1575 posts • joined 19 Apr 2007
Amen to that!
But having thought about it, I can see SOME people who might find Facebook useful:-
1) Party gatecrashers
2) Your friendly neighbourhood burglars.
Ok, I'm the wrong side of 60, and have been involved in IT since the late 1970's. I'm not slow to pick up on new technology when I can see its benefits, but for the life of me I STILL can't see any benefit to Facebook
The problem is...
...not with the kit or OS.
It's with the user. And I've said the same thing regarding similar nasties on Uncle Bill's platform.
If you've a nice petrol-engined car, and you fill it with 14 gallons of diesel, would you expect the manufacturer to sort it for you, and fix it under warranty?
If you would, then you're not entirely reasonable.
So BMW, Jaguar, Bentley, Ferrarri & Rolls-Royce are all failures 'cos they shift fewer units than Ford/Vauxhall/Peugeot?
Oh I understand all right...
...it's because common sense is anathema to all the "Let's knock it 'cos it's Apple" brigade.
21 thumbs down...
...for suggesting that inexperienced users shouldn't be using an admin account?
Speaks volumes about the thumbs-downers.
Glad they have sod all to do with MY IT...
You'd be poor...
I bought a Mac Pro last summer, prior to that a G5 in 2005, prior to that a G3 in 1999. All of which I still have. RAM comes from Crucial, peripherals I buy cases off the interwebs & buy OEM drives & put them together myself.
I trust that meets with your approval.
Oh, and my iPhone came from Orange.
...and often not.
See my post above.
I'd love to be your analyst/counsellor.
A job for life & I'd be rich...
Any excuse to have a go at Apple is greeted here as enthusiastically as a superinjunction is by a footballer.
Accuracy, veracity and lack of bias just doesn't come into it.
I'll say again - irrespective of whether you're on OSX or WIN XP/Vista/7, any newbie - or inexperienced user - should not be using an admin account. So even agreeing to install anything should result in an automatic "Oh no you don't - you're not allowed to" from the system.
I'm assuming an experienced user is unlikely to fall for such crapware.
This sort of slating is as inappropriate for Apple as it was for Microsoft. I', no great MS fan, but I don't see why they should be reviled for the actions of DFU's.
Just let Apple/MS patch as soon as possible whatever vulnerability is exploited - and if you do use Mac Anit-Virus s/w, use one of the trusted systems - Sophos etc., (Norton is not good news for Macs).
There has been so much publicity even in the non-IT media recently regarding fake anti-virus malware that most people should be aware of it.
As the man said...
Never believe anything until it has been officially denied.
Claud Cockburn (1904 - 1981)
That's incredibly mild...
Best form of hiding, me old Viking lad - not having any there in the first place.
Not something that particularly appeals to me - I love a good dinner, but pics of others eating don't do much for me, nor do pics/viddies of sumptous repasts.
I'm not prudish or offended by it, merely uninterested personally.
Still, as the froggies say "One man's fish is another man's poisson"...
Now Beer, that's a different matter...
...to the (few) survivoirs of the Burma Railway, Changi Jail, Belsen, Sachsenhausen, Dachau, Sobibor, and many other instances too numerous to recall.
Or do you believe, like the Grauniad, that if we did it - it's automatically wrong & we should shroud ourselves in sackcloth & ashes?
I'm just waiting...
...for one (or more) of the usual suspects to claim it's all Steve Jobs/Apple's fault.
Par for the course these days.
Is not the expression "Legal goons" tautology?
Wrong, wrong, wrong!
"...a Tory Chancellor insistent on cutting everything that is good and just from the government budget..."
A subjective view written as if it were an inalienable fact?
Everything "good & just" is NOT being cut. At times of personal financial difficulty I have had to reduce expenditure on leisure, treats, charitable contributions and a host of other things which I enjoy. This has been to:-
a) prevent a dire situation rapidly deteriorating
b) attempt to regain control of the situation
c) build a reduced but solid base from which I can once again grow.
It is NOT government expenditure which is decreasing - merely its rate of growth.
Reducing rate of acceleration in a vehicle neither means you're not increasing your speed nor does it mean you're beginning to slow down.
Socialists are always profligate with other people's money!
"...Chinese contract electronics manufacturer Foxconn..."
"...The Apple gadget factory was criticized over working conditions..."
The suggestion being that Foxconn are somehow purely working for/run by/influenced by Apple?
You know as well as I do that Foxconn labels are found in virtually ALL PCs, Laptops and bits & bobs...
It's a bit like slating Citroën (and Citroën alone) for the employment or operational practices of Michelin or Pirelli.
This is all getting about as "impartial" as the Beeb...
perhaps the headline SHOULD read "Behind Wireless Watch's analysis of Apple's record sales are signs of desperation"...
Quite right, pcsupport.
or can I call you "pcs" for short?
I'm sure that when number plates (License Plates to the 'merkins) were first introduced there was an outcry, indignant letters to The Times claiming that the Okhrana was coming to England.
Pretty well ALL governments are skint through squandering our money on idealogical social engineering fiascos, and when you add their natural inherent incompetence, the idea of hordes of spooks tracking every iPhone user in detail through the day(s) is downright ludicrous.
No more likely than the DVLC keeping a precise location diary of every vehicle in the country.
Just another "It's Apple - let's knock it & FUD it" story.
'Twas ever thus:
"Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety."
It was true 250 years ago
It was true 150 years ago
It was true 50 years ago
It is true today
It will STILL be true in 50 years' time
and it will STILL be being used by whoever the ruling elite is then, to bolster their megalomania...
That's a plan...
That's a better plan...
@The Big Yin
Your last paragraph is absolutely correct.
Having once watched "X Factor" for a total of 5 minutes - the cat was comfy on my lap, & I didn't want to disturb her - I soon reached the stage where wading through crocodile-infested streams to turn it off would have been preferable to inaction.
I don't suppose any kiddywinks were corrupted beyond redemption by watching such drivel:- the chances are that because they have parents who are X Factor fans, these little ones have far greater long-term problems than seeing "sexually provocative" singers (?).
You realise, of course...
...that your having seen through them means there will be a knock on your door at 0330hrs, and a voice will claim "It's the postman!"...
Maybe a huge assumption...
I would have thought that if the problem is "little reported", then although it might be big to a sufferer, it isn't widespread.
If it isn't widespread then it probably isn't an inherent problem, system or hardware.
Pls think first...
"If jailbreaking your idevice is LEGAL. then lcoking them in the first place should be illegal."
Unfastening my case is legal. Does that mean fastening it is illegal?
Modifying my Mac is legal - even if it means modifying the case. Does that mean that providing an unmodified Mac in an unmodified case is illegal?
And about a thousand other valid analogies.
I presume the upper-case rant was followed by wiping of spittle from the screen.
In summary, I've never experienced any nasties in Mac OSX. I've seen lots in Windows' various incarnations. I'm quite happy that my iPhone only loads apps from the app store. I'm not sufficiently paranoid/outraged/insecure that I feel the need - or any just cause - to rant in a highly exaggerated manner about 1984, fascist control, or any of the other more colourful phrases found on any Reg forum which mentions the iPhone.
If you don't like the way the iPhone operates, then buy something else - or is common sense anathema to the rabid anti-Cupertino mob these days?
Hell, attacking (your own) Dell PC with a sledgehammer is perfectly legal (and may even be common sense)...
Is that nice Mr Michael the Son of Satan because he supplies un-hammered Dells?
Too narrow a comment.
"The story of bomber capability on the Eurofighter has been a cockup from start to finish"
In keeping with the story of MOD procurement, then?
Grenade? 'Cos that's what they need in their underpants!
It should, for SOME people...
So they catch the morons...
Makes me wonder how many others have done it - properly - and are now taking it easy in the sun, surrounded by doting, bikini-clad strumpets...
Dammit! Where's my copy of "Hacking for Dummies"?
You're so right.
For a definition of modern organised charity, refer to Pournelle's Iron Law of Bureaucracy.
For those who don't know, and can't be arsed to Google, Pournelle's Iron Law of Bureaucracy states that in any bureaucratic organization there will be two kinds of people: those who work to further the actual goals of the organization, and those who work for the organization itself.
Examples in education would be teachers who work and sacrifice to teach children, vs. union representative who work to protect any teacher including the most incompetent.
The Iron Law states that in all cases, the second type of person will always gain control of the organization, and will always write the rules under which the organization functions.
Recently had to replace my G5 so I could run Adobe CS5.
Could have got an iMac - but nope. Could have got a MacBook Pro - nope again.
Bought a Mac Pro because it's expandable.
I'm the market at which it's aimed. I need to and want to expand my Mac.
Most (but not all) iMacs are sold to domestic consumers - whose interest in expansion is at much the same level as my interest in games consoles. They wouldn't partake in discussions here as their interest in technology is limited to using it, and not 'tweaking', 'fixing' or modifying it.
No different to the average driver who spends no time at all on "Practical Mechanics" forums.
So Macs offend your sense of self-proclaimed nerdiness/expertise/Microserfery?
Well, chill bro** not every keyboard-tapper/smartphone user/tablet user needs or wants to tinker.
Get over it. Live with it. Feel irrationally smug & superior if you must, but grant the rest of us the right to differ.
And the right to "Think different".
**Teen-speek gratuitously thrown in to please the script-kiddies amongst El Reg's readers,
I wish I'd written that post.
I was a spotty oik...
...some 45 years ago and I accept there was an awful lot of dross around then.
Ohio Express, 1910 Fruitgum Company, etc.
Ye Gods! It's probably a bad sign that I remember their names.
Maybe I shouldn't still be listening to some of my teenage likes...
Especially Napoleon XIV...
Beer? Well, why not?
Andrew is completely correct. However, it is not just TV (all channels) who are sinners in this respect.
Much of the mainstream press* have an appreciation of "Technology" which is in the same vein with just a few notable exceptions.
*This of course excludes a lot of online media, and the specialist mags to which I subscribe.
It could be the ripple effect from the actions of a certain antipodean who has (allegedly) single-handedly reduced the standards of mass-media to something lower than that of most pre-school comics.
If ever proof were needed of the contempt the *ankers have for the rest of us, this is it.
Glad I switched to the Co-op some years ago.
Not quite the same but..
I have a couple of Macintosh IIci and a Macintosh IIcx lurking in the loft...
Admittedly they're youngsters dating from around 1989, but their disks are SCSII (remember SCSI?)
Said machines intro'd at circa $8,000 22 years ago...
You could always sell the thing, AND sell the wife & two kids then (ignoring purchase prices) you'd be a lot more than 175 quiddies a year better off...
Add a bog-standard Freeview box to it & it will be working again.
Though as it dates from the time when Auntie Beeb truly was impartial, it might find today's Beeb's smug lefty-liberal patronising as hard to digest as I do.
I have a 2005 G5 dual 2.0GHz. It runs Leopard very well. Unfortunately my employers upgraded CS to CS5 last June, which is Intel only.
To enable continued working from home I got an 8-core Nehalem MacPro with 12GB Ram which is a lot faster.
Best beloved has claimed the G5, but I still use it sometimes, and it's still a delight - although the MacPro knocks it for 6 when video re-encoding.
It all depends, I suppose, on what you're using it for
"Me? I think I'm on record as saying all software sucks, all hardware sucks, all OSes suck, and all fanbois suck ..."
So, to coin a metaphor, you're about as effective as a totally misanthropic priest...
Snow Leopard was priced so low as it was more of an "Intel-only tidy-up & fine-tune" of Leopard.
I expect Lion (in June/July this year) to be considered as a full upgrade, and it will probably be back to the £80 – £90 of previous "cats", with a family 5-user licence for around £130-ish.
£90 or so is still very reasonable, when compared with the cost of Windows 7 Ultimate - and remember the OSX "Ultimate" is the only version produced, other than a specific Server version.
Why can't I call you "Shirley"
Never thought I'd say this...
...but good for Microsoft. They're doing us ALL a large favour in dealing with these creeps.
Nice one, Steve
(or whoever took the decision)
"The legal system is turning into a money-making scheme for those on the inside. "
Where have you been? 'Twas ever thus from its inception!
...would you do it on behalf of Bono?
He could afford his own hitmen - especially now the lawyers have got his earnings away from Erin so he pays little tax...
Down with the buggers!
Scraping the barrel...
...for another dig at Apple.
...Nokia would/wouldn't have done vis a vis the iPhone is not the point.
Years of experience in the IT world (well over 30 years) and watching the rise of certain companies make me believe that somehow Nokia has just been stitched up most royally.
Perhaps the gruesome details won't become apparent for a while, but a pound to a 32k SIMM says they've been conned...
Get a better firewall...
...and don't leave a chink in your armour.
Coat & rickshaw please.
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