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'Internet will topple governments,' defendant proclaims...
If only it were that simple...
Re: The Lefties won't like it
Yes - I think he's overpaid - as I think of many of our "industry leaders", certainly the higher echelons of bankers and virtually all politicos.
I'm not by any means a lefty - some of my work colleagues consider me to be somewhat to the right of Genghis Khan - and I abhor NuLab, Millipede, Ed 'talking' Balls, Harridan Harperson etc. Neither do I have much time for Cameron (Blair Lite) or Clegg...
I'm I suppose an anti-authoritarian (can't be a lefty with that view) who believes in small government, and a libertarian but one who nevertheless thinks that a CEO receiving remuneration which is some 50, 100 or even 500 times what his employees earn is bordering on the obscene.
Please note I use the words "receiving remuneration" carefully, as there's no way on God's Earth that they can be said to earn it...
...you have overwhelming desires to buy a third-world country and appoint yourself "El Presidente for life", I cannot fathom why anyone would be desperate to receive $30Million (£20Million Sterling) per annum.
What in God's name could you want it for? Surely there's only so many yachts/aircraft/Ferraris you could own?
Unless it's for setting up a charitable foundation and doing some good, there must come a point where such wealth actually becomes a problem (security, time to deal with it, the vast army of bean-counters etc).
Maybe I'm just a peasant, but as long as I can pay my way, look after family etc., I'm content. If I were to receive such sums, then once I had a few million in the bank - well, maybe not there in the current circumstances - I'd say "Bugger work", and just enjoy life whilst doing charitable stuff with what I didn't need to keep.
Your simple faith that there is in fact, a plan "A"...
Re: Gutless, cowardly and low
I think Mr Ballmer has just shown that his business ethics/operations have all the subtlety of an elephant with dysentery.
As have his furniture re-arrangement techniques
...is a wonderful idea; and I'm all for it.
The establishment, however, will never permit it.
You beat me to it:- but I up voted you anyway.
And sent you a beer!
Such a statement would indicate due diligence.
Apparently not a speciality of HP's board...
Re: Good to know all that aid money is not being wasted, eh?
Very noble - but instead let's reduce the amount of tax filched from our pockets, look after our own elderly, look after our own servicemen and about a zillion other things which the mealy mouthed parasites of Westminster & Whitehall should be doing but which don't fit in with either their egotistical self-aggrandisement or their inveterate nest-feathering...
AC is right.
Looking at the predictions/judgements/assessments of all sorts of 'economists' over the last few years tells me that they all have one thing in common.
And they share that one thing with 'analysts', horoscope writers and seaside fortune-tellers.
That one thing is an almost unerring consistency in their guesswork (for that is all it is) being completely wrong yet at the same time convincing other muppets that their guesswork is worth paying huge amounts of money for.
Even Al Capone, Bugsy Siegel and our very own Kray Brothers were a little more subtle...
"Tax tax just to be pedantic about it."
The UK Gov'ts already doing that:- petrol (gasoline to you 'Merkins) is subject to Duty, and that Duty is then subject to VAT.
Didn't HP exercise due diligence prior to purchase?
If they did, then Autonomy's concealing of a $5B 'mis-statement' is simply breathtaking: if they did not, then they should have.
Al in all, it's beginning to look like the 'due diligence' was either overdue or not quite diligent enough.
Re: New Balls Please
Equally, she might have had a lucky escape if he finds a gizmo more interesting than a human being..
PRC hacking US - cyberterrorism.
US hacking PRC - Fighting for democracy & freedom.
As predictable as a Hollywood sequel.
Personally, I love democracy & freedom - or at least the thought of it - but it'll never happen: the establishment would never permit it.
Plank in thine own eye?
If they don't know the difference between license (verb) and licence (noun) they shouldn't be correcting others...
Re: "I think this guy was a genius "
Nay, Nay and thrice Nay!
Re: ummmm @ casaloco 27/02/13 04:15 GMT
"Let's hire some management consultants!"
Consultant. Someone who knows 48 positions for making love - but doesn't know any girls...
It's all getting too much...
Some patent lawsuits are no doubt valid:- Goliath shouldn't steal from David - OR vice versa.
Others are purely trolling and without any merit - judgements in the good ol' Lone Star State being particularly suspect.
Unfortunately the rest of us are heartily sick of these as many appear to be a variant of playground squabbles and if all of the time and cash thrown in their direction was instead invested in R&D, we could have more competition and improving products, whether it's Samsung, Apple, Microsoft or even old MacDonald producing them.
Innovators must have protection from the rapacious sharks, but Patent Lawyers are usually the most rapacious and shark-like. There must be a better way.
What happens when the ungodly just stroll/amble into a US base, 'cos the grunts are all playing 'Angry Birds' or similar..?
Re: @psyx (13:18)
"I might as well argue that anyone Rightist stamps around in jackboots, taking money from poor people."
Of course we wouldn't - they don't have any to take. We'd take it from the middle/upper middle classes.
Re: I wish! (Homer 1 - 14:07)
"... Baldies are manly men with testosterone fuelled, manly shaped appendages..."
---according to a rumour (unverified) spread by baldies.
Re: Why not?
You should not AC yourself:- had I thought of that line, I'd want to flaunt it.
Shame I can only send one virtual beer...
Re: @ Boltar
Standard use of English:-
"..."Except when it's the foil-lined plasterboard or polystyrene that seems to be cropping up..."
The descriptive 'foil-lined' refers to BOTH plasterboard AND polystyrene.
"..."Except when it's the foil-lined plasterboard or foil-lined polystyrene that seems to be cropping up..."
Re: Almost amusing...
"...eventually Apple will become just a phone and they will have to play accordingly..."
Around the same time that BMW or Porsche become just another rep mobile, maybe?
Re: But Andrew, I thought you liked lawyers...
"As for the fines, they should be paid by the people in charge, not the "licence payer"."
Can we expand on that one:-
Fines imposed on banks - split between the board in proportion to their pay.
Ditto fines on NHS bodies - split between management (same proportions)
Also fines on councils - ditto and ditto.
In face, fines imposed on ALL public and corporate bodies - make those running the show pay from their own pockets: with no 'bonuses' or pay rises permitted to cover the cost of fines.
I think they'd start behaving a little better then...
Re: I don't mind being compared by age...
@My earlier post - 20/02 @16:53
Lots of downvotes - the loyal employees of Minitrue must be commenting...
Re: Spoken like a true raving nutter
I don't really think you could have done more to back up LarsG if you tried:-
He has an opinion different to yours, and he may be somewhat less left than you - you say "...right wing nutters like you LarsG..."
You go on to say "...you condemn anything that doesn't serve up your jaundiced, paranoid twisted view of the world as left-wing-bias..."
Your name-calling and insulting anyone who has the temerity to hold a viewpoint different to yours is moderate, thoughtful and sensible, is it? It does have all the hallmarks of the Left's tendency to hurl mud at all opponents.
If you query unlimited immigration - the Left says "You're a racist".
If you don't want to be in the EU - the Left says "You're a little Englander living in the 1950's"
And many other examples too numerous to mention... although I WOULD refer to the true socialist ideals of those such as Blair & Mandelson, both of whom have property/properties and bank balances which show they're true followers of Kier Hardie...
You allude to LarsG (who only repeatedly the widely held viewpoint that the BBC is middle-class left biased) being "..put in a padded cell"
More Joe Stalin than Libertarian, perhaps.
I will not insult you - or even call you names - but writing as a sixty-something year old, who is a postgraduate of the University of Life & Reality, I sincerely hope your views mature somewhat in the coming years...
Inevitably this will be very down voted, as anything vaguely political on El Reg is generally judged from the viewpoint of the Students' Union bar during a meeting held by Danny Cohn Bendit & Tariq Ali - neither of whom have grown up in the years since they first came to public attention.
Everyone so far is commenting as if this were an incontrovertible fact. Please read the article.
It's the 'reasoning' (guesswork) of an analyst (Mystic Meg II).
These analysts have all the track record of a seaside fortune teller - except some dumbo thinks they're worth paying a hell of a lot.
Re: SHC = I don't know
So how can we ensure around 650 instances of SHC in the Palace of Westminster?
C'mon, you know it makes sense...
No new clichés.
Both Parnell and Leach will still be spitting anti-Apple invective for years to come.
Regarding the stuff regularly based upon the ramblings of some third-rate analyst somewhere, as SimB stated "That's not what the numbers are saying". If only I had a tenner for every time some richard-headed analyst has spouted pure drivel and subsequently proved to be 100% inaccurate, I'd be able to retire.
Journalists pandering to the anti-Apple mob are not doing themselves, their employers or their readers any favours.
Re: I don't mind being compared by age...
You're absolutely spot on.
"I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it" is not a phrase which trips easily off a leftie's tongue.
You're much more likely to get the shrill hectoring tones of Harridan Harman denouncing you as some sort of *ist, the slayer of babies & the fount of all the world's travails instead.
Classic leftie style: If you can't beat 'em, sling loads of crap and see how much sticks.
It's really rather frightening how often that a lie or inaccuracy is repeated a few times and then becomes effectively an incontrovertible fact - Are you listening, BBC, Grauniad, Citizen Toynbee, inter alia?
Re: If that was me . . .
...but then there would have to be an office chair in amongst the broken glass, not a rock.
...the sentence could be "Off with their Coxes, and put them in the care of Granny Smith"...
I think my need for my coat is probably greater than yours, James.
Re: Alternative title
An illiterate alliterate.
I like it.
Have a beer - a beautiful brew bodaciously benefits...
Re: Read into that comment what you will.
Yes, I'm a Mac user, but Microsoft "pure evil"?
Might I refer you to Hanlon's razor? - ""Never attribute to malice that which can be adequately explained by stupidity."
@AC 14/02/13 13:24
I would agree on the whole that many of the criminals about whom we read do appear to be very "intellectually challenged".
Unfortunately that doesn't mean ALL the ungodly are cretinous morons:- I'm sure there must be very smart crims out there - we just haven't read of their exploits 'cos they're too smart to be apprehended or even discovered.
Well I never...
"like the pair of firms would be better off burying the blunt hatchet and getting on with making mobes in peace"
That's got to be one of the most sensible statements I've seen on El Reg - from either journo OR commenter - regarding this whole patentfest...
Re: We're all in it together
Starbucks complied with the law. The fault lies with the incompetents who make the law.
Vodafone's deal was almost certainly illegal - and was the acceptance of an offer made by Hartnett after Vodafone had bought him a lunch or two.
@Ledswinger 07/02/13 12:55
" Clearly bankers don't learn until you break their fingers, so maybe that's where we'd better start."
Excellent idea: and if they're still not sufficiently penitent then we continue on to other appendages/body parts...
Re: 14,000 years of Coldplay
I'm told there are no lifts in hell: once there, there ain't no getting out.
Unless you're like me, and consider the (maritally) obligatory trip to ASDA/TESCO/Sainsbury's/IKEA to be hell..
Re: Wall street is dangerous
Couldn't agree with you more. Michael Dell has gone up in my esteem (and I'm a long-term Mac user).
Anyone who tells the vampires & parasites (commonly known as bankers, analysts etc.) to go screw themselves deserves many beers for that alone.
More power to his elbow and I sincerely hope it all works out well for him.
Re: Stupid is as stupid does...
It must be terrific to be so intellectually superior that you can make such sweeping generalisations AND a) think you're smart and b) to expect anyone with an IQ greater than their shoe size to believe you and even praise you for it.
"Stupid is as stupid does" indeed.
Re: Fiber? - Not necessarily
"...rolling out lots of fibre would mean they lose money..."
Not if they flogged the copper cable which was replaced by the fibre - factor that income in, and the picture doesn't look anywhere near so bleak.
Re: Speak as you find...
"...BT illegally intercepted the communications of thousands of their customers..."
Yes, I know it doesn't make it right and all OK, but that was rapidly dealt with.
However, such illegal shenanigans continue under the auspices of Google, Facebook inter alia and even Her Maj's Gov, courtesy of GCHQ.
Using the interwebs makes it damn difficult to remain private, without a whole load of effort.
Speak as you find...
I've had BT broadband on my Mac for well over 8 years.
My normal speed varies between 8Mb and 11Mb downstream. I'm on an "up to16Mb" deal, but I'm around 1 mile from the exchange, and my small estate is served by aluminium cables strung from poles!
I can only recall one temporary outage during that time and I'm happy with the speed I get, considering the infrastructure. I'm in a small-ish village some 7 miles outside Wolverhampton, and we're not in the current Infinity schedules unfortunately. Neither do we have any cable in the village.
All in all, I've had a pretty trouble-free time with BT so far (touch wood).
I don't work for BT, and can only speak as I've found. No doubt there will be a rash of down votes from those who dislike anything which doesn't back up their prejudices.
"The Chinese foreign ministry dismissed allegations of state collusion to reporters in Beijing."
Might I be the first to paraphrase the delightful Miss Rice-Davies and comment "They would say that, wouldn't they?"?
That's CDO (in alphabetical order as it should be!)
"...Eadon is about as funny as a very itchy scrotum...."
That's sexist: if a woman has even a mildly itchy scrotum then she has B-I-I-G problems...
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