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* Posts by Ted Treen

1694 posts • joined 19 Apr 2007

Peak Apple: Foxconn contemplating life after Cupertino

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Re: Lets add a little sanity

Steve, you fool.

Don't you realise that any comment on El Reg which doesn't heap vitriol on Apple will attract large numbers of downvotes from those of a certain mindset...

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NORKS powers down whole towns to find pirates

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Re: Surely that's untrue?

"... i'm pretty sure Mr Kim already knows that they're all dissidents..."

Probably true, but the NORK paranoia is spreading, inasmuch as they're beginning to fear their own downtrodden as much as they fear the outside world.

Read "Nothing to envy", and you will see that a populace exposed to external media cannot continue to swallow the "We have nothing to envy" propaganda. Mr Kim & his élite's position is slowly becoming just a little more precarious every year.

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So long, Hotmail: Remaining users migrated to Outlook.com

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Re: down with the cloud, send software as a service to the guillotine

"...clod based anything..."

Freudian slip?

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Thousands rally behind teen girl cuffed, expelled in harmless 'explosion'

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Re: OOPS!

Yup! My favourite was screwed-up newspaper (yes I know they're all screwed up these days) shoved into the bottom of a cast-iron drainpipe and set alight.

The organ-pipe type deep roar & resonance had to be experienced to be believed.

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Brit horologist hammers out ‘first’ ATOMIC-POWERED watch

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Re: Most accurate watch in the world?

Mine would, too. However, she'd still be late...

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Apple to end support for original iPhone: report

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Re: 4S

I suppose it depends on what you're trying to do with it.

My 4 needed rebooting maybe two or three times in two and a half years of ownership. Found one app that crashed a few times and removed it. No more crashes! Now got a 64GB iPhone 5 (had it for four months) - haven't needed to reboot it at all and it has never crashed.

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Is the IT industry short on Cobolers? This could be your lucky day

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Curses, foiled again! (apparently)

Damn. I have Cobol, RPGII, 360 Assembler and so on in my repertoire. Or rather, I had Cobol....

Haven't used any of 'em for 30 years or so, so I'd be at best a little rusty...

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CLIMATE CHANGE forces women into PROSTITUTION - US politicians

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Climate change...

...leads politicians into insanity - at least, those few who weren't already there.

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Fanbois vs fandroids: Punters display 'tribal loyalty'

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It's a known fact...

...that 87% of statistics are made up on the spot.

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Extrapolating...

There are two kinds of people in the world; those who can extrapolate from incomplete data

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You hear that, Mr Cook? Samsung's profits have gone UP

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Plain & Simple

"...but warned cheaper kit flooding the market may "dampen" its next quarterly numbers..."

In other words, someone else will affect Samsung in the same way Samsung affected Apple.

Poetic and ironic...

PS

The style and general "Sun/NoTW" approach to writing headlines suggests that 'Kunert' is a pseudonym for the late, unlamented Ms Leach. Either that or an acolyte...

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Reddit: So very sorry for naming innocent man as Boston bomber

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@Ralph B - Re: The wisdom of the crowd!

"...Except that is demonstrably not true..."

Then how do you account for Blair's general election wins?

or people STILL voting for Balls, Harman...

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PC floggers scavenge for crumbs as Apple hoovers up profits

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Re: The preferred computer.

Until they become aware of the difference and make their own minds up:- apart from a hardcore of geeks in their Mum's basement running Linux on skeletal FrankenPC towers, the (continuing) growth of Apple sales to the consumer market is exponential...

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My, My.

Such incisive foresight must mean you're more astute than any business analyst, and will be the next CEO of HP, DELL or similar.

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Re: Idiots tax?

It would appear that there are many commenters who would buy the sandpaper undies, and in between brushing the tears from their eyes and testing their new soprano vocals, would be telling the world and his dog how cool they were to buy what they've bought, and how all those with dry eyes and still-baritone vocals were, in fact, deluded manipulated idiots.

Oh, the irony!

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Facebook struggling to find 'immersive' Home on Apple's iPhone

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Re: The 'User Experience'...

"...a broken screen one-day out of warranty..."

Don't know what sort of warranty you hard, but I believe that under EU legislation, a 2-yr warranty is mandatory - but I'm not familiar with all the fine print & legal cobblers.

Might be worth checking upon, and telling your supplier or HP that it's up to them to fix it or swap it...

Do check first, though.

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Re: But, but....

I agree.

My new iPhone (64GB) is half full (films, apps & music) - I spend 5 hrs each day commuting (by rail) and it's well used. i spend all my time using it and damn all time tweaking, configuring, re-configuring or rebooting it. As I've been a Mac techie for getting on for 30 years (and a software engineer since the mid-70's) I'm not averse to a bit of tinkering here and there, but it's nice to have one item I just use.

Can't think of any app I could need or want that isn't available through iTunes - but I differ from Lallabalalla in that I don't have a FB app. Rational or not, I feel rather uneasy about a site which demands registration before I can even look at an acquaintance's FB entry, and whose pervasiveness has spread to many competitions being based upon "Liking us on Facebook".

I don't like - and so I forego competition entry. There's just something rather creepy about MZ & FB.

Awaits inevitable rush of down votes from rabid anti-Apple hats who don't think anyone should be permitted to hold other views...

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Brit cops blow £14m on software - then just flush it down the bogs

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Why are these public sector idiots allowed...

to spend vast sums of public (i.e. yours & mine) money, scrap it thus achieving bugger all, and then continue to spend loads more elsewhere - and all without any form of responsibility, culpability or facing the consequences.

Try that in the private sector (The REAL world) and you'd be rapidly fired - or at least your remains would be since you would have been totally eviscerated by that stage.

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The Man Who Fell to Earth: Plane plummet plod probe phone

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Re: Flash (ahhhaaa)

t probably isn't beyond the wit of 'experts' and GCHQ spooks to decode such items much quicker than a reported seven months.

They're not going to tell us plebs what they can do, are they?

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Want to know if that hottie has HIV? Put their blood in the DVD player

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Not needed...

...for married couples.

The favoured position for married couples is "Doggy style"

Husband - sits up and begs...

Wife - rolls over and plays dead...

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Tax man to take a bite of tech employees' free meals?

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I bet...

...the meal(s) provided for one D Hartnett by Vodafone inter alia were never taxed as benefit in kind...

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Office for Mac 2008 support umbilical chopped off

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NeoOffice...

...works pretty well on my Macs. (FWIW)

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Spooky action at a distance is faster than light

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Thank God...

"...The system only breaks down into two particles once entanglement is disrupted by the environment (an "observation")..."

Thank God it only occurs at a Quantum scale; - just imagine if seeing Harman, Miliband or Balls meant there were two of 'em..

come to think of it, with the Millipedes....

Scary thought

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Bank card-slurp nasty 'infects tills, ATMs', corrupt staff fingered

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Re: Common denominator....

"...lUsers and Windoze..."??

WTF have users of Apple products got to do with Windows on ATMs?

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Steve Jobs to supervise iPhone 6 FROM BEYOND THE GRAVE

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And of course...

..any post - no matter how reasonable or sensible - which DOESN'T heap vitriol on Apple & Jobs collects a mass of downvotes.

A clear sign that the teenies are not at school...

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Rocket boffinry in pictures: Gulp the Devil's venom and light a match

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@hplasm - Re: I aim for the stars 02/04/13 0804

Spot on, old lad.

Couldn't agree more. And I don't think I could have put it so clearly and succinctly (albeit it a little generous).

Politics is definitely a world-wide job creation scheme for the terminally incompetent.

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Giant solar-powered aircraft to begin cross-country flight

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Re: I love stuff like this..

What I love most is the thought of all those twisted little goblins in HM Treasury trying to work out how the hell they can quantifiably tax sunlight.

HeHeHe...

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Smartphone running 'Facebook OS' said to debut this week

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Re: Ugh

"No one ever went broke underestimating the taste of the American public."

H.L. Mencken

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Re: and que the eletists that know it all....

Que (in French) means "That".

An interrogative - ¿Qué? - is Spanish.

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Re: @M Gale (29/03 23:57)

" If I wanted a Facebook account, I'd get a Facebook account."

Likewise - but I'd expect my family to have me sectioned well before I actually did it.

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I am NOT a PC repair man. I will NOT get your iPad working

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Re: My excuse...

Ditto & likewise - except for the (increasing) tendency of people with iMacs trying to install a Windows version of Office or some such stuff - invariably followed by "But I thought Macs could run Windows" and me (mentally) replying "Yes they can, but not if you haven't installed it, you ****"

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Free speechers want into Apple and Samsung sealed court filings

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@ Intractable Potsherd (Re: @ Pen-y-gors @ Ted Treen)

Pure sophistry.

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!

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@ Pen-y-gors

"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"?

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Pyongyang Photoshop tomfoolery shows wet Norks, skirts blown up

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Re: Inferior armed forces

Don't forget that the DPRK always escalates...

They had:-

Kim Jong Il

followed by:-

Kim Jong very Il

ending with:

Kim Jong Dead...

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Texas judge sends Uniloc packing in Rackspace patent suit

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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...

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Movie, TV ads annoying? You ain't seen nothin' yet

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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.

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MasterCard stings PayPal with payment fee hike

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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...

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Voyager goes off a (helio) cliff

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Re: Imagine

I am Nomad...

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Space probe spies MYSTERY 'Cold Spot' in very fabric of cosmos itself

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The cold spots...

...could indicate a festival of Vogon poetry...

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Another iPhone passcode bypass spell revealed

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Mostly true...

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...

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Incredible...

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...

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Boffin road trip! The Reg presents Geek's Guide to Britain

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Terrific.

What an excellent reason for visiting the vulture...

Beer for the bright spark who came up with this idea.

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Weev gets 41 months in prison for exposing iPad strokers' privates

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'Internet will topple governments,' defendant proclaims...

If only it were that simple...

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eBay chief Donahoe sees his package nearly DOUBLE in size

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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...

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Unless...

...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.

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UK's £500m web dole queue project director replaced after JUST 4 months

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How touching...

Your simple faith that there is in fact, a plan "A"...

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Microsoft backs law banning Google Apps from schools

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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

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BAN SMUT, rage MEPs: Purpose of internet must be EXTERMINATED

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Democracy...

...is a wonderful idea; and I'm all for it.

The establishment, however, will never permit it.

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