* Posts by Chris Parsons

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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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Cisco forgot to install two LEDs in routers

Chris Parsons
Headmaster

German

Pretending English plurals follow the same rules as some German ones, is really, really childish and irritating.

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Windows 10 lags 7, 8 … and even Vista in the channel race

Chris Parsons

Re: Bah!

Agreed. The only Windows I have left is on an old Mac Mini used to run MediaMonkey. Hackintosh for main pc and Linux elsewhere. Mint is a joy on my laptop.

Regrets, I have a few, but then again, too few to mention...

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Rooting and modding a Windows Phone is now child's play

Chris Parsons

Re: Windows in the wild

(and so far, they *have* just worked).

-- a bit like both Windows phones I've had, then. I bought them, as many do, for the wonderful camera, and have yet to be disappointed. If their phones hung or rebooted randomly, there was a problem with them - or maybe your post.

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Outsourcer didn't press ON switch, so Reg reader flew 15 hours to do the job

Chris Parsons
Headmaster

Grammar Nazi

Guys', if plural.

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MPs to assess tech feasibility of requirements under draft surveillance laws

Chris Parsons

...and, inevitably

they find that the bit they want is either too blurry to be of use or has been wiped.

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California cops pull over Google car for driving too SLOWLY

Chris Parsons

Re: If Google wants to limit the speed of their test cars/prototypes to 25 mph....

Amused that some ignorant tw@ chose to downvote you!

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Irish roll out obligatory drone register

Chris Parsons

Re: 1kg limit

Agreed. As a pilot of 'proper' aircraft, the thought of idiots flying these where I am flying is frightening. It is hard to spot a real aircraft on a conflicting path, let alone something small like a drone.

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Microsoft's OneDrive price hike has wrecked its cloud strategy

Chris Parsons

Re: Trust, indeed

And that's why I've wiped my newly update to Windows 10 laptop, and put Linux Mint on it. Bye bye, MS, I've really had enough of you.

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Van-load of tapes

Indeed, as the very wonderful Andrew Tanenbaum said in his book on data comms, 'if it's bandwidth you're looking for, it's hard to beat a truckload of tapes barreling down the highway' - or something like that.

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Tor Messenger beta debuts, promises unlogged Jabber for all

Chris Parsons

Re: "chat tool for the truely paranoid"

Indeed so. I thought no-one would be as utterly dire and against the freedom of the individual as Jackboots Smith, but Mrs May seems to be up there with the best, which is odd, because one of Call me Dave's pledges in the 2010 election was that he would be getting rid of a lot of state snooping, and I'm sure he wouldn't have lied to us...

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Get 'em out for the... readers: The Sun scraps its online paywall

Chris Parsons

The Indy

Couldn't agree more, Ledswinger. It was once a fine paper, now largely drivel. I am occasionally amused by the paid Russian shills who promote Putin as a man of love and peace, but other than that, it's the Eye and the Economist from now on.

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Crash this beauty? James Bond's concept DB10 Aston debuts in Spectre

Chris Parsons

Re: I got 900,000 problems

My friend John - property developer, need I say more? - has one. He knows I'm a petrol head so, when he came to stay, he gave me the keys to his V12 Vantage. Nice car, but too big and too unwieldy. Also, the clunkiest gearbox I've ever know. Yes, it goes well, but, if we ignore the difference in cash value, I really, honestly prefer my XKR, So there...flame away now.

PS, it does make a fabulous noise, though!!!

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Apple 1 goes on sale, expected to fetch £300,000 to £500,000

Chris Parsons
Headmaster

I upvoted you, though people who had -en as a pretend German plural are very irritating. Incidentally, a huge number of German nouns have plurals not ending in -en, in fact, 's' is quite common. Thought you'd like to know that.

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Minicab-hailing app Uber is lawful – UK High Court

Chris Parsons
Headmaster

Fares!!!!!!!

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Top telematics: Black box helps driver swerve speeding fine

Chris Parsons

TR6

I had one as well. Everything that could go wrong with a car did go wrong with it, including one of the wheels falling off. Petrol cooled engine, 20 mpg if you were lucky. Still wish I hadn't sold it!

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Chris Parsons
Headmaster

Re: Info from the police makes stone-blood look easy

Brakes!!!!

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Sysadmins can forget PC management skills, says Microsoft

Chris Parsons

Certified?

No, me neither. An unnecessary cost. I was an independent contractor and no-one ever asked to see any certification. Had they done so, I should have shown my doctorate in particle physics...highly relevant!

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Jeremy Corbyn: My part in his glorious socialist triumph

Chris Parsons

"It just needs a never ending supply of naive teens and twenty somethings dreaming of a utopia all paid for by fairydust and moonbeams who believe it does." - never were truer words spoken. I was one of those starry-eyed teens in the 60s, believing in Harold and his white-hot technology. Eventually, I grew up. The last Labour government nearly destroyed this country, another one now could finish the job.

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Well, what d'you know: Raising e-book prices doesn't raise sales

Chris Parsons

Re: It's really simple

Me too. I've more or less given up buying e-books, they're too expensive. Secondhand bookshops are much more fun, and save me a packet.

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Court battle date set for £300m BT Cornwall termination dispute

Chris Parsons

Fellow Cornishman here. Just to say thanks for saving me the trouble of posting. One can only hope if it comes to court, they both lose. It's hard to know whether I hate Cornwall Council or BT the most.

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Game, set and DEATHMATCH: Drone TERROR ORDEAL at US Open tennis tournament

Chris Parsons

Air Navigation Orders...

...or whatever the equivalent is in the US.

These are rules which have evolved over time to protect the public and pilots. One of these rules, in the UK, says quite clearly that flying near (500 feet) 'any person, vessel, vehicle or structure' is illegal. And so it should be. The fact that this aircraft is a toy flown by someone incompetent changes nothing. It is a stupid and inconsiderate thing to do.

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Apple: Hey TV people, wanna be in the same place Samsung phones are these days?

Chris Parsons

Re: not setting the bar very high

@Steve Davies 3:

Couldn't agree more. There is ALWAYS something better to do than watch tv.

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Chris Parsons

Re: Oh deals! :)

Is popcorn a secret codeword?

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Fugitive UK hacker turned ISIS recruiter killed in Syria

Chris Parsons

Re: @ Andy Non

Let's face it, if there is a god, he/she/it is a bit of a useless wanker.

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Apple recalling iPhone 6 Pluses to correct their iSight

Chris Parsons

Re: Upvoted and elaborated

Indeed so. My Nokia 1020 takes pretty good photos and has a far higher pixel count than my Nikon SLR. However, the Nikon has a bigger sensor, interchangeable lenses...blah, blah. BUT, and it's a big but, as a pro photographer friend says ad nauseam, the best camera in the world is the one you've got with you. In my case, almost invariably the Nokia.

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