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The clue's in "...a mature and sensible website like The Register..."
El Reg has just discovered irony.
1707 posts • joined 19 Apr 2007
The clue's in "...a mature and sensible website like The Register..."
El Reg has just discovered irony.
If what you've bought does what you want, and it's reliable and at a price you're happy to pay, then it means it's a good product, and bully for you for buying it!
It does not mean that anyone who chose & bought something else is an idiot, a dickhead or a moron.
Neither does it mean that you're a superior being because of your choice.
Whether you've bought Android, iOS or Windows Phone just enjoy what you have, and accept that others might have different criteria - all equally valid to them.
Enough with the intolerant arrogant fan factions of all types, already!
"...Barclay's analyst Ben Reitzes, who said that while "response to the launch has been stronger than expected", the figures themselves should be ignored..."
Looking at the track records of a) analysts as a breed, and b) Barclays as a bank, better advice might be that Reitzes' utterances should be ignored.
"But to blame Apple, or Foxconn, for a disease that we know can be brought on by the simple collection of migrants into one place seems a bit harsh."
You realise Jasper won't ever talk to you again...
You're right. That demo does look great in Safari under Mavericks.
Very nice - have an up vote & a beer!
And my reply was to the previous (AC, of course) poster (A joke, or some form of Israeli PR right?) and not a general or otherwise repudiation of the article.
His rather broad statement "The normal Israeli approach to the privacy rights of Palestinian civilians, is to subtly dodge the question by depriving them of their lives." also makes no mention of Gaza, West bank or occupied territories - it is the statement as a fact that deprivation of Palestinian life was an Israeli objective. That of course was the bollocks in question and not the article which gave birth to this forum.
Had you taken the trouble to read the two in conjunction, that would have been clear.
Utter bollocks of the kind usually spewed out by the Grauniad.
The inhabitants of Gaza voted for Hamas knowing their stated aim is the eradication of Israel, so they are just as responsible as the droves who voted for the NSDAP in Germany in the 1930's.
Hamas are renowned for siting missile-launchers, arms dumps etc. right by schools and hospitals - and even have their HQ underneath a hospital. As their supporters and fighters do not wear any recognisable uniform, pray differentiate between a terrorist & a civilian.
Is Israel supposed to just say "Tut, tut" to a daily rain of indiscriminate rockets?
The IDF uses its weapons to protect its people: Hamas uses its people to protect its weapons.
Awaits deluge of downvotes from the student politicians of the sixth-form common room...
Or, when it comes to regulators (ISP & otherwise), it's too often a case of Britannia waives the rules...
A politician from the same system that gave the world the NSA and the Patriot act is now getting all righteous over privacy and demanding reassurances?
They're obviously cut from the same block as our politicos here on our side of the pond.
Certainly here in the UK, amongst all my friends and acquaintances, I have found little or no demand for NFC payment capability.
It seems rather like 3DTV - hyped and drooled over by 'analysts', but in reality it's a technology looking for a demand.
Of course, your friends and acquaintances might feel differently...
I've yet to see any output from 'analysts' that bears re-examination a year or so down the line.
Opinions presented as facts, when they are nothing more than guesses.
And anyway, isn't a "consultant" someone who charges you a fortune to tell you the time from your own watch?
And a successful "consultant" charges you a fortune to tell you the time from your own watch - and then sells your watch back to you.
"... the UK is bearing the brunt of attacks because its defences are weaker..."
Couldn't possibly be because it's DFUs are genuinely dumber (or more prevalent), could it?
I'm suspicious of any message from my bank, and don't follow any link or download any attachment(s).
Of course I'm even more suspicious of similar messages from banks where I don't have an account...
and they don't seem to have heard of "due diligence"' either
"...The BBC is full of adverts. Mostly for itself, but still..."
Too many words.
"The BBC is full of itself."
There. Fixed it for you
"Apple is set to be the biggest player in the smartwatch world, the analysis firm Canalys has predicted"
If I had a pound (preferrably a fiver) for every analyst's prediction over the last fifteen years that's turned out to be hopelessly wide of the mark, I'd be very rich.
I think Mystic Meg had a better accuracy rate.
"...If £20 gets you 46 virgins, stick me down!.."
OK, infidel:- but you do not get to choose the gender of the virgins.
Or the species.
It would appear that you consider "good analysis" to be that which agrees with or reinforces your own particular prejudices. Still, I suppose at least 70% of people take that route.
Me? I think the items might be interesting - we'll see in due course when they're released and can be examined. I still know of many who buy Apple computers not for a fancy logo, but for OSX and a straightforward computing experience. Not everyone wants to wrestle with Windows, or become a Linux geek - in much the same way that many car drivers have no desire to learn how to be a mechanic.
I say "Good for you" to those who do wish to be Windows-wrestlers, or Linux-geeks, but that doesn't make you a superior being, anymore than slating Apple just because it's fashionable to do so amongst certain geek sectors makes you smart.
Almost any article on El Reg which concern Apple is little more than troll-bait and is followed by the inevitable troll-fest.
I read very few of 'em, these days.
"...there is a fine line between cool and hip..."
What about we older ones who don't really give a rat's ass about "cool" or "hip"?
Yes, I'm a longtime Mac user who loves his MacPro, and his iPhone and his iPad. I use them because their functionality matches my needs and they perform in a way with which I'm totally comfortable. As regards anyone else, if they are happy running Windows 3.11 on a Compaq 386 and it suits their needs, then to me that would be pretty cool - on the grounds that they're (probably) spending two thirds of naff all, and the techie in me always feels pleased to see elderly systems still fulfilling a useful function.
And me? Despite having had the "fanboi" epithet spat vituperatively at me several times when commenting on El Reg, I use what suits me & I'm happy with, but I don't feel that anyone worthwhile would be impressed by which logo is fastened to what I buy.
Similarly, anyone else should use what suits them - and why it suits them is subjective - and I don't feel they are inferior or superior to me if they opt for stuff I haven't.
iWatch?- I'm not a keep-fit type (I'm close to 65, dammit!) and all I use a watch for is to tell the time. My mid-90's Seiko still rules - and will continue to do so, as long as it carries on working.
Don't know if that viewpoint makes me "cool", but in any case I couldn't really give a monkey's...
"..On top of all the government loses out on tax income..."
Aye! There's the rub. That's what really upsets them.
"...we know how to keep our government in line..."
Pure cobblers. We might think we do - well, those who swallow the bilge emanating from Westminster might - but in fact the government - any government - views & treats us with the greatest of contempt, and they carry on doing exactly what they want, or what their globalised masters tell them to.
"...Anyone trying to make Political headway in either direction based on such a bloody appalling incident is a sicko..."
Agreed:- but that hasn't stopped the Westminster Slimes (of all party hues) milking all appalling incidents for narrow political purposes in my living memory - and I'm over 60!
They're about as trustworthy as a Hamas ceasefire.
@No, I will not fix your computer
It's just a knee-jerk unthinking reaction:- exactly the sort that politicos pander to when rushing through ill-thought out and badly written legislation (has there been any other kind in the last 50-60 years?).
Both gubmint & plod have a visceral dislike of the populace having any access to any sort of arms, as a totally unarmed population is much easier to control and presents much less of a threat to the establishment.
How in God's name do you get away with it?
Or are you writing from a ward, whilst your wheelchair/crutches/prosthetics are being serviced?
Is that you? Please get in touch.
...the sound of vampire squiddies panicking at the thought that they've been rumbled, and it's perfectly possible to do without them? :-)
You deserve a pint for that...
And I remember selling 120MB (yes, MB) drives for £180.00. (That's around US$310)...
And even earlier, a free-standing 650MB Winchester drive, in an enclosure almost the size of a dishwasher, for £30,000.
Damn, I feel old...
No doubt encouraged by pop-up ads from PPI claims firms looking for a new niche:-
"Have you been pissed-off by pop-ups?" etc. ad infinitum, ad nauseam.
"I thought the phrase "security intelligence" was classed as tautology.
Sorry, a senior moment there. What I should have written - and indeed meant to write was:-
"I thought the phrase "security intelligence" was classed as an oxymoron."
"In line with UK airports we are reacting to the latest security intelligence..."
I thought the phrase "security intelligence" was classed as tautology.
Posting a non-invective comment about Apple on El Reg?
Not sure if that's brave or foolhardy. Anyway, prepare for the probable rush of downvotes - irresprctive of the cirgumstances.
The UK's not exactly a shining example of an empowered populace, either. Easily distracted by 'Bread & Circuses"...
"...my daydreams of killing irritating commentards by the power of thought will never make me rich..."
No, but it will make you dream of being immensely satisfied...
Extreme? With only one black pudding?
Wuss - unless it's an entire link; and the fried bread's a bit sparse, too.
Aa a 64 yr-old with a cholesterol level below 4 (God knows how or why), a proper fried breakfast is my idea of heaven!
If it does all you want, at a price you're happy to pay, with acceptable quality then it's a good product.
Whatever anyone else might say...
A problem identified and then a solution offered in a week or so.
And Jasper predictably extracts the urine.
"The US should sue itself."
If it did, and then lost with costs awarded against it, then the US-that-won would have to brief lawyers to extract costs from the US-that-lost, whilst not affecting the finances of the US-that-won.
It's a lawyer's wet dream!
New Rollers, Ferraris all round, plus Learjets, yachts etc. for decades to come.
And do the Russkis really believe that absence of evidence is the same as evidence of absence?
If you find something, then it's there. If you don't find something, all that proves is that you ain't found something - not that something ain't there...
...you don't get out or read enough.
Anti semitism? See Stalin. See Beria. See Ulbricht. See Honecker
Control every aspect of your lives? See all of the above.
Don't recall any of those wearing belts with "Gott mit uns" on it.
And no, I'm not Jewish.
They seem to be in inverse proportion - for proof just see any Rap "star", footballer, reality TV show "star", banker, politician...
Almost all philistines.
One of the big problems Don is that NSA (and no doubt, our own agencies this side of the pond) consider themselves above the law.
Making something illegal sure as hell doesn't stop 'em doing it!
"Does dislike of Apple preclude common sense & math ability? FUD much?"
It would appear so.
The only thing that "figures from George Osborne" show is that utter crap can be repackaged as roses - and it will be believed by those who a daft enough/desperate enough to swallow any old drivel from our ruling élite...
There are lies, damned lies, and statistics.
"The politicos said that the country's current Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000 (RIPA) already had the necessary safeguards in place to address the privacy flaws found in the European Union's Data Retention Directive."
Like the "safeguards" which allowed local councils all over the country to send out undercover jobsworths to spy upon and film people just to check if they were in the catchment area of schools to which they'd sought access for their kids, or to identify if their mutt had crapped on a verge?
Yes, dog mess is antisocial, but the glee with which these (generally unelected) arseholes rushed out to play at James Bond or Spooks shows how dangerous it is to give any more power to politicos.
You never know who'll end up (mis)using it. Misuse of power is as certain as death and taxes.
Governments should be made to carry a Government Health Warning!
Come back Wat Tyler; all is forgiven!
"...Will people cough up for $300 iWatch to measure the length of their jogs..."
At one time, who'd have thought that people would fork out large sums for a pair of
pumps trainers, and yet avoid any form of exercise/gym/exertion?
...and yet they do!
Written as one who's used Macs since the late eighties, loves his iPhone and iPad, but reckons he'll stay with his Seiko 'cos it's the first thing his SWMBO bought him many years ago. And it still works perfectly, and does everything he asks from a watch (it tells me what time it is).
"...our free and democratic way of life might be in danger from an controlling, authoritarian regime!..."
Might be in danger???
"...a controlling, authoritarian regime!..."
Like those in the Palace of Westminster, in the White House, and in Brussels?
I would go on to add that "our free and democratic way of life" doesn't actually exist - it's merely an illusion of democracy doled out to us plebs by an arrogant and contemptuous ruling élite...