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Punter strikes back at cold callers - by charging THEM to call HIM

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Full marks...

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.

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Hey, Bill Gates! We've found 14 IT HOTSHOTS to be the next Steve Ballmer

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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?

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Obama prepares to crawl up NSA's ass with microscope

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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,

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Re: Me - 28/8/13 @ 18:12

1 downvote?

The spooks frequenting/checking up on these pages will always give themselves away...

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Re: Prediction

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.

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Women in IT: ‘If you want to be taken seriously, dress like a man’

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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.

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Web showered in golden iPhone 5S vid glory - but is it all a DISTRACTION?

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Re: It'll be the..

"...Is it the blindly pro- or the blindly anti-Apple failing to get the joke?..."

There's a joke?

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Boffins lay bare exotic Lara Croft meteorite element ununpentium

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Intriguing...

"... 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..?

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An autopilot the size of a postage stamp

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Re: Micro-AA guns

"...turn drone copters into rapidly disintegrating fireballs..."

Done to a crisp?

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Air mattress blast blows German man across room

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Re: German humour

"...stereotype of humourless Germans. "?

I'll have you know that the German sense of humour is no laughing matter.

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US court: Dell can't hound debtor with robocalls to her mobile

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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***...

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Re: Embrace automation

Jeremy,

1) check out "Call Bliss" on the app store:-

or

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

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Re: PAY UP!!!

@Ross K

"I hope you never fall on hard times and experience debt collection first hand."

Indeed, Sir.

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!

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Germany warns: You just CAN'T TRUST some Windows 8 PCs

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@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!

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Top 10 Steve Ballmer quotes: '%#&@!!' and so much more

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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...

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Google plonks down cash for Foxconn's head-mounted display patents

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Well bugger me!

An article about Foxconn, and ne'er a sneering reference to Apple.

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Indian IT exporters coin windfall profits as rupee plunges

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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.

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Lenovo to ship all new PCs with Start Menu replacement

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Revolutionary...

A supplier listening to what customers want?

And giving it to them?

Intriguing - but it'll never catch on...

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Total cost of that axed NHS IT FIASCO to taxpayers: £10.1bn

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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...

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iCloud outage outrage: Look, iPhoto friends, kitty just learned to... NOOO

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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...

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Bradley Manning sentenced to 35 years in prison

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Re: Comparison

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).

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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.

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@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...)

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Bank man: System's down, let's have coffee. Oh SNAP, where's all the CASH?

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Banks???

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..."?

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Space-walker nearly OPENED HELMET to avoid DROWNING

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Re: SPOILERS (@ Justin Stringfellow 21st August 2013 09:54)

@ Theodore:

How paradoxical: I think you might be facing a quandary...

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'Symbolic' Grauniad drive-smash was not just a storage fail

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Correction

" It was petty and stupid, the action of an ignorant and frightened bully...". Yep, that sounds like ANY government.

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iWatch rumours grow as Apple hires Nike fitness guru Jay Blahnik

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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...

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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...

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Screw you, Brits, says Google: We are ABOVE UK privacy law

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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>

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Rate-my-boink app scores frisky fanbois, fangurlz' SCREAMS, VIBRATIONS

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Re: @thesykes

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...

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Blighty street has hottest Wi-Fi hotspot hottie in Europe: We reveal where

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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...

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Kiwi jetpack gets all-clear for manned tests

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Hmmmm

Ad a few strings to tie people to or for them to cling to...

I think we've just seen Ryanair's next fleet...

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

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Re: Woop Woop Woop

@Pepper

OK, you're silly.

Very, very silly.

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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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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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