* Posts by Chris Parsons

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Mozilla flings teddy out of pram over France's 'Patriot Act'

Chris Parsons

Re: Until we stop running scared.......

Sadly, democracy is pretty much dead, big business rules the governments, and they rule us.

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Eurovision

I'm staggered anyone should downvote this post.

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Apple MacBook 2015: Twelve inches of slim and shiny fanboi joy

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Re: I'll take MacOS any day because it's certified UNIX

True, that's why I love my Hackintosh. Go and see Tonymac, and you can do it too!

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Smile! Brit transport plods turn bodycams on travelling public

Chris Parsons

Re: Who is Kidding Who?@ handle

@Anonymous coward (says it all, really)

Downvoted for being a smug tw@

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Range Rover Sport: Like a cathedral on wheels, only with comfier pews

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Re: Marlow Bridge

That is very, very heavy for what is, after all, a car.

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TR6

Name something that could go wrong with a car and it happened to my TR:

Wheel fell off

Diff blew up

Caught fire (twice)

Engine seized

Clutch seized

And many, many more. Loved it, though, and would have it back tomorrow - as long as I had another car when I need to get somewhere.

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The Apple Watch: THROBBING STRAP-ON with a knurled knob

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Yuk!

But then I'm an old person, with nice wind-up watches, so what would I know?

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Google TUGS Nexus 7-INCHER from its online store

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Re: Nexus 7 or Nexus 7 2013

I've got both versions of the 7, and a 10. The 7s are both fine with 5.1, the 10 less so - occasionally drops Wifi, but in all other respects all are ok.

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Fancy a wristjob from Tim Cook? TOUGH LUCK, you CAN'T HAVE ONE

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Only if I lose my Rolex, and my Omega, and my Junghans, and my Zenith, and my other Rolex, and my Oris...so no, you smug sod, I shan't be wearing a smart watch.

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Apple Watch: We ROUNDUP the ROUNDUPS. Yes, Roundup-squared

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Re: Ah, media hype.

"This is what happens when you let STUPID people, who others believe in because someone gave them a label of "expert", the microphone." - and is why democracy is so very flawed.

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Hated biz smart meter rollout: UK.gov sticks chin out, shuts eyes

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Terrierist

Is that something to do with hunting?

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Apple boots Windows 7 out of Boot Camp

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Re: Looks stupid from an enterprise perspective...

@MonkeyCee

The plural of 'box' is 'boxes', or maybe that's not cool enough?

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Teen sex pic swap shop SnapChat seeks Saudi cash to keep selfies flowing

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Re: Part-time hedonism

All true, certainly in my experience. I've seen men and women go to the loo on the plane and come out in western clothes.

We should not have dealings with this corrupt, backward regime.

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Britain needs more tech immigrants, quango tells UK.gov

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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

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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

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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…

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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'

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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

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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

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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

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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

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@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

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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

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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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