1613 posts • joined 19 Apr 2007
As Winston (reputedly) once said...
There are lies, damned lies, and statistics.
"The politicos said that the country's current Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000 (RIPA) already had the necessary safeguards in place to address the privacy flaws found in the European Union's Data Retention Directive."
Like the "safeguards" which allowed local councils all over the country to send out undercover jobsworths to spy upon and film people just to check if they were in the catchment area of schools to which they'd sought access for their kids, or to identify if their mutt had crapped on a verge?
Yes, dog mess is antisocial, but the glee with which these (generally unelected) arseholes rushed out to play at James Bond or Spooks shows how dangerous it is to give any more power to politicos.
You never know who'll end up (mis)using it. Misuse of power is as certain as death and taxes.
Re: "Providers have no reason to retain the data"
Governments should be made to carry a Government Health Warning!
Come back Wat Tyler; all is forgiven!
"...Will people cough up for $300 iWatch to measure the length of their jogs..."
At one time, who'd have thought that people would fork out large sums for a pair of
pumps trainers, and yet avoid any form of exercise/gym/exertion?
...and yet they do!
Written as one who's used Macs since the late eighties, loves his iPhone and iPad, but reckons he'll stay with his Seiko 'cos it's the first thing his SWMBO bought him many years ago. And it still works perfectly, and does everything he asks from a watch (it tells me what time it is).
"...our free and democratic way of life might be in danger from an controlling, authoritarian regime!..."
Might be in danger???
"...a controlling, authoritarian regime!..."
Like those in the Palace of Westminster, in the White House, and in Brussels?
I would go on to add that "our free and democratic way of life" doesn't actually exist - it's merely an illusion of democracy doled out to us plebs by an arrogant and contemptuous ruling élite...
Missed your meds?
Re: RIP Felix ...
RIP Felix too, from someone who values anyone who refuses to roll over for the establishment - in almost any area of life.
Re: We don't know!
Perhaps he doesn't hear what he's told, 'cos he's a Def Leppard...
Coat 'n' Cab, please...
OK, it's stopped...
So it's "Goodnight" from me...
Re: Commentard Fail
Don't knock their bigoted ranting:- at least it keeps 'em off the streets and out of harm's way...
"...Compare Apple's and oranges...
Compare Apple's what with oranges?
@AC 6 Days ago...
"...the average El Reg commentard's extra-martial philanderings..."
Why should commentards fancy (or be) a bit of rough?
Re: Sorry folks.....…..…
If so many are in the pay of the aforementioned, then WTF am I not also..?
@AC 4 Hrs ago (Re: He is giving a talk about maven)
"I'm a shy computer nerd and have an attractive wife and two kids myself."
Not all that shy, then.
What? Even bigger than...
...those whose whole raison d'être appears to be to scour the web to find spurious items for a vicarious pop at Apple?
Oh, wait! It's Jasper, of course. MD of "Trolls'R'Us"...
Re: It's no surprise
Is not humble water a chemical?
H20 ring a bell?
I can't grasp...
...why our rebel colonial cousins get so het up about basketball and baseball.
On our civilised side of the pond, we leave these games to schoolgirls and call them by their proper names, viz Netball and Rounders.
Perhaps after all, that nice Mr. Ballmer really is a big girl's blouse...
Re: Perfect Cover?
Seeing what our UK politicos have done on YouTube etc., and their Twitter/Facebook stuff as reported in the press (I don't do Facebook or Twitter), perhaps ALL politicos and their ilk should be banned from the interwebs in general...
Re: To be fair...
Of course it "ain't cool"'.
It's Jasper on his regular anti-Apple trollfest...
Of FAR more interest...
...would be the psychological profiles of the
scum high-ups in the banks & loan companies who prey upon cater to students.
Any takers on almost 100% psychopaths?
the inherent weakness in ANY system - iOS, Android, Windows, OSX, Linux - is the liveware.
Makes a nice change...
To see someone:-
a) sort it out very quickly
b) put their hand up to it without equivocating woffle
c) say "thanks" to the finder.
It's a pleasant change. A pint for PayPal.
After all, operating systems are getting better & more security aware these days; so (to a degree) is utility software (even Flash, Acrobat etc.,) yet there's virtually no development in the weakest part of any system.
The most prevalent virus I've come across in the last few years has had different effects, but it's all been the PICNIC virus:-
Problem In Chair Not In Computer.
"China – the largest consumer of PCs on the planet"
Natch:- all those hacking cadres in the PLA to train...
The old adage...
Bank screws man:- not news.
Man screws bank:- NEWS!
Re: Glad I switched
...AND Three produce those very amusing commercials with dancing ponies, singing kittens and whatever they've got planned next.
A bit of silliness in a dull world never hurts...
Re: Perversely, I thought metering was sane.
If Ben Franklin were alive today:-
"There are only three things that are certain in life: death, taxes and being screwed by business"
Re: Hasn't El Reg heard of ramraiding before?
Local constabulary turning up @ 0200 to investigate a phoned-in robbery suspicion?
What a novel idea.
Ours (both of 'em) would be investigating B&Bs for not promoting equality of sexual orientation, or arresting people who used naughty words on Twitter. Or snoozing...
...and if said vending machine is equipped with a Z80 or 6502 it will have far more intelligence/processing power/awareness than the USPTO has collectively.
Re: It might be illuminating ...
Cynicism is realism...
...at least, it is when the subject is The Palace of Westminster.
@Roo - Re: Oh Yeah...?
And we plebs have eggs, as Prescott found out...
"...Fred Wilson reckons Apple will no longer be the top dog of tech by 2020..."
Window cleaner Herbert Bloggs disagrees with him, and furthermore says "Fred Wilson will no longer be much of a venture capitalist by 2020."
How many venture capitalists, analysts and bankers have we seen with egg-splattered faces in the last few decades?
Re: Networking @Cliff
In a goldrush, the main people who get rich are the ones selling shovels...
Re: Existing Solutions
"... there would be less second and third cars around..."
You mean bits are going to drop off them - or do you mean "... there would be fewer second and third cars around..."?
"...an analyst has predicted..."
Whatever precedes (or follows) those words has all the credibility of a tale by The Brothers Grimm...
...or even the rabid iFoes...
Re: At the risk of being downvoted
The device works - it's an external service which ain't servicing - which isn't Apple's fault...
"...all the major food groups, i.e. dairy, fruit, sponge and jelly..."
But everyone knows the major food groups include cholesterol, caffeine and brown sauce...
...oh, and beer!
@SJG (or in praise of him)
"It's your money, go buy whatever you want, but please stop telling everyone else that they're idiots.
At last - a (very rare) comment of such total common sense and rationality that I feel SJG should be stuffed, mounted and preserved on the wall as an example of how to reason properly.
If you can use what you're comfortable with (any platform) then why should you face vituperative invective from those whose choice(s) might be otherwise?
I'm sorry, Dave. I'm afraid I can't do that...
@Brenda McViking (Re: Wrist, meet slap)
I never believe ANYTHING until it's been officially denied...
Re: For $63Bn
Analysts are rather like eunuchs in a harem:-
Forever telling everyone how to do it, whilst being singularly incapable of doing it themselves.
...tells me I'm going deaf.
I replied (only once) that it's her fault: she's worn my ears out.
It's arseholes like these who make me reconsider my long-held opposition to Capital Punishment.
"Time for a truly independent system."
Of course - the time is well overdue:- but do you see the establishment ever permitting it?
Plus ça change...
"...English Electric was forced into a marriage by the British government of the time that led to the creation of ICL, as masterminded by then-government minister Tony Benn..."
Similarly the takeovers/mergers of banks & building societies masterminded by Brown & Balls...
Similarly the takeovers/mergers of almost any other companies masterminded by politicians of all parties...
How many of these shotgun marriages have ever worked?
...err, approximately none.
Why are these third-rate incompetents allowed to bugger about with things which they don't understand and haven't got a snowball's chance in Hell of ever understanding?
Oh yes, that's it. Absolutely no personal liability whatsoever, but it's we plebs who pay the price for their inevitable cock-ups.
No, it's not...
"...but hey, it's Apple. ®..."
It's unsubstantiated rumour and speculation.
"Yeah, but at least you don't have lawyers getting rich off it..."
Not yet 'cos it hasn't happened. In the event of such an occurrence, I bet some Legal
Eagle Vulture already has plans to capitalise on the situation...
- Updated Hidden network packet sniffer in MILLIONS of iPhones, iPads – expert
- Students hack Tesla Model S, make all its doors pop open IN MOTION
- BBC goes offline in MASSIVE COCKUP: Stephen Fry partly muzzled
- PROOF the Apple iPhone 6 rumor mill hype-gasm has reached its logical conclusion
- US judge: YES, cops or feds so can slurp an ENTIRE Gmail account