* Posts by Dr_N

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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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DON’T add me to your social network, I have NO IDEA who you are

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"Hank Waggenburger III wants to connect with you via Buttplugg! "

Thank you!

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Entertaining prospect: Amazon Fire TV Stick

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I got one...

It's good for the price. Especially if you already have Prime.

Have to be careful if your Amazon account is in multiple countries: best to set up a new virgin account in the country you want it to log into. Otherwise it gets confused and then won't let you stream any video content due to region restrictions.

Remote interface is just right.

Also has Miracast support.

What's not to like?

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Future Range Rovers will report pot-holes directly to councils

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Re: Signal to noise ratio

"Or they are smart enough to know they NEED 4x4 to survive the pot-holes..."

I visited the UK in February with a Magneride equipped Evoque.

Was so glad of having such a capable vehicle for such dire road surfaces.

Shocking.

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Re: Signal to noise ratio

"With a 900mm wading depth they are raelly good at the rough stuff."

The Evoque pictured is only rated to 50cm.

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Belgium trolls France with bonkers new commemorative coin

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The big question...

How many portions of frites does the coin buy you....?

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Nobel bro-ffin: 'Girls in the lab fall in love with me ... then start crying'

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Re: Why Apologise ?

Just using a non-word like "Feminazi" makes anything you say null-and-void.

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Using leather in 'leccy cars is 'unTesla', rages vegan shareholder

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Instead of moaning about the cows...

... I'd take a look at whether the leather is being sourced from the deathshop... err I mean sweatshop tanneries of Bangladesh.

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Paper driving licence death day: DVLA website is still TITSUP

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Re: The Real Question is...

I can categorically state from experience that UK licence holders do not get cheaper car hire deals abroad than people with licences from other countries. You are kidding yourself.

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The Real Question is...

Why do rental car companies supposedly need to interrogate British driving licence holders' driving records and not the licence details of drivers from other countries?

In France your insurance company and car rental firms have no right to know how many points you have.

This seems to be the result of UK insurance company lobbying ...

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Oh, shoppin’ HELL: I’m in the supermarket of the DAMNED

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Re: Some Dutch shops..

Does anyone do otherwise in your column's comment section...?

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Re: Some Dutch shops..

"No they don't. The ones round here complain if you put your empty bag into the bagging area..."

Are you shopping in Marks & Spenser's ... ?

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Re: Some Dutch shops..

Some French bakeries use the coin dump system.

Also, why is it that only people in the UK seem to have a problem with automated check-outs?

They work fine in France. And the US. Do TescoSainsAsWaitrose use cheap-rate or knock-off system providers?

Worth Investigating, Mr Dabbs? A world tour of Supermarkets, perhaps?

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Gremlins in the first six months? It's the seller's problem – EU court

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Re: Nothing new

[rant] Bloody EU, interfering with peoples' rights to be ripped off! [/rant]

"All you are ever offered in France is a credit voucher and asking for money is met with a flat "non" plus them acting like you just insulted their mothers."

Pay with a card, return item, get credit charged back to card.

It's the law.

Which shops are you having problems with?

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Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV: The new common-as-muck hybrid

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Re: SUV obsession

If you visit the UK and experience the lamentable state of the roads there, an SUV becomes an obvious choice.

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The oracle knows all. Not THAT Oracle, of course

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Software Training

Doing them in a French when all the material is in US English is fun.

Did I say fun? I meant shizz.

At least you don't have to lug around two bulky clip binders of OHP acetate slides anymore...

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Land Rover's return: Last orders and leather seats for Defender nerds

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Santana died a death years ago.

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Maserati Ghibli S: Who cares what Joe Walsh thinks?

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Re: The Anti-Maserati

"Hmm. The girl in the film 'Hanna' (can't remember her name)"

Was it Hanna ?

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Re: diesel

"but a diesel engine of sufficient power has so much torque that it's hard to dismiss it"

The writing is on the wall for private DERVs. Even France, who fell for its faux eco credentials hook, line and sinker are starting to introduce bans in cities.

No amount of pollution control strap-ons will solve the issues with it.

People can now stop fooling themselves with the torque/mpg/eco BS they come out with to try and justify their choice of engine that was based purely on cost. Not power. Not performance, not "torques".

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Good Relaunch by FCA

The Ghibli relaunch of Maserati is a shrewd move by FCA.

So far it seems to be selling well.

Who wouldn't want to try something a bit less Teutonic given the choice?

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Carry On Computing: Ten stylish laptop bags for him

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Victorinox

No Victorinox? I bought one in the US over 10 years ago.

The expansion zip gave out last year: I set it for repair, but they called me up to say it was not repairable. So they sent me a brand new one gratis. That should last another 10 years.

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Putting your schlong into the reel-to-reel tape machine is a bad idea

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I left for France in '96 ...

...so totally missed this opus.

Ah well, You win some, you win some.

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Manchester car park lock hack leads to horn-blare hoo-ha

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No.

The ignition system, is on a separate RFID type system.

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Yet Another Scary Car Locking Story

Where's the subscription based "Tracker" security pitch that normally goes with these articles?

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Right Dabbsy my old son, you can cram this job right up your BLEEEARRGH

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Names: Google Glass

Is this not the killer App for a Google Glass style gadget?

Also:

Are you still not using joke names at Starbucks, Mr Dabbs....? Ivor Biggun ? Mike Hunt ? How can you resist!?

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SOD TABLETS, if you want to get anything done travelling get a ... yes, a LAPTOP

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Re: The art of travel....

">> Microsoft Surface might just be your friend

Tempted, tempted. Short of money, though."

One of the Asus Transformer equivalents then?

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Laptop

What you need, Mr Dabbs, is some kind of convertible tablet/laptop combo with a dockable keyboard, full range of ports, able to run a full range of full-fat software and with plenty of battery life.

I wonder where I've seen something like that.......

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Going up hills past blokes with coke-bottle legs: The Smart E-bike

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Re: Pointless limitations

"So why not wave two fingers at the eurocrats and import the yank version?"

I think you'll find all the restrictions on motorised transport, quadricycles etc are pure 100% British made rules.

Other countries in Europe are much more liberal regarding regulation of such contraptions.

In France they let school kids and convicted drunks drive on the road in 50BHP 4 wheeled mini cars which do not require a driving licence. For example.

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London Coffee Festival: Caffeine, tech and martinis on show in Shoreditch

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Trollface

Coffee aficionados ...

Worse than audiophiles?

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E-voting and the UK election: Pick a lizard, any lizard

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eVoting

Yet another example of trying to ape the USA for no good reason.

Applying a technology/approach for non-existent problems that will translate badly once shipped over the Atlantic.

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

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Access to a loaner test drive Range Rover...

...and no off-roading?

What a waste of a chance at some fun.

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Stuff your RFID card, just let me through the damn door!

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Re: Doing a Clarkson

Wow, did you sign-up specially to post all that. Sotorro ?

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Re: ID

"What French ID carte? There is no valid ID cards you can get from France unless you are either French or not from the EU (carte de séjour/de travail)."

A "Titre de Sejour". You can request this even as an EU citizen.

I'm actually just renewing mine after an address change, Including all the digital fingerprint shenanigans for the "biometric chip".

It's not compulsory to have, but useful if you don't want to carry your passport around for ID.

(Which is compulsory at all times and doubly so when trying to get into most customer sites.)

Driving licences are not legal valid ID in France as it is not compulsory to update the address on them. Our UK passports don't have an address, but they are valid ID. Who knows how their warped bureaucratic minds work....?

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ID

What form of ID did you show the doorman, Mr Dabbs?

The number of times I was almost refused entry to some establishments for not having "Valid ID" and not carrying my passport around: I had to apply for a French ID carte in the end to make onsite visits less annoying.

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DRM is NOT THE LAW, I AM THE LAW, says JUDGE DREDD

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Excellent news

I'll plan to be spending more of my hard won Galactic Groats with them then.

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Oh Em Pee! Giant Android tinkles on Apple in Google Maps graffiti

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Micturating

Sounds much more classy when said that way.

Well done!

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Alfa Romeo MiTo Quadrifoglio Verde: Less fun than it should be

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US Alfa?

You'll probably be waiting a long time for the apocryphal return of Alfa to the US.

In the mean time you could always snag yourself a Dodge Dart:

Basically an Alfa Giulietta sedan.

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Need New Models

I think it's safe to say Alfa really do desperately need some new models.

This is an 8 year old car which has only had minor design tweaks over it's lifetime.

Let's hope Fiat go for a Maserati style re-launch in a couple of months with the new mid-sized saloon.

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