1199 posts • joined Thursday 19th April 2007 12:33 GMT
It's fairly clear...
"thought" didn't come into it.
Q. "Are these Politicians and Lawyers really as stupid as that?"
A. Yes. Also mendacious, controlling, hypocritical, devious, cynical, untrustworthy, selfish and thoroughly reprehensible and nasty.
Next question, please.
Re: Good alternative
Security through obscurity?
Re: You must be new here @Steve Davies 3
RM writes:-"The UK prices for the same two models are £1,099 and £1,249, respectively, reflecting the traditionally higher prices paid in Blighty for Apple kit. At Friday's exchange rate, those UK prices work out to $2,400 and $2,725."
That's crap. That would be a dollar exchange rate of $2.1838 to the £.
On Sunday 9 December at 1809:-
£1099 = $1762.63 and £1249 = $2003.21
Re: Why is the first post about Apple?
They're just following the Reg's pet Trollmeisters: trained like Pavlov's dogs to rant about Apple if the words Samsung, Foxconn etc. etc. are used - or even alluded to.
Re: I bought
I presume it burned your fingers...
Re: Some comparison...
Sure - but that doesn't avoid the fact that that is totally out of Apple's hands and is nothing whatsoever to do with them. Yes we could buy from overseas, but then HMRC would screw you for VAT, import duty et. etc.
US tax can be legally avoided, UK tax can't*.
*Unless you're Google, or Starbucks, or Vodafone etc. etc.
US web prices DON'T include sales tax. It varies from state to state.
UK prices include VAT at 20% so your $848 would equate to $1,018.00 in the UK.
Add to that the other costs borne by business in the EU/UK which US businesses DON'T have to bear, and maybe "the cost of being a British fanboi is a high one" but nowhere near as high as that which Leach unsurprisingly claims in her little exercise in sophistry - encore une fois!
Re: You can prove anything with statistics/graphs etc etc
Could it be that your wife has better taste?
Re: Wrong. @AC 12:41
All overlooking the obvious:- Warble gloaming has been hammered ad infinutum ad nauseam by our wonderful, altruistic, deeply caring ruling élite, so they have oodles of our money (which we earned) so they can save us from our own follies as they, naturally know best.
They're a bunch of self-seeking shysters, gleefully jumping on any excuse to misappropriate more of our hard-earned to their own pockets and/or for their own benefit, and the day when I accept that Balls, Harman, Cameron OR Cleggover know better than I about anything, is the day when my brain will have ceased to be.
Nice knowing you, Bill...
...The fatwah's in the post, I should imagine.
...I'll patent the word "patent".
Then it's patently obvious I can sue all the bastards...
Re: 10 years per indictment would be good
And also about bloody mindedness.
No, I would NOT let self-appointed 'authorities' nose through my hard drives.
I confirm to you good people that there is nothing more secret on it than my monthly budget and Christmas shopping list. But why the hell should any government - local, national or plod - decide they have the right to see it?
They don't - they can sod off. And to their acolytes I say "No I've got nothing to hide, but my private affairs are just that". "Private!" "Now kindly Foxtrot Oscar".
"...then deport to Scotland..."
Don't we have some ruling against "cruel & unusual punishment"?
Re: Fine does not fit the crime
@Destry All Monsters (13:36)
I AM thinking of the lawyers.
That's why your earlier advice to "...learn to use guns. Lots of guns..." made such perfect sense.
Re: Mass Debate
He's just baiting you..
In this, he's a master...
Probably specced by Ada Lovelace - took years to go through committee stage, then was cobbled together by Senior Mandarin's great nephew - 'cos he's got a GCSE in woodwork.
I suppose it's just (but ONLY just) possible that a few are going to ridiculous extremes to bring things to a head, so patent law is overhauled, being totally unfit for purpose in the US of A, and not a lot better in most other places.
Furthermore, we could all indulge in a little schadenfreude at the sight of hordes of laid-off or skint patent lawyers signing on for unemployment benefits, or retraining as Burger servers, parking attendants etc. - the brighter ones, that is.
No, they're LibDems on holiday...
But then again...
Respect scientific research in 1880 stated that with the projected increase in traffic, both London's and New York's streets would be 14 feet deep in horse manure by the year 1915.
I don't suppose...
...I can just repeat the phrase "Caveat emptor"...
Also, Mike Lynch DOES have a point:- there's nothing like a lovely distraction when you're about to release some bum trading figures.
Re: Oh for glod's sake!
There were sufficient young ladies who were happily accommodating, without one having to spend hours/days/weeks months on those who were unwilling.
Rape was viewed much as it is viewed today - if not rather worse.
Yes, I was there - I'm a 1950 model.
Re: Missing the Christmas season?!
One "thumbs down" for agreeing that a major PC show in January isn't the best idea for capitalising on Christmas sales?
Sometimes I REALLY wonder about the mentality of some commenters...
Re: Missing the Christmas season?!
It would appear so...
This might do a little to wipe the smug grin from the terminally-irritating Mrs Bercow, and her equally offensive mini-spouse.
Enough of this already - unless you have an unexhaustable supply of keyboards to divvy out...
Re: Had a little giggle at our US reporters perspective.
"...Browett was used to selling value-for-money products..."
That must have been BEFORE he worked for Dixons, then
Re: OK so you agree with the analyst then.........
Thanks Big_Ted. I stand corrected.
Perhaps I should have said "..anything from the ONS, or any Party Manifesto...".
I still believe the vast majority of analysts do little more than cast chicken bones, with results about as credible as that exercise.
"...so says an analyst..."
Therefore I immediately rate it as having all the validity of any of the works of The Brothers Grimm.
Trollfest 1: Real news 0
I rather think...
...that it's somewhat more than a fortnight old.
Still, nothing gets in the way of a Leach trollfest.
Re: @ Tchou (@Ted Treen)
You may well be right, Sir!
Re: @ Tchou (@Ted Treen)
Evidently, I'm thinking rather more effectively than you, sir.
"Think different" not "Think differently" was an Apple slogan. Some years ago.
It really never ceases to amaze me that the anti-Apple mouth-foamers delight in pointing out that in smartphones, Apples marketshare is <30%, and in computers, <20%. Yet they claim that those who purchase a minority product are sheep.
Now let me get to grips with this idea...
The minority who purchase Apple products are sheep, and the majority who go along with what they consider 'mainstream products' are rugged individualists.
Go along with the crowd/majority, and you're an individualist: be part of a minority, and you're a sheep.
Well it looks like Orwell was correct in his writing regarding Newspeak. Evidently "War IS peace", "Freedom IS slavery" and "Ignorance IS strength".
Re: Even the most brainwashed iSheep can see the pattern now
Nice one Bob.
An article by Dan Crow (Who he?) in that well-known journal of technical excellence, The Grauniad, confirms that you are one of the elite cognoscenti, and anyone with the temerity to think differently is a sheep.
I'm quite happy with my iPhone, but I love it when Apple's competition introduce something that's good.
There's nothing like a bit of competition to act as a spur to ALL manufacturers, which generally results in a better product for the end user.
I LIKE Werther's Originals...
This could be a problem...
The world's last surviving neanderthal (John Prescott) might be advised he has a damages case against Homo Sapiens...
Re: Several decent, fully featured Office suites on Android already
Because if you don't, a certain simian CEO might find himself with whatever is the Merkin version of a P45...
...and you wouldn't want to be responsible - even in part - for that, would you?
Re: cynical ploy
Writing crap which thrills the Apple-haters and gets Apple zealots all of a quiver is a cynical ploy to ensure Leach doesn't become a bag lady sometime soon...
Re: They're stretching the definition of a VPN to breaking point
I think using "prey" instead of "pray" when commenting on a case involving Patent Lawyers would count as the granddaddy of all Freudian slips...
Re: The never-ending David Blunkett effect
...and he didn't see it coming...
Re: It's time for this circus to end..
Gary didn't make them look stupid.
They've being doing that for years quite successfully, all on their own, without any outside help.
As has ours, before anyone accuses me of partisan bias.
...that without joining the brouhaha over what is and what isn't a valid patent, that not only is the US patent system intrinsically broken, but US patent attorneys have all the morals of hyenas, and the Texas Patent Courts seem to exist in some peculiar little space warp of their own, frequently making decisions which completely fly in the face of logic and rational thought.
I recall Goldman Sachs being described in Rolling Stone as "...a great vampire squid wrapped around the face of humanity, relentlessly jamming its blood funnel into anything that smells like money."
They must be related to Patent Lawyers - the resemblance is unmistakeable.
Re: Love these lawyers
During the early '80s, I installed WP equipment there, and I recall the Partner/Manager with whom I dealt was one Tony Payne.
Yup, I had to send letters to A Payne, of Wright Hassell.
You couldn't make it up...
Re: lets see someone sacked for this.
Out in the real world it would happen - but not, of course, in the public sector.
It's only taxpayers' money, so who cares?
There's plenty more where that came from.
"Licking the hand that feeds IT - but give the kiddies a 'Yar Boo Sucks' session if we can even vaguely allude to Apple."
That's about it:- under the auspices of El Reg's very own Troll Queen...