1660 posts • joined 19 Apr 2007
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...
Good on him. Typical though of the 'authorities' to be apocalyptic about an individual using the system for his benefit - and to strike against the bad guys - whereas they are so helpful to the bad guys who don't play by the rules; helpful in most cases by doing bugger all about blatantly illegal activity.
Re: How the world changes
"...What? A woman? In charge of Microsoft, you say?..."
If she can pass the furniture-throwing test, who's going to stand in her way?
Re: Prediction @ Ted Treen
@Marketing Hack 29/8 at 05:55
"You say "re-evaluate marketing" like that's a bad thing!"
It is in this instance. Marketing is a tool/skillset which is invaluable in many circumstances: but when our ruling élite are caught red-handed indulging in nefarious unconstitutional and illegal activities, to suggest re-marketing the concept so Joe Public rolls over and plays dead is a total misuse of said tool, and arrogant cynicism of the highest degree,
Re: Me - 28/8/13 @ 18:12
The spooks frequenting/checking up on these pages will always give themselves away...
It's not even subtle:- it's just "Let's re-evaluate the marketing, and sell it to the masses as something good".
The usual utter manure that seems to be the only thing that any politico anywhere can produce these days.
Re: Its not just you..
..and it's not just your sex.
I started in the mid 70's (when I was in my mid 20's) and I still come across youngsters (<30) who seem amazed that a doddery old fossil like me can actually work a computer - despite my having cut my teeth on wood-burning steam-powered computers - but it's still a delight to see the look on their faces when I sometimes solve a problem quickly & easily which has had them stuck for an hour or more.
Sure, they do have the necessary knowledge: it's just that sometimes they don't have the experience to know which bit of knowledge to apply, and how & where to apply it.
Re: It'll be the..
"...Is it the blindly pro- or the blindly anti-Apple failing to get the joke?..."
There's a joke?
"... since it's highly unstable and has an extremely short half-life..."
Most of our politicians comply with the first description: now, how do we get them to match the second..?
Re: Micro-AA guns
"...turn drone copters into rapidly disintegrating fireballs..."
Done to a crisp?
Re: German humour
"...stereotype of humourless Germans. "?
I'll have you know that the German sense of humour is no laughing matter.
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.
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