* Posts by Chris Parsons

583 publicly visible posts • joined 3 Apr 2008


Move along, nothing to see here: Auditors say £100k grant to Hacker House was 'appropriate'

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Re: An innocent man

We have a suitable ditch; I wrote to my MP and offered it, free of charge, but have yet to receive a reply.

UK Ministry of Justice brags about new digital forensics unit to thwart tech-savvy jailbirds

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Re: Why not reduce prisoner numbers?

I'm staggered anyone would downvote a post criticising Grayling.

Q. Who's triumphantly slamming barn door shut after horse bolted at warp 9? A. NordVPN

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Re: I'm torn

Agreed. We no longer live in a free society and our governments are not to be trusted.

Tesla has made a profit. Repeat, Tesla has made a profit – $143m in fact

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Re: Leasing versus sales

Too bloody true. We paid £7000 for our 2007 Saab in 2010 and it's still going strong; comfortable, reliable, reasonably economical and a hell of a lot cheap than leasing anything comparable.

Not LibreOffice too? Beloved open-source suite latest to fall victim to the curse of Catalina

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Re: I get off the Mac OS update train.

I moved to Mint Linux 3 years ago and have yet to regret it.

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A teacher friend was told not to tell pupils they had failed anything, but they had had a deferred success.

Criminalise British drone fliers, snarl MPs amid crackdown demands

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Re: criminalising the flying of any drone within three miles of a licensed aerodrome.

Hey!!! I'm over 70 and cycled from Cornwall to Munich and back last year, so you keep your ageist remarks to yourself!!!

Oracle demands $12K from network biz that doesn't use its software

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Whoever...it's the subject of the sentence, not the object!!!

We're all doooooomed: Gloomy Brit workforce really isn't coping well with impending Brexit

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Re: When to move abroad


Absolutely best comment ever. Thank you so much.

UK Supreme Court unprorogues Parliament

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Re: Except it’s not is it...

This lefty kid is 70 and ever more inclined to move further left-ward. I lived in the US for a while, would not wish to repeat the experience. Oh, and you're one hell of a smug bastard.

Hacker House shoved under UK Parliament's spotlight following Boris Johnson funding allegs

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Re: Why are we even...

Couldn't agree more. I find it worrying that people just shrug when it is mentioned our pm is a proven liar and philanderer.

The D in Systemd is for Directories: Poettering says his creation will phone /home in future

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Re: re: Once desktop processing power became sufficient to crack the encryption

And bravely anonymous.

Just what we all needed, lactose-free 'beer' from northern hipsters – it's the Vegan Sorbet Sour

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And as an aside, The Mort Subite in Brussels is one of the best bars in the world.

Not so G.fast: Hybrid fibre 'under review' as Openreach remembers it's all about FTTP now

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Re: Oddly...

I live in the middle of nowhere in rural Cornwall. Amazingly, we (and our 3 neighbours) have FTTP.

Brit MPs: Our policies are crap and the political process is in tatters, but it's Twitter's fault, OK?

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Re: No s##t Sherlock...

My moronic MP sent a batch email to all who'd harangued him saying that we just have to accept he's right and it's time to get behind him and 'enjoy the benefits of Brexit'. This is the same tw@ who suggested knife crime could be solved by putting a GPS RECEIVER!!! in every knife sold. Still, at least the knives would know where they were...

Mainstream auto makers stuff in more self-driving tech: 8% of new Euro cars have Level 2 smarts

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@Electronics 'R'Us

Living in Cornwall and riding only on two wheels, I salute you!

In Hemel Hempstead, cycling is as bad as taking a leak in the middle of the street

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Re: At werdsmith.

Own everything? What, like a motorist, you mean?

Mozilla says Firefox won't defang ad blockers – unlike a certain ad-giant browser

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Re: Because 30% of people are more or less dim witted

You deserve more votes.

The top three attributes for getting injured on e-scooters? Having no helmet, being drunk or drugged, oddly enough

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Re: Scooter stoopid

Not if you're 70 and live in Cornwall it's not.

Whistleblowing saboteur costs us $167m bellows Tesla’s accountant

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Re: Check your numbers...

And the one in the UK is of more immediate concern. Especially as his strings seem to be being pulled by an unelected Darth Vader.

Gov flings £10m to help businesses get Brexit-ready with, um... information packs

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Re: Looks like el Reg is being as disingenuous as the Biased Broadcasting Corporation

Don't forget, our honest, decent, principled PM said himself 'fuck business'.

Anyone who still thinks Brexit is about the 'will of the people' is a moron.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson moves to shut Parliament

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Re: So, to sum up. . .

Gosh, Brussels Broadcasting Corporation. That's clever. Well done.

Researchers studying Facebook's impact on democracy decry lack of data access, warn: We'll walk...

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FB - Just don't

That is all.

GIMP open source image editor forked to fix 'problematic' name

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Re: Eh?

When I left the corporate world, I had a pleasant 15 years doing freelance IT support. One of my customers, a titled lady and keen pursuer of innocent foxes, had a problem with her internet. I had a quick gander and realised that it was a BT fault, so said that she needed to talk to them in the first instance as she was the customer. She called the support desk and after much shouting and swearing, handed the phone to me and said 'I can't understand a word he's saying, it's a f*cking Paki'. I don't know who was the most embarrassed, he or I.

Harvard freshman kicked out of US over OTHER people's posts on his social media

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Absolutely true. Most Americans are delightful. I'm sure that scumbag Johnson would love to copy Trump, or even better, stage à coup.

Electric vehicles won't help UK meet emissions targets: Time to get out and walk, warn MPs

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Re: Bicycles. Stop the tribalism and embrace the future.

Couldn't agree more. I sold my car two years ago and cycle everywhere or take the train. I live in rural Cornwall, so we're not exactly over-endowed with public transport, but it is possible and, believe it or not, enjoyable.

'Deeply concerned' UK privacy watchdog thrusts probe into King's Cross face-recognizing snoop cam brouhaha

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Re: Private/Public land

Especially as this 'private' space is what was so often 'public' space until recently, but nobody told us its ownership had changed.

I could throttle you right about now: US Navy to ditch touchscreens after kit blamed for collision

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Re: Touch screens

I think everyone should have to ride a bike before they're allowed in a car, they might learn something.

Cambridge Analytica didn't perform work for Leave.EU? Uh, not so fast, says whistleblower

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Anonymous coward

It must take guts to post anonymously like that.

UK PM Johnson spins revolving doors, new digital minister falls through

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Re: Full Fibre?

It baffles me how anyone could down vote your post. He lied.

Apollo 11 @ 50: The long shadow of the flag

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Re: The most expensive dick swinging contest in history

Hey, Mr Not at all Thick...it's bear, not bare.

Brussels changes its mind AGAIN on .EU domains: Euro citizens in post-Brexit Britain can keep them after all

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Re: Do you want a second referendum?

"Most Leavers see Remain as the catastrophically risky version."

However, The Economist, FT, CBI, IMF and Bank of England think the reverse is true. Still, compared to the bloke in the pub, what do they know?

Flight Simulator 2020: Exciting new ride or a doomed tailspin in a crowded market?

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If it's any comfort, I have a PPL and Instrument Rating. I find FSX MUCH harder than the real thing.

Zorin OS 15 nods at Ubuntu and welcomes Windows escapees

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Re: No problems here

Ditto networked Brother M/F laser/scanner. It just works.

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Alarming world of Linux?

It's Windows I find alarming.

LibreOffice 6.3 hits beta, with built-in redaction tool for sharing those █████ documents

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I name you...

Microsoft Office, and I claim my £5

Wanted: Big iron geeks to help restore IBM 360 mainframe rescued from defunct German factory by other big iron geeks

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Ah, BAL on a 360/30, with 3x2311 disk drives. The beginning of my IT (or computing, as we called it then) career. Never seen a red one, though.

UK's planned Espionage Act will crack down on Snowden-style Brit whistleblowers, suspected backdoored gear (cough, Huawei)

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Nope, can't think of any that were reasonable upon entry.

It's been a lean month for Microsoft's Visual Studio Code, but look! Remote Development

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Re: And also never leave the warm embrace of VS Code.

Do calm down. It is possible not to use it, though it's not a bad editor.

Giga-hurts radio: Terrorists build Wi-Fi bombs to dodge cops' cellphone jammers

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Re: WiFi Routers can be anywhere; cell towers are generally in fixed locations

Frei, not frie.

Tesla big cheese Elon Musk warns staffers to tighten their belts in bid to cut expenses (again)

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Re: Servicing

Downvote for starting post with 'so'....why do people do this now?

Wine? No, posh noshery in high spirits despite giving away £4,500 bottle of Bordeaux

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God, there are some berks around. Thanks for the link, loved reading all that complete drivel.

Let's check in with our friends in England and, oh good, bloke fined after hiding face from police mug-recog cam

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Re: What the heck

It would seem - thank god - yours is not a popular view.

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Re: Is there a law for that?

Completely off-topic BUT..a friend's son had a VW Microbus, hand painted, with 'I say no to drugs - but they don't listen' as one of its many witticisms. Surprisingly, he was frequently stopped.

C'mon, UK networks! Poor sods have 'paid' for their contract phones a few times over... Tell 'em about good deals

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7 years ago, my Vodafone contract came to an end. They rang me and eventually offered a better deal. They emailed a new contract with my name spelled incorrectly, the wrong address and the wrong rate. When I pointed this out, they said 'just sign, we'll fix it later'...yeah, right. Now a happy GiffGaff customer.

Prez Trump's trade war reshapes electronics supply chains as China production slows

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Re: It all gets paid for by We The People.

WHO - it is a subject, not an object.

Crap band sues crap beer maker: Hair-metal rockers have an Axl to grind over Guns N' Rosé

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Re: Sounds like a reach to me.

Nonsense. Mort Subite has outstandingly good service, and is the best bar in the world.

Uber, Lyft rides among the biggest reasons why you're probably sitting in traffic right now – study

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Re: But are Uber and Lyft the root cause?

I live in Cornwall, the definitive home of the steep hill. I cycle everywhere. I am 70. It can be done if you have the will to do it.

BT to up targets for FTTP rollout 'if the right conditions are met'

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Re: who sign up ... companies like BT ... price is by far the only consideration

No they don't. Zen are superb at ownership.

Age verification biz claims no-payment model for 40% of Brits ahead of July pr0n ban

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Re: schadenfreude

I wonder which dick downvoted. Theresa?