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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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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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