me communism doesn't seem to work out quite the way Marx hoped it would. Shame, really, it's a nice idea.

However, some other sort of revolution would not go amiss. There is no-one worthy of respect of any political hue, and that is depressing. Sadly, most revolutions just seem to end up with a worse bunch of bastards than the set you had before.

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Get yourself connected: GrovePi+ Starter Kit

Chris Parsons

Oscilloscopes

Anyone tried any of those USB 'scopes? I'm retired now with time to play, but not money to blow even on a secondhand Tektronix.

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Crap broadband holds back HALF of rural small biz types

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Re: Pity the poor rural business

@Ledswinger - amazing! Not only do you post complete tosh, but, having advertised your lack of foresight to the world, you then do another post which, paraphrased says 'no, you did get it right first time, I really am a dick'.

Well done.

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David Cameron: I'm off to the US to get my bro Barack to ban crypto – report

Chris Parsons

Re: We will try!

The problem with the Greens is that they don't seem to realise that energy, especially electricity, has to come from somewhere, and we use rather a lot of it. They don't want coal, they don't want oil, they don't want gas, they don't want nuclear, but they do want electricity.And so do I.

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Re: ya right

@K - don't forget that Jackboots Smith was every bit as keen to remove our freedoms as that cretin May. If I remember correctly, returning our stolen freedoms was something that nice Mr Cameron was going to do when he gained power. They're all shites, that is what is so depressing, there is no-one with integrity or vision.

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Got a 4King big TV? Ready to stream lots of awesome video? Yeah, about that…

Chris Parsons

Re: What data caps?

Lucky old you. I'd happily pay for that, but here in 'Superfast Cornwall' I have 2 Mbps and am told that it will NEVER be upgraded.

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Re: NETFLIX BLAH!

They have piss-poor choice anyway, unless you just like blockbusters.

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Paris terror attacks: ISPs face pressure to share MORE data with governments

Chris Parsons

And don't forget...

...think of the children.

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El Reg's Giant Mobile Industry Roundup of 2014

Chris Parsons

Re: Microsoft FAIL

In what way a fail? I have a Nokia 920, makes phone calls, sends texts and email, browser works fine and it has a great camera. The OS is intuitive. I don't see the problem, but I guess I'm just not cool enough.

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Cambridge boffins and Boeing fly first hybrid airplane over British skies

Chris Parsons

Re: Take off energy...

And your not so tiny mind is quite correct. When you are landing, you raise the nose to bleed off energy and kill the lift. If the land is sloping upwards at a significant angle, the amount that you need to raise the nose will most likely be above the angle at which the wing will cease to fly, resulting in, at best, a very heavy landing.

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Tesla parades sleek model body and fab batt at Roadster fans

Chris Parsons

Re: Perhaps, 400 miles if you live in sunny S. Calif

It baffles me all the downvotes these FACTS are getting.

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GCHQ: We can't track crims any more thanks to Snowden

Chris Parsons

Re: How to eliminate drug lords

Absolutely. Even the Economist is in favour. Sadly, this country is run by the Daily Mail and those that read it.

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Four tuner frenzy: The all-you-can-EEat TV Freeview PVR

Chris Parsons

There is always...

...something better to do than watch TV.

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The Great Unwatched: BBC hails glorious digital future for Three

Chris Parsons

Re: Under the banner of digital, the middle class marches on.®

Julia 'look how wonderful I am' Bradbury? No thanks, give me self-deprecating Michael any day.

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Cops accessing journo sources with RIPA? Use your powers properly, moan MPs

Chris Parsons

Re: Welcome to the Police State

You're absolutely right, but it never ceases to amaze me, the number of people who spout the 'if you've nothing to hide...' bollocks. I never thought I would find myself agreeing with Keith Vaz, but I do on this one.

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Hi-torque tank engines: EXTREME car hacking with The Register

Chris Parsons

Brilliant

Don't you just love it that there are still people mad enough to do something like this?

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TalkTalk email goes titsup FOR DAYS. Cheapo telco warns: Changing password WON'T fix it

Chris Parsons

Re: Oh gawd...but not all ISPs

I've been using Zen for years and years and on the rare occasions I've needed support, they have been fantastic. And they call a couple of days after to make sure all is ok.

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Lights OUT for Philae BUT slumbering probot could phone home again as comet nears Sun

Chris Parsons

Re: It surely has a nuclear battery.. despite their lies.

@Joerg

I really hate ad hominem remarks, but for you I have to make an exception. What a dick!

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UK PM Cameron says Internet must not 'be an ungoverned space'

Chris Parsons

Re: Cameron talking crap again

I take your point, but he does have a point, too. The average El Reg reader is most likely not the average person, almost definitely better educated and with a more inquiring attitude to what is going on in the world.

*Most* comments on El Reg show a better grasp of rhetoric than in, say, the Daily Mail. And no, I don't have a link to a survey showing this either, but suggest, if you don't believe it, you make the comparison for yourself!

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iPad AIR 2 and iPad MINI 3, 5K iMac: World feels different today – and it IS

Chris Parsons

Re: BBC

Don't agree. We're paying for the crap the Beeb churn out, and they're nothing like as good - or unbiased - as they used to be.

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ONE MILLION people already running Windows 10

Chris Parsons

Re: Phoenix50 the Microsoft Troll

With the advent of fora like this, little people can throw their weight around with impunity, whereas in the real world, they would get their heads kicked in. Not sure if that's progress or not.

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Lies, damn pies and obesity statistics: We're NOT a nation of fatties

Chris Parsons

Re: Laziness

Absolutely spot on. I remember reading, most likely in New Scientist, that we are about 3000 calories a week disadvantaged against people in the 50s just because they did so much more physical work.

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Jaguar Sportbrake: The chicken tikka masala of van-sized posh cars

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Re: Totally unremarkable

It depends on what you want, really, doesn't it? There are an awful lot of very samey German cars around that sort of price, I agree, and they are probably 'better' technically. I have had Mercedes and I've had Jags, and I think Jags are just, well, nicer places to be.

By the way, it's 'Maserati'.

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X-Men boffins demo nanomagnets to replace transistors

Chris Parsons

@DocJD Re: This is just a proof of concept.

I think he knew that, or some of it, but was just aiming for a cheap laugh.

Excellent and informative reply, thank you for posting.

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Proprietary OS source code LEAKED to web – from 40 years ago

Chris Parsons

Been there, done that

Writing modifications to and hooks to allow a simple menu system. What fun it was then, C++ is very boring in comparison.

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Apple's ONE LESS THING: the iPod Classic disappears

Chris Parsons

Re: So, for people like me that still get good use out of theirs

Cowon X7 - 160GB and regarded as superior fidelity to most players. I've got one and I love it.

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BBC Trust candidate defends licence fee, says evaders are CRIMINALS

Chris Parsons

Re: Fairhead also defended criminal penalties for non-payers - and over 70 sent to jail.

I wonder who the curmudgeonly, low-life dipshit was that down voted you?

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Re: Harassment

Some woman from the TVLA wrote to me when I explained that the principle of common law in this country was innocent until proven guilty. She said that she understood that was the case, but experience had shown that most people who said they didn't have a licence were liars, so they had to check. I replied saying that I thought her tax declarations were most likely dishonest and I wanted to come to her house to check her books, and I never heard from them again. Bastards.

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Pimp my lounge and pierce my ceiling: Home theatre goes OTT

Chris Parsons

Re: YAY!

Exactly! No matter how good the sound, the programmes are complete shit.

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Tim Cook on pale, male Apple: 'As CEO, I'm NOT satisfied'

Chris Parsons

Re: Well I am not happy with Cook.

Too bloody true. I worked for a well-known American company and some daft woman from HR called me up and said that she was not happy with the diversity of my team. I asked her who she wanted me to get rid of, and she said I wasn't being helpful. We live in an unreal world.

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Pentagon hacker McKinnon can't visit sick dad for fear of extradition

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Re: Sadly, US not the only one...

And, sadly, you are correct. Culture, manners, style and taste have all declined catastrophically in the last forty years. It's all 'me...me...me' and everything, but everything has to be somebody's fault.

End of rant.

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Pentagon hacker McKinnon reinvents himself as SEO guru

Chris Parsons

I presume you're talking about yourself, Mr Coward?

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Teardown gurus iFixit play with Fire – Amazon's new mobe

Chris Parsons
Headmaster

Adverbs!

"Those sensors don't come out easy" - I think "easily" would be a better choice.

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China blocks Flickr and OneDrive

Chris Parsons

Communism

Although communism is a very fine idea, which would be wonderful if people were altruistic, one has to despair of the state that is at war with its own people...mind you, getting like that here now.

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We got behind the wheel of a Tesla S electric car. We didn't hate it

Chris Parsons

Re: @James Hughes 1 (was: At last)

Jake, you are my man! These chaps have no soul.

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Labour vows: We'll pause one-dole-to-rule-them-all for drastic fix-up if elected in 2015

Chris Parsons

Re: Reality

Downvoted for the arrogance of 'fixed that for you'.

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Backup bods Acronis extend disk-imaging support to Macs at last

Chris Parsons

Re: a pox on their houses

Totally agree. I tried it on SBS 2011 and even their support people couldn't get it to work. Shame, it used to be brilliant. Time Machine is how backup should work, at least for domestic users.

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Higgs boson even MORE likely to actually be Higgs boson - boffins

Chris Parsons

Re: One small fermionic decay for a boson

As a one-time particle physicist myself, I could not agree with you more, this is fantastic stuff. I wonder who the scumbag mouth-breather was that voted you down?

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Top Canadian court: Cops need warrant to get names from ISPs

Chris Parsons

Re: No sympathy.

If you've nothing to hide....

Yeah, right!

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Tom Hanks NICKED my COPYRIGHTED PIC, claims Brit photog

Chris Parsons

Re: Humbug

Gussie Fink-Nottle, after whom you no doubt have taken your nom de plume, was a nice character. I suggest you change your online name to 'Spode'.

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UK govt preps World War 2 energy rationing to keep the lights on

Chris Parsons

Re: The future's bright then...1970s

I've still got my kipper ties, I knew they'd come back one day...

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BEAM ME UP SCOTTY: Boffins to turn PURE LIGHT into MATTER

Chris Parsons

Re: Briet - Wheeler PANHANDLER ALLERT ! ! !

Yes, let's just give up now, shall we? Nothing new will ever be discovered, so what's the point?

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$180,000 buys you lunch with Tim Cook as charity auction ending

Chris Parsons

Is there a vegetarian option?

I think Cher would be a lot more fun and is surprisingly inexpensive.

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Teen jailed for ARMED ROBBERY says he and pals had been inspired by Grand Theft Auto

Chris Parsons

Re: Anti-game crusaders in 5, 4, 3......

I know you're just trying to be clever, but, for christ's sake, try to get your facts straight.

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Stone the crows, Bouncer! BT defends TV recorder upgrade DELETION snafu

Chris Parsons
Headmaster

Re: TVHeadEnd

Nicely!!! It's an adverb you need there.

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Most Americans doubt Big Bang, not too sure about evolution, climate change – survey

Chris Parsons

Re: Breaking News!!

To be honest, though I am absolutely still going with the 'Americans are stupid' theme, he does have a point. We seem to be following rather quickly in the 'science is for nerds' stakes.

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Labour calls for BIG OVERHAUL of UK super-snoop powers in 'new digital world'

Chris Parsons

Re: OVERHAUL

I think that says it all "how easily we forget". They introduced more legislation to restrict personal freedom than any peacetime government, ever. All politicians are to be distrusted, but Labour more than any of them. Sadly, there is no-one at all worthy of our votes any more.

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Vodafone dodges UK corporation tax bill - AGAIN

Chris Parsons

Re: Hmmmm

Stop it! People want emotion, not fact. There is, of course, an appeal procedure. I was wrongly told I owed around £20k and they eventually backed down and apologised.

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'Disruptive, irritating' in-flight cellphone call ban mulled by US Senate

Chris Parsons

Re: So are they going to outlaw the screaming kids on the plane?

Having chosen not to have children myself, I have always thought there should be some sort of licence for parenting. It might even put an end to the f*ckwits who consider taking their little darlings to the pub and then ignoring them as a suitable alternative to babysitting.

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Apple wins patent for entrance to retail store

Chris Parsons

Norwood

For the benefit of our American readers, that is Norwood in South London, not Norwood, Mass.

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