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* Posts by Ted Treen

1694 posts • joined 19 Apr 2007

Old men who use computers less likely to get dementia

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Re: No, I'm not an expert in statistics, but...

Cause? Effect?

Horse, Cart:- re-arrange to suit...

Then have a beer...

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Re: NOOooooooo!

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!

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Apple confirms 'surprise' September 12 event

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Re: Hmmm...

Far too clever to look at consumer tech are we?

Jeez, I wish I could be as cool...

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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

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If you don't want one - don't buy one. Then you'll be free to get a life.

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Bruce Willis didn't Buy Hard: His girls can't inherit his iTunes

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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?

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Deadly domino effect of extinction proved by boffins

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So...

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...

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Apple lawyer: 'I promise I am not smoking crack'

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@AC 20:43

""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...

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Amazon exploited by hacker in scribe's epic Apple iCloud pwn

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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!

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HSBC brands EVERY Apple iPhone 'an insecure PC'

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@ 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?

Equal mockery?

PS

I've been reading The Register for over 10 years, so perhaps your patronising could be addressed at the same time as your sophistry.

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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...

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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.

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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.

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Devon NHS trust left data of 1,373 staff online for MONTHS

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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?

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Buzz: iPhone 5 arrives September 21, demand 'unprecedented'

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Re: Hype

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...

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'Sacrifice another goat!: iCloud is Apple's biggest failure before Google

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Re: iCloud works for me.

Aw, C'mon...

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)...

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iPhone 5 poised to trounce Android, devastate BlackBerry?

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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!

Enjoy!

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...

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Apple unveils tightened Mountain Lion requirements

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@Shardik

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...

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Aha! a downvote.

Ballmer must read El Reg...

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Well at around £20 to go to Lion, now around £13 to go to Mountain Lion, they're not exactly doing what Microsoft do on OS upgrades, are they?

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US law enforcement phone snooping on the rise

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Re: @Jaitch - - Remember, most all electronic 'exchanges' have dial in taps, ...

Hanlon's razor:-

"Never attribute to malice that which can be adequately explained by stupidity".

Applies to all bureaucratic governments everywhere, with the possible exceptions of DPRK, Iran and one or two others.

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iPhone spontaneously combusts on CCTV

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Re: If Jobs were still alive ...

"...he would be busty..."?

Boobed again!

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Do you work in IT at RBS? Or at the next place to get hit ...?

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There are comments describing DC's style as "Smug", "Cynical", etc. etc.

Possibly with a degree of justification, but if he's smug it's because he's been there, done that, got the T-shirt - AND survived.

If he's cynical, it's because he's realistic and pragmatic, rather than being wrapped up in some touchy-feely "let's all be buddies" philosophy - which would (commecially speaking) be somewhat akin to painting a target on your back.

Experience is worth more than theory: Cynicism IS realism...

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Fraudsters phish for NatWest clients with 'Stephen Hester' email

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Perhaps not too bright..?

Phishing for info regarding a bank which won't let its legit customers get at their loot even with all the passwords etc. etc.

Doesn't strike me as the brightest option...

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Automated bank scam 'Operation High Roller' stole from the rich

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Re: Now they might do something.

"Since the rich were targeted..."

Wouldn't be a very successful robber if he targeted the poor, now would he?

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Top US Senator to Apple, Google: 'Curb your spy planes'

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Re: 4 inch resolution...

Let's hope it's not a case of "Like Father, like Son"...

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America's X-37B top-secret spaceplane returns to Earth

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Re: Amayzing

You could well be right:- next time I feel moved to dissect a tyre, I'll tread carefully.

Coat'n'cab, please...

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Tim Cook reveals 'great' update for Mac Pro

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Re Bristol Bachelor

"...I'm not sure that you can blame the latest OSx if you only feed it 3GB..."

I'm damned certain he can't. I too have a two-year old Mac Pro - except mines 8-core. I took it to 12GB RAM and she flies. I use CS5, MSOffice, iMovie etc., and run Win7 through VMWare Fusion.

Not a problem.

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Re: iWife

You need to get a Scientologist iWife...

She'll be quite at home with the iRon...

iCoat & iTaxi, please...

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@AC 10.31

...Apple isn't really a business desktop company...

With most of the non-graphics business users I've seen over the last few years, It's surprising how many of them are still using elderly Dell/HP entry-level machines, running XP.

Who really IS a "business desktop" company these days?

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Apple juggernaut cranks out big, big numbers

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Re: No answer for 1m Android activations every day then..

"...bigger but meaningless numbers..."??

Like 1,000,000 Android activations per day?

30,000,000 per month??

Nearly 400,000,000 per year???

Seems it's not only Apple owners to whom the epithet "dumb" can be applied...

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Re: All that and no new Mac Pro

@ThomH

Not exactly 'new' Mac Pros:- this is just a minor update:- New Mac Pros & iMacs probably late 2012 or early 2013

http://www.macworld.co.uk/mac/news/?newsid=3363384

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Apple introduces 'next generation' MacBook Pro with retina display

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Re: Answer: Sony.

Next they'll be slating Jaguar, Bentley, BMW etc. 'cos they don't have an entry-level model at the same price as a Ford Ka.

It's so true that if there's one thing the British seem to hate more than failure, it's success.

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An early iPad adopter? You smut-ogling filth-gobbling perv!

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Therefore...

...anyone who was an early adopter of the interwebs is also a mucky pervert since the interwebs is a delivery vehicle for smut.

What a load of childish illogical crap and non-sequitors.

Someone, please tell Ms Leach that she obviously isn't cut out for a career in proper journalism (except maybe with the Sun, or Desmond's Daily Star), and terminate what I assume to be her work experience placement with El Reg...

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Prime Minister faces grilling at Leveson Inquiry

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Already there...

"...Politicians and the people involved should have a special exception when giving answers - they use a lie detector so we know they are not supporting perjury..."

There's a simple lie detector that's infallible. If a politician's lips aren't moving and no sound is emanating from them, then they're not lying.

If their lips ARE moving, or sound IS emanating, then they're lying.

Simple as that!

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Eurozone death spiral forces Microsoft to ease UK licensing price hike

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Someone has to...

...keep Balmer in office furniture...

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Steve Jobs' Atari memo, Apple I to go under the hammer

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Re: "... who he considered to be "dumb shits"."

You're wasting your time looking for sense and reason:- it's just El Reg having one of their regular anti-Apple trollfests.

Fast becoming the IT world equivalent of "The Jeremy Kyle Show"...

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The most dangerous job in America: Keeping iPhones connected

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@Obviously

Obviously you've never been to my last place of work...

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@Danwold

Quite, Dan: and well expressed.

I'm a long-standing Mac user (since the late 1980's) and I own an iPhone4, which I suppose would be sufficient for some to contemptuously dismiss me as a fanboi - whatever that is.

I know many Mac users:- some are delightful, and some less so. Very much less so, in some cases.

I know many PC users:- some are delightful, and some less so. Very much less so, in some cases.

There appears to be no correlation with their system of choice.

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Steve Jobs' 'private Apple spaceship' seeks public love

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Re: Rip off of BBC TV Centre

Or rounding off the Pentagon, perchance? Maybe copying the Coliseum?

I've never read such utter tripe. And that's saying something, with El Reg's regular Apple-bashing seminars...

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"...Reuters-rebrander Anna..."

Appropriate, perceptive and so beautifully barbed.

Jai, I take my hat off to you.

Pint? - your phrase is worth it.

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Re: "Foxconn-rebrander"

Jai's comment earlier "... Reuters-rebrander Anna..." almost required me to get a new keyboard.

There is so much anti-Apple invective, diatribes and downright childish name-calling which is served up as serious journalism by El Reg. I know you guys have had some history with Cupertino, but you're in danger of drowning in bile & sour grapes.

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Why GM slammed the brakes on its $10m Facebook ads

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Re: shocking

Perhaps it's not so clever on GM's part to have forked out $10Million: Most of my friends don't use Facebook, but their kids - aged between 10 and 20 do.

I just wonder how sensible it is to spend such a lot advertising to those who won't be buyers for some years yet...

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Pints under attack as Lord Howe demands metric-only UK

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Let's go ALL the way...

Let's change ALL our numbers to binary - only two digits to remember, none or those confusing 2,3,4,5,6,7,8 & 9 figures...

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Re: @ Year Zero

"some people's CDO*", please.

*In alphabetical order, as it should be!

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Spy under your car bonnet 'worth billions by 2016'

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Costs....

Well, I use rail & bus mostly. My best beloved has the car and does around 4,000 - 5,000 miles annually.

Yes, she needs it, as she would be housebound without it (arthritis). However:-

Our current car is "V" reg, and with a genuine 35k on the clock, cost us £600. When I retire (within the next 5 years, due to age & health, I add - definitely not wealth) our next vehicle will probably be of a similar vintage/price/type etc. etc.

So unless it becomes law to retro-fit these gizmos to anything actually on the road - which would be prohibitively expensive and political suicide for the proposer - I can't see it really affecting us.

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Next-gen MacBook Pro, iMac make benchmark site debut

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Re: FFS

"...nearly picked up a October revision base 15in i7 Macbook Pro for an excellent price a few weeks ago..."

So why didn't you, if it answers your needs?

Is it a matter of life-and-death to have the latest spec? If Firewire is omitted from new systems, does it mean the Firewire on older systems suddenly stops working?

Yes, I'm a Mac user, but I use what I need, rather than chase every new development...

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BT outage kills phone lines in Eastbourne and Brighton

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Re: "Power Cut" - I don't think so.

@Ben...

Undoubtedly Hanlon's razor is appropriate here...

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