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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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Global execs name Apple 'most innovative company' – again

Chris Parsons

Re: Worse and worse news

re AC 27/9@20:41

Uh, grow up. That is all.

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Nokia Lumia 1020: It's an imaging BEAST... and it makes calls too

Chris Parsons

Re: Engineering

Too true. I've got a 920, nice phone, it just works, you can make phone calls, send texts, browse the web, do your email and take great photos. I expect you can do other stuff, but that really is all I want.

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BlackBerry BLOODBATH! Company warns of nearly $1bn quarterly loss

Chris Parsons

Re: more staff lay offs

@AC 21/9 11:19

Smug tnuc

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OK, forget the 3D telly fiasco: 4K is gonna blow you away - say tech giants

Chris Parsons

There is always something better to do than watch TV...

...no matter how big the screen is, dross will still be dross.

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Sysadmins hail Windows Server 2012 R2's killer ... clipboard?

Chris Parsons
Headmaster

Re: Even more confused

Your bad what? I could be wrong, but I think 'bad' is an adjective and needs to modify a noun.

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Furious Frenchies tell Apple to bubble off: Bling iPhone isn't 'champagne'

Chris Parsons
Pint

Really?

@Otto is a bear

Well, it's a matter of taste, isn't it? I drink a LOT of champagne and I would beg to differ.

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Samsung stakes claim to smartwatch market with Galaxy Gear

Chris Parsons

Tacky

I think I'll stick to my Rolex, thank you very much.

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Apple tries to trademark the term 'startup'

Chris Parsons
Headmaster

Re: misreporting?

How does that work in German?

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Chris Parsons
Pint

@AC 07:18 GMT

How odd that some numbskull downvoted you.

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Webcam stripper strikes back at vicious 4Chan trolls after year of bullying

Chris Parsons

Re: My heart bleeds

I doubt you're bright enough to see the irony that you are also condemning yourself. By the way, the plural of 'human' is 'humans', no apostrophe required.

as Bambi's mum said, 'if you can't say anything nice, don't say anything at all'.

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Speaking in Tech: You shouldn't EVER store data off-premises

Chris Parsons

Re: The sheeple...

Ironically, I think those who use the word 'sheeple' have been led down a path...it was not very funny when it first appeared, and it really, really is rather hackneyed now.

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Big blue Avatar movie spawns THREE SEQUELS

Chris Parsons

Re: Avatar was a good film

Seriously? Have you ever seen another film? The graphics were good, that was it. Bland, US drivel. I still haven't forgiven my friend Roy for the hour I wasted - I couldn't bear any more - watching this bilge.

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Devolo dLAN 500 AV Wireless Plus: Triple-tech connectivity for the home

Chris Parsons
Headmaster

When I'm dictator of the world, people who use the word 'simples', presumably because they think they're being 'cool and edgy' will be summarily executed. It wasn't funny when it first appeared, after several years of hackneyed repetition, it hasn't improved.

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UK economy to lose £198m if BBC and pals lose EPG slots - Ministry of Fun

Chris Parsons
Pint

Re: Really. £198M ?

@Ged T:

Too bloody true. There is ALWAYS something better to do than watch TV.

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Fed up with poor Brit telly and radio output? Ofcom wants a word with YOU

Chris Parsons

Re: How about......

@Fihart

R3 died when they joined the 'Top 100' craze.

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NSA PRISM snoop-gate: Won't someone think of the children, wails Apple

Chris Parsons
Headmaster

Re: I am not a terrorist

@ukgnome

Not only do I find such incredible complacency disturbing, but as I'm here, I will suggest you brush up on your use of English.

As others have pointed out before, there is no verb 'to of'.

'Me on the other hand am worried' - good grief, and so you should be.

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Review: Belkin Thunderbolt Express Dock

Chris Parsons
Headmaster

Play NICELY

Do we have to ape every moronic expression that comes from across the Atlantic?

You need an adverb here, not an adjective. It's not big and it's not clever...

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BBC boffins ponder abstruse Ikea-style way of transmitting telly

Chris Parsons

Re: Socalist broadcasting is now OO

So true. How can anyone be taken seriously that uses such hackneyed phrases, thinking they make themselves look 'cool' and 'edgy', whatever that might be.

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May threatens ban on 'hate-inciting' radicals, even if they don't promote violence

Chris Parsons
Devil

Re: So who's to blame?

@YARR...so true, and it's amazing how quickly people forget how nasty and inept New Labour were. They started the clamp down on liberty, they created thousands of new laws which did not need to be made. Oh, how I hate them and all their works.

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Chris Parsons

Re: Won't be able to post hate comments

I thought Jackboots Smith was fairly loathsome, but TM is catching up nicely.

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BMW offers in-car streaming music for cross-Europe road trips

Chris Parsons

Re: My method

Works for me...Cowon X7, 160 GB disk and all my music on it - and superb sound quality.

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COLD FUSION is BACK with 'anomalous heat' claim

Chris Parsons

Re: This planet is an endless source of amusement

But it's such a shame the neighbourhood is going down.

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Senators: You - Cook. Apple guy. Get in here and bring your tax books

Chris Parsons

Re: Sadly

"Obeying the rules and doing nothing wrong doesnt necessarily mean the same thing."

Too true: "I was only obeying orders" did not prevent many from being executed.

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Rolls-Royce climbs aboard Bloodhound SUPERSONIC car

Chris Parsons

Re: Lucky

It's not fair, actually knowing what you're talking about. It's much better to slag someone off because someone you met in a pub knew someone on Facebook that said they killed kittens for fun.

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Apple: ebook price fixing? Nooo, nothing to do with us, no siree

Chris Parsons

Re: 'Cost' for an e-book

@Pen-y-gors

Indeed they are overpriced, so much so that I have gone back to buying paper books secondhand unless the ebook version is reasonably priced.

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New Lumia 925: This, loyalists, is the BIG ONE you've waited for

Chris Parsons

Re: beyond a joke

Overweight, yes, flimsy, no.

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Chris Parsons

Re: beyond a joke

Have you used it?

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Identity cards: How Labour lost power in a case of mistaken ID

Chris Parsons

Re: I wonder how much of the opposition matches mine?

I am a private pilot. I cannot remember the last time anyone asked to see my passport when flying between here and France.

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Acronis co-founder slips into driving seat after CEO picks up P45

Chris Parsons

Used to be a great product

I think they lost their way 2 or 3 years back, though.

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Privacy crusaders: ISPs in 'conspiracy of silence' over Snoop Charter

Chris Parsons

Re: So, when do YOU start the posters and the street signs ?

@ The Big Yin

I contacted mine, for all the good it did. He didn't quite say 'think of the children', but it came close.

For anyone that's interested, here are his honeyed words:

"Communications data is vital for the police in their fight against crime, including serious offences such as child abuse, drug dealing and terrorism.

It is important that we get the balance right between upholding civil liberties and the right to privacy and protecting the public by maintaining the ability of the intelligence and law enforcement agencies to access vital communications data in an ever more dangerous world. Communications data has played a role in 95 per cent of all serious organised crime investigations and every major Security Service counter-terrorism operation over the last decade. Already a quarter of communications data required by the police and agencies can no longer be acquired because the relevant data is not available at the necessary level of quality and timeliness – we need to halt and reverse this.

I would like to make it clear that the Government has no intention to provide the police and others with new powers to intercept and read e-mails and phone calls. The proposals do not weaken current safeguards or checks in place to protect private correspondence. There are no powers to share this information with private investigators or journalists and indeed there are serious sanctions for abusing access to personal data. What it does allow is the police and intelligence services to access this contextual information on the internet in the same way as they can currently access it via telephone records. Under no circumstances will these proposals authorise the interception and storage of the content of a communication – what was written in an e-mail or said over the telephone. That will always require a warrant signed by the Secretary of State.

As you may be aware, the Intelligence and Security Committee and a joint committee of both Houses recently conducted pre-legislative scrutiny of the draft Communications Data Bill. The Home Office considered the recommendations of these committees and will be accepting the substance of all of them and re-drafting the legislation on that basis.

I hope that I have gone some way towards addressing your concerns. Thank you for drawing this issue to my attention."

The terribly depressing thing is that they're all as bad as each other.

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More Brits ditch Apple tablets for Amazon, Google, Samsung kit

Chris Parsons

Re: Looking for more?

You want to see my border collie doing agility; slow, she is not.

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British bookworms deem Amazon 'evil'

Chris Parsons

Re: Once again, people miss the point ...

Couldn't agree more. I now see if anyone is selling a second-hand 'real' copy of the book, it's almost invariably cheaper, often much cheaper, so I've gone back to doing that. It shouldn't be necessary.

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Wales slams Amazon over lack of Kindle support

Chris Parsons

Re: The welsh lobby

Well - and I'm just guessing here - it could be that it's because a sizeable proportion of the UK's population lives in London or its environs.

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NZ plans interception law refresh

Chris Parsons

But fortunately, my MP has told me that I have nothing to worry about and the data collected would never be misused. Phew!

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The gloves are on: Nokia emits super-sensitive £99 Windows Phone

Chris Parsons

I recently moved from an HTC Desire Z to a Lumia 920 and the battery life is certainly better than it was on the HTC. If you're not big on apps - and I'm not - it's a great phone. Maps are superb, so is voice, internet, email, messaging...couldn't care less about anything else.

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Another 170,000 Freeview homes to be freed from reality TV - possibly

Chris Parsons

Re: richard.cartledge@snc.ac.uk

@boltar

If I could vote you up ten times, I would.

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Microsoft ships Surface firmware fixes with April patch batch

Chris Parsons

Re: I can't wait to see...

@Michael Habel...and, in English?

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Gartner: RIP PCs - tablets will CRUSH you this year

Chris Parsons

Re: Me not buy Windows for a loooong time.

@Destroyallmonsters:

Don't be silly.

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Jobs' first boss Nolan Bushnell: 'Steve was difficult but valuable'

Chris Parsons

Re: @Homer 1 (was:Misplaced admiration)

Michael Parkinson bought me a pint once. Honestly.

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Swedish linguists nix new word after row with Google

Chris Parsons
Headmaster

Re: what's swedish for bollocks ?

Probably not, as the slashed o is not used in Swedish.

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Review: Renault Zoe electric car

Chris Parsons

Re: Lies...damn lies...and statistics.

@Ben Rose:

Stop it, stop it! You're using facts and that's just not fair. Please stick to prejudice and emotion in any future discussions.

Brilliant post, thank you.

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Era of the Pharaohs: Climate was HOTTER THAN NOW, without CO2

Chris Parsons

Re: "low lying Pacific Islands"

Stop it, stop it. We can't allow facts to be used in this argument.

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Apple CEO Cook's investor-meeting reveal: 'Dog bites man'

Chris Parsons

Re: No bathrooms

@AC 28/02 05:33:

A good post. I, too, was a sufferer and found that for most people, depression was a joke disease, no, not even a disease. Until you've been there, believe me, it's no joke.

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Jimmy Wales: 'I'm Wikipedia's monarch'

Chris Parsons

Re: King Jimmy's Wiki-mess

Evidence, please?

Like so many others, I accept that there are occasions when Wikipedia is baffling, inconsistent, biased or just plain wrong. However, for most of the stuff I'm interested in, which tends to be scientific, it's a useful resource and I should be very sad not to have it.

Glasses really can be half full, you know.

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Chris Parsons

Re: Wikipedia as a reference? ...

@John H Woods

I'm baffled anyone saw fit to downvote your very sensible post.

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