1613 posts • joined 19 Apr 2007
@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...
Re: We're all in it together
Starbucks complied with the law. The fault lies with the incompetents who make the law.
Vodafone's deal was almost certainly illegal - and was the acceptance of an offer made by Hartnett after Vodafone had bought him a lunch or two.
@Ledswinger 07/02/13 12:55
" Clearly bankers don't learn until you break their fingers, so maybe that's where we'd better start."
Excellent idea: and if they're still not sufficiently penitent then we continue on to other appendages/body parts...
Re: 14,000 years of Coldplay
I'm told there are no lifts in hell: once there, there ain't no getting out.
Unless you're like me, and consider the (maritally) obligatory trip to ASDA/TESCO/Sainsbury's/IKEA to be hell..
Re: Wall street is dangerous
Couldn't agree with you more. Michael Dell has gone up in my esteem (and I'm a long-term Mac user).
Anyone who tells the vampires & parasites (commonly known as bankers, analysts etc.) to go screw themselves deserves many beers for that alone.
More power to his elbow and I sincerely hope it all works out well for him.
Re: Stupid is as stupid does...
It must be terrific to be so intellectually superior that you can make such sweeping generalisations AND a) think you're smart and b) to expect anyone with an IQ greater than their shoe size to believe you and even praise you for it.
"Stupid is as stupid does" indeed.
Re: Fiber? - Not necessarily
"...rolling out lots of fibre would mean they lose money..."
Not if they flogged the copper cable which was replaced by the fibre - factor that income in, and the picture doesn't look anywhere near so bleak.
Re: Speak as you find...
"...BT illegally intercepted the communications of thousands of their customers..."
Yes, I know it doesn't make it right and all OK, but that was rapidly dealt with.
However, such illegal shenanigans continue under the auspices of Google, Facebook inter alia and even Her Maj's Gov, courtesy of GCHQ.
Using the interwebs makes it damn difficult to remain private, without a whole load of effort.
Speak as you find...
I've had BT broadband on my Mac for well over 8 years.
My normal speed varies between 8Mb and 11Mb downstream. I'm on an "up to16Mb" deal, but I'm around 1 mile from the exchange, and my small estate is served by aluminium cables strung from poles!
I can only recall one temporary outage during that time and I'm happy with the speed I get, considering the infrastructure. I'm in a small-ish village some 7 miles outside Wolverhampton, and we're not in the current Infinity schedules unfortunately. Neither do we have any cable in the village.
All in all, I've had a pretty trouble-free time with BT so far (touch wood).
I don't work for BT, and can only speak as I've found. No doubt there will be a rash of down votes from those who dislike anything which doesn't back up their prejudices.
"The Chinese foreign ministry dismissed allegations of state collusion to reporters in Beijing."
Might I be the first to paraphrase the delightful Miss Rice-Davies and comment "They would say that, wouldn't they?"?
That's CDO (in alphabetical order as it should be!)
"...Eadon is about as funny as a very itchy scrotum...."
That's sexist: if a woman has even a mildly itchy scrotum then she has B-I-I-G problems...
Re: @loads - Argument for gun ownership
If you want a valid argument for gun ownership by the law-abiding population, all you need to do is look at the Palace of Westminster.
There's around 650 damn good reasons why we should be armed...
Re: @The First Dave
Re my comment Monday 28 Jan 13:48,
Guess that's two Guardianistas who don't put much value on their wife...
Re: @The First Dave
If someone is that deranged - temporarily or otherwise, you have absolutely no idea whether or not there is a direct threat to your life or that of your wife.
And you don't risk your wife's life - or even your own - to fulfil some ultra-liberal touch-feely agenda. You can't value your wife greatly, if you do!
plus ça change...
@several earlier commenters.
Trying to introduce rational reasoned comment on a Leach trollfest is a thankless task.
The trollkiddies don't like it.
As evidenced by the multitude of downvotes this will get.
I still remember 1200 baud...
Better latent than never...
Re: Never mind fires
"nonsence" is also simply wrong.
"Nonsense" isn't, however...
Re: I'm not one to post general abuse...
"What if slagging off a politician or a judge becomes a "hate crime"? :("
Like the student who got dragged in for telling a plod that his horse was gay? They already do it whenever they like, Dio...
The pics were posted: it's just that being invisible pics of invisible objects, they're easy to overlook...
Re: So why'd these employees wanna leave
You bait well.
Evidently you're a master...
"* Ant and Dec don't count"
Oh yes they do - all the way up to 11 (well, 10 1/2 actually) - if they keep their hands in their pockets
Correct, but they've probably been stirred up (as much as they're capable of being stirred) by one of Murdoch's comics...
Only one diet works:-
Eat less, move more.
Re: I suppose...
Thanks AC - it's a right I frequently exercise on the inter webs and in the press.
I just wish I could do it in person...
with several feet of hemp...
or something with a very pointy end...
or an AK...
Because they're worth it.
...that even though I dislike the protesters, anything that challenges the ludicrous laws proposed by our even-more-ludicrous ruling élite is OK by me.
Maybe sometimes the end justifies the means...
Don't be too hard on the lad - at least he knows the difference between 'licence' (noun) and "license" (verb) which is a common error that drives me potty...
Re: I for one welcoe our space dolphin overlords!
Marketeers have opposable thumbs?
No it isn't immaterial:- If there were any intelligible signals received from a star system, our reply would need to be aimed at where that system would be at the time our reply reached it.
...upon how far away it is. If it's say 1,000 light years away, then all we would hear is any radio noise emitted from where it was 1,000 years ago. We would only see its star as it was - and where it was - 1,000 years ago.
We would have to study it for some time and - if possible, calculate where it is now and point a radio telescope all along the track from its observed position (where it was 1,000 years ago) to where it is calculated to be and hope that in the intervening time any inhabitants had developed the technology to send radio signals in a recognisable way, and they would still be 1,000 years advanced from when they transmitted. Any reply would give an effective response time of 2,000 years between transmit & receive response assuming we pointed our response in the right direction.
Of course, if it's a near neighbour, say 20 - 30 light years away, then the signal/response time might be only 40 - 60 years...
112 days off what will probably be a 545 year sentence. Chin up, that's only 544 years and 253 days to serve...
How lucky it is to be a citizen of the Home of the brave and the Land of the Free.
Half-busty perhaps - I believe Amazons were reputed to have removed the right one, as it apparently impeded the drawing of the bow-string...
Probably better (and safer) sticking with wenches who are less war-like...
Re: The chances of anything coming from Mars
"...speculate about intelligent dinosaurs..."
I wouldn't say John Prescott was acutally 'intelligent'...
Buy a dedicated slide scanner from eBay. If its software is missing/out of date etc., use VueScan (versions for Mac, Windoiws and Linux) which supports most scanners - new & old!.
I use VueScan with my Nikon Coolscan and it's superior to the Nikon software the scanner came with. - I have no connection, other than a very satisfied user.
I've been using Macs & Photoshop for over 20 years now, but I STILL shoot on Fujichrome with my two Nikon F4s bodies and the F801s I picked up for £20 a few months ago...
I bought my Coolscan V new some years ago, and wouldn't part with it.
Re: Gotta get that maps dig in, right?
El Reg aka Trollfests'R'Us, innit?
"...an OS cloned off an almost 50 year-old OS..."
In much the same way that next year's offerings from Ferrari, Porsche, Bentley & Rolls-Royce are powered by a clone of a 129 year-old power plant?**
Pure sophistry^ old lad - and you (should) know it.
**1884: British engineer Edward Butler constructed the first petrol (gasoline) internal combustion engine. Butler invented the spark plug, magneto, coil ignition and spray jet carburetor, and was the first to use the word petrol.
^Pure sophistry:- a more polite and restrained way of saying "Utter bollocks"
Re: "le Plod"?
Pas excitement, mon brave...
Le Plod would be an affectionate-ish commonly used name.
Les Flics is (or at least, was) rather more insulting, more like the old "The Pigs" or "The Filth".
i was advised this some years ago by a delightful young lady from Aix-en-Provence who was very shocked to hear me use the aforementioned froggie colloquialism...
Re: Strange but amazing
LarsG, you're a very naughty boy.
But I forgive you, 'cos it did brighten up an otherwise dull back-to-work day.
So I'm sending you a (virtual) beer.
Re: "fully fight the special battle against self-immolations"
You missed out "Fascist hyena".
Collected thoughts of Chairman Mao - circa 1966
Re: Religion itself is rarely the problem:- more of a problem is Organised religion.
"...the US is a christian state, or Egypt is a muslim state, and they VERY MUCH want to encroach upon everyone..."
As I said earlier, that's the ORGANISED religious authorities - who all too frequently have about as much to do with true religion as Blair & Mandelson & Co. have to do with socialism.
I am no adherent to any specific creed - neither could I claim in all honesty to be a follower of any of the three main parties in our parliament.
I can't really think offhand of any authoritative body - in almost any field - which hasn't become self-serving and corrupt.
Re: My karma just ran over my dogma
Religion itself is rarely the problem:- more of a problem is Organised religion.
In (too) many cases, the religious authorities have become every bit as megalomanic, venal and hypocritical as the secular authorities - and frequently in cahoots with them - preservation of self and self's status being their primary concern, usually achieved through the subjugation of their adherents or followers.
Looking at religion itself, a doctrine which basically exhorts care for your fellow man and praises lack of selfishness does not seem to deserve the diatribes of invective heaped upon it by many of the anti-God brigade. Certainly, complaint against the entrenched organisations is both acceptable and unfortunately, frequently valid. I still cannot see why some commenters are so violent in both their manner of speech and their suggested eradication of what to many, is a deeply personal, private and even altruistic way of life.
If you don't believe, fine: that's your choice. Is it really necessary though to insult and denigrate those who do believe, but do not encroach upon you in any way?
I have nothing like the complete picture, but I can't help having a nagging feeling that HP are indulging in a bit of mud-flinging to deflect interest from their less-than-sparkling performance.
If Autonomy's alleged shenanigans were a) real and b) on such a massive scale, then surely a little due diligence on the part of HP prior to purchase would at least have raised a suspicion or two.
Re: I just don't see the butt hurt? @ Darryl
"..Maybe some people just don't like it. Ever thought about that?.."
Yup:- there are lots of things I don't like - but I don't lapse into a diatribe of spittle-laden invective in the manner of a 10yr old...
Re: I just don't see the butt hurt?
That's because most of the spittle-flecked invective is little more than the Pavlovian rantings of the pre-pubescent Leach Fan Club...
"...To a large extent, social networks (especially Facebook) are about creating and reinforcing friendships rather than getting into deep philosophical discussions,..."
But to a much larger extent, social networks (especially Facebook) are about selling you to the targeted advertising industry, and making the founders (especially Zuckerberg) exceedingly rich people.
Re: Ooooh metro or apple... so close.
"...a small apple symbol on the back of a chinese made phone with appalling employee H&S records..."
As opposed to the small 'Samsung' symbol on the back of a chinese made phone with appalling employee H&S records.
Re: For a second, I thought this was one of those antique code articles!!
I think you mean "fewer happy people"...
"less happy people" would suggest they've had bits removed.
Oh! Hang on - it's PyongYang. Maybe you're right after all...
Re: I'm going to register...
Nice one, Sir.
But shouldn't they be compulsory as well as free for the aforementioned parasites?
- Updated HIDDEN packet sniffer spy tech in MILLIONS of iPhones, iPads – expert
- Peak Apple: Mountain of 80 MILLION 'Air' iPhone 6s ordered
- 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