1661 posts • joined 19 Apr 2007
@ Intractable Potsherd (Re: @ Pen-y-gors @ Ted Treen)
Who decides what is private and what is "quasi-private"?
ANY company's financial details are purely the prerogative of:-
1) The shareholders
2) The tax authorities
3) Their bank.
No-one else has any right of access to it at all!
"Free Speech" doesn't give you the right to access others' private info.
If you had a dispute with your bank - which went to court - would you consider that all & sundry had the right to pore over your bank statements in the name of "Free Speech"?
Re: Inferior armed forces
Don't forget that the DPRK always escalates...
Kim Jong Il
Kim Jong very Il
Kim Jong Dead...
Re: Blody hell!
What's even MORE amazing - common sense in a TEXAS US patent court!
I think I'll go lie down in a darkened room...
Ads in general
Some ads - like the ones in Technology mags (and even the ones appearing on El Reg) I don't mind, as I find them informative, but I am aware they're trying to sell me a product.
What I do like is the straight-forward technical description of the product and its capabilities.
No. I don't accept this as gospel, but what it does do is generally give me sufficient data to decide if it's an appropriate product to add to my comparison list, from which I do further investigation to decide for myself which is the best option for my requirements and budget.
Re: Hey, Credit card companies....
Of course they laud the free market - which to them, means their freedom to dominate and/or own the market.
A pox and a plague on all their houses...
I am Nomad...
The cold spots...
...could indicate a festival of Vogon poetry...
It's just the convoluted sequence of totally random operations that surface...
Nothing like logical sequencing to identify a weakness...
Maybe (at 63) I'm just too 'old school'.
Beer? - well, it's always welcome AND NOW WITH 1p OFF...
Perform the most unlikely acts simultaneously, strangle a rubber chicken, sacrifice a virgin**, speak Satan's name three times backwards and you can bypass the security on iPhone/Galaxy/Whatever.
I have serious concerns about the mental well-being of those who not only discover such arcane procedures, but who spend time experimenting to find what sequences of odd behaviour might produce a result.
Unless the phone manufacturers start employing idiot-savants to test their new editions of each OS, it's impossible to guard against, as almost any normal, rational, well-balanced being wouldn't even be able to conceive of some of these "action chains".
**Good luck in finding one...
What an excellent reason for visiting the vulture...
Beer for the bright spark who came up with this idea.
'Internet will topple governments,' defendant proclaims...
If only it were that simple...
Re: The Lefties won't like it
Yes - I think he's overpaid - as I think of many of our "industry leaders", certainly the higher echelons of bankers and virtually all politicos.
I'm not by any means a lefty - some of my work colleagues consider me to be somewhat to the right of Genghis Khan - and I abhor NuLab, Millipede, Ed 'talking' Balls, Harridan Harperson etc. Neither do I have much time for Cameron (Blair Lite) or Clegg...
I'm I suppose an anti-authoritarian (can't be a lefty with that view) who believes in small government, and a libertarian but one who nevertheless thinks that a CEO receiving remuneration which is some 50, 100 or even 500 times what his employees earn is bordering on the obscene.
Please note I use the words "receiving remuneration" carefully, as there's no way on God's Earth that they can be said to earn it...
...you have overwhelming desires to buy a third-world country and appoint yourself "El Presidente for life", I cannot fathom why anyone would be desperate to receive $30Million (£20Million Sterling) per annum.
What in God's name could you want it for? Surely there's only so many yachts/aircraft/Ferraris you could own?
Unless it's for setting up a charitable foundation and doing some good, there must come a point where such wealth actually becomes a problem (security, time to deal with it, the vast army of bean-counters etc).
Maybe I'm just a peasant, but as long as I can pay my way, look after family etc., I'm content. If I were to receive such sums, then once I had a few million in the bank - well, maybe not there in the current circumstances - I'd say "Bugger work", and just enjoy life whilst doing charitable stuff with what I didn't need to keep.
Your simple faith that there is in fact, a plan "A"...
Re: Gutless, cowardly and low
I think Mr Ballmer has just shown that his business ethics/operations have all the subtlety of an elephant with dysentery.
As have his furniture re-arrangement techniques
...is a wonderful idea; and I'm all for it.
The establishment, however, will never permit it.
You beat me to it:- but I up voted you anyway.
And sent you a beer!
Such a statement would indicate due diligence.
Apparently not a speciality of HP's board...
Re: Good to know all that aid money is not being wasted, eh?
Very noble - but instead let's reduce the amount of tax filched from our pockets, look after our own elderly, look after our own servicemen and about a zillion other things which the mealy mouthed parasites of Westminster & Whitehall should be doing but which don't fit in with either their egotistical self-aggrandisement or their inveterate nest-feathering...
AC is right.
Looking at the predictions/judgements/assessments of all sorts of 'economists' over the last few years tells me that they all have one thing in common.
And they share that one thing with 'analysts', horoscope writers and seaside fortune-tellers.
That one thing is an almost unerring consistency in their guesswork (for that is all it is) being completely wrong yet at the same time convincing other muppets that their guesswork is worth paying huge amounts of money for.
Even Al Capone, Bugsy Siegel and our very own Kray Brothers were a little more subtle...
"Tax tax just to be pedantic about it."
The UK Gov'ts already doing that:- petrol (gasoline to you 'Merkins) is subject to Duty, and that Duty is then subject to VAT.
Didn't HP exercise due diligence prior to purchase?
If they did, then Autonomy's concealing of a $5B 'mis-statement' is simply breathtaking: if they did not, then they should have.
Al in all, it's beginning to look like the 'due diligence' was either overdue or not quite diligent enough.
"...she would patent exploding devices then sue Apple..."
...and knowing the logicality and common sense of patent legislation in Texas courts, she'd almost certainly win!
Re: New Balls Please
Equally, she might have had a lucky escape if he finds a gizmo more interesting than a human being..
PRC hacking US - cyberterrorism.
US hacking PRC - Fighting for democracy & freedom.
As predictable as a Hollywood sequel.
Personally, I love democracy & freedom - or at least the thought of it - but it'll never happen: the establishment would never permit it.
Plank in thine own eye?
If they don't know the difference between license (verb) and licence (noun) they shouldn't be correcting others...
Re: "I think this guy was a genius "
Nay, Nay and thrice Nay!
Re: ummmm @ casaloco 27/02/13 04:15 GMT
"Let's hire some management consultants!"
Consultant. Someone who knows 48 positions for making love - but doesn't know any girls...
It's all getting too much...
Some patent lawsuits are no doubt valid:- Goliath shouldn't steal from David - OR vice versa.
Others are purely trolling and without any merit - judgements in the good ol' Lone Star State being particularly suspect.
Unfortunately the rest of us are heartily sick of these as many appear to be a variant of playground squabbles and if all of the time and cash thrown in their direction was instead invested in R&D, we could have more competition and improving products, whether it's Samsung, Apple, Microsoft or even old MacDonald producing them.
Innovators must have protection from the rapacious sharks, but Patent Lawyers are usually the most rapacious and shark-like. There must be a better way.
What happens when the ungodly just stroll/amble into a US base, 'cos the grunts are all playing 'Angry Birds' or similar..?
Re: @psyx (13:18)
"I might as well argue that anyone Rightist stamps around in jackboots, taking money from poor people."
Of course we wouldn't - they don't have any to take. We'd take it from the middle/upper middle classes.
Re: I wish! (Homer 1 - 14:07)
"... Baldies are manly men with testosterone fuelled, manly shaped appendages..."
---according to a rumour (unverified) spread by baldies.
Re: Why not?
You should not AC yourself:- had I thought of that line, I'd want to flaunt it.
Shame I can only send one virtual beer...
Re: @ Boltar
Standard use of English:-
"..."Except when it's the foil-lined plasterboard or polystyrene that seems to be cropping up..."
The descriptive 'foil-lined' refers to BOTH plasterboard AND polystyrene.
"..."Except when it's the foil-lined plasterboard or foil-lined polystyrene that seems to be cropping up..."
Re: Almost amusing...
"...eventually Apple will become just a phone and they will have to play accordingly..."
Around the same time that BMW or Porsche become just another rep mobile, maybe?
Everyone so far is commenting as if this were an incontrovertible fact. Please read the article.
It's the 'reasoning' (guesswork) of an analyst (Mystic Meg II).
These analysts have all the track record of a seaside fortune teller - except some dumbo thinks they're worth paying a hell of a lot.
Re: 4G scanning
Marketing departments think?
Re: But Andrew, I thought you liked lawyers...
"As for the fines, they should be paid by the people in charge, not the "licence payer"."
Can we expand on that one:-
Fines imposed on banks - split between the board in proportion to their pay.
Ditto fines on NHS bodies - split between management (same proportions)
Also fines on councils - ditto and ditto.
In face, fines imposed on ALL public and corporate bodies - make those running the show pay from their own pockets: with no 'bonuses' or pay rises permitted to cover the cost of fines.
I think they'd start behaving a little better then...
Re: Spoken like a true raving nutter
I don't really think you could have done more to back up LarsG if you tried:-
He has an opinion different to yours, and he may be somewhat less left than you - you say "...right wing nutters like you LarsG..."
You go on to say "...you condemn anything that doesn't serve up your jaundiced, paranoid twisted view of the world as left-wing-bias..."
Your name-calling and insulting anyone who has the temerity to hold a viewpoint different to yours is moderate, thoughtful and sensible, is it? It does have all the hallmarks of the Left's tendency to hurl mud at all opponents.
If you query unlimited immigration - the Left says "You're a racist".
If you don't want to be in the EU - the Left says "You're a little Englander living in the 1950's"
And many other examples too numerous to mention... although I WOULD refer to the true socialist ideals of those such as Blair & Mandelson, both of whom have property/properties and bank balances which show they're true followers of Kier Hardie...
You allude to LarsG (who only repeatedly the widely held viewpoint that the BBC is middle-class left biased) being "..put in a padded cell"
More Joe Stalin than Libertarian, perhaps.
I will not insult you - or even call you names - but writing as a sixty-something year old, who is a postgraduate of the University of Life & Reality, I sincerely hope your views mature somewhat in the coming years...
Inevitably this will be very down voted, as anything vaguely political on El Reg is generally judged from the viewpoint of the Students' Union bar during a meeting held by Danny Cohn Bendit & Tariq Ali - neither of whom have grown up in the years since they first came to public attention.
Re: I don't mind being compared by age...
@My earlier post - 20/02 @16:53
Lots of downvotes - the loyal employees of Minitrue must be commenting...
Re: I don't mind being compared by age...
You're absolutely spot on.
"I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it" is not a phrase which trips easily off a leftie's tongue.
You're much more likely to get the shrill hectoring tones of Harridan Harman denouncing you as some sort of *ist, the slayer of babies & the fount of all the world's travails instead.
Classic leftie style: If you can't beat 'em, sling loads of crap and see how much sticks.
It's really rather frightening how often that a lie or inaccuracy is repeated a few times and then becomes effectively an incontrovertible fact - Are you listening, BBC, Grauniad, Citizen Toynbee, inter alia?
Re: SHC = I don't know
So how can we ensure around 650 instances of SHC in the Palace of Westminster?
C'mon, you know it makes sense...
No new clichés.
Both Parnell and Leach will still be spitting anti-Apple invective for years to come.
Regarding the stuff regularly based upon the ramblings of some third-rate analyst somewhere, as SimB stated "That's not what the numbers are saying". If only I had a tenner for every time some richard-headed analyst has spouted pure drivel and subsequently proved to be 100% inaccurate, I'd be able to retire.
Journalists pandering to the anti-Apple mob are not doing themselves, their employers or their readers any favours.
Re: If that was me . . .
...but then there would have to be an office chair in amongst the broken glass, not a rock.
...the sentence could be "Off with their Coxes, and put them in the care of Granny Smith"...
I think my need for my coat is probably greater than yours, James.
Re: Alternative title
An illiterate alliterate.
I like it.
Have a beer - a beautiful brew bodaciously benefits...
Re: Read into that comment what you will.
Yes, I'm a Mac user, but Microsoft "pure evil"?
Might I refer you to Hanlon's razor? - ""Never attribute to malice that which can be adequately explained by stupidity."
@AC 14/02/13 13:24
I would agree on the whole that many of the criminals about whom we read do appear to be very "intellectually challenged".
Unfortunately that doesn't mean ALL the ungodly are cretinous morons:- I'm sure there must be very smart crims out there - we just haven't read of their exploits 'cos they're too smart to be apprehended or even discovered.
Well I never...
"like the pair of firms would be better off burying the blunt hatchet and getting on with making mobes in peace"
That's got to be one of the most sensible statements I've seen on El Reg - from either journo OR commenter - regarding this whole patentfest...
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