"Put down your ironing and get to the keyboard!
Only IF you've finished the ironing.
1728 posts • joined 19 Apr 2007
"Put down your ironing and get to the keyboard!
Only IF you've finished the ironing.
...anything which stops or impedes the denizens of The Palace of Westminster from communicating with each other and furthering their little schemes is a good thing for the rest of us.
"...government policies on power generation..."
Wasn't aware they had any.
You mean a vote for Miliband would have shown great intelligence and deep understanding of reality?
Or is it a case of anyone who doesn't agree with you is an idiot and away with the fairies?
My Early 2009 MacPro is running Yosemite quite happily. It's a 6-yr old machine, and still does all I ask it to do, including quite heavy Photoshop work with 210Mb 14-bit TIFFS (Exported Raw files from my D800).
"...Apple computers are not for the technically oriented minds. People will buy Macs regardless with the content smile of lobotomized, bordering on Nirvana..."
Whereas I, Sandtitz, am one of the élite cognoscenti who look down on those who merely want to get on with using a machine without having to fart about with it.
And yes, I have been involved in both H/W ands S/W support/engineering since the late 1970's, and surprisingly enough, have been a Mac user since 1990. Even the most experienced mechanics like something which they can just drive...
(Awaits hordes of downvotes from the anti-Apple mob, desperate to show how they're too cool and too technically brilliant to use something which just runs...)
"...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???
"...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.
Weapons of mass distraction, perchance?
So is Rupert Murdoch - so the universe must be older.
“ transform the way IBM digitally engages with clients and business partners across 70 countries in the region.”
Is this "iPhone6-killer" related to the previous "iPhone5-killer" and the "iPhone4-killer" all of which were predicted to decimate the iPhone market?
It's not merely acceptable, it appears to be positively encouraged and might soon be compulsory.
An unerring track record of accuracy in forecasting Apple's moves.
"...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.
That's ruined Jasper's Christmas
"...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.
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...
"...and its author has been dead for 20 years..."
Perhaps they cant tell...
Thanks for that link:- very interesting to read.
Have a festive beer!
And that's chickenfeed to what the damned banks have slurped from us...
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...