1462 posts • joined Thursday 19th April 2007 12:33 GMT
"...if this isn't simply a case of politicians and those who work for them knowing almost nothing of technology..."
Lewis should have said
"...if this isn't simply a case of politicians and those who work for them knowing almost nothing."
Pulled from arse figures?
93.79% of statistics are made up on the spot...
It's a fact...
that the ONLY winners in patent scraps are lawyers.
Dick the Butcher was right....
...should be tattooed with a Government Health Warning.
They're bad for you.
Terrorists AND Paedos...
...are known to wear:-
b) Underpants (exploding or not, as the case may be).
Shouldn't there also be a register of ALL owners/users of these items which are obviously indicative of suspect leanings, and likely to be of use to the aforementioned ungodly?
So by your reckoning...
any US GI who either commits adultery or drinks alcohol in Iraq/Afghanistan* should be passed over to the local "authorities" to be stoned to death?
I don't suppose I should bother reminding you how those nice gentlemen (nice words for Sarah's benefit) from PIRA slaughtered men, women AND children in Ulster, mainland UK and Europe yet the legals AND politicos in the US suddenly became misty-eyed Sons of Erin and not only refused to send back self-admitted murderers, but they continued to fund their "cause".
Pah! A pox & a plague upon US administration...
What's happened to Microsoft?
MS paying lip service to various anti-trust suits throughout the world?
Pushing for total hegemony through FUD?
Total apparent refusal to play nicely with standards - if they're not MS "standards"?
Well, that's answered my question.
Nothing's happened to Microsoft. Still business as usual.
The parallels between Gates & Ballmer on one hand, and Blair & Brown on the other are interesting...
I don't use Windows myself - I'm a Mac user - that's my choice and if someone else goes the other way, then that's their choice.
I do feel that Duncan's phrase "However, there will never be the perfect piece of software." should be tattooed on the genitals of most of the "one or t'other exclusively" zealots, just to concentrate their minds on pragmatic reality.
Proper testing etc. will as Duncan says, mitigate most problems with software.
That's MOST problems. It's not ALL problems.
No one person, or team will ever have the experience, imagination and time to test modern software for absolutely every contingency - unless we want software's gestation period to go out to several decades. Way back in the '80's, when I installed mini's & micro's for Burroughs Machines, I was often asked to "make this system idiot-proof". I rapidly gained a healthy respect for just how ingenious and inventive idiots could be - and I don't suppose I ever quite achieved the Holy Grail.
Just think how much mor involved & complex things are 25 years later!
A pox & a plague on all the blackhat villains and associated ungodly who give us these problems. May all their capacitors bulge, their r/w heads crash and their RAM sockets fail!
Mere beginners & amateurs compared to the British government.
The "Big Brother"est Big Brother ever...
Usual Gov't drivel...
"Access is confined to a team of seven staff at the department's Darlington office, and they disclose information only to prescribed people for purposes defined by the relevant regulations."
How many "prescribed people"?
Who are they?
What are the "purposes defined by the relevant regulations"?
What are the "relevant regulations"?
Without the answer to THESE questions, it's just a meaningless, patronising, pointless piece of government-speak. In other words, complete bollocks.
Politics - the art of replying to a question without answering it - and more latterly, whilst keeping one's snout firmly in the trough and indulging one's megalomanic ego.
A pox on the lot of 'em!
Do the guys who work there go home every day sounding like Tweetie Pie?
Of course it's OK...
Since this blundering bunch of freeloading mutant retarded incompetents (aka The Gubmint) introduced The Human Rights Act at the behest of Cruella DeVille (the Chief Mutant's Mate) - so she could enrich herself & her cronies, convicts have loads of rights, and the little dears must be cosseted & pampered beyond belief. Naturally victims and their nearest & dearest have none.
Furthermore, certain doddery old fossils in the judiciary (any similarity to Mr Justice Eady or any other bewigged pensioner is purely coincidental and unintentional)) appear to be using this pernicious act to write laws themselves - without reference to Parliament.
One day they will realise that The Law belongs to the people - not to freeloaders in Parliament, not to a bunch of wrinkly geriatric old fools, but to us - the population at large.
We just might have to help them realise these things - with a pointy stick, or today's equivalent thereof. </rant>
Adam Curtis covered this in 2004 in his excellent series (broadcast surprisingly on BBC2) 'The Power of Nightmares' (appropriately sublitled 'The Rise of the Politics of Fear').
It's detailed in Wikipedia,
and available to download from at least one Public Domain site in the 'States - unfortunately the ISO9600 image is NTSC - but it's obviously viewable on most computers - Mac or PC.
Watch it and wake up! Rebellion is the right of any free man - and at times, his duty!
...will not kill newspapers.
Many years ago, it was said that the wireless would kill newspapers.
Not-quite-so-many years ago it was said that television would kill newspapers.
However, as to whether newspapers are mostly heading over the cliff lemming-style, that's a different question.
As far as I can tell...
...they can be from any 10 primates you can get near enough to. It doesn't say they have to be your prints - neither does it specify they have to be human - or any other particular species.
Big Brother's getting dimmer!
@Paul 4 And....
...Gillette don't flog their razors inexpensively to tie people in to the expensive blade cartridges?
Supermarkets don't have loss leaders to attract customers?
Pubs don't offer good value meals to increase wet sales?
Printer mfrs don't offer cheap inkjet printers but expensive ink cartridges?
Sheer sophistry to explain an anti-Apple rant.
That's giving you the benefit of the doubt - it COULD just be sheer stupidity resulting in a complete lack of understanding of a) How commerce, industry & this planet work and b) a failure to realise what is in fact wicked and what ain't.
I use iTunes fairly frequently - and I don't have an iPod nor do I have an iPhone. No-one forces me to do either.
Paris 'cos you gotta be blonde....
We're just vote-fodder every five years, financial milch cows permanently, and are being threatened with the bogeyman of Alky Ada to frighten us into submission, and a host of petty rules and jobsworths to condition us into unthinking obedience.
I think the Hoons have forgotten that they are OUR servants - 't'aint t'other way round...
Rebellion is the right, sometimes the duty. of every free man
I take it then
that you're a highly successful long-term investor who's consistently outguessed & outperformed the markets, and on whom the recent financial upheavals have had no effect whatsoever.
Failing that, your post is at worst stupid, and at best, sophistry.
Your points 2 & 3 are just plain incorrect, or maybe taken from Ballmer's fantasy diary.
Your point 5 isn't worth a jot - sure there has been an increase in the numbers of netbooks; probably based on the fact that they're a comparitively new item. However, your point is akin to saying BMW's market share is dropping, and they're on the way to oblivion because they're losing sales to the new sub-£1000 cars in India.
You appear to have a great future as a statistician and scriptwriter for the revered Lord Mandelson...
It would help if you realised that Snow Leopard is effectively an Intel-only service pack for Leopard - it's NOT a full release in its own right.
Hence the low price.
10.4 to 10.5 (Tiger to Leopard) IS a FULL version leap - rather like going from XP to Vista, except unlike Vista, Leopard works, and only comes in one "Ultimate" edition.
Ever seen MS offer ANY of their OSes as a full upgrade from earlier version to new Ultimate variation for as little as £85?
An understanding of what's what would appear to be required.
NCO in the BullmerJugend are we?
So to be a real computer it's OS has to have critical faults/holes/errors, it's user must have a degree of knowledge* to install desperate patches which open OTHER holes, break drivers etc.
So to be a REAL car, must a car have acetylene headlamps, starting handle, manual advance-retard, tubed tyres, manual oil-pumps?
So to be a REAL fighter, must an aircraft be at least a biplane - preferably a triplane, be manually started by swinging the prop, and be armed with the pilot/observer carrying their own Mannlicher hunting rifle?
My Mac just gets on with its job and just works - never had a problem. My PC (running XP Pro) would have been defenestrated on many an occasion, had it not belonged to my employer.
I love my "unreal" computer - but I suppose to the BullmerJugend, a computer which "just works" IS unreal.
...from Windows fanbois, the BallmerJugend and other acolytes of the dark side.
Apple will continue to ignore them and continue to flourish.
Cue hissy fits & stamping of little feet (with a bit of chair-throwing, too!)
"One industry magazine web site speculated that, ".....
Then you go on to slate Apple, and indulge in an orgy of schadenfreude:- except NONE OF IT AIN'T HAPPENED YET!!
What part of "speculated" don't you understand?
I "speculate" that you are the unacknowledged love-child of Michael Dell & Steve Ballmer.
It's surely an "intermediate possibility"
Jeez. No wonder you aren't an Apple fan....
Whatever you do...
read, learn & inwardly digest the small print - 'cos it'll shaft you.
Better still, get a friendly neighbourhood legal beagle to check it out. Especially if Ballmer has had any input.
You know it makes sense!
...don't have a monopoly on their home turf? And misuse/totally abuse it?
Now which one from NuLab or Google pries into my personal life more, and which one do I consider a greater threat to me and all that I hold dear?
And I'll add "ever so pretty please please please" to the last aspiration...
The REAL reason...
...is undoubtedly that the Yanks were thoroughly pissed off that they didn't get the deal, 'cos someone offered bigger backhanders than Uncle Sam's little lads were offering.
Reference Lockheed and around a zillion other occurrences.
For the benefit of any predatory US attorneys trawling these waters, all the foregoing is "alleged", and yes, I know "Predatory Attorney" is tautology.
I can honestly say "Not my fault, Guv." I never voted for this shower of incompetents and clearly remember back in 1997 (when I were advising any liberal-wet acquaintances that it would all end in tears, and that Tony was a phoney.
Hate to say "Told you so", but...
...and I'll un-rap them.
If given the prospect of choosing between continued captivity and a "very moving" anything with The Boy Millipede, I'd probably opt for the former...
"..no UFO report has revealed any evidence of a potential threat to the United Kingdom.."
no intelligence report revealed any evidence of a potential threat to the United Kingdom from Iraqi WMDs & 45 minutes to launch, either.
The greatest potential threat to the United Kingdom is HM Gov't & it's politicised supine sycophantic "Ministry of's"
They're demonstrably certifiable...
and "...is backed by £2m of government investment..." really means "That's another £2Million of debtwe've pointlessly got you into."
Hoons. Utter Hoons. All of'em.
Some good points Jay...
But with most 'giveaways', I'll either collect them if I want them, or ignore them If I don't. I've never felt the need to rail against them or to be outraged** - in fact I've never seen the point of anything other than supreme indifference in such cases.
**Unless it's something dangerous/blatantly unacceptable such as flick-knives to 12 year olds or something of that ilk.
However, I freely (and happily) accept that one size doesn't fit all.
As the Froggies would put it "One man's fish is another man's poisson"...
"Slush Kitty"? - obviously the same level of intellect which leads NuLab into name-calling when they run out of (if they ever had any) reasoned discourse.
"Easily offendable"? - " I think you mean "Easily offended", old lad - one presumes English is not your first language.
"Thank a diety"? - You're grateful to someone eschewing chocolate, carbs., etc?
We do love our little self, don't we? Never mind, you'll see things differently when you grow up a bit and start to talk with the big boys & girls...
It may be a difficult concept for you...
but the world does NOT revolve around you, so whatever is offered will undoubtedly not be tailored exclusively to your taste - unless of course, they offer Carly Simon's "You're so vain" which could be deemed most apposite.
Still, I wish you "Merry Christmas", or to tailor it to your attitudes, "Bah! Humbug".
It's far cheaper & more profitable for the (mainly foreign-owned) to "dick around" with your supply than waste dividend/management-bonus funds on improving & upgrading a creaking infrastructure to the level that rolling or temporary cuts aren't in the picture.
Providing a good service to the end-user just isn't in the equation for this cartel of trough-feeders and their bumboys in the Ministry of Cretins/Morons/Village Idiots/Retards (delete where appropriate).
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