1575 posts • joined 19 Apr 2007
"(There are) Lies, damned lies, and statistics"
Is this an outbreak of common sense?
No - common sense tells me that's highly improbable.
Re: Don't Be Evil
No-one READS the Sun - they just look at the pictures...
Re: Could we build a mausoleum to house him?
No-one today has heard of Sir Frank Whittle, but the names of Rolls Royce's MDs and Pratt & Whitney's CEOs trip readily of everyone's tongue. No-one recalls Igor Sikorsky, but we all recall Bell's CEO, Westland's MD, don't we?
"All they're going to remember are smart businessmen who stole or bought ideas, were masters of hype, and turned profits. (It is pathetic.)"
Do I detect just a smidgeon of intellectual snobbery and soi-disant superiority there?
Perhaps we also need to stop and reflect on the wider situation here, too. After all, who did more to introduce mobility to the masses?
Benz for his invention of the ICE-powered automobile?
Ford for his invention of mass-production of (comparatively) inexpensive cars? - thus making car ownership no longer the exclusive privilege of a wealthy few?
"...indigenous Icelandic animals..."
That include Björk?
Re: “are literally talking all the time about everything”
Now you're just being ridiculous.
Why in God's name would they be talking about Tuesdays?
Been eating worms?
In suspense, I await with bated breath for confirmation or denial.
"So quoting him isn't going to win me over to anything."
I can only quote Mr Rhett Butler - "Frankly, my dear, I don't give a damn". I'm stating my point of view, not preaching to win converts. You disagree? - I am, like the esteemed Mr Mandelson, intensely relaxed about it.
"If you think that the Guardian and the BBC are left wing you be rather young."
Not at all, old lad.
I'm well into my sixties, and still view the Grauniad as Pravda or Isvastia.
As Mr Orlowski writes, "Leigh doesn't quite see it like that. As far as he's concerned, his work has a higher moral purpose - so any taxation to keep him in work can be justified."
This smug arrogant conceit, matched with an overwhelming but misplaced sense of entitlement - shared in spades by Ms Toynbee & other Grauniad writers - could well be the reason why its circulation is moving like a lemming at the seaside.
There are enough taxes spent on twats already, without adding to them.
Re: Tim Cook fail
Where's the asdf foundation to help humanity?
What voluntary work does asdf do?
To what charities does asdf contribute, and how much?
What proportion of asdf's time and income is dedicated to serving or helping the less fortunate?
Feel free to prove me wrong, but I suspect asdf is the usual "all mouth & trousers" arrogant child...
"...the author evidently just took a few completely unrelated sentences and stuck them on the end of the article. It doesn't say anything coherent and there is no explanation..."
Note the by-line.
Par for the course.
Adolescent 'look-at-me-I'm-ever-so-clever' scribbling masquerading as grown-up journalism.
Re: iMuppets @JDX
Can't really blame him or her for not doing so.
I haven't - because once I see the by-line "Anna Leach", I tend to look for other items which might at least have intelligent comment and rational discourse.
Re: Errr... @cocknee
6 upvotes? Maybe that says more about the standards of the Reg's readers.
"Puritanical fanboi diatribe"? Geez - what a putdown - could it be a "puritanical anti-Apple diatribe"?
Using (or liking) any Apple kit does not automatically put you in the realms of "fanboi".
I do not know what you use, or why you prefer it. And frankly my dear, I don't give a damn.
Neither do I gather all Android users & fans, and all Windows users and fans into one group and patronisingly put them down because their choice differs from mine. Maybe you'll learn there's more to the big wide world than that - possibly after you've taken your GCSEs.
Beer? - well it's nice - when you're old enough to go into pubs, of course.
"I believe that you are crediting the general populous (sic) with levels of intelligence that they do not posess."
And you, of course, possess (note spelling!) a level of intelligence far higher than anyone who could ever want/use an Apple device.
Geez, it must be incredible to be so superior.
@AC 10:17 & TeeCee
Populous:- adjective, "having a large or densely gathered population".
Populace:- noun, "The people living in a particular area"
iPhone users on T Mobile and Orange care. So do those who use iPhones but aren't bothered about changing network.
If, in your great geeky superiority, you don't care, then just don't get one.
Don't assume you speak for the UK population as a whole, don't assume that everyone who thinks differently to you is beneath you, and above all else, don't assume that anyone is impressed by, or even gives a damn about, your own little opinion.
@AC 12/9/12 at 11:50
Ms Leach writes (?) for The Grauniad.
"...iPhone labour camps at Foxconn,,,"
No mention of Samsung:- BBC News 6 September 2012
"A campaign group has accused Samsung of "illegal and inhumane violations", days after the firm promised to widen its own checks on its factories in China.
New York-based China Labour Watch (CLW) says it has evidence of long working hours, under-age workers and poor conditions in eight Samsung factories.
In response, the South Korean firm said it would "re-evaluate working hours".
But then if it weren't snidey anti-Apple scrawlings, it wouldn't be El Reg, would it?
Re: @Dougal 01:11 Customer satisfaction......
"...and have refused to have one for work in favour of a humble Nokia.."
Intellectual snobbery at work here?
Along the lines of "I'm too damned cool and too smart to have what you perceive as consumer-oriented
Thy name is Ozymandias...
Here we go again...
"... for the less technical savvy person they are great... very little to get confused with. It does what it does very well in a simple way..."
Utter tosh. I (and all of my IT department at work) have an iPhone. So does my Nephew, who's a Senior Analyst/Developer IT Infrastructure for a national organisation.
Do I assume that your car has a starting handle, carburettor tickler, manual advance/retard, manual choke, crash gearbox and acetylene headlamps - as those are the sign of the "technically savvy"?
Or is it the usual intellectual snobbery showing?
...and nothing to do with the wealthy socialist landowners? Blair? Mandelson et al...
and don't forget the prime example of wealthy socialists - everyone's best buddy Robert Maxwell...
Re: Comments on every Apple or Samsung story.....
I choose what I'm happy with.
If my friends/acquaintances & colleagues differ - well, that's their affair. I don't vilify them, cast doubts on their manhood/maturity/intelligence or anything. If they're happy, then fine.
I would like to not be painted as a complete moron (usually BY a complete moron) just for my preferences.
à chacun son goût
Re: Juvenile (AC 7/09/12 @18:17)
"How do you manage to walk with that enormous chip on your shoulder?"
He's probably well-balnced:- an enormous chip on both shoulders
... or "Jerk", for short.
The Apple A5 and A5X are systems-on-a-chip (SoCs) designed by Apple Inc. and manufactured by Samsung under contract to Apple.
If Samsung do speak as eloquently as you - unlikely, since they're grown ups - then they cannot sell on any "surplus" A5 or A5X cpus:- all they have to show for it is a whole lot of over capacity.
Whether you like it or not, that's how it is.
No doubt there will be hordes of downvotes from those whose comprehension of such matters is sadly lacking, and whose maturity is year to progress beyond pre-adolescence...
"Apple should announce that due to Apple cutting purchases they will not after all invest..."
Dentopedology of the keyboard...
Re: death of app's
Not so:- "app's" is an abbreviation of "applications", so the apostrophe denoting an omission is perfectly correct.
Although I concur with your rating of the rest of the post.
Re: Don't believe anything unreservedly
I never believe ANYTHING - until it has been officially denied.
Any chance of a re-post in English?
Re: No, I'm not an expert in statistics, but...
Horse, Cart:- re-arrange to suit...
Then have a beer...
Chemist, you're a genius.
As a 62 yr-old (who was a systems engineer at 25), I have often been asked pityingly by my son (now 27) "What on earth did your generation do before PCs, Playstations etc. etc.?"
My stock reply was always "We were very busy inventing & developing PCs, Playstations etc. etc."
Put the little bugger in his place!
Far too clever to look at consumer tech are we?
Jeez, I wish I could be as cool...
Re: Persona non grata?
Based on the form of recent months, that would be akin to inviting the Beano editor to Prime Minister's Question Time...
Awaits hordes of inevitable downvotes
If you don't want one - don't buy one. Then you'll be free to get a life.
Standards in decline...
I know El Reg encourages its YTS scribes - sorry, "Journalists" - to have a go at Apple at every conceivable occasion - and to twist the occasion on those when it is not relevant, but recycling a "Sun" rambling as serious journalism?
A new nadir - even lower than Asil!
Even more, at least those of us resident in the EU would know that the EU Court of Justice case of Oracle vs UsedSoft GmbH within the last few weeks would render such a restriction unenforceable in our neck of the woods
As a site with (supposed) IT-aware journalists, shouldn't El Reg have been aware of this, and mentioned it?
Or does the visceral need to have a go at Apple surpass all ideas of reporting factually?
In another experiment involving parasites...
What do we have to hide for the Palace of Westminster, Whitehall dens and Council Chambers all to become empty & deserted...
""I will not let any theatrics or sideshow distract us.."
From the newsreels I've seen, there is no case in any US court that isn't pure histrionics...
A fair response...
"...Apple said in an emailed statement that its "internal policies were not followed completely" ..."
Not followed by someone who is probably an ex-Apple employee now - or at least an Assistant Janitor (YTS).
The put their hand up and admitted the fault lay with the weakest link in any system:- the liveware!
@ Magnus Ramage (Re: Is this really worth reporting?)
Disingenuous - even sophistry.
So if HSBC assumes a PC running windows, cue mocking of Apple & Apple users.
No mockery of Linux in its various incarnations?
No mockery of Linux users?
No mockery of Android?
No mockery of Android users?
I've been reading The Register for over 10 years, so perhaps your patronising could be addressed at the same time as your sophistry.
Re: attempting to be the one who mocks Apple most
I assume by IT and IP literate you mean of course, those who just read about IT & IP (or have it read to them) rather than those who just happily get on using the technology...
Re: Time for tubby bye byes...
I use a Mac Pro, and have had Rapport installed since it was first recommended by the Co-Op. Naturally I checked it out thoroughly before installing it, but I'm happy to do so as any assistance given in keeping assorted Romanians, Russians etc., away from my hard-earned is welcome.
No, it seems to have no adverse impact at all on the operating speed of my Mac - but of course, YMMV according to your individual config.
Re: Is this really worth reporting?
"...their reassuringly expensive Apple mobiles..."
"...the shiny phones..."
Ms Leach is, yet again, attempting to be the one who mocks Apple most in what I can only imagine is some desperate attempt to be promoted to the role of journalist.
Perhaps she should open a dictionary and look up "objective", and "unbiased" first.
Wrong penalty AGAIN...
"...A painful £175,000 fine..."
Which comes out of a publicly-funded pocket, to be transferred to ANOTHER publicly-funded pocket, doing little but feed the growth of n0n-productive bureaucrats whilst hampering the workings of an NHS trust.
What's wrong with identifying the culpable cretin and applying the fine and/or dismissal to him/her?
No-one seems to give a damn when it's public money. No wonder taxes are shooting skywards and yet we're still deep in the mire.
Doesn't the word "responsibility" exist in public sector management?
OK David, we get it. You're w-a-a-ay too much of an über-geek to possibly value anything which is mainly aimed at the consumer market place.
Dammit, consumers are all sheep, and it's insulting to even think that the supercool cognoscenti would even deign to look at such items.
I admire and respect you so much, that if I had daughters, I would send them to you. I would crawl on my hands and knees to touch the hem of your coat, in order that the scales would fall from my eyes, and I could bask in the reflected glory of your super-geekery...
Re: iCloud works for me.
Can you EVER see any El Reg "journalist" writing ANYTHING positive or praiseworthy about Apple?
It appears that they now try to ape Ms Leach - who used to write for the Grauniad ('nuff said)...
An original idea.
I use Macs - and occasionally Windows PCs.
I have an iPhone.
Are they the best?
Well, they are - for me.
You use Windows PCs.
You have a Windows or Android phone.
Are they the best?
Well, they are - for you.
I have no idea what criteria you use to decide what's best for you - and I don't really care. If you're happy, then great!
But please allow me to decide by my criteria, what's best for me.
I will not mock your choices; I will not say you're wrong; I will not use your choices to assess your wealth, your character, your intellectual status, your social status or even your inside leg measurement.
I am happy and confident in my choices for me: I do not need to harangue others who differed, due to any insecurities over my choices.
Could we all accept that whilst our choices are undoubtedly right for us, they could well be inappropriate for someone else?
There are far more important things about which to get worked up, so let's think about those: e.g. governments, surveillance, bankers, and a myriad of others who actually merit my wrath...
I currently have a G3 Minitower, a G4 Sawtooth, G5 dual 2.0 and I now use a MacPro 2009 Model.
I've put bog-standard ebay SCSI drives & ATA drives in the G3, standard (off ebay & OEM) ATA drives in the G4, normal everyday OEM SATA drives in the G5 and the MacPro. All with nary a problem.
Proprietary firmware? What in God's name are you wittering on about?
Your idea of the real world appears to be at odds with reality...