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* Posts by Ted Treen

1661 posts • joined 19 Apr 2007

Fear the JOBZILLA! 150ft STATUE of Steve planned 'lest fanbois forget'

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Re: Fascinating

"... destroying Apple computer..."???

Now that's what I call a reality distortion field.

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Samsung Mega 6.3: Enter the PHONDLESLAB

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Re: Size Matters

"'standard definition' CRT screens"??

CRT SCREENS??

Are they still around in significant numbers?

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Big Tone...

...says no-one's touching him (well, not without asking).

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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?

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New blinged-up 'iPhone 5S' touted by Jobs FROM BEYOND THE GRAVE

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Re: iPhone 5S? Yawn.

Correction:-

Yawn (plus I must tell everybody about it hoping it will make me look cool and a rugged individualist...)

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Maybe to you...

But the sheer numbers sold suggest they're getting something right.

Or do you know better?

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Web ad giant (Google) pops Adwords into Maps for iOS and Android

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Re: Adverts on maps?

Ha! wait til you ask 'er indoors to fold it again...

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NSA gets burned by a sysadmin, decides to burn 90% of its sysadmins

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"..."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...

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PEAK iPAD: Slab looking a bit peaky, needs big biz to take more tablets

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Re: Again...

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).

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Re: Good god I'm no maths genius..

"...I can't believe someone has paid this analyst..."

He obviously puts the "anal" in analyst...

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Again...

"...Cupertino idiot-tax operation..."

This is the stuff of Pulitzer prize winners, surely?

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Cameron demands Brits BOYCOTT angry-troll-infested websites

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Re: It's always funny to watch someone try to control something

@xyz

"... I think politicans think..."

Sorry to disagree, old lad;- but I'm damned sure they don't!

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Re: When I were a lad....

Sounds more like Fotherington-Thomas (who is a GURL and reads 'chaterbox' chiz chiz)

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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?

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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.

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Re: Do I understand this?

@The BigYin

Whilst you're "thinking of the chillun" and banning things, would it be presumptuous to ask if you could ban Cameron, too?

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Fairly true...

...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.

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Hmmm

Populous - adjective - having a large population; densely populated.

Populace - noun - the people living in a particular country or area.

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So, you gonna foot this '$200bn' hacking bill, insurance giants asked

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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?

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Limbaugh: If you hate Apple then you're a lefty blog-o-twat hipster

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@ 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.

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Tor servers vanish as FBI swoops on kiddie-smut suspect

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Re: Is Tor really secure?

@Andy Prough

"...the government spook agencies and probably some criminal outfits [is there a difference?]..."

No.

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South Korea: We're 'concerned' that Obama saved Apple from ban

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Like many things....

Patent law is a good (theoretical) concept - but a damned awful implementation;- although almost anything which involves Lawyers is pretty dire.

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NSA security award winner calls for hearings into agency's conduct

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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...

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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?

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PEAK APPLE: iPad market share hits the skids

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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).

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Banknote campaigner's Twitter rape threats ordeal: Bloke, 21, cuffed

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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...

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'Fat Wallet Bob' leaves Apple tech chief spot for Special Projects Bureau

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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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Comrade! If you dare f$%^ing swear on the internet, WE'LL SHOOT

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WTF?

Дерьмо

Какое a нагрузки шариков.

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For pity's sake: DON'T MOVE to the COUNTRY if you want to live

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Re: How to survive in the countryside

"I'd like to know how a pedestrian walking at 3mph can die from suddenly decelerating."

Unlikely - but possibly from decelerating from 3mph to 0mph when walking into a brick wall or similar, and the skull takes most of the impact. However, any motorist/motorcyclist travelling at say 50mph faces a rapid deceleration, whether or not they hit a tree or another vehicle or whatever.

This can have a somewhat deleterious effect upon human liveware...

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WAR ON PORN: UK flicks switch on 'I am a pervert' web filters

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Re: The opt-out form has been leaked

More than pretty funny:- it's excellent!

Wish I could send beer to the author/authoress (delete as appropriate)

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Re: AC@21:41 & John Smith

Agreed with both of you: but the removal of any form of personal responsibility - due to all politicos following the "bread & circuses" approach (aka bribery) has led to a dumbed-down populace who look to someone else to provide for them and do everything for them. OK, not everyone - but a frighteningly high percentage which is getting higher all the time.

All parties think "Give the plebs (i.e. us) something to distract them & keep them quiet, then they won't interfere with our agenda: taking all their money & making ourselves filthy rich..."

This infantilisation degrades and could ultimately remove the human spirit.

I know it's SciFi, but think "The Matrix":- it's the final endpoint of such a strategy...

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UK gov's smart meter dream unplugged: A 'colossal waste of cash'

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Too many words...

"UK gov: A 'colossal waste of cash'

There. Fixed it for you

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Why data storage technology is pretty much PERFECT

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Thank you

An excellent article - which is how the Reg used to be all the time.

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Rap for rap chap in crap rap app flap: Jay-Z blasted by privacy bods

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Easy

Just download the app by Jay-Z's lesser-known brother, Ctrl-Z, and all will be undone...

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PRISM scandal: Brit spooks operated within the law, say politicos

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I wonder...

Would these be the same MPs who thought that charging the taxpayer (i.e. us) for their hanging baskets, bog seats, and rent paid to lovers etc. was also legal, above board & honest?

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From Russia with no love: Prez Putin dubs Ed Snowden 'unwanted gift'

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Holmes

Hardly surprising...

Vlad won't really want to display as a hero (and example) someone who tells Joe Public what nasty illegal spying is inflicted upon them by their own government...

...even if it does embarrass the wicked fascist exploiters of the people...

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PM writes ISPs' web filter ads for them - and it must say 'default on'

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Welcome to the Brave New World...

"...What next? blocking political comments the government dont like??..."

Sole purpose of exercise, old lad.

Disguised as them having some concern for us election-fodder. As if...

Preposterous idea...

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Corrections...

"...Tory leader David Cameron..."

He's not a Tory

and

he's no leader...

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Fanbois get Outlook app for iOS, but only if they sign up for Office 365

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Translation...

"..."Our goal is to help our customers remain productive anytime, anywhere..."

Productive, that is, for Redmond's cash-flow...

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Acer silences Thunderbolt

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Re: but mid/low end systems won't be able to cut it.

@Jess (08:06)

Bird crap in heatsinks causes CPU self-cooking...

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Snowden, schmoden. Let's talk about crushing hackers, say US'n'China

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Partly...

What they really fear is their own people becoming aware...

"Until they become conscious they will never rebel, and until after they have rebelled, they cannot become conscious." - George Orwell, 1984

Our own precious politicos keep the masses happy with 'bread & circuses', lies & innuendo - and guess what! The average citizen is so apathetic politically beyond his own short-term self interest, that this approach has met with success. Obviously, anyone attempting to short-cut the system and inform the populace is a threat which must be eradicated...

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Oi, jobless yoofs: Upload a witty video bio if you wanna find work

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Re: Charity meets marketing hot air and loves it

So it's now "The next big thing"....

"Stand out from the crowd by doing what everyone else is doing."

I could almost believe there are Marketing types who would come out with that - and, frighteningly, believe it...

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Universal Credit? Universal DISCREDIT, more like, say insiders

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Re: Skills and fail

"... Lazy, useless, unskilled jobsworths were about 80% of the workforce..."

Yup - and they're unemployable elsewhere, but they're all members of Unite - Mr Millipede's puppet-masters - so your options of dealing with them are very limited.

Also, see 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.

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Deja Vu, anyone?

"... the government trying to do something massive and unprecedented, yet without the culture or operational infrastructure to do so.."

...or the wisdom, or the experience, or the understanding, or any sort of clue whatsoever...

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Mastercard and Visa block payments to Swedish VPN firms

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Re: Financiers took our tights long ago

"...its your money not the banks! .."

Well, not exactly, any more. Many bastards in the "Banking Community" have amended their terms & conditions to state that any funds you deposit into your own account are now deemed to be an unsecured loan to the aforementioned illegitimi...

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Re: I'm confused

"...I wouldn't immediately call FACT if I found an suspicious device under my car one morning..."

Then you ought to - and request that they drive your vehicle, but point out the suspicious device only when you're a long way away...

Boom - well, it couldn't happen to nicer arseholes, could it?

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Google says it paid TOO MUCH tax, wants $83.5m refund

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Re: Morals?

but a lack of morals has everything to do with tax collection...

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Re: Governments moral right to the money?

"... get away with contributing the least..."

contributing?

CONTRIBUTING??

"Contributing" has an inherent suggestion of a voluntary deed. I most certainly do NOT "contribute" my PAYE every month. It is extracted by threat/force from my earnings before I ever see them. And with what is left, I am paying import duties, VAT, a share of the salesperson's own PAYE, so if I, in despair, decide to console myself with a nice pint, the amount of duty & VAT I'm paying on that is definitely extortionate.

I already have to work for the first half of every year just to satisfy the state's insatiable appetite for MY money, so when everything is taken into account, in terms or REAL spending power (net of taxes & duties) I doubt that I'm left with as much as 25% of my actual earnings.

In times gone by, levying extortionate taxes at even a quarter of that rate would have seen the extortionist's head on a pole at the city gates...

Ah, the good old days...

Beer - a rare luxury, these days.

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@ Rampant Spaniel

Or you could do the logical, sensible and even moral thing and put the blame squarely where it belongs:- with the egocentric and hypocritical incompetents who claim that they can rule us all, set our laws, and everything will be hunky-dory: it will, by the way, but only for them and their chosen cronies.

Democracy my arse!

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