* Posts by Richard Parkin

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Jodie Who-ttaker? The Doctor is in

Richard Parkin

Natural life cycle

It's pretty obvious that the gender change is part of the TLs natural life cycle. Like many creatures here on earth (e.g. Slipper Limpets) they spend many years as males impregnating as many females as possible and then turn into females and breed some more.

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Shape shifting Thatcher

There was a woman on breakfast TV this morning who said it was a good idea because " haven't we had female doctors in hospitals for years" -- I thought he was not that sort of doctor -- and then went on to say "and we had a female prime minister in 1979" thus supporting my belief that the Maggie was a shapeshifting lizard alien ;-)

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Nearly three-quarters of convicted TV Licence non-payers are women

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how they covered up Saville

" how they covered up Saville " you can't blame them for that, he was the darling of the public for years though I always thought he was creepy and couldn't understand his popularity.

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Fancy fixing your own mobile devices? Just take the display off carefu...CRUNCH !£$%!

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Apple warranty page

It's already been quoted above, but it bears repeating since Apple's warranty page is one of the simplest and clearest:

https://www.apple.com/uk/legal/statutory-warranty/

Personally I've bought 2 iPhones and 4 iPads all either used or refurbished and all are in the family and still working and with OK batteries.

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Australian govt promises to push Five Eyes nations to break encryption

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cannot even manage their own passwords ...

These are the people who, in the UK at least, cannot even manage their own passwords.

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UK parliamentary email compromised after 'sustained and determined cyber attack'

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GCHQ NO BETTER

On the linked Cyber Security page it reads "and advise on the necessary mitigating actions.”. It should read "tell them to use better passwords".

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Genoans flout terror ban with bumper basil hand baggage policy

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Not Parmigiano but Pecorino.

Not Parmigiano but Pecorino.

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WWW daddy Sir Tim Berners-Lee stands up for end-to-end crypto

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Re: No, it's not settled

"Don't forget it's also how Peter Sutcliffe (false numberplate) got caught" may be true but since the local crime reporter found, at the time of his arrest, that even his neighbours thought he was the "Ripper" and had repeatedly reported him to the police only to be rejected because he did not have Geordie accent. My point being that good detective work could have caught him much earlier without any reliance on technology which is the answer to all this nonsense about banning encryption.

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Security co-operation unlikely to change post Brexit, despite threats

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Veiled threat

"A threat is a statement of intent to do harm if a certain criteria is satisfied.

Where in T May's letter is there a statement of intent to do harm?"

It's called a veiled threat.

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Murder in space: NASA orders astronauts to KILL cripples – then fire bodies back to Earth

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More research needed

I predict the conclusion of the mouse experiment will be that more research is needed.

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Why don't people secure their IoT gadgets? 'It's not my problem'

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Re: Consumers HAVE learned!!!

Sometimes firmware updates deliberately break things. Updates to cameras have stopped the use of third party batteries, updates to printers prevent the use of third party ink cartridges. If it's working for you don't update it.

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Ancient radioactive tree rings could rip up the history books

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Eggsackly!

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What next for the F-35 after Turkey's threats to turn its back on NATO?

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If Turkey wants out of NATO that removes the obstacle to giving full backing to Kurdistan.

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Huawei: Our fake phone camera pic shame

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I don't know why the author thinks this is no too bad. It's outright crookedness and their excuses are just more lies. They could have just admitted fault and regretted the error and said it should never have happened. It was not just the exif - the reason people looked for the exif was that the image had characteristics of a larger sensor image.

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Parliament takes axe to 2nd EU referendum petition

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50%+1

All the organisations I've been a member of have require a greater than 50%+1 vote to change the constitution/rules. I think the petition has made a reasonable stab at writing a sensible rule so that 45% of the electorate would be required to pass a resolution, aside from saying you had to re-run if it failed. Even the wording of the referendum question is poor as it contains only a vague "should", not shall or must for example.

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All this Brexit talk derailed UK tech spending, right? That's a big fat NOPE

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Out is undefined

Rather like the Scottish vote, "out" is undefined even by the brexiters.

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Scots denied Saltire emoji

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Does the Unicorn ...

Does the Unicorn represent Scotland because like Scotland it is mythical?

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Letters prove GCHQ bends laws to spy at will. So what's the point of privacy safeguards?

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Re: "The solution, I believe, is reform of the voting system "

So your solution is? People get the government they deserve.

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If this has got your gander up

"If this has got your gander up" - I know about swan-upping but gander- upping not so much. Maybe "dander" is what you were thing of?

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The horse has bolted ...

There is no point in all these privacy safeguards, the horse has bolted so it's no good shutting the stable door. The solution, I believe, is reform of the voting system so we can get the buglers out more easily and so make them more responsive. I favour STV for this.

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Brexit: UK gov would probably lay out tax plans in post-'leave' vote emergency budget

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Re: "stay" in EU and keep the £, neither of which were remotely possible.

Of course I meant pound sterling. The Scots could call their currency whatever they wished but it would not be sterling.

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Parliament is sovereign not the People

Parliament is sovereign, not the people so a vote for brexit will only be put into effect if a majority on MPs are in favour, which they are not. The whole thing is a charade like the Scottish referendum where scotnats were promising to "stay" in EU and keep the £, neither of which were remotely possible.

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Revealed: The revolving door between Google and the US govt – in pictures

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Re: Don't worry.

Google will pay for it and for the doors through it.

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How innocent people 'of no security interest' are mere keystrokes away in UK's spy databases

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reform the voting system

Which is why one of the things needed is to reform the voting system so individual MPs are less secure in their seats and voters have more power than the parties. However a sensible first step was rejected overwhelmingly by the great unwashed.

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Woz says wearables – even Apple Watch – aren't 'compelling'

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Hearing aids

Aren't wristwatches and spectacles wearable tech and if you say it has to be electronic what about hearing aids?

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Uninstall QuickTime for Windows: Apple will not patch its security bugs

Richard Parkin

iPhoto still works with El Capitain

As subject

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iPad bricked by iOS 9.3? Don't worry, we'll get through this together

Richard Parkin

No problem here

I have an iPad2 on the beta channel and it updated without problems and an iPhone 4s also no problems, so it's a bit odd that it only affects some. What are you people installing on your iThings that borks them?

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What's next? FBI telling us to turn iPhones into pocket spy bugs? It'll happen, says Apple exec

Richard Parkin

Assault on battery

The FBI are aiming at being able to cause the battery to explode, preferably when a call is made.

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Norman Conquest, King Edward, cyber pathogen and illegal gambling all emerge in Apple v FBI

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Nobody complained before ...

I don't see what all the fuss is about. Before the Internet all mail was opened and copied at the Post Office before being redealed and delivered and nobody complained then.Or was it ...

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Investigatory Powers Bill to be rushed into Parliament on Tuesday

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If you don't like the political system how did you vote in the AV Referendum?

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Depressed? Desperate for a ciggie? Blame the Neanderthals

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Pint

"Here in the Reg US offices, one of our hacks has scored in the top 99th percentile for Neanderthal DNA, with it making up 3 per cent of his genetics. Thankfully he's a non-smoker who's a happy chap at heart." So good of him to pose for your headline picture. Give him a beer.

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It killed Safe Harbor. Will Europe's highest court now kill off hyperlinks?

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The continent's highest court ...

"The continent's highest court", well that's inaccurate.

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Firing a water rocket to 1km? Piece of cake

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Rules don't say how much water

Rules quote dry weight but say nothing about quantity of water, because water ...

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How to build a starship - and why we should start thinking about it now

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The author has the right idea but the wrong reasons. We need to search out intelligent life in other systems and destroy it before it come here and does for us!

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LastPass's password-shuffling rival Dashlane gets a makeover

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Re: How is it on Mobile?

1Password is available on Android now

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Bah humbug. It's Andrew's Phones of the Year

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Re: We aren't going to agree on the best phone

". And who knew a smartphone was going to do all this stuff?" Steve Jobs, obviously. Let the down votes commence ...

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Janet pulls open network info for good after DDoSers exploit it

Richard Parkin

Re: Crocodylia

@ davemcwish

"@Martin-73 @Richar@dJones1

I'm assuming that you reside by the coast and have the requite saltwater typically favoured (but not exclusively) by crocodiles. For the rest of us I'd suggest alligator."

Even the Saltwater Croc does not require salt water and there are plenty of other freshwater croc species.

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Roundworm infection increases female fertility

Richard Parkin

Hookworms

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Helminthic_therapy

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Many UK ecommerce sites allow ‘password’ for logins – report

Richard Parkin

Allow entry of long password but secretly truncate

The worst experience I have had was a site that allowed me to enter a long password but then ignored any characters beyond 11 without informing me. Troy Hunt has cited some examples of this too.

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TalkTalk downplays extent of breach damage, gives extra details

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Re: She's not telling the truth

"Now what talk talk should do is let ANYONE leave them without contract penalties " doesn't solve anything as they still have your details, as has been discussed here you are now an ex customer. If you cancel anything it should be your bank/credit card account.

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Get James Bond in here: 13 million account passwords plundered from 000webhost

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@alien overlord. He was not asking for information (he already had the list) but was trying to alert them to the breach.

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Look out, world! Apple is about to launch .apple

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Re: Boring

@messele and AC above. Quotation marks are intended to indicate quotations. If you had read the article you would have recognised the quote. It is the sentiment expressed in the article that I find boring.

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Boring

"Although fanbois are likely to get very excited over the idea of domain names ending in "apple" (they tend to get excited over literally anything that Apple does)"

Maybe, but not so excited as El Reg when it finds a Apple story. It's all getting a bit boring. If it wasn't for the recipes I'd have to stop looking in.

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Apple iPhones, iPads BRICKED by iOS 9's 'slide-to-upgrade' bug

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Because it's on the beta channel.

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Richard Parkin

So once again we find El Reg readers can't perform backups and upgrades. My iPhone 4s and iPad Air2 are working flawlessly on iOS9 and my old iPad 2 which has been running flawlessly on the beta version is now on iOS 9.1 with no problems.

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Blood-crazy climate mosquitoes set to ground Santa's reindeer

Richard Parkin

If they are so numerous suck them up with giant vacuum cleaners and feed the compressed mass to the reindeer - or export to China where they are probably a delicacy.

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German police ARREST SQUIRREL for stalking woman

Richard Parkin

Releasing Grey Squirrels

I think it is illegal to release a G Squirrel once captured in England.

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Being common is tragic, but the tragedy of the commons is still true

Richard Parkin

Re: 5000 years

Foxes and rabbits indeed but even more like rabbits and myxomatosis. The problem I had was with Tim's picture of 5000 years of cooperation by what he calls Mongolian shepherds. Even today anyone who watches television will have seen that "shepherd" is not a good description of the mounted, armed Mongolian nomads. We are also told that they were a byword for tribal conflict prior to the arrival of the Genghis Khan. Maybe the last 1000 years has been relatively peaceful - for them if not for the rest of Eurasia but the previous 4000 not so much :-(

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Richard Parkin

Re: 5000 years

Maybe. I know what the effect of the BD was but the world is a different place now.

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