* Posts by Ted Treen

1722 posts • joined 19 Apr 2007

Vodafone didn't have a £6bn tax bill. Sort yourselves out, Lefties

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@Ratfox:-

"...Taxes are now used to pay for necessities which make it possible to have a successful society: Roads, infrastructure, a functional justice system..."

Our roads are in one hell of a state, our infrastructure is broken & can't cope, and it's been one hell of a long time since our legal system had anything to do with justice.

So where are my taxes going???

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Data retention: It seems BORING ... until your TV SPIES ON YOU

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Why pick on Oz?

"...police all over Australia have routinely misused information to which they have access..."

I don't think that's restricted to Oz.

"...police all over Australia everywhere have routinely misused information to which they have access..."

There! That's fixed it for you.

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TOTAL DARKNESS lasted 550 MILLION years until the first STARS LIT UP

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Re: "...the universe is around 13.8 billion years old..."

Weapons of mass distraction, perchance?

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"...the universe is around 13.8 billion years old..."

So is Rupert Murdoch - so the universe must be older.

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IBM chasing ex-staffers for $20 payments

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“ transform the way IBM digitally engages with clients and business partners across 70 countries in the region.”

Translation

"It's cheaper."

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LEAKED: Samsung's iPHONE 6 KILLER... the Samsung Galaxy S6

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Re: Why should Apple be worried?

Is this "iPhone6-killer" related to the previous "iPhone5-killer" and the "iPhone4-killer" all of which were predicted to decimate the iPhone market?

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Saudi Arabia hires 'ethical hackers' to silence smut slingers

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Almost right...

It's not merely acceptable, it appears to be positively encouraged and might soon be compulsory.

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Analysts claim itty bitty iPhone Mini to land next year

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Ah, yes...

...Analysts.

An unerring track record of accuracy in forecasting Apple's moves.

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UK banks prepare for Apple Pay 'invasion', look to slap on bonking protection

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Bah! Humbug!

"...Airing concerns about security, money laundering and financing of terrorism is a standard tactic employed by the banks..."

Hence the recent humomgous settlements paid by HSBC and others to the US regulatory authorities for dealings with massive sums of drug money, financial dealings with terrorist-sponsoring states, and myriad other skullduggeries.

Concerned - but mainly about how much they can make from it, it seems.

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Metrics house hails Apple DOMINANCE of X-Mas phone 'n' slab sales

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Jeez...

That's ruined Jasper's Christmas

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Why has the Russian economy plunged SO SUDDENLY into the toilet?

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@Peter2

"...I thought the reason the Saudi's were doing it was to screw up investment in western shale oil which would wipe out a lot of their customers..."

Not at all old lad. The House of Saud (with a little prompting from that nice Mr Obama) has its prime intention as severely harming Iran - their implacable anemy/arch-rival - whose export of oil is the only thing keeping the Tehrani economy anything like afloat. Depress the price of oil, and the general populace in Iran become somewhat disenchanted with the Ayatollahs...

Mr Obama is pefectly happy to see Tehran deep in the mire, and with the added bonus of buggering up Boris, he has had a pefectly happy Christmas - with it all effectively done through proxies.

The EU's rush (under US prompting) for expansion eastwards has fuelled Boris's natural age-old paranoia regarding being encircled by the enemy. with the enemy at the gates. The EU foray towards the Ukraine was a step too far from Boris's point of view.

Also, in reply to Arnaut the less, who states "With the possible exception of Angela Merkel, please let me have the name of a single leader of a major first world country who is not a putz.", the delightful Frau Merkel might not be a putz, but she is a dyed-in-the-wool authoritarian not-so-ex Osti apparatchik who views German hegemony over an enlarged European Union as the Fourth Reich.

Interesting times...

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@Mage

Google, Amazon & Apple remove bugger all money from circulation when viewed in the context of QE - or printing as many 'new' dollars, pounds or euros as our esteemed overlords feel like.

Add to this the fact that with fractional reserve banking, loans made by banks are little more than money created out of thin air, and it becomes apparent that the whole system is a house of cards.

It continues as long as the participants believe - or pretend to - in it, but at some point someone of power/influence is bound to say "Hold on, this here's all funny money which doesn't really exist".

And then? - Solids, meet air-conditioning...

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Freedom of Info at 10: Tony Blair's WORST NIGHTMARE

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To Mr Corfield...

"...and its author has been dead for 20 years..."

Perhaps they cant tell...

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Norks' internet goes TITSUP in possible DDoS attack

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Re: Users little affected

Thanks for that link:- very interesting to read.

Have a festive beer!

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Sneaky Russian hackers slurped $15 MILLION from banks

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"...Russian hackers slurped $15 MILLION from banks..."

And that's chickenfeed to what the damned banks have slurped from us...

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Super Cali's futuristic Tesla batt swap focus – even though car tech test is an expected bonus

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What a headline...

Nice article: the best headline of the year, too!

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BT to gobble EE for £12.5bn – BTEE phone home

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Re: Blue Sky Ahead

Well I can't imagine many Politicos, Celebs etc., buying a mobe from a Murdoch company...

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LOHAN sponsor Lucidica explains the benefits of being French

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@Yag

Tell that...

...to Joan of Arc.

Well it was a cold day, and she did keep us warm - for a while.

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GCHQ releases teen-friendly code-busting app

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How odd...

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...

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I agree...

...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.

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Bernie Madoff's coders jailed for role in $65bn ponzi scheme fiasco

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Re: 18 billion? Peanuts. The real deal goes on.

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?

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EU law bods: New eCall crash system WON'T TRACK YOU. Really

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@Christoph

Thanks, I needed that!

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Sacre block! French publishers to sue Adblock maker – report

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@Terry 6

"...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...

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Reds hoist flag of glorious SDN internationale

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Have a beer...

"...The packets, abstracted, will never be repeated...

The best play on words for years...

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Nothing illegal to see here: Tribunal says TEMPORA spying is OK

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Good grief!

"...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?"

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MEPs want 'unbiased search', whatever that is – they're not sure either

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A better option

I'm more with the board of Google:- who have just voted in favour of breaking up the EU.

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Brits to teach Norks hacks about 'multimedia websites'. 5% of DPRK is in for a TREAT

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Re: errrm....

"...the chubby-one-with-the-bad-haircut..."

Is that the Dear Leader, or his sister?

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Bought an iPhone 6 Plus? Odds are you've binned the iPad

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Aww C'mon...

...it's Jasper hoping for a load of anti-Apple trolls.

The terms "sophistry" and "economical with the actualité" might spring to mind.

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Be real, Apple: In-app goodie grab games AREN'T FREE – EU

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Jeez...

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?

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ATTACK OF THE DRONES: ‘Nefarious’ private use rising, says top Blighty copper

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@Crisp

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?

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Re: Or - STOP PRESS!!!

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.

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Heyyy! NICE e-bracelet you've got there ... SHAME if someone were to SUBPOENA it

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Re: I seem to recall

"...<sorry I woke up on the cynical side of bed this morning>..."

Cynicism is realism.

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UK PM Cameron says Internet must not 'be an ungoverned space'

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Re: Cameron talking crap again

Indeed...

"...an effort to “root out” extremism from institutions..."

Might I suggest starting with The Palace of Westminster?

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Adobe appoints former Reg man as open-source chief mobile lead

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Yes, but...

...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...

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Apple expands mobile device management program beyond USA

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Re: > [Apple] just made its wares more attractive to lots more businesses.

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.

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FUTURE ROBOTS will EXTERMINATE UK jobs – study

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Re: MPs using pure logic . . .

They use fuzzy logic...

"The wants of the few, from the pockets of the many".

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This 125mph train is fitted with LASERS. Sadly no sharks, though

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In fact...

"...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.

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'Tech giants who encrypt comms are unwittingly aiding terrorists', claims ex-Home Sec Blunkett

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@Neil Barnes

" 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.

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"...'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.

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Apple strap-on wristjob: You WON'T be able to spend more than $5,000!

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Jeez...

"...French Apple news blog iGen.fr cites unnamed sources..."

'UNNAMED SOURCES'???

Boy, that's gotta be accurate, reliable & trustworthy then...

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Hide your Macs, iPhones and iPads: WireLurker nasty 'heralds new era'

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This operation...

...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...

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Greeks BEST in WORLD – at, er, breaking their mobile phones

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Incomplete data...

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.

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RUMPY PUMPY: Bone says humans BONED Neanderthals 50,000 years B.C.

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Re: "Worst one-night stand EVER"

@Ledswinger

"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?

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Is that you, Boris?

@ 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...

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APPLE support doc CONFIRMS 'ORGANIZED NETWORK ATTACKS'

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Re: How do you say?

Thumbs down for a schoolboy pun, FFS???

Why are the PC Brigade as dour and humourless as latter-day Pilgrims?

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Re: How do you say?

You don't: you say "There must be a chink in my armour"...

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Computer misuse: Brits could face LIFE IN PRISON for serious hacking offences

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Re: Mightier than the sword

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...

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Post-PC era? PAH! Apple says Macs OUTSOLD iPads in Q4

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Just askin'

Is Jasper off with stress, lying down in a darkened room?

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Hey, iPhone 6 fanbois: Apple's bonk to 'Pay' app IS GO

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I'm baffled...

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?

How?

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Routine WHAT NOW? Bank of England’s CHAPS payment system goes TITSUP

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Re: my money would be on:

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...

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