Not fair: I can only up vote you once, and your discernment and obvious exquisite taste deserves multiple up votes!
1707 posts • joined 19 Apr 2007
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.
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
...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?
Damned good job you commented as AC.
Your real name/handle could have ensured it was your last ever comment...
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.
Redmond will sue!
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.
Long John Silver gave The Black Spot to Blind Pew...
Who wasn't aware of its colour...
...it's the 45 miles of extension lead that's wearing you out. :-)
then they'll blame "lax security at the website" instead of considering their own action (or lack of it).
I've seen this happen...
"...I wonder how well DLT tapes will fare if you'll store them next to a neodymium magnet..."
err, they'll probably be OK.
The data stored on them, however, is another matter.
Now to get back to the new issue of "Pedantry Today". :-)
...would probably be well advised to initiate a cull within their respective legal departments.
Perhaps then they could begin to operate and compete rationally, with the main winners being the customers and not the sodding lawyers!
"More than a million people now work for Hon Hai, which builds iStuff for Apple."
...and also builds a hell of a lot of non-i stuff for customers other than Apple.
Who wouldn't change (at least some of) their deeds or decisions over the last 10 years if they had the chance and were armed with hindsight?
the selfserving elite misgoverning our land.
There. Fixed it for you.
No: hungry is how I would feel.
This specific case.
As Tor is backed by some part of the US Gov, I didn't think they would make it not spook-friendly.
"Cupertino locks its tablets to a specific Apple ID "
Not at all. I've reset several whose hapless owners (or more likely, their offspring) have reset the passcode and promptly forgot it. All you need to do is set up the iPad as a new device and it's fully usable, but whatever was on before, is lost.
What you are - or rather should be referring to is accessing the mother's Apple ID/iTunes account without the password. That's a totally different thing and Jasper should know it.
But hey! Why let reality & facts get in the way of a good anti-Apple snark?
A little bit of FUD & sophistry always appeals to the anti-Apple adolescents...
"The aim of the plan is to restrict the flow of "conflict minerals" gathered from resource-rich but war-torn regions of the world – such as the Congo, where armed groups* often force local residents to work in mining and harvesting operations."
And this is coming from governments who make a fortune selling (at least some of) the arms* in question.
...the rail fare...
'the corporate slogan plastered on their cars; "with you, for you, always".'
Now do they mean that as a promise, as a threat or just as a warning?
"...are you saying banks have never lost money due to incompetence or been robbed?.."
Nope, but when a bank is robbed it's generally not the customer's/depositor's loss - or it has rarely been - up until now.
I know the banking bar stewards are in the process of changing the rules, so depositors are deemed to have 'loaned' their deposits to the bank, thus, in the event of any untoward occurrence, being given the highly desirable status of "unsecured creditor" which will mean that banks can say to their depositors "Screw you:- Tough luck:- Take a hike" even more than they do now.
Notwithstanding government guarantee schemes, our revered leaders are so in thrall to the banks that the banks can pretty much do as they like, and show two fingers to the rest of us.
Maybe he'd have been a trillionaire - but being a twat kept him down to mere billionaire status... ;-)
Although it's been depicted in many movies, the fact that the CIA has operated autonomously as a law unto itself certainly in the 1950's, 60's & 70's has been pretty well documented in several serious & respected publications/whistleblowings.
The only difference between now and then is that they're a little less blatant about it.
After all, they're keeping the world safe for Democracy, Mom's Apple Pie, and the American Way...
Not to mention the ego of hitherto unforeseen dimensions...
If various forms of spookery switch (or reinforce) their attention to examining things at the telco end, then wouldn't Blackphone users be living in a fool's paradise?
Sure it might not be easy, but never underestimate the twisted genius of the spook community
If my employer installs that, I can only imagine how much more quickly Lotus Notes will be able to tell me it can't find the server...
"...maybe such charity donations are the only way his life has any meaning for him..."
Possibly so, but I still consider his reasons or motivations are irrelevant. His foundation will, inevitably give life a lot more meaning (and, hopefully some ease) to some poor sods somewhere.
That is what really counts.
I'm no Microsoft fan (MacPro, iPhone & iPad mini) but I give Bill a thumbs-up here, and doff my metaphorical hat to him.
"...do more to tackle paedophiles, extremists and terrorists who operate on the internet..."
And as a byproduct, keep tabs on anyone else who happens to use the internet.
A pox on them all, and a plague on all their houses.
After all, British Government and lawmaking has been offshored to Brussells...
"...sent into an incandescent rage..."
I've told you several million times - "Don't exaggerate"
You mean my degrees in "Golf course management" & "Media studies with creative dance" won't make me rich???
...is beginning to appear like a spoilt brat. Everyone's wrong if they don't want to do things his way.
He's starting to resemble an opportunistic asset-stripper...
All 'allegedly' and IMHO. of course...
Since when did baboons shave their asses?
Is there anything else they're up to that I don't know about?
...that Mr Ranson resides in secure accommodation.
If not, why not?
"...Samsung should be very concerned at what Huawei might be demonstrating in two to three years' time. So should everyone else..."
Great:- effective competition spurs everyone forwards. The consumer/purchaser only gains from this.
If only life could reflect this episode 100% - mind you, I doubt if I could afford all the wardrobes I'd need...
"...government for the people..."
Too few words:
"...government for the people who form the government..."
That's more honest & how it is...
...to go that far.
"...survey of nearby planets for indications from advanced life forms (as well as slime)..."
A survey of this planet would show some pretty advanced life forms, and if they checked in local and national government offices all around the planet, they'd find the semi-intelligent slime.
"...hampered by Cupertino's greed..."
Nothing to do with a company ensuring it has the supplies/raw materials it anticipates needing over the next three years. Do companies apologise for a shortage of product saying "We could have got the materials we needed, but we thought it fairer to order insufficient for our needs so every one of our competitors could also have some"?
It appears that that's the way to go if:-
a) It's Jasper writing
b) It's Apple he's writing about.
"...The biggest idiot today isn't Facebook. It's us..."
Not if you never had, currently don't have, and never will have a Facebook account or presence.
...informed me of this late yesterday evening by sending a message to my 'phone which read;-
"Facebook pays $16bn (£9.6bn) for what Mark Zuckerberg calls 'incredibly valuable' WhatsApp massaging service".
They issued a correction 27 mins later, but I prefer the original output.
"HP knew about Autonomy's hardware and reseller sales long before a whistleblower pointed them out and the company wrote down its acquisition by $8.8bn, the Financial Times has claimed"
Colour me unsurprised...
"Don't want it. Don't need it."
Then don't buy it - or are you just trying to show how superior you are"