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* Posts by Ted Treen

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Microsoft's patents shakedown betrays spirit of Gates

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I'm having problems...

...thinking "Mr Ballmer" and "intellectual" in the same sentence...

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Antimatter hangs around at CERN

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Does that mean...

That somewhere there's an anti-matter Simon Cowell?

If so, can we get him to meet with the one we've got?

Please?

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Ying?

It's a little-known Chinese criminal gang, as exposed & publicised by The Goons in "The Ying Tong song"...

Coat & Rickshaw, please

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Sandi Toksvig puts the 'n' into cuts - on the Beeb

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Well said.

Well expressed and unfortunately true.

Pint?

You deserve one Sir (or Madam) for a succinct truism.

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Virgin IT dept shocked by donkey-shagging Taliban

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Oh well,

More PC posturing by management who have almost certainly committed far more heinous sins...

Par for the course these days...

Anyone remember common sense?

I believe it became extinct in the mid-late 1980's

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Chinese army: We really need to get into cyber warfare

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Soooo

Uncle Sam has discovered a chink in his armour...

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New Mac scareware variant installs without password

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Never overestimate users....

Security researcher finds 'cookiejacking' risk in IE

http://news.cnet.com/8301-1009_3-20066419-83.html?tag=nl.e757

And I quote:-

'From its point of view, Microsoft doesn't see much real-world risk to cookiejacking.

"Given the level of required user interaction, this issue is not one we consider high risk in the way a remote code execution would possibly be to users," Microsoft spokesman Jerry Bryant said in a statement sent to CNET.'

Natch, MS users are far, far too savvy to follow instructions from a mal-site...

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Apple to support reps: Don't confirm Mac infections

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I was tempted...

...to reply, but on reflection, I'd probably be better waiting until you have regained touch with reality.

Not sure I could face all that wild-eyed spittle anyway.

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Oh I understand all right...

...it's because common sense is anathema to all the "Let's knock it 'cos it's Apple" brigade.

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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...

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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.

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...and often not.

See my post above.

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Hell,

I'd love to be your analyst/counsellor.

A job for life & I'd be rich...

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Because...

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.

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Zuckerberg: Give me your children

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Alert

Amen to that!

Agreed.

But having thought about it, I can see SOME people who might find Facebook useful:-

1) Party gatecrashers

2) Your friendly neighbourhood burglars.

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Needs?

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

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Apple admits scareware problem, at last

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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.

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Dear Dell and Microsoft: You're not Apple

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Really?

So BMW, Jaguar, Bentley, Ferrarri & Rolls-Royce are all failures 'cos they shift fewer units than Ford/Vauxhall/Peugeot?

Hmmm...

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GCHQ man: Powerline networks do interfere with radio

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As the man said...

Never believe anything until it has been officially denied.

Claud Cockburn (1904 - 1981)

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McKinnon battles renewed Obama-era extradition push

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Pillock?

That's incredibly mild...

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Bin Laden's porn stash: Too good to be true?

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@Rob

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...

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Err...

Mine.

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Tell that...

...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?

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99% of Android phones leak secret account credentials

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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.

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Legal goons threaten researcher for reporting security bug

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Pedantry alert

Is not the expression "Legal goons" tautology?

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Royal Weddings, PCs and Cameron's brass balls

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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!

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Foxconn staffers cuffed for leaking iPad 2 design in 2010

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Selective Inconsistency

"...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...

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Behind Apple's record sales are signs of desperation

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Agreed, Richy...

perhaps the headline SHOULD read "Behind Wireless Watch's analysis of Apple's record sales are signs of desperation"...

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No, iPhone location tracking isn't harmless and here's why

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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.

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EU Data retention directive 'flawed, unlawful'

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@Heyrick

'Twas ever thus:

"Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety."

Benjamin Franklin

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...

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Yup

@Sam

That's a plan...

@AC

That's a better plan...

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Watchdog sniffs Rihanna's 'gently thrusting buttocks'

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@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 (?).

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UK is fifth free-est nation on the internet

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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!"...

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Apple spits out increment iOS version

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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.

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Pls think first...

"If jailbreaking your idevice is LEGAL. then lcoking them in the first place should be illegal."

Complete non-sequitur.

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?

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RAF Eurofighters make devastating attack – on Parliament

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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!

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Stock-trading teen hacker jailed again over 2nd scam

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Go

No?

It should, for SOME people...

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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"?

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Everything Everywhere stops plundering the charity box

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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.

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Steve Wozniak ready for return to Apple

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Yup..

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,

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Teens who listen to music a lot are at high risk of depression

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Damn!

I wish I'd written that post.

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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?

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The BBC struggles with concept of 'tech bubble'

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Again,

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.

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Halifax cuts investment accounts off from the web until April 2012

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Humph!

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.

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It's the oldest working Seagate drive in the UK

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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...

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UK's oldest working telly up for sale

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Well,

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...

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Untrue!

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.

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Apple Mac OS X: ten years old today

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Maybe...

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

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@Jake

"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...

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@Richard...

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.

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