What a headline...
Nice article: the best headline of the year, too!
1707 posts • joined 19 Apr 2007
Nice article: the best headline of the year, too!
Well I can't imagine many Politicos, Celebs etc., buying a mobe from a Murdoch company...
...to Joan of Arc.
Well it was a cold day, and she did keep us warm - for a while.
My post appeared twice. (this is a re-edit of the second one).
I don't suppose GCHQ had a hand in the new El Reg interface...
...with the first two comments.
Aimed at teens, since they won't yet have developed the jaded cynicism (or realistic appraisal) with which we grown-ups view our dear overlords.
Almost:- I agree the gov't budget is undoubtedly fraudulent and backed my figures which are probably a mixture of wishful thinking, pure invention and guesswork.
But for a real scam, just look across the Channel to the EU budget.
When was the last itime its auditors signed off the accounts?
Thanks, I needed that!
"...And how often do they really feel tempted to see their friends naked?.."
As a 65-yr old whose circle of friends is generally aged roughly the same, just the thought was enough to put me off my cocoa & chocolate hob-nob.
Earlier warning of such suggestions would be in order...
"...The packets, abstracted, will never be repeated...
The best play on words for years...
"...The UK’s Investigatory Powers Tribunal (IPT) ruled Friday that GCHQ’s mass surveillance TEMPORA program is legal..."
So, one section of the UK establishment finds that the questionable clandestine activities of another part of the UK establishment are perfectly OK.
Well colour me effin' amazed...
As the delightful Ms Rice-Davis (nearly) said, "They would say that, wouldn't they?"
I'm more with the board of Google:- who have just voted in favour of breaking up the EU.
Is that the Dear Leader, or his sister?
...it's Jasper hoping for a load of anti-Apple trolls.
The terms "sophistry" and "economical with the actualité" might spring to mind.
Google agreed to stop using the word "Free", closely followed by Apple, yet the header screams at Apple, in line with the article itself.
Has El Reg blamed Apple for Ebola yet?
Actually unless they've changed the law in the last few years I seem to recall that prostitution itself isn't illegal in the UK, although I'm open to correction (fnarr, fnarr).
However, what is illegal is:-
a) Living wholly or partly on the earnings of prostitution
b) Soliciting for the purposes of prostitution
c) Permitting premises to be used for the purposes of prostitution
Natch, in true Brit style, the laws make it impossible to legally indulge in a legal pastime. Don'ch just lurve lawyers?
Fred Plod further went on to define 'nefariousness' as anything being done without Plod's explicit permission, or of which Plod doesn't approve, or which Plod doesn't understand, or which smacks dangerously of individual freedom.
Furthermore, it is Plod's intention to change the UK legal system from one where everything is permitted, except that which is expressly prohibited into one in which everything is prohibited, except that which is expressly permitted.
It is to safeguard your children and foil the terrorists, of course.
"...<sorry I woke up on the cynical side of bed this morning>..."
Cynicism is realism.
"...an effort to “root out” extremism from institutions..."
Might I suggest starting with The Palace of Westminster?
...if Asay has served out his sentence at El Reg, and is duly penitent for whatever heinous crime saw him incarcerated there, then surely he has earned the right to rejoin normal society...
I got rid of my desktop PC, and switched to installing VMWare Fusion on my (two monitor) desktop Mac.
More space (room) on my desk, and VMWare is a damn sight faster than the entry-level Dell that IT seem to affict us all with.
Haven't looked back since.
They use fuzzy logic...
"The wants of the few, from the pockets of the many".
"...all the other bits except the trains. Those belong to the TOCs..."
Not quite:- they generally belong to the ROSCOs (Rolling Stock Companies) and are leased by the TOCs.
Not only can most TOCs not do much off their own bat, their bat was taken off them years ago.
" One thing that would truly disable a politician is a proper sense of scale..."
Too many words.
"One thing that would truly disable a politician is sense."
There. Fixed it for you.
"...'Tech giants who encrypt comms are unwittingly aiding terrorists', claims ex-Home Sec Blunkett..."
And I suppose those wicked stationers who make opaque envelopes preventing any old jobsworth reading our mail are just as guilty...
Although without "brown envelopes", how would our esteemed rulers receive their 'extras'? - so I suppose they'll have to stay.
"...French Apple news blog iGen.fr cites unnamed sources..."
Boy, that's gotta be accurate, reliable & trustworthy then...
...is following on what we've seen in the Windows world, and it's using the PICNIC* virus...
*Problem In Chair Not In Computer
There are some who, whatever OS they're using, will be as promiscuous (software wise) as a nympho at a Satyrs' convention...
We aren't told what percentage of phones (by brand & model) are insured.
There are many people who have an expensive phone, but because of the hugely expensive 'Airtime Provider' insurance, simply don't bother.
"I wonder if there were negative behavioural traits that are legacies of our 'minority ancestor'"
Of course:- How else d'you account for John Prescott or Gordon Brown?
@ AC of around 4 hrs ago...
"...Damn those beer goggles... I was out the door so quick that when she woke up she probably thought she'd been dreaming..."
I didn't realise London's Mayor haunted El Reg...
Thumbs down for a schoolboy pun, FFS???
Why are the PC Brigade as dour and humourless as latter-day Pilgrims?
You don't: you say "There must be a chink in my armour"...
And "...the plan has been attacked for lacking legal certainty..." really means "The bill has been deliberately left vague so it means whatever we want it to mean when we come to use it".
Plus ça change...
Is Jasper off with stress, lying down in a darkened room?
Despite my happiness with my MacPro, iPhone and my iPad, this whole issue puzzles me.
"...register a card and then wave their iPhone 6 in front of a special near-field communication sensor and put their fingers over the mobe's fingerprint sensor..."
This is an improvement on putting card in machine and entering PIN when asked?
It wouldn't be on them for long...
They could smell a halfpenny at 25 miles against a force 12 gale.
And they'd be there in a flash to slurp it up...
Amen to that:- in spades!
It's not her fault:- springing from the British aristocracy she's bound to be a congenital idiot...
All those centuries of inbreeding, don'cha know, old chap
Am I alone in fearing that that wretched paperclip has been exposed to radioactivity or something**, and has undergone metamorphosis from an irritating add-on to a fully-blown app?
It will end in tears:- we're all doomed!
**You know - just like Spiderman, the Ninja Turtles, the Hulk etc., etc.
"C'mon Jasper. If you're gonna hate, at least be factually correct about it."
Now that would be something new, original and innovative.
"...Women comprise 49 per cent of the UK’s workforce, but make up just 17 per cent of IT professionals..."
Of course - women can't...
1) Wear the same T-shirt all week,
2) Live almost totally on pizza,
3) Grow a wispy beard**
4) Move into & take over their Mom's basement...
**OK, some women can, but not the majority.
"...a 22-month mission doing nobody knows what ..."
and "nobody" could include the USAF, if their track record is examined...
"...you're in a big metal tube which isn't particularly condusive to good radio signals..."
And most of these big metal tubes were designed quite some time ago (when today's mobile comms would, if considered at all, have been viewed as sci-fi). They have great wiring looms running overhead; to one side; to the other side; in fact almost anywhere where they could be tucked away out of sight.
That makes the radio reception - especially at mobile frequencies - even more iffy.
Surely that's tautology?
Patent licensing firm??
They're patent trolls.
An interesting piece, interestingly yet humourously written and one I really enjoyed reading.
Are you really Jasper?
Whoever you are, have a pint! (Only approx. 3,999.5 litres to go for your RDA)
"...New fondler set to come in Midas form, whisper sources..."
Jasper's hearing voices now.
"I should lose more of my civil liberties "
There are precious few left which haven't been encroached upon, all in the name of "Preserving our freedom".
And the powers-that-be still don't understand irony...
Err, not if you're Jasper, and you're after an anti-Apple trollfest of schadenfreude.
You let neither accuracy nor journalism rear their ugly little heads...
Bet Jasper thought all his Christmases had come all together...
"...what hope is there for any of us?.."
None - I had hoped that as they were so pig-ignorant about IT that they would consider it inconsequential, but that was before they started to spout about "Terrorists" & "Think of the chillun", so I'm afraid I must answer your question with "Probably none".
Unless of course, we happen upon a latter-day Wat Tyler...