* Posts by Chris Parsons

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Home Office U-turns on surveillance camera review muddle

Chris Parsons

Re: @Mephistro

Downvoted for the tedious cliché 'There, fixed that for you'.

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UK.gov is about to fling your data at anyone who wants it. How? Why? Shut up, pleb

Chris Parsons

Re: One way for plebs to be heard

Not if you have a dick like ours, who can barely read and write, and treats Call me Dave's words as the one true gospel. Anyway, he's currently being investigated for alleged election expense fraud so is far too busy to help anyone.

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Privacy warriors take legal action over UK gov's right to hack

Chris Parsons

Re: What expansion of capabilities?

And what I find so disturbing is that hardly anyone I know seems to care.

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UK govt admits it pulled 10-year file-sharing jail sentence out of its arse

Chris Parsons

Who will rid me of this troublesome government?

Mind you, what's the alternative? We're bereft of (wo)men of stature.

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Microsoft to hike certification exam prices

Chris Parsons

Re: And exactly what...

Well, I managed ok with my PhD in particle physics, and nobody ever asked me if I'd got any MS exams.

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Florida weed suspect cuffed after hoverboard pursuit

Chris Parsons

Re: Weed

The Economist would agree with you. It is only our enlightened 'leaders' who know better.

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US govt says it has cracked killer's iPhone, legs it from Apple fight

Chris Parsons

Re: Do as we ask...

@Mad Chaz. Downvoted for smugness.

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2016: Bad USB sticks, evil webpages, booby-trapped font files still menace Windows PCs

Chris Parsons

Re: Same old

Agreed, but a more pragmatic solution for me has to ditch my final Windows machine, so it's now all Mint Linux and OSX, with a Windows 7 VM for when nothing else will do. No regrets.

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Final Euro Parliament vote on passenger name records delayed

Chris Parsons

The Establishment

...and how they get away with it. A book by Owen Jones, well worth a read to see how far we have sleepwalked down the road to totalitarianism.

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Chris Parsons

Re: "The leaders of the left-wing groups...

Presumably downvoted by the frightful Mrs May?

What worries me is how few people care about this. Still, I suppose as long as Poundstretcher is open and East Enders is on the telly, what is there to worry about?

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Gov opens consultation on how to best to use your data

Chris Parsons

Mrs May

I presume that the downvotes that you have received have been from Mrs May and Dave, I can't imagine anyone else being moronic enough to think this is a good idea. Actually, that's not true, in the heated debate in yesterday's Guardian, someone actually came out with 'if you've nothing to hide...'.

It is so terribly, terribly sad. We live in an oligarchy.

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Raspberry Pi celebrates fourth birthday with fruity version 3

Chris Parsons

Re: Still 100MBit Ethernet

It's £30, FFS!

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Gov must put superfast broadband along HS2 rail line, says Parliament

Chris Parsons

Re: So...

Still, at least it's reassuringly expensive.

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Ukraine has a Eurovision pop at Russia

Chris Parsons

Re: As Clausewitz didn't say

True, so true. I bet an awful lot of 'outers' think it will rid them of the ECHR. Surprise! It won't.

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Software, not wetware, now the cause of lousy Volvo drivers

Chris Parsons
Headmaster

Pedantry

Not 'the motorväg', it's either 'motorvägen' if you wish to show off your Swedish, or 'the motorway'.

Thank you.

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Microsoft Office 365: You don't need 27 floppies, but there is desktop friction

Chris Parsons
Headmaster

Re: People need to be warned that Office 365 is not the same as Office 2016 ...

Downvoted for poor spelling and grammar, and use of word 'interstate'.

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Telemarketers hit with £70,000 fine for cold-calling pensioners

Chris Parsons

Re: From publicly available information

According to Google Maps, Swedish massage available at this address!

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UK to stop children looking at online porn. How?

Chris Parsons

And, if they take the little darlings to the pub, they leave them running amok, while they chat to their mates at the bar. Parents seem to consider their responsibility ends at conception.

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Facebook tells Viz to f**k right off

Chris Parsons
Headmaster

Would double-upvote for saying 'simple' instead of 'simples'!!!

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Is this the last ever Lumia?

Chris Parsons

Re: Changing name into "Surface" won't make it any better.

Do you have any experience to back up your bold statement? Somehow, I guess not. I have had a 920 and now have a 1020, which I bought for its superb camera. The phone does everything I want it to, it has yet to crash and it enables me to take a good camera on cycling trips in Europe. I couldn't give a toss about games or esoteric apps, just email, web and mapping - oh, you also get the excellent Nokia Here maps, which are downloaded to the phone.

If you want to make comments, try to be sensible.

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iPhones clock-blocked and crocked by setting date to Jan 1, 1970

Chris Parsons

Re: The 1970s...

Nope, the decade that gave us the late, great Charlie Gillett, Elvis Costello, Bees Make Honey, Roogalator...

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Microsoft quits giving us the silent treatment on Windows 10 updates

Chris Parsons

Re: Question...

Not laughing. Until someone else produces a phone with a camera as good as that in my Lumia, I shall continue to own a Lumia.

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Chris Parsons

Re: Winning back trust

Same here. Windows 10 did it for me. I keep a VM for occasional Windows software development, otherwise OSX and Linux Mint. I will never go back.

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Intelligence Committee marks Gov's Snoopers' Charter: See me after class

Chris Parsons

Theresa May

I assume the tosser that downvoted you must have been Mrs May?

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TalkTalk confesses: Scammers have data about our engineers' visits to your home

Chris Parsons

If only more people were like you, A/C. Outsourcing/globalisation is the work of the devil and just one more battle won by Big Business v The Rest of Us. The only way we can win is by not dealing with people who are immoral shits. Difficult? Very, and not always possible, but any small win is worth having.

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Did you know ... Stephen Fry has founded a tech startup?

Chris Parsons

Richard Feynamn

What a guy!

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Microsoft buys SwiftKey, Britain's 'stealthiest software startup'

Chris Parsons

Re: Hmm, the usual comments.

AND it does it in multiple languages. I use English, French and German and it's brilliant.

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Windows 10 will now automatically download and install on PCs

Chris Parsons

Re: All this has done

The correct plural of 'box' is 'boxes'. We are not German, or does it make you look especially cool?

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Rooting your Android phone? Google’s rumbled you again

Chris Parsons

Soz

Who or what is 'soz'?

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Brit airline pilots warn of drone menace

Chris Parsons

Re: I hope you drone pilots have decent insurance

If you're a pilot - I am - I seriously suggest you reread your Air Law books. Apart from anything else, most airspace around airports is Class A, and as I look at my chart of Southern England, I don't see an awful lot of uncontrolled airspace.

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Apple growth flatlines ... Tim Cook thinks, hey, $80bn is still $80bn

Chris Parsons

Re: "growth in services revenue"

@Mexflyboy:

Downvoted purely for patronising smugness.

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Boeing just about gives up on the 747

Chris Parsons

Re: So long old friend

I very much doubt you did, unless you're very old indeed. It was originally quoted by Claud Cockburn in his book 'I Claud', published in 1967, but referring to an incident in the 30s.

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Criminal records checks 'unlawful' and 'arbitrary' rules High Court

Chris Parsons

Re: Spokesperson for the Home Office 'disappointed'

"I wouldn't want him within half a mile of my kids.", absolutely. Guilty until proven innocent, eh? Can't go wrong with that sort of thinking.

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European human rights court rules mass surveillance illegal

Chris Parsons

Re: Unfortunately

I'd love to know who the dick is that's downvoting.

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Att: Windows Phone owners: Win 10 Mobile has been spotted and it wants your phone

Chris Parsons

Re: I must be a masochist

Let me guess, you've never owned one because you just know you wouldn't like it?

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Chris Parsons

Re: Really?

Er...we're talking about phones here.

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Chris Parsons

Re: Yawn, another El Reg piece dissing MSFT

One wonders why people downvote a statement of fact. Seems a wee bit childish.

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French say 'Non, merci' to encryption backdoors

Chris Parsons

Re: Bravo!

But the worrying thing, the really worrying thing, is that so many people seem happy with this farrago, in the name of counter-terrorism...after all, if you've nothing to hide..

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After-dinner Mint? Stylish desktop finale released as last of the 17 line

Chris Parsons

Re: Exactly what an operating system should be (IMO)

Amen to that. Now that I am retired and have to pay for stuff, rather than get it from Technet, I have moved completely to Mint and can honestly say there is nothing about Windows that I miss.

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No escape: Microsoft injects 'Get Windows 10' nagware into biz PCs

Chris Parsons

Same here, on two wildly differing PCs. It Just Works!!!

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Oh UK.gov. Say you're not for weakened encryption – Google and Facebook

Chris Parsons

Downvoted for being so unimaginative as to say 'simples'.

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Dutch govt says no to backdoors, slides $540k into OpenSSL without breaking eye contact

Chris Parsons

Re: Augh, encryption and Paris.

And the worrying thing - Reg readers apart - no-one seems to give a shit.

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Microsoft to begin alerting users about suspected government snooping

Chris Parsons

Re: Is this exciting new PR move to include warnings of spying perpetrated by the US government?

And the worrying thing - so many pillocks who still spout 'if you've nothing to hide...'

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Got a pricey gaming desktop from PC World for Xmas? Check the graphics specs

Chris Parsons

Re: A place where fools and their money

Obviously some shill from the group is downvoting here!

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Microsoft releases major PowerShell update after long preview

Chris Parsons

Re: A shortsighted view

You're right, but sadly, there are an awful lot of dicks in the world, and they seem to be gaining ground in every sphere of life.

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Apple on the attack against British snooping bill. Silicon Valley expected to follow

Chris Parsons

Re: Slight correction

Not just that, they made reduction of snooping one of the items in their election manifesto. Lying bastards? Surely not!

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Windows 10 won't come to old WinPhones until some time in early 2016

Chris Parsons

Re: Almost as good

At the risk of saying 'me too', me too!

I had a 920, loved it, but wanted a really good camera instead of just a good one, so got a s/h 1020 on eBay. For me, it's brilliant, it does everything I want and does it well. I couldn't give a toss about Windows 10, and I couldn't give a toss about looking cool in front of some 20-something know-nothing. So there.

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Let's shut down the internet: Republicans vacate their mind bowels

Chris Parsons

Re: "Vacated their mind bowels" - a lovely phrase

Big John...big bad John.

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Microsoft steps up Windows 10 nagging

Chris Parsons

Re: I'm waiting until it goes to 11.

Too true. I have a Win 7 VM for the odd occasions when I really need it, otherwise it's Mint all the way for me.

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