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* Posts by Ted Treen

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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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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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Firefox 4 gets yet another final test build release

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Kelly,

Why can't I call you "Shirley"

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MS claims credit for Rustock botnet takedown

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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)

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Welsh baby-kisser's tweet sets him back £53k

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@Buzzword

"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!

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But why..

...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...

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Spooks' secret TEMPEST-busting tech reinvented by US student

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Governments?

Down with the buggers!

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Microsoft Kinect faster seller than iPad, says Guinness

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Scraping the barrel...

...for another dig at Apple.

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Microsoft 'paid Nokia $1bn' for WinPho 7 deal

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Whatever..

...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...

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Wordpress traces 2nd DDoS assault to China

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Get a better firewall...

...and don't leave a chink in your armour.

Coat & rickshaw please.

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BT fibre-to-the-premises trial takes 7 hours per install

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You 'ad a corner shop?

Kids today don't know they're born!

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iPad 2? Let's be kind and call it iPad 1.5

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Poor Tom...

"...I have an original iPhone 3, and it is getting worse and worse, because new apps require so much memory..."

I know what you mean - new apps strain my Amstrad 1640 to buggery.

Some won't even run...

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Tainted apps worm into official Android store

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@Wotnot

No fight - just a comment that had this happened on Apple's platform, we'd now be drowning from the surfeit of spittle-laden invective...

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Apple fanbois leak secrets of Mac OS X Lion

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@Monkey

All too frequently it's nothing to do with having an opinion.

It's everything to do with knee-jerk ego-boosting and self-aggrandisement.

Opinions, I'll consider. Whines, I find irritating.

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Huh?

So take it up with the scanner manufacturer and the UPS manufacturer.

It's THEIR responsibility.

Jeez, even I wouldn't slate MS if I had peripherals whose software/drivers demanded Win98/Win95/Win3.11 for workgroups...

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Thunderbolt: A new way to hack Macs

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However,

You're missing the point. Sure it's just FUD, but it's also a chance to mock Apple & say "See how clever we are:- we can direct you to vulnerabilities on a product we haven't seen or used yet. Yes, we've done as much research as News International have - now if only we can hack into Apple employees' voicemail..."

Facts aren't important when there are egos to be boosted, and a chance for self-aggrandisement...

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Dear US gov: Stay the hell out of Silicon Valley

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Check out the UK, then...

1. Regulating markets so they don't spin out of control.

Just like the last government's "light touch" regulations prevented the financial sector spinning out of control.

2. Providing infrastructure the private sector wouldn't, like highways.

Railtrack/Network Rail, The M6 relief route (now more accurately called a toll road), privatised prisons, attempting to privatise armed forces' training, ad infinitum, ad nauseam,

3. Funding research too speculative for private industry, like the internet.

They've only ever funded social engineering studies which are pre-ordained to come up with their preferred answer

4. Industrial policy to promote economic growth: see South Korea, Japan, Taiwan, China.

In the UK??? You gotta be kidding!

5. Education, both high school and university.

Secondary education in the UK is now at its lowest ever standard - and deteriorating further daily.

6. Socialism, providing various safety nets: see Social Security, Medicare, etc.

We have a whole class who choose Social Security asd a career path, not a safety net.

7. Labor laws, to prevent the capital owners from screwing the rest of us.

But no laws tp prevent the government/public sector from not just screwing us but raping us!

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Mozilla confirms Firefox 4 beta 12 is FINAL test build

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If...

If it stops just ONE person from falling into the clutches of Hotmail, then it's all been worth it.

If it makes others leave - then it's a triumph.

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Conviction overturned for abuse images bought from bookshop

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Dead right, IP.

Let's not forget, that most of the stalwarts of NuLab were lawyers and/or barristers.

Admittedly, not very good ones, but to suggest they were totally unaware of the wider implications of their draconian legislation is to stretch credulity beyond breaking point.

And they STILL have a degree of support in the polls, the Grauniad & the Beeb.

Maybe you CAN fool some of the people ALL of the time.

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Almost there

The original Pied Piper collected rats...

...so if he were in court, wouldn't he be leading a procession of lawyers?

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And...

being paranoid doesn't necessarily mean you're wrong.

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Jacqui Smith 'shocked' to discover we're drowning in sea of porn

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Agreed...

ISPs regulating where I go is like my TV manufacturer, or my electricity supplier regulating what I watch on my TV.

The woman's as batty as a belfry.

When in a position of power, this made her dangerous. Now she's just an irritant.

Surgical excision might prove useful.

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Flash drives dangerously hard to purge of sensitive data

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Beige Mac?

You are Sam Spade & I claim my prize...

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Easy!

Just give it to an employee of HM Gov't, and it will soon go to the limbo where countless pendrives and similar have gone in recent years, never to be seen again.

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Government defends need for census

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Crap!

"Of course since they're Daily Mail readers they won't understand most of the questions anyway..."

Guilty of the very prejudice & stereotyping you're accusing others of. About par for the course for "liberals".

Yup, I have a brain; yup, I actually understand most issues raised here & elsewhere, and Shock! Horror! - I read the Daily Mail.

I also read Private Eye, The Economist & The Spectator. Online I follow Guido Fawkes, Inspector Gadget & John Ward, inter alia.

But I suppose in the view of most "liberals", the Daily Mail should be liberally proscribed, and its readers liberally burned at the stake.

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ATM scammer jailed for 12 months

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But it's Oz...

I thought that criminal behaviour was their history & heritage...

Mine's the asbestos one, 'cos of the inevitable flaming from the Antipodes 7 Earls Court...

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