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I need a password to BRAKE? What? No! STOP! Aaaargh!

Dr_N

Re: Stereotypes

"Have you been driving a BMW recently, Dr_N?"

Nope. Never, Mr AC.

@Alistair Dabbs

I've recently fitted a dashcam. Not for insurance purposes.

Just to share the exploits of incompetent Gallic drivers

with friends & colleagues.

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Dr_N

Re: Stereotypes

"Nah, I remember driving in France on summer holidays. The French were ok drivers"

I live there. Believe me, they are quite bad.

I'm sure Mr Dabbs could write a whole book on French driving attitude and "skills".

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Dr_N

Re: Sorry

Even the French sneer at modern Citroens. (Old persons car: The C6 was specifically designed and marketed with a retired 80 year old president in mind.)

Which is unfair as everyone knows it's Renault who really badly manufactures cars.

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Dr_N

Stereotypes

Mr Dabbs,

Stereotyping people by the cars they drive is lazy journalism. Not all BMW drivers are utter c***s. (Although many probably are.)

You don't go around saying all French drivers are bad, do you? (Even if they are.)

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Androids in celluloid – which machine deserves the ULTIMATE MOVIE ROBOT title?

Dr_N

ABC Warriors

Not the lone unit featured in Stallone's Dredd, but the whole cadre from 2000AD.

Now there's a bunch of comic characters that need a film adaptation.

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Consumer group SLAMS NASA for letting Google rent $1bn 'playground'

Dr_N

Re: Sounds like Tesco taking over the Hoover building on the A40 London

"What can I say, us Yanks can be a dim lot."

Like all the Brits, myself included, who thought/think the World Series for baseball is named after a global competition instead of a newspaper called "The New York World"...?

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Sky ponders 200,000-customer MVNO 'trial'. Soft launch, anyone?

Dr_N

Voicemail

Will the voicemail service come with PINs pre-shared with other parts of Murdoch's empire?

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How iPad’s soft SIM lets Apple pit carriers AGAINST each other

Dr_N

France too

French operators turned off all the anonymous SIMs about ~10 years ago.

As an anti-terrorism/anti-organised crime measure. (But in reality it's because France is a bit of a Police state.)

Concerning the attempt to convince us that SIMs are no good:

What happens when your phone goes down and you need to use a spare?

Currently you pull the SIM, slot it in a spare phone et voila!

What's the procedure going to be for "Soft" SIMs if you want to quickly swap phones?

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SKYPE has the HOTS for my NAKED WIFE

Dr_N

Webcam Disable Hack:

Put a sticky Label in hole-punch.

Retrieve punched out "chad".

Stick over webcam.

Job done.

(It's the only way to be sure, apps like Cisco's Jabber and Webex seem to forget you've disabled the webcam.)

Cheers for the Dredd references Mr Dabbs.

BTW for a less intrusive VoIP app I recommend the Japanese app LINE.

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Would you blow $5.6m to own a dot-word? Meet a bloke who did just that

Dr_N

How much for .dot ?

dot.dot.dot

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Are you a gun owner? Let us in OR ELSE, say Blighty's top cops

Dr_N

Re: The problem of course

"Of late, our police have been shown to, at best, have very poor judgement."

Oh I don't know:

Spending seized money on frozen margarita machines for the station shows pretty good judgement IMHO.

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Dr_N

Re: Democracy? Republic? Where?

@Cypher

US, the land of the free, eh?

Go Google "Civil Asset Forfeiture":

You get stopped by the police in the US, for whatever reason, and they can basically take all your stuff.

Including any cash you may have on you. No chance of getting it back either.

Watch this and get back to us:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3kEpZWGgJks

Now that is repressive.

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Sign off my IT project or I’ll PHONE your MUM

Dr_N

Toilet breaks?

With all the lovely mobile gadgets we now have, aren't you now expected to work during toilet breaks?

You can easily bring up your Citrix desktop on your company issue smartphone and also answer a few emails whilst answering the call of nature.....

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HBO shocks US pay TV world: We're down with OTT. Netflix says, 'Gee'

Dr_N

Re: Fact checking

Because you have to go to the country specific HBO GO site.

Of which there are only 4 or 5.

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Coughing for 4G, getting 2G... Networks' penny-pinching SECRETS REVEALED

Dr_N

There's a switch for that...

You used to be able to switch on/off EFR/EHR with a few #* code key presses on the old Nokias...

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Take CTRL! Shallow minds ponder the DEEP spectre of DARK CACHE

Dr_N

CTRL-C

Very useful for aborting runs.

Along with CTRL-Z for suspending runs.

"Copy" you say?

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10 Top Tips For PRs Considering Whether To Phone The Register

Dr_N

Excellent

"He called it how he saw it, now hit the ****ing road."

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'Utter killjoy Reg hacks have NEVER BEEN LAID', writes a fan

Dr_N

Is this article a review...

...of a review of a review....?

Social Media, eh?

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Fiat 500S: So pleasingly sporty we didn't want to give it back

Dr_N

Small petrol is back!

Fiat were at the forefront of DERV tech, but they didn't rest on their laurels and perceiving the coming storm of anti-DERV/anti-pollution taxation have come up tops again in the small (turbo'd) petrol car market. TwinAir has now been around for a good while and anyone I know who's driven one calls it "fun".

Stop 'n' start can be de-activated. It's only there to help with quoted consumption figures during tests.

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French prez mulls mobe, fondleslab tax for telly

Dr_N

Like they don't get enough public funding through the annual <<redevance audiovisuel>> and adverts to produce the large amount of 5th rate guff that they do.

The only thing worse than French TV is French Radio.

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Netflix bullish after six-country European INVASION

Dr_N

VPN &/or iTunes are still the best viewing options whilst in France.

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Renault Twingo: Small, sporty(ish), safe ... and it's a BACK-ENDER

Dr_N

All Very Well..

But it's a Renault: so will last just over 2 years* before a catastrophic engine failure or needing the whole "ordinateur de bord" to be replaced.

Oh, and the dealers are a bunch of arrogant, chain smoking coffee swillers.

*time of standard car warranty in France.

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CURSE YOU, 'streaming' music services! I want a bloody CD

Dr_N

"Off Line"

Ah nothing like your streaming service's "off line" mode

deciding it needs to dial home to validate your subscription whilst at 35000ft and then refusing to play anything.

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Good grief! Have you SEEN BlackBerry's SQUARE smartphone?

Dr_N

Re: Well I WANT ONE

Only thing it's missing for me is dual SIM...

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Range Rover to fit trendy new SUV with FRIKKIN' LASER HUDs

Dr_N

Re: And who needs a reminder of what gear they are in?

@rh587

I'm sensing a bit of hostility towards the success story of LR.....

Making the same-old stuff, decade-after-decade, is what killed off British ownership of car makers in the first place.

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Dr_N

Re: Call me sceptical

"The Evoque lasted about 20 minutes, including one tow out of a (not very deep) mud patch."

Wrong tyres fitted & inexperienced driver aren't a good combination.

LR runs Evoques on their courses. Only proviso over Defenders/Discos/Full-size RRs is they don't recommend to do it with 4 passengers.

HUDs are a good idea all round. Current centre touch-displays are not a safe idea on or off road.

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Oh God the RUBBER on my SHAFT has gone wrong and is STICKING to things

Dr_N

Golf

"I bet some of them even play golf, which of course is the saddest, sorriest and bastardest thing that can possibly be blamed on anything close to sentient life anywhere in the universe."

There is a 9-hole golf course across the road from the office and colleagues from around the globe all say how great it must be. Pity no one in this office play golf then.

BTW, Anything with "health" in the title or any kind of "medical" application has the corp lawyers quivering in fear of massive US based lawsuits.

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Dr_N

Talc does work in the short term, but for something you're continually fingering I doubt it'll last more than a day.

Sun HDD enclosures used to use the same rubber in the feet pads and they used to weld themselves to the top of the SunBlade workstations over time.

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Bacon-related medical breakthrough wins Ig Nobel prize

Dr_N

"Bad Science"

After reading Ben Goldacre's book recently all I ask myself now,

on seeing these type of articles on "research", is:

Who got paid how much, to help hawk what?

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The Apple Watch and CROTCH RUBBING. How are they related?

Dr_N

Phone Cameras...

... seem to add about 10 years comparing those shots with your byline photo, Mr Dabbs.

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Read The Gods of War for every tired cliche you never wanted to see in a sci fi book

Dr_N

There seems to be a big market for badly written military SciFi

Audible and Kindle stores are brimmed full of the stuff.

I suppose this is what we can expect in the age of ePublishing.

Anything & everything gets released into the wild.

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BBC Trust candidate defends licence fee, says evaders are CRIMINALS

Dr_N

Re: Licence fee to ITV and Channel 4...

And 95% of the locally produced shows suck cul.

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Heavy VPN users are probably pirates, says BBC

Dr_N

I'd pay an annual £145.50 to watch/listen to the BBC worldwide.

It costs almost that for a good VPN subscription set-up anyway.

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IT jargon is absolutely REAMED with sexual double-entendres

Dr_N

Mons Pubis

Oh Mr Dabbs, you do get yourself into some awkward situations.

Well done.

BTW have you looked up "skiing" on Urban Dictionary?

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Thieves steal more iPhones than any other handset, warns UK government

Dr_N

Re: Find my 'Phone

Is that really an excuse to post an Express link?

So what's the Diana Princess of Wales story angle ?

(I can't be bothered to click it.)

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Reg man looks through a Glass, darkly: Google's toy ploy or killer tech specs?

Dr_N

Re: Well, no I'm not in favour of thumping people as a general rule but.......

"The old tradition (from a very long time ago) that it is unfair to hit someone wearing glasses will take on a whole new meaning in as much as those wearing glasses will be considered to be fair game in certain circles."

What a twuntish statement.

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Bright lights, affordable motor: Ford puts LED headlights onto Mondeo

Dr_N

Kudos on the Alfa SZ reference.

Bravo!

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I’ve never paid for it in my life... we are talking Wi-Fi, right?

Dr_N

Re: Vienna Airport has free WiFi

I was at Valencia airport last week: 45 mins free.

Used roaming 3G, it was less hassle.

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Dr_N

Work phone

Seems like an awful lot of trouble to go to for a WiFi connection when you can just select the "log in with your provider" option (e.g. Orange) and enter the work/network supplied username/password and let them sort out the bill.

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Fast And Furious 6 cammer thrown in slammer for nearly three years

Dr_N

Coulson

And Coulson only got 18 months?

Justice is not only blind, but also high on drugs.

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True fact: 1 in 4 Brits are now TERRORISTS

Dr_N

I'm Okay Then...

Didn't look at it.

Didn't feel the need to look at it.

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Top Gun display for your CAR: Heads-up fighter pilot tech

Dr_N

BMW's system projects onto the windsceen iirc.

It's lowly Peugeot who use a similar projection screen. And that's also been available for 3 or more years.

Old hat technology, but safer than all the daft touchscreens manufacturers are putting into the centre consoles of many models: Head Down Displays. Genius.

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Americans to be guinea pigs in vast chip-and-PIN security experiment

Dr_N

Patents finally run out?

Have some patents finally run out on some critical C&P stuff then?

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Nuts to your poncey hipster coffees, I want a TESLA ELECTRO-CAFE

Dr_N

Re: Move to the US

The US is a possibility. Or just nip over The Channel to France....

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Fiat Panda Cross: 'Interesting-looking' Multipla spawn hits UK

Dr_N

Multipla Spawn?

That'd be the 500L based 500X and it's Jeep cousin the Renegade due out soon.

Not this Panda.

Fiat are producing some good cars and the 500L based ones are really very good.

This baby one should sell well too.

The tech they've brought to bear on DERVs (used by many other manufacturers)

and the peppy 2-cylinder TwinAir petrol is fantastic. More power to them.

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Nice computers don’t need to go to the toilet, says Barclays

Dr_N

Re: Starbucks

You can have way more fun with made-up names......

(Just look at the fun they have with yours.)

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Dr_N

Starbucks

You use your real name when ordering coffee at Starbucks !?

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Swell. Apple buys 'Pandora-for-talk-radio' app... for $30 meeellion

Dr_N

Re: Talk Radio

You don't need iPlayer for BBC Radio

Tunein works fine.

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There's NOTHING on TV in Europe – American video DOMINATES

Dr_N

France

"This shows how European policy is in abject retreat despite a huge political stand by France in particular. France, with its substantial subsidies for locally produced content, is still completely failing to halt the shift to US content"

French TV is (for the most part) garbage.

About the only thing they do well is travel documentaries.

The fact it is (or isn't) subsidized doesn't change this.

At least the Beeb can still pull rabbits out of it's hat some of the time.

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Say goodbye to landfill Android: Top 10 cheap 'n' cheerful smartphones

Dr_N

What, no Wiko?

If you want a list of budget Androids there has to be a couple of Wikos on it!

Dual SIM, no contract. No pre-installed bloat.

I paid €70 for an Ozzy.

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