* Posts by Dr_N

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Jeep Cherokee 2.2: Capable, comfortable ... but just not very Jeep

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"because the accelerator pedal has a very long travel distance, in order to make rock crawling easier"

With an automatic gearbox off-road, you would apply constant revs and left-foot brake to control the car.

Just saying'.

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Re: BEEEEEEEP

"Personally I think anything that helps stop lumbering great lumps of iron from wandering about the lanes on a motorway is a good thing."

But enough about Skoda, let's get back to this Jeep review......

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Wow, Barcelona really has a problem with tech disruptors. Watch out Airbnb

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Re: What is a tourist? (NOT a tourist tax)

"Yet you seem to infer that i'm wrong somehow."

There's no need for the downvote just 'cause you don't like being wrong. You implied that the taxe de sejour is equivalent to the taxe d'habitation to cover:

"water treatment, garbage collection, etc..."

But water treatment is paid for through a water bill with a water company and garbage collection is paid for via the taxe foncier. (A property tax.) This taxe de sejour, at up to €4/night is way, way above that. So it's a tourist tax. Not an inhabitants' tax.

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Re: What is a tourist? (NOT a tourist tax)

"Interesting question, but irrelevant here. What I think the article calls a "tourist tax", at least in Paris, is the so called "inhabitant tax" that every person living in France pays to the loacal authority"

No, it's actually the taxe de séjour. To be paid by "vacanciers" but business travellers also get caught in the net.

Explained in French here:

http://vosdroits.service-public.fr/particuliers/F2048.xhtml

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FORKING BitcoinXT: Is it really a coup or just more crypto-FUD?

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Re: PoopCoin

Payment with iPlopr will use NFC via a process to be named coiling-off....

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PoopCoin

I'm convinced.

This will tie-in nicely with my new mobile pay-app concept, "iPlopr"

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Sony Xperia M4 Aqua 4G: The Android smartie that can take its drink

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IP65 is tested for water jets

IP68 is tested for continuous immersion.

So two different types of test/rating.

Just because you can spray it with a fire hose, doesn't mean you can dunk it in water for long period and vice-versa.

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'Unexpected item in baggage area' assigned to rubbish area

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Do those who don't like self-serve check-outs...

... also drive around looking for petrol stations that still have a man come out to fuel their car for them and bring their change out when you pay?

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French Balls

I'm sure there are better French terms for balls.

"Glaouis" for example.

You're obviously not down-wid-da-kidz, Mr Dabbs.

(Although I think it's Maghrebi in origin.)

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Fancy a mile-high EARJOB? We've had five!

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Re: @AJames

"I can't quite see the advantage of being allowed to wear earbuds during the phases of flight where all electronic equipment (including any noise-cancelling circuitry) has to be switched off."

Have you not flown recently? Switching off gadgets in no longer a requirement on most flights.

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All aboard the Skylake: How Intel stopped worrying and learned to love overclocking

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Never mind all that ...

Kudos on the '70s kids' TV programme reference.

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Brits send Star Wars X-wing fighter to the stratosphere

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Re: Here's an interesting poser that I have posed elsewhere.

"The Harrier's jet engines are fitted in VTOL configuration, where as the X-Wing's engines are fitted in a fixed-forward configuration."

The Harrier only has a single engine.

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ZTE Nubia Z9 Mini: The able Android smartie the company won't sell you

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Re: Dual sim

Currently I'm running an Asus Padfone Mini. (Intel version) Basically a Zenfone4.

Dual SIM works very well.

You can make or receive calls on either SIM although you can set a preferred default SIM.

You can set the phone to dial out on the same SIM as a previous incoming call.

For data, you select one or the other and can relatively easily switch between the two although this does involve the phone disconnecting from the networks during the switch.

I wouldn't ever have a Single SIM phone again.

Pity this ZTE "Mini" is so massive. Otherwise it could have be an interesting next phone.

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Skills crisis? Not for long: More and more UK kids gain STEM quals

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Re: Not so good

"The UK is the sixth biggest digital economy in Europe..."

Yeah, but after the first three digital economies, there's a reaaal big drop off.....

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Apple and Google are KILLING KIDS with encryption, whine lawyers

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Munitions

Wasn't hard encryption classed as a munition back-in-the-day to control export of encryption technology?

Second Amendment: Job jobbed (At least in the US)

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Smartphone sales looking rosy for Asus, despite PC meltdown

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Happy Asus phone customer here.

Padfone Mini (Zenfone 4 version) surprisingly good.

Even with an older Intel chipset.

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Perhaps middle-aged blokes SHOULDN'T try 34-hour-long road trips

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Choose a lane?

Just do what the Brits, Belgians and Swiss do and sit in the middle like they own the whole autoroute/strada/pista.

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It's happened, folks: An actual exhibition about cats and the internet

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Early Internet cats...

The Nokia ad with the ceiling fan and the Ford Sport Ka one too.

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All hail Ikabai-Sital! Destroyer of worlds and mender of toilets

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This whole piece ...

.. was just an excuse to post chodbin euphemisms.

Well done.

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Audi RS3: Keep running up that hill, with no problems

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Stationwagons

All the RSs are stationwagons: Meh.

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AIDS? Ebola? Nah – ELECTRO SMOG is our 'biggest problem', says Noel Edmonds

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WOO WOO !!!

Internet inspired Woo. Can't beat it.

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The Q7: Audi’s big SUV goes from tosspot to tip-top

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"SUVs are vulgar, stupid piles of shit for tasteless wankers"

Aw. They're not allowed under your company car rules then?

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Petrol cars are dead in the water, says Tesla CTO waving numbers on the back of an envelope

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Re: @Derpity Still a bit confused

"If you want a truly environmental vehicle, get an old car and make it run on alcohol or bio-diesel."

Fuel alcohol and bio-diesel are nothing more than a farming subsidy scam.

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Bloke cuffed for blowing low-flying camera drone to bits with shotgun

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Re: He should go free...

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"Wrong. Punishment for hunting on private land in France without permission is up to 1 year in prison and a €15,000 fine."

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"They may have limited rights to chase a wounded animal for the coup de gras "

You said it yourself:

In effect hunters can come onto your land under the pretext of chasing an already wounded animal.

Thereby giving them access to virtually any land they so please.

And if you argue with them? Well maybe you'll end up as one of the +50 accidents that happen every year.

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Re: He should go free...

'Bollocks. This is a myth. I suggest you go re-read the restrictions of "Loi Verdeille".'

Hunters can go anywhere if an animal is said to be "blessé mortellement".

And you only have to go walking anywhere in France to cross a bunch of drunken hunters ready to fire a warning shot your way whilst they are enjoying their post-drink wandering with a loaded weapon.

Why do you think French garde du chasse carry sidearms and not rifles/shotguns? It's not to protect themselves from 4 legged animals....

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Re: He should go free...

"In the UK, anyone engaging in shooting activities is legally obliged to ensure that any shots fired do not leave the boundaries of the land over which you have permission to shoot, nor that you endanger another individual."

Ha ha. That's the UK. or "Hobbiton" as it's know to the rest of the world.

e.g. In France "hunters" are allowed to chase and kill virtually anything they please, on any property.

Even public land.

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And on that bombshell: Top Gear's Clarkson to reappear on Amazon

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"On a point of principle, I refuse to purchase items from Amazon. If a product is only sold on Amazon, then that's tough for the product. ..."

I bet Amazon and the trio are gutted to hear that.

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Chromecast gains wired Ethernet dongle

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VPN Router

Good for plugging into a VPN router too....

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HP slaps dress code on R&D geeks: Bin that T-shirt, put on this tie

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Re: HP Parking

Reverse parking is usually a site safety policy associated with places that use hazardous chemicals and need to be evacuated quickly. Such as chip fabs.

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It’s DEJA VU: Customer forgets to tell us about essential feature AGAIN

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"ambient chocolate aroma "

Mmmm lovely!

You should try a stint in a French office Mr Dabbs:

Everywhere except the bowl applies.

And then there's the lack of hand washing coupled with the need to shake everyone's hands every single morning.

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Jeep drivers can be HACKED to DEATH: All you need is the car's IP address

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"why are any incoming connections accepted at all?"

How else will the dealer/finance company disable the car when you miss an installment ...?

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FEMALE BLOOD-SUCKERS zero in on human prey by smelling our BREATH

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The most satifying way of dealing with Mosquitos ...

... is The Executioner electric racquet: Burn you bastards!!!!!

Just wait until the Asian Tiger mosquito makes it to UK shores. I'm sure the Daily Mail must have already printed "stories" about it...

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Bill Hicks: 25 years on from the cult comedian's big break

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If you were into comedy in the 90s, then it's less likely you've heard of him, "x 7"

However he was a comedian who did have a large following in the UK that seemed, for a while at least, to increase posthumously.

Just because you never heard of him doesn't really mean anything.

Are you in marketing, perchance?

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Evil computers sense you’re in a hurry and mess with your head

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Re: Church people

I think you'll find that globally it's the British who have the reputation for being poor/non tippers.

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What do you MEAN, 'Click on the thing which looks like a Mondrian?'

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Re: Why do you keep using the phrase "training course"?

... or a university degree course.

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It's a Floorplanning Button

Obviously.

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Let me PLUG that up there, love. It’s perfectly standaAAARGH!

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The Rise of IT Consultants...

The outbreak of Mad Cow disease...

Coincidence?

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Subaru Outback Lineartronic: The thinking person’s 4x4

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Re: I have

"One (other) thing that I do not miss at all about the UK is the rampant jealousy and disdain for anyone who's actually done better than you, regardless of how much harder they worked for it."

Oh AC, What makes you think my current model of automotive transport would make me covet someone's VAG?

Surely Audi drivers must know the stick they are opening themselves up to by buying into the Vorsprung durch Technik...?

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Re: I have An Audi...

"Nope, simply go there before you in more comfort..."

...by sitting my Audi 6 inches off the bumper of every car that appears in front of me until they pulled over to let my clearly superior self and car pass them.

Audi drivers, the first to tell you which car they drive even though no one is asking and no one is really that impressed.

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Re: I have

"I have an Audi 4wd A6"

Out of the way everyone. Audi driver coming through.

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French Uber bosses talk to Le Plod over 'illicit activity' allegations

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Re: French Uber bosses charged with four crimes under French law

"Has to be said, the more I read about France in the press lately, the more it comes across as a third world country with delusions of adequacy."

I'd say the state of the roads would be a better indication of Third World status.

In which case the UK would definately be beneath most other EU countries given the shocking state of the Queen's

highways....

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In the mean time...

...French taxi drivers continue to rip off everyone with criminal level fares.

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Smart meters set to cost Blighty as much as replacing Trident

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Privatised Industry

Can some explain again why public money is being used to subsidise this profitable private industry in rolling out something the industry is so eager to have....?

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That man told me to stuff a ROLE up my USER ENTRY!

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"First rule of contracting club..."

Is don't mention Contracting Club, surely?

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X/ext

Mr Dabbs "I am a freelance contractor"

I thought you were a "Freelance Technology 'Ho" ?

Did you get assigned an "userx" or "user-ext" username/email account? The contractor's mark of Cain.

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Pint-sized PCIe powerhouse: Intel NUC5i5RYK

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Re: Noise?

"Anyone knows of something fanless that can run Windows?"

Akasa do fanless heatsink cases for the NUCs.

I have the previous NUC D54250WYK in an Akasa Newton H case. And have been using it connected to the TV as a general PC and media player. Daily use for more than a year running Win 8.1 and a wireless laptop/touchpad style keyboard. Sound is piped via USB to a Topping VX1 DAC/AMP.

All works flawlessly.

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This whopping 16-bit computer processor is being built by hand, transistor by transistor

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How about 7400 ICs and wire-wrap ?

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Buy with your head, drive with your heart: Alfa Romeo 4C Coupe

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Re: Alfa

Mine's a Guinness,

Are you in the valve sector or the electronics sector? Or just a consumer with a bad boiler experience....?

And what does this have to do with FCA's Baby Alfa. Did your boss just order the Spider and you need to talk it down to dull the envy?

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Re: Alfa

Electrics from the likes of that famous Italian firm Bosch....?

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Re: HiFi.

Blue & Me was fine. 10 years ago. Parrot is a stop-gap for the 4C as all other FCA cars now run UConnect. Try an Alfa Forum for B&M help.

A nice review of the 4C. Thanks El Reg.

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