1634 posts • joined 19 Apr 2007
Re: Amazing isn't, defaulting.
William, it's called "Bread & Circuses": it's been going on for centuries - started with the Romans.
Stop the peasants actually starving, keep them happy with trivial distractions and we élite can do what we like and the hoi polloi won't give a flying f***...
Re: Embrace automation
1) check out "Call Bliss" on the app store:-
2) just save the number and assign it a ringtone of 30 seconds of recorded silence and no vibrate.
The latter has the bonus of costing the caller something, as it does actually connect - it's just that you're not aware of it until you see the little "missed call" notification...
Although as an iPhone user, I would like to see incoming number blocking as a standard feature in iOS 7
Re: PAY UP!!!
"I hope you never fall on hard times and experience debt collection first hand."
To be a debt collector/bailiff it is mandatory to be a criminal - just one who's not yet been convicted...
You got an up vote!
@Nematoad 24/8/13 15:02
"Whoever would have thought that the peasants (us) would be willing to pay for the privilege of being controlled by these bastards?"
From time immemorial, old Toady, 'twas ever thus.
It's always been one set of utter bastards screwing the majority - some may have been a little more subtle, and perhaps not quite so vicious.
But screwed we have been, and screwed we continue to be!
Re: Powernumpty Media are unfair on old Stevie.
I really can't see anyone looking to upgrade a WinXP install to iOS - unless they're intent of replacing their Dell/HP/Whatever desktops/laptops with iPads and/or iPhones...
Well bugger me!
An article about Foxconn, and ne'er a sneering reference to Apple.
That's not the point...
Companies were originally set up to provide a service or a product.
With more than a handful of employees, all companies' admin depts become bureaucracies. And what kicks in then?
Yup, Pournelle's iron law of bureaucracy:-
Pournelle's Iron Law of Bureaucracy states that in any bureaucratic organization there will be two kinds of people":
First, there will be those who are devoted to the goals of the organization. Examples are dedicated classroom teachers in an educational bureaucracy, many of the engineers and launch technicians and scientists at NASA, even some agricultural scientists and advisors in the former Soviet Union collective farming administration.
Secondly, there will be those dedicated to the organization itself. Examples are many of the administrators in the education system, many professors of education, many teachers union officials, much of the NASA headquarters staff, etc.
The Iron Law states that in every case the second group will gain and keep control of the organization. It will write the rules, and control promotions within the organization.
Many of, if not most of, the second group will be of the beancounting persuasion - long term to them is 9-12 months, and they know the price of everything but the value of nothing.
Just to save a few shekels most of the would sell their own grannies to the Taliban - and they wouldn't even be able to comprehend what they're doing or have done.
A supplier listening to what customers want?
And giving it to them?
Intriguing - but it'll never catch on...
Plain & Simple
It's never going to improve until they institute a couple of practices widespread in the private sector:-
1) If you're in charge then you're responsible.
2) If it all goes pear-shaped then you're fired.
Institute those two rules (normal rules, in my working life) and perchance we'll see some projects actually being given rational & coherent thought/planning.
But it's Whitehall we're talking about so I won't hold my breath...
Re: Fanbois vs. Troll authors - jeez, grow up
@Simon Ward Thurs 22/08 14:47
Nope - you don't really have to be a noob to find today's Reg irritating at times.
When I first started frequenting Vulture Hall, I - and other acquaintances - viewed El Reg as the "Private Eye" equivalent in the IT world - with in-depth analysis, informed opinion and intelligent speculation. This was matched by the quality of the comments, too.
Now? - it's more akin to "Viz" too often, and the comment pages frequently confirm that realignment.
Yes, I'm asking for a zillion downvotes, after all, "Student Grant" hated to be told how Student Grant-like he was...
Look up "My Lai" and Lt William Calley...
Life imprisonment - reduced to 20 years - ultimately, Calley served only three and a half years of house arrest in his quarters at Fort Benning.
In those days, the US public recognised a scapegoat (screwed up, perhaps - but still a sacrificial goat) for what it was. And the gov't actually attempted to look like it took public opinion into consideration (or at least the much-vilified Nixon did).
Re: What will the American people do?
@mad_dr 21/8/2013 15:04
"Gather in a public place and wave placards in the air?"
It's been tried before:- some of us (even in the UK) are old enough to remember* Kent State (May 1970)...
*Google it, if you don't.
@AC 21/8/13 15:29
"...Bush and the rest will be dead or too frail..."
If mental fragility was anything to go by, Bush would never have been elected to public office.
And just before I'm flamed as a "Yank-basher", let me point out that the same holds true for Brown, Cameron, Millipede, Cleggover etc., etc.
A plague on them all, and a pox on all* their houses (*about 17 in Blair's case, at the last count - good little socialist that he is...)
Banks are now beginning to tell depositors that in the event of banks getting into trouble (i.e. found out), you have little claim on the money you thought was securely yours:- we've now changed the rules and you lent the money to us so you're just another unsecured creditor...
Management bonuses & pensions are no doubt, sacrosanct.
If fraudulent criminals are being attracted to the banks, is it not just a case of "Birds of a feather..."?
Re: SPOILERS (@ Justin Stringfellow 21st August 2013 09:54)
How paradoxical: I think you might be facing a quandary...
" It was petty and stupid, the action of an ignorant and frightened bully...". Yep, that sounds like ANY government.
Re: Image problems
It would be better if you drove someone else's car over him (maybe his own car):- plod wouldn't be nicking you then...
Re: The new Newton
"... the near-mythical iWatch, which Apple are hoping will rescue the firm..."
Near mythical because Apple (as usual) haven't commented one way or another: so this piece of incisive, riveting journalism is little more than a mishmash of internet rumours and speculation but presented as if it were an undeniable fact.
Let's wait until the fat lady sings...
You got it...
Hackers, bankers etc. in fact virtually anyone who carries out actions which are legal here in the UK can still be handed over in chains to Uncle Sam so they can be incarcerated for the rest of their lives - if St. Barack deems it should be so.
Who said that the US of A no longer has arrogance and a belief in their superiority (unjustified - very unjustified) as national characteristics>
My Grandad told me last night that he hadn't had sex since 1959...
Mind you, it was probably no great shakes, as it was only 2015 and we were in the pub by then...
Re: "but no hard sell and give-us-your-firstborn"
If your first-born has yet to reach the age of 21, I can say - from experience - that this would have been a very tempting offer...
Ad a few strings to tie people to or for them to cling to...
I think we've just seen Ryanair's next fleet...
Re: Woop Woop Woop
OK, you're silly.
Very, very silly.
"... destroying Apple computer..."???
Now that's what I call a reality distortion field.
Re: Size Matters
"'standard definition' CRT screens"??
Are they still around in significant numbers?
...says no-one's touching him (well, not without asking).
Why in God's name...
...do people feel the need to be either ecstatic or excoriating?
I think it looks like a nice bit of kit which will suit some people admirably, and others less so.
I have an iPhone5 and I'm very happy with it - but I wouldn't (metaphorically) ram it down someone else's throat: everyone has the right to choose whatever suits them, and by whatever criteria they consider important. That's their right:- it's their money & their choice.
So, could we please cool it on the "If it's different to mine it's crap" juvenile comments?
Re: iPhone 5S? Yawn.
Yawn (plus I must tell everybody about it hoping it will make me look cool and a rugged individualist...)
Maybe to you...
But the sheer numbers sold suggest they're getting something right.
Or do you know better?
Re: Adverts on maps?
Ha! wait til you ask 'er indoors to fold it again...
"..."No one [at the NSA] has wilfully or knowingly disobeyed the law or tried to invade your civil liberties or privacies. There were no mistakes like that at all."..."
And there are fairies at the bottom my garden, Santa Claus is real, and The Tooth Fairy is coming tonight...
5 thumbs down by 14:17?
If the Cupertino company's description is valid, then there's a payload for them on the readership list of this article (or the list of those who have it read to them).
Re: Good god I'm no maths genius..
"...I can't believe someone has paid this analyst..."
He obviously puts the "anal" in analyst...
"...Cupertino idiot-tax operation..."
This is the stuff of Pulitzer prize winners, surely?
Re: It's always funny to watch someone try to control something
"... I think politicans think..."
Sorry to disagree, old lad;- but I'm damned sure they don't!
Re: When I were a lad....
Sounds more like Fotherington-Thomas (who is a GURL and reads 'chaterbox' chiz chiz)
All too true...
The whole of modern life seems to be a complete abnegation of personal responsibility
Naughty? it’s not your fault; you suffer from ADHD.
Fat/Obese? it’s all the fault of those evil fast-food merchants.
Unsuccessful in life? None of it is your fault (even if you ARE a lazy sod) – it’s your parents’/school’s/employer’s fault.
Can’t be arsed to think? Not your fault (see above) – the nice newspaperman will do it for you.
Also, many more examples, unfortunately, when any form of effort, responsibility or rational thought is called for.
But then, what do you expect from a populace reared on hand-outs, electoral bribes, and The Jeremy Kyle Show?
Re: Do I understand this? - P.S.
@The BigYin (again)
Q. "...Does this po-faced monkey-boy understand WTF he is talking about?.."
A. No - and neither does anyone else.
Re: Do I understand this?
Whilst you're "thinking of the chillun" and banning things, would it be presumptuous to ask if you could ban Cameron, too?
...but you're overlooking that fact that Cameron is an utter twat - as are virtually all of his workmates - on both sides of the House.
Populous - adjective - having a large population; densely populated.
Populace - noun - the people living in a particular country or area.
Re: Can they calculate realistic premiums?
Insurance companies are a part of the finance industry that's served us so admirably, unselfishly and altruistically over the last few decades...
Shame on those who suspect that the fine-print exclusions will basically mean "Whatever happens, we ain't paying out and your premiums will double next year".
Uberrima fides, anyone?
@ Phil O'Sophical
"...far too many of the users are total plonkers who can't see past the badge..."
That's a generalisation and as we all know, generalisations in general are wrong.
It's true to say that many of the users are people who find OSX preferable to Windows. It's their choice. Yes, I know some richardheads who use Macs: but I know a lot more Windows users who I don't think should be allowed out without their nurse.
Re: Is Tor really secure?
"...the government spook agencies and probably some criminal outfits [is there a difference?]..."
Like many things....
Patent law is a good (theoretical) concept - but a damned awful implementation;- although almost anything which involves Lawyers is pretty dire.
Re: What goes around, comes around...
@ Brian Miller
You appear to have not quite grasped the point I was making:- In the 50's & 60's our governments were engaged in a confrontation with the 'non-democratic' dictatorial regimes of the Eastern Bloc.
We saw right through the Eastern Bloc's propaganda concerning imaginary imminent threats from the west, and how their draconian powers were to protect their own populace from the terrible Westerners...
I just see the irony of the NSA and our own GCHQ etc. taking the same line now...
I accept our ballot boxes work as a means of counting votes; it's our system of so-called democracy which denigrates our votes into a meaningless charade...
What goes around, comes around...
Back in 1965, how we laughed when we heard the East Germans claim the Berlin Wall was to keep westerners out, for the safety & security of the Ostis (East Germans).
How we laughed when we heard the East Germans claim the armed Grenzepolizei (Border Guards/Police) were to keep westerners out, for the safety & security of the Ostis.
"How naive they must be", we thought "to swallow such drivel. Surely they can see they are not at all free and totally controlled?"
What do we hear from pour own "authorities" 50 years on?
"It's necessary to defeat terrorism".
"If you have nothing to hide, you have nothing to fear".
Rather ironic, isn't it?
I hates titles!
Instead of gloating adolescent schadenfreude (gotta look cool, man!), here we have a logical, rational, sensible and very well expressed comment.
What the hell are you doing at El Reg? Anyway - have a beer (& an up vote).
Re: No problem with a woman being on a note
Why should it?
I rarely get too see many of my banknotes:- SWMBO has usually sequestrated them, so a woman on banknotes seems apposite...
Re: He's been trying to retire since June last year.
I also endorse Steve's (rational) comment. You beat me to the description of the down voter, as well...
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