1694 posts • joined 19 Apr 2007
Re: Is it just me ...
The governments print money at will so they can inflate their debts away, the banks lend what they don't have, collateralize it and pretend it's something else, then sell the collateralised 'asset' to some other greedy sod who pays for it with money which they don't have either, then when it all goes tits up, the gov't takes what little the ordinary person has and gives it to the banks so they don't have to fail and their ruling bodies can enjoy massive salaries, bonuses and pensions, all carefully contrived so that they don't pay hardly any tax on it.
It will all end in tears - but unfortunately it will be our tears first...
Re: Computer games & drugs? Seriously?
and some of us (like this 63yr old) have always believed in the following:-
Growing old is mandatory
Growing up is optional
Several decades ago, I opted not to.
Re: Standardised connector: SCART
"...do try to be a little less xenophobic...."
Comme les grenouilles?
"...the people who actually seem to think highly of him...."
The people who have to appear to think highly of him, if they want to stay employed.
A bit like a Kim Jong Un rally, except the consequences for non-compliance aren't quite so severe.
Re: Regardless of the merits of the Apple patent
Frankee old lad
You're making the elementary error of expecting logic and common sense from:-
a) The Patent system
b) The Judiciary.
Expect neither from either!
...the author was asked to "give it his best shot".
This is only one vowel away from "give it his best sh..."
Re: Baldrick inspired
I'd sell you two for that price...
I don't know...
But first I'd have it changed into £1 coins, delivered, and I'd run barefoot through it, romp naked in it, and then decide;- having engaged the sleaziest of beancounters (who else) to enable me to keep as much of it as I could away from the larcenous sticky-fingered bar stewards at HMRC...
Beer? - well it wouldn't be in short supply any more...
Re: I think you'll find...
"...In plain English that means it loses us money..."
That could also be a description of this government - or indeed ANY government. I've come to the conclusion they're a luxury(?) we can ill afford.
Is "Rik Myslewski" a nom de plume for one Steven Ballmer - getting himself a new career...
@Yet Another Anonymous coward - 25/09/2013
"...If I buy a big screen TV and my wife says no..."
To effect such a transaction without SWMBO's approval, you'd have to be either a newly wed or suicidal...
Don't you believe it:- you ain't seen nuthin' yet...
Re: The perks couldn't have been scrapped much earlier.
"...who was going to face down the militant unions during the years money was being frittered away left, right and into politician's pockets? It has taken this crisis to enable these measures to be taken as the civil servant union protests will get very little sympathy from the private sector workers struggling to feed a family or the even less fortunate multitude seeking employment..."
Now could several thousand of us email the above extract to McCluskey & Le Marinel
Re: if there were ever a cabling construct that was the work of the Evil One, it was SCSI.
"to sacrifice a young goat"
(Gasp!) Surely you can't mean one of the kids..?
Re: This requires 2 iDevices
"Fine my iPhone"?
What's it done?
Re: Low power battery
I do accept your point regarding designed-in and built-in obsolescence, but from a commercial point of view, phones at all levels appear to be almost disposable items.
I know very few people who are still using five year old phones, let alone those approaching ten years.
I suppose in some ways, it is similar to the car market wherein other than for a very few luxury motors, there isn't the demand from the mainstream purchaser for 5 - 10 year old cars despite the fact that their lifetime should exceed that.
Also, increases in technology generally mean that the capabilities of a phone will greatly exceed that of a six year-old model. I know they're often full of features that we might not need but it is a part of human nature to want them and to want the newest, latest, up-to-date, all-singing and all-dancing gizmo.
Many of us with a technological bent might see through this marketing, but we're only a tiny part of the target market:- it's those who believe it when they're told that their lives will be incomplete without this latest feature who will think "Who cares if the Soopaphone 7 only has a life expectancy of four years - I'll be on the Soopaphone 12 by then"...
Not at all Old Lad
A collection of ill-thought out comments which basically say nothing is nothing more than a trollfest. I am perfectly happy for others to hold views which oppose those I hold - and I respect those views.
I find it hard to summon up much respect for those who leave juvenile "Yar boo sucks-Apple are all stinkypoos" comments.
My first comment "Another trollfest from El Reg." is perfectly valid and it is not their holding different views which I find tiresome, but the immaturity of the third-form manner in which they're expressed.
Another trollfest from El Reg. Why do so many who apparently don't care rush to leave vituperative comments?
If you hate it that much, buy something else - or do you believe that anyone whose views are different to yours is deserving of abuse?
So you can pay a man more than most of us will get in a lifetime - and it's OK, because all the other greedy buggers in a similar position are equally venal?
So Fred Goodwin's pay was OK and justified 'cos all other bankers were equally greedy - and also equally criminally incompetent?
Jeez, and to think that those who hold that opinion actually have the vote - or will have, when they grow up!
(Almost) lost for words.
Executive pay has become a f***ing obscenity. There is no valid reason for such outrageous salaries, even less for a departure present equal to ten years' salary.
And they wonder why we have such contempt for them...
Re: Good. But slow.
I'm happy with my iPhone 5;- BUT I'm glad to see Blackberry produce and release a good phone. When manufacturers strive to increase or maintain market share through product development and innovation, it's we who benefit, whether we're using iOS, Android, Winphone or whatever.
Re: Queuing already?
Point taken, but are these any sadder than all the "must-have-on-first-night" GTA v purchasers?
With all due respect, that's pure cobblers.
The Apple product is "just working" in connecting to Instagram:- if Instagram happens to reject the connection that ain't down to Apple.
Would you claim it's all the fault of your old Pentium 4 because it won't play GTA V?
Re: Fandroids, start your engines
It appears Brewster's Droop strikes again...
"... the slimmest of evidence is enough to get the grapevine a-buzzing..."
Especially at El Reg:- or is it a slow news day?
Nice to see someone live up to their name - with what they write...
Re: Wait for the comment from the Foreign Office
I only ever believe anything when it has been officially denied.
Re: works for the competition too
Of course - but if a company occasionally supplies bog rolls to Cupertino, El Reg will tie in Apple in any report, to feed the rabid anti-Apple trolls - unless they're all back at school, of course...
Re: I've got one in brand new condition
Ever thought about trying before buying?
Don't call me "Surly"...
The Cameron Administration have always been surly...
Re: yeah, right
The very quote that came to my mind.
But then I am of a vintage that recalls the phrase from when she originally uttered it in the summer of '63...
Have a beer (and an up vote) even though you beat me to it.
Well this Apple user is smart enough to know that the plural is "users" and not "user's".
Still, judging you by your remarks, it's likely that you'll learn some grammar when you move up to the big boys' school...
At El Reg, that's par for the course...
...'cos you spelt his name as "Bil"...
If Goodyear were slated for bad practices in Poland or Slovenia where they manufacture tyres, would that instantly become an anti-BMW trollfest on El Reg?
Unfortunately, I rather suspect it would...
Re: Innocent until ...
"...Going to court doesn't make you a criminal..."
No, wearing a wig & a gown does that...
Re: Dont Criticise Apple
"Dont Criticise Apple"
Criticise Apple all you like:- all we ask is that it's a valid, rational and considered criticism - rather than the tribal "I'm too cool to like Apple & all Apple users are plebs" juvenile rantings generally found on any Reg article which mentions Apple/Foxconn/Cupertino/etc.
Ted Green - who he?
Dear, Dear, Mr Dyer
By 'suspects' one assumes you are talking about the misty-eyed Sons of Erin - the noble freedom fighters struggling valiantly against the evil forces of foreign imperialist occupation...
Certainly you can't mean the murdering bastards who bravely kidnapped and murdered young mothers, and despatched many an innocent child through the unannounced bomb and so on...
Fascist right? - by your age now, you would have been around 10 at the time of Heath's government - it appears your political maturity ceased developing at around that time.
Re: re: Why would we have known about it?
As a 63-yr old, I lived through the Wilson & Callaghan governments, when Dennis Healey was our very experienced Chancellor - experienced 'cos an emergency budget was an almost fortnightly event, and said 'governments' were little more than a proxy for dictation by the TUC - many of whose dinosaurs have subsequently been shown to have received 'funding' from Moscow, and the end result was the decimation of much of British industry as a result of extreme left union activity with Britain's economic policies dictated by the IMF, to whom Healey had put Britain deeply in hock.
I know management weren't entirely faultless either, but I anticipate a plethora of downvotes from kiddies too young to have been there, and who have swallowed the liberal-left establishment's distortion of history, hook, line & sinker.
I can reliably say that had the army taken over, it would not have been an unpopular move.
left libertarian, please"
as Left doctrine favours massive state ownership, state control and very big interventionist government, and Right-wing doctrine favours smaller government, it could logically be argued that Anarchy is the ultimate in right libertarianism...
Re: We Don't Need No Education
"...In the last year he has become more and more enchanted by anti-establishment ways of thinking and has even said that there is an inherent risk that every government is corrupt..."
An inherent risk? - a damned near 100% certainty IMHO.
Generally though. if the quote above is factual that makes the ex-pupil sound like a very well adjusted and perceptive young man.
"...you leaking cock wart..."
Thanks awfully, old chap. Must say, I haven't come across that one before. Seems some of you rebel colonials can be dashed creative in a highly original way.
Mind if I borrow your phrase when the need arises?
"...I have a friend that has literally thrown his Incredible against walls several times and it just bounces off..."
Friend of Gordon Brown, are we?
I'm somewhat less concerned regarding anonymity than I am regarding TPTB seeing where I've been.
I don't use TOR to access porn or torrents:- if anything I use it with the primary aim of confounding those who insist on following my web movements when as far as I'm concerned they have absolutely no f***ing right to or need to.
Anything to throw a spaniard in the worms or even just piss 'em off is, in my book, an exercise worth following...
Re: A new space race?
Wow! Your Congress sounds just like our House of Commons or Whitehall...
Guess I'll join you in a beer...
Whilst I normally shrink from wishing harm to any individual, I hope that very soon Kim Jong Un follows his forebears by becoming Kim Jong Il
then Kim Jong very ill
then Kim Jong dead...
You are Scott Adams...
...and I claim my prize!
...do these anal-ists -
a) get paid so much
b) get treated with such respectful reverence
when they're no more accurate than Mystic Meg?
...that I resisted when urged on by my colleagues to set up a Facebook page (Why? I'm 63 FFS!) which would permit me to look at their holiday/barbecue/grandchild pictures.
Apart from the fact that Mr Zuckerberg creeps me out somewhat - oh, all right, rather a lot in fact - the fact that I'm spared the 21st Century equivalent of the 1970's slide show "Here's our holiday photo's" is sufficient in itself to make me want to pat myself on the back.
I wouldn't say that I ever wondered why Mr Z wanted so much personal info - it's blatantly obvious it's for targeted commercial use - I just have a natural (to me, anyway) reluctance to give any personal info or details whatsoever to an unknown third party.
Or maybe I'm just an old paranoid cynic...
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