1453 posts • joined Thursday 19th April 2007 12:33 GMT
Credit where credit's due
I'm certainly no fan of Microsoft - being sometimes slated as a Mac fanboi - but I honestly can't see what there is to moan aboat:
1) They're doing something about security
2) They're not charging for it
OK, so they're restricting it to legit installations - can't say I really blame them for that, but anything that helps to thwart the ungodly malware/virus producers has to be a good thing.
Tax on tax?
Unfortunately it's already been done.
Petrol & Diesel have a hefty excise duty charged;- and VAT is charged on that excise duty.
I'm sure there are bound to be other examples.
Gubmints AND Revenuers seem to forget that it's OUR money - it is NOT a pot into which they can dip whenever the whim takes them and for whatever they want.
If only there were some effective way we could remind them sharply of this point.
Already happened once...
I saw Crow on "Have I Got News for You" - and he attempted a battle of wits with Ian Hislop.
He was not just hopelessly outgunned, he didn't even realise that he was completely out of ammo to start with.
He's an utter moron.
It will be...
(Going for the female user...)
You are privy to pricing for as-yet unannounced models?
My word, you must be held in very high esteem in Cupertino.
Send me one
(pint OR a T-shirt) & I won't ask for royalties.
Too many words!
"Mr.Crow does not know much."
Fewer words and says it all.
The trouble with socialists...
...is that they inevitably run out of other people's money.
I was tempted...
...to say "Bollocks"...
but I was too knackered.
Just a thought...
"Assets and IT equipment relating to the National Identity Register require disposal/destruction"
Can we also apply that to the cretins who proposed/supported the scheme?
I'll happily oversee their secure disposal/destruction,
Not that I'm defending the DHS
- heaven forbid!
but the Viet-Cong suspect shot in the head on camera was shot by General Nguyen Ngoc Loan, Chief of local South Vietnamese security services. Nguyen later decamped to the US of A, prior to the arrival of Uncle Ho's lads...
It doesn't stop there:- it's also to keep us in a perpetual state of fear, so we know our only chance of survival is to trust in our saviours, the governing classes.
Absolutely no different than parents who use the threat of the imaginary bogeyman to make toddlers behave.
Except most parents are probably brighter than the collective intelligence of almost any government.
And one day, (hope I'm here to see it) sufficient of us will be sufficiently pissed off at being treated as toddlers that we'll collectively do something about it.
and other gubmints...
are bundles of philanthropic altruism?
So what's the difference..
..between "fake" software, "counterfeit" software and unlicensed installations?
To use a motoring analogy, you are claiming only those who buy kit-cars and assemble them themselves are proper motorists - unlike those "halfwits" (as you so delicately put it) who buy a ready-made car from a dealer because all they have to do is turn a key & drive off.
"..PC ownership is wholly and significantly much, much, much greater than Apple ownership.." Probably so - but then going back to my motoring analogy, Vauxhall Nova ownership is wholly and significantly much, much, much greater than Jaguar/Ferrarri/Bentley ownership - proving what, exactly?
I don't think the OP would be best pleased to hear his kids described (inaccurately & unfairly) as dumb, any more than I would be delighted to hear my wife described as dumb simply because she drives (and drives very well) but she would not be able to balance twin SU carbs, change the &*^%£$ bypass hose on an original Mini or retime an engine with a strobe lamp.
Most people today want something they can just use without getting their hands (metaphorically) dirty. Just as the days of the sought-after Chauffeur/Mechanic have passed, many of us who do delve inside the box of our computers are finding our talents to be unnecessary, and yes - it's a blow to our egos to find we no longer have the almost hero-worship we enjoyed some years ago, but that's progress. Ranting about it doesn't and won't help.
I switched focus to Macs in the late 1980's for that very reason - I realised that the techie knowledge I had acquired & used since the 1970's was on its way to becoming no longer needed.
My Grandad used to tinker with his car in the 1920's at least every week - frequently more often - just to keep it going. Me? I just take ours to the dealer every 12,000 miles, and I only check the consumables (oil, water, tyres etc.) every weekend.
On the Mac? I just back up the HDs and little else. I can do whatever might be needed should it ever be necessary, but I haven't had to do much else for many years of ownership from my LC to my current MacPro.
You want to travel a different path? That's fine by me and I wouldn't revile you for doing so.
However, I WOULD revile you for heaping execrable invective upon someone else and his family for having the temerity to entertain a point of view not wholly in accordance with yours.
Trolls? - Too many of 'em...
Interesting to note that the later the comment, the more reasoned and rational the discourse, generally.
Initial knee-jerk reactions from the microsofties come first, invariably putting a subjective viewpoint as if it were objective.
Why am I not surprised...
"...with some customer accounts having multiple incorrect debits applied..."
No mention of "...with some customer accounts having multiple incorrect CREDITS applied..."
Banks seem the same the whole world over - when they screw up it's never in our favour.
General fail all round (Logic, courage etc...)
Yes, I have used Macs for many years.
Yes I personally prefer the Mac's OS to other offerings.
Yes I have sufficient confidence to add my name to comments.
No I don't care what anyone else uses/has used/will use.
No I don't find the spittle-laden invective of your tribe either informative or entertaining.
No I don't see that being a Mega-Corporation is automatically intrinsically evil.
No I don't see anything wrong in preferring reasoned discourse to adolescent sophistry.
No I don't expect that the above described preference is likely to be satisfied.
More BallmerJugend stuff...
"It might have give a little push to consumer enthusiasm"
That's crap - & you know it. (If you don't, then you shouldn't be commenting on matters of which you're unaware, or which you don't understand).
"if it hadn't been around another machine would have served just as well..."
Your praise for the T40 suggests you would rave over a Ford Edsel, whilst dismissing a Jaguar E type or a Ferrarri 250 GTO as insignificant toys.
Pure sophistry (or absolute bollocks, in the vernacular).
If you have such a crystal-clear sharp perspective on the IT world, might we assume that you're CEO of a company worth vastly more than Apple, and you're one of the world's most influential IT industry movers?
If "utterly pointless" are the first words past your lips at every Apple release, then I concur that your comments are utterly pointless.
Apple's progress & growth over the last 10-12 years can not be explained away in terms of "baubles" - good job they don't rely on the oh-so-erudite proclamations from NB in deciding their development, sales & marketing strategies, isn't it?
Having said that, I can see why Apple might be upset regarding the unauthorised use of the Apple logo, but as the doll itself is not in any way derogatory, I feel the outraged response of Apple to this is a little crazy.
Almost as crazy as those who would part with fifty-odd smackeroonies for the aforementioned.
Fifty-odd smackeroonies buys more RAM, or a 1TB HD, or a reasonable external drive for backup....
Yes, I love and use Macs:- but I'm a pragmatist
Old farts like me remember the music industry going ape over the cassette tape in the 1970's & 1980's.
Ubiquitous stickers proclaiming "Home taping is killing music"
It wasn't & it didn't.
Plus ça change...
A £4 million fine??
Why are courts all over the world treating copyright infringement as more serious than mass rape, mass murder, or violent revolution?
If violent revolution is attracting much lighter penalties - and also offering the possibility of success, perhaps it's an option worth considering...
None:- I'm just a plain Mr
If Nelson were alive today, he'd be spinning in his grave...
My biggest concern
is that so many porn sites (or even would be porn sites) are portals for the ungodly malware producers.
Whilst you & I would (probably) be suspicious of the "New super-duper codec" that needs installing, 13yr-old Billy would be thinking with his 'nads not hs grey matter, so would be very likely to hit the download button. Sure, you could threaten him with amputation if he dares to add anything on, and he SHOULD be using a non-admin account.
But with Joe Public, "Should" is very rarely "is".
They're going to become R-E-A-L-L-Y rich through selling a product for £0.00 or €0.00, or $0.00 (delete according to preferred currency).
Yeah, my Macs have been free from the fruits-of-the-ungodly for 11 or 12 years - last "nasty" was the Autostart 9805 worm back in the late nineties, in pre-OSX days.
I STILL run AV though - if only to catch "Windows" nasties, so I don't pass anything on to my poor benighted acquaintances.
They've enough grief without my adding to it, poor blighters!
FUD, supposition & rumour
stated as fact.
"Not that Apple is a member of the new Task Force which will be defining the standard for software SIMs, but the hand of Steve Jobs is clearly visible..."
In the author's (overworked) imagination perhaps.
Or is paranoia about a machiavellian über-puppet-meister the new standard?
Curiouser & curiouser...
My nephew loves his iPhone. He's a Windows network administrator.
I'm still perfectly happy with my Samsung Pixon M8800. I'm a graphic designer and a Mac techie - even a fanboy.
Neither of us are sad or unfocused, mentally or otherwise.
This is nothing more than a "quiet day page-filler".
"....I do want my taxes spent wisely....."
Do you still believe in the Tooth Fairy, too?
The holier than thou attitude to which you allude is generally merely a reaction to the execrable diatribes of invective aimed at them (which we can imagine is spittle-flecked) from a certain section of Windows lovers.
And for what?
It's usually a case of resentment that we can easily achieve things where they're having to jump through hoops and demonstrate their über-geeky superiority by battling the machine & its OS before they can successfully carry out similar actions.
To hell with that - I just prefer to get on and do what I want to do...
"8 times faster for the same price? You're talking out of your arse."
My sentiments exactly. But almost without exception, the "Look at me! I'm too cool to like Apple" brigade are long on wishful thinking sophistry and short on reason.
If Jobs & Ives found a cure for Aids, Ebola virus, brought peace to the Middle East and ended African famine, you can bet your last penny these people would still be spewing out spittle-laden invective...
...drives me mad on Windows by filling the whole goddamn screen, when all I want is to fit to the doc contained therein:- I STILL have to manually resize so I can see other docs, or have two in view to copy & paste between...
It's just a case of which is most familiar to you and hence seems the norm.
Dumb, it ain't!
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