1694 posts • joined 19 Apr 2007
Re: To be fair...
Of course it "ain't cool"'.
It's Jasper on his regular anti-Apple trollfest...
Of FAR more interest...
...would be the psychological profiles of the
scum high-ups in the banks & loan companies who prey upon cater to students.
Any takers on almost 100% psychopaths?
the inherent weakness in ANY system - iOS, Android, Windows, OSX, Linux - is the liveware.
Makes a nice change...
To see someone:-
a) sort it out very quickly
b) put their hand up to it without equivocating woffle
c) say "thanks" to the finder.
It's a pleasant change. A pint for PayPal.
After all, operating systems are getting better & more security aware these days; so (to a degree) is utility software (even Flash, Acrobat etc.,) yet there's virtually no development in the weakest part of any system.
The most prevalent virus I've come across in the last few years has had different effects, but it's all been the PICNIC virus:-
Problem In Chair Not In Computer.
"China – the largest consumer of PCs on the planet"
Natch:- all those hacking cadres in the PLA to train...
The old adage...
Bank screws man:- not news.
Man screws bank:- NEWS!
Re: Glad I switched
...AND Three produce those very amusing commercials with dancing ponies, singing kittens and whatever they've got planned next.
A bit of silliness in a dull world never hurts...
Re: Perversely, I thought metering was sane.
If Ben Franklin were alive today:-
"There are only three things that are certain in life: death, taxes and being screwed by business"
Re: Hasn't El Reg heard of ramraiding before?
Local constabulary turning up @ 0200 to investigate a phoned-in robbery suspicion?
What a novel idea.
Ours (both of 'em) would be investigating B&Bs for not promoting equality of sexual orientation, or arresting people who used naughty words on Twitter. Or snoozing...
...and if said vending machine is equipped with a Z80 or 6502 it will have far more intelligence/processing power/awareness than the USPTO has collectively.
Re: It might be illuminating ...
Cynicism is realism...
...at least, it is when the subject is The Palace of Westminster.
@Roo - Re: Oh Yeah...?
And we plebs have eggs, as Prescott found out...
"...Fred Wilson reckons Apple will no longer be the top dog of tech by 2020..."
Window cleaner Herbert Bloggs disagrees with him, and furthermore says "Fred Wilson will no longer be much of a venture capitalist by 2020."
How many venture capitalists, analysts and bankers have we seen with egg-splattered faces in the last few decades?
Re: Networking @Cliff
In a goldrush, the main people who get rich are the ones selling shovels...
Re: Existing Solutions
"... there would be less second and third cars around..."
You mean bits are going to drop off them - or do you mean "... there would be fewer second and third cars around..."?
"...an analyst has predicted..."
Whatever precedes (or follows) those words has all the credibility of a tale by The Brothers Grimm...
...or even the rabid iFoes...
Re: At the risk of being downvoted
The device works - it's an external service which ain't servicing - which isn't Apple's fault...
"...all the major food groups, i.e. dairy, fruit, sponge and jelly..."
But everyone knows the major food groups include cholesterol, caffeine and brown sauce...
...oh, and beer!
@SJG (or in praise of him)
"It's your money, go buy whatever you want, but please stop telling everyone else that they're idiots.
At last - a (very rare) comment of such total common sense and rationality that I feel SJG should be stuffed, mounted and preserved on the wall as an example of how to reason properly.
If you can use what you're comfortable with (any platform) then why should you face vituperative invective from those whose choice(s) might be otherwise?
I'm sorry, Dave. I'm afraid I can't do that...
@Brenda McViking (Re: Wrist, meet slap)
I never believe ANYTHING until it's been officially denied...
Re: For $63Bn
Analysts are rather like eunuchs in a harem:-
Forever telling everyone how to do it, whilst being singularly incapable of doing it themselves.
...tells me I'm going deaf.
I replied (only once) that it's her fault: she's worn my ears out.
It's arseholes like these who make me reconsider my long-held opposition to Capital Punishment.
"Time for a truly independent system."
Of course - the time is well overdue:- but do you see the establishment ever permitting it?
Plus ça change...
"...English Electric was forced into a marriage by the British government of the time that led to the creation of ICL, as masterminded by then-government minister Tony Benn..."
Similarly the takeovers/mergers of banks & building societies masterminded by Brown & Balls...
Similarly the takeovers/mergers of almost any other companies masterminded by politicians of all parties...
How many of these shotgun marriages have ever worked?
...err, approximately none.
Why are these third-rate incompetents allowed to bugger about with things which they don't understand and haven't got a snowball's chance in Hell of ever understanding?
Oh yes, that's it. Absolutely no personal liability whatsoever, but it's we plebs who pay the price for their inevitable cock-ups.
No, it's not...
"...but hey, it's Apple. ®..."
It's unsubstantiated rumour and speculation.
"Yeah, but at least you don't have lawyers getting rich off it..."
Not yet 'cos it hasn't happened. In the event of such an occurrence, I bet some Legal
Eagle Vulture already has plans to capitalise on the situation...
Learn how to use it...
Ever thought about saving your downloaded install file and using an 8GB pen-drive to build an installer? No, thought not.
The interweb is full of instructions - very easy to follow - and you don't have to enter any ID to install it. I did this for several (well, 5) Macs at work without a glitch...
Never mind, enjoy your ranty whinge - even if you're wrong.
Re: I don't think that Prime Minister David Cameron knows what he's defending.
Translation of Cameronspeak:-
"I don't know what the suppliers have done; I don't understand what they're trying to do and even if I had a glimmer, I wouldn't understand what was involved; but I do know that I've spent absolutely oodles of your hard-earned on it. That, naturally, makes it a huge success."
@AC:- Re: 10 Downing Street
"...self-serving, publicity-seeking politicians..."
Is there any other kind?
Re: 'Evidenced and verified'
Of course they would:- but I look forward to the time when someone on the list, but otherwise unconvicted, tests their inclusion under the UK's (archaic & draconian) libel laws...
"...NHS Direct dies silent, undignified death,,,"
As did some of those who put their faith in the service.
As the old saw puts it, "A camel is a horse designed by a committee."
Not fair: I can only up vote you once, and your discernment and obvious exquisite taste deserves multiple up votes!
Could be, admittedly. But unless Apple specifically state their reason(s), any supposition remains just conjecture.
"Apple has hired a veteran Washington lobbyist in an apparent attempt to boost its influence in the seat of American power."
Objection, m'Lud. Speculation* not fact. The writer can not possibly know the reasoning or purpose behind the action.
*Or sophistry:- take your pick.
Re: Lawmakers and the law
Not just Enver...
Look at the track record of the fragrant & delightful Ms Homer...
Although it's from the DM, she would have sued if it were materially incorrect. It seems in today's civil service, incompetence gets you to the top, the innocent are punished and the guilty rewarded.
Just like Parliament, really. What do we have to do to cull these terminally incompetent self-serving arrogant troughers?
"Born in Norfolk, Ms Homer studied law at University College London, before working at Reading Council for two years then Hertfordshire Council, where over a period of 15 years, she rose to the position of Director of Corporate Services.
This proved the springboard for her first major town hall job, in 1998, as chief executive of Suffolk Council.
Just four years later, the married mother of three daughters was parachuted into the same post at Birmingham City Council, on a jaw-dropping £174,000-year.
In 2005 she was accused of throwing ‘the rule book out of the window’ in a major postal votes scandal in Birmingham that ended up before the courts.
Election judge Richard Mawrey said fraud in the city ‘would have disgraced a banana republic’. He described Mrs Homer’s decision to allow postal ballot papers to be transported to the count in shopping bags as ‘the direst folly’.
But later that year she was chosen by the Home Office to run what was then called the Immigration and Nationality Directorate – this time on £200,000, plus bonuses.
Already in chaos, it was on her watch in 2006 that we learned of the mistaken release of 1,000 foreign criminals.
It later emerged some 450,000 asylum cases had not been dealt with but left in boxes at the Home Office.
The new UKBA was meant to clear up the mess, and Mrs Homer became its first chief executive, on an astonishing £208,000 a year.
But among a fresh run of scandals was the revelation that nearly 400 of the 1,000 foreign prisoners were told they could stay in Britain and dozens remained untraced.
Promotion came again in 2011 when she was handed the the post of Permanent Secretary at the Transport Department where she stayed for barely a year before winning her biggest job to date – running HMRC.
Since then she has been criticised for failing to tackle tax avoidance, admitting in November last year that over half of Britain’s biggest 770 firms funnel profits overseas.
Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2298578/There-penalties-poor-performance-civil-service-MPs-astounded-boss-failing-Border-Agency-Lin-Homer-charge-HMRC.html#ixzz2wywFWe6n
To much hassle...
...just have a friendly chat with Hartnett over lunch, like Vodafone did.
Is that the one who bullies us into parting with some of our pittance, whilst moving his fortune & financial management to Holland in order to reduce his Eire taxes?
Re: These days...
Damned good job you commented as AC.
Your real name/handle could have ensured it was your last ever comment...
Re: "Sending money to Uganda" has a nice ring to it"
You mean that where you work, you don't get screwed?
Must be a first...
"Ledgett said the NSA's core problem was that it was lousy at PR, rather than that it was invading innocent people's privacy"
It would appear that Ledgett is (one of) the NSA's core problems.
Re: Transparent display?
Redmond will sue!
Re: Erm... really?
Not only that, but why do so many charities need a CEO on upwards of £150k p.a.?
Add to that a chief fundraiser on @£95k, and various 'strategists' on anything between £65k and £75k per annum, and I am beginning to have just the teeniest suspicion that our old friend "Pournelle's Iron Law of Bureaucracy" is sneaking in here...
Iron Law of Bureaucracy
In any bureaucracy, the people devoted to the benefit of the bureaucracy itself always get in control and those dedicated to the goals the bureaucracy is supposed to accomplish have less and less influence, and sometimes are eliminated entirely.
Re: China and ethics??
Long John Silver gave The Black Spot to Blind Pew...
Who wasn't aware of its colour...
It's not the Sammy TV...
...it's the 45 miles of extension lead that's wearing you out. :-)
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