1544 posts • joined 19 Apr 2007
do you wish to acquire?
A "sinpad" or a sailor?
you are Steve Ballmer, and I claim my prize....
Mine's the one on the hat-stand that's just been thrown out of the window
...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.
I upvoted you - I'm peeved as that's what I was going to say....
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....
@John Dougald McCallum
"...any way the death penalty is an absolute abomination..."
That, Old Son, depends upon on whom it is being inflicted...
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.
...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!)
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.
"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....
The only time...
Microsoft will produce something that DOESN'T suck will be when they make a vacuum cleaner...
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?
@ Third point
I think you\ll find His Serene and Diabolic Excellency Lord Mandelson is "Lord of the Rings"...
"..Hilton reportedly earns £276,000 a year..."
Hilton reportedly IS PAID £276,000 a year.
There is no damn way he EARNS that sum.
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...
the chances are that they are - or, to be more accurate, that they STILL are
What a maroon...
Don't like it?
Then don't buy one, and STFU.
That's the approach I take to Beemers, Microsoft & a fair few others.
A breath of fresh air...
Have Grumpytom mounted on the wall as an example to most.
but who's watching him?
"..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).
..sounds like a plan.
All I can say...
...is that Johnson's one more reason for making birth control retroactive.
It would certainly explain Blair, Mandelson, Brown & Darling (inter alia)...
Probably not a terrorist...
Just "The Worst Anti-Terrorist", or T.W.A.T., for short.
but you must understand that dealing with photographers and average-height people (plus the associated paperwork) will take priority, so the DNA records will be deleted - but not until circa 2016...
Clarification, at last.
So the ACC AND a Chief Super both come out with the line "Don't ask us to understand our powers, chummy:- we make 'em up as we feel we need to. Now get in our van and get yer strides off, you're nicked".
I can sleep soundly & safely in my bed knowing that although my car's being vandalised and my house is being burgled, no 12stone 5'11" man-mountain can photograph my local shopping centre with impunity.
Makes me proud to be English...
Sadly, Mr Ash (or might I call you "Original"?),
Your joke icon is somewhat misplaced, since your point is astute and apposite.
"Police Intelligence" has unfortunately over the last decade or so, become an oxymoron.
Wasn't it usual in the old Soviet Union (and Eastern Bloc) to "deal with" individuals by incarcerating them in mental hospitals?
Or has the term "Terrorist" now been defined by ACPO as "Anyone who doesn't immediately do what we tell 'em to"?
There appear to be many "public Servants" who are prime candidates for a sex-change....
...If only we could determine from what, to what...
"Perhaps a register of those who have made false accusations should be kept instead."
That would be the payroll list of most Police personnel above the rank of Sergeant, then...
Just a thought...
ACPO is a private limited company who appear to have granted themselves quasi-governmental powers.
By what right do they do this?
The facts are that virtually all Chief Police Officers are fast-tracked social engineers in thrall to NuLab, and they are far more interested in political posturing and positioning than running an effective police service.
Methinks cleaning out the Augean Stables should be highly prioritised by an incoming non-Lab government.
Since they're ALL professional establishment politicos, I won't hold my breath...
So we're safe, then.
"Officials said they believed it is unlikely the powers will be used, "
Would that be like the assurance that your friendly neighbourhood council wouldn't dream of using it's newly-acquired investigatory powers over comparitively trivial matters?
Hopefully this will all end in tears.
All this under a supposed Labour government?
If Kier Hardie were alive today, he'd be spinning in his grave...
@Ex-IT inter alia
Spot on, old Son.
Exactly why we have out-of-control feral brats here
Your comment is also exactly why we have out-of-control feral brats here.
Yes, I do have a son who became a proper little Kevin at twelve. I was on it like a ton of bricks - harsh, even - and it only lasted a month or two. Now I have a 24yr old son who I can genuinely say is one of my best buddies, as well as my offspring.
Since we 'develeoped' professional politicos who've rarely had a proper job and usually have no real experience in the real world, we have had a succession of useless, otherwise-unemployable nonentities standing for public office.
Joe public sees this, becomes disillusioned with politics, doesn't think it's worth voting, so candidates for office become more & more useless and gain office with the support of a coterie of activists.
Joe public becomes even more disillusioned, and we have the downward spiral which leads to NuLab & their ilk...
No room to keep records...
All available record space is tied up with DNA, emails sent, phone calls made and other personal data...
As an Apple user..
I pass on my sincere best wishes to PA in this; never forget the power of positive attitude.
Some call it faith, others call it character or willpower. Whatever the name, it helps, and I hope for the best.
are for the guidance of wise men and the blind obedience of idiots.
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