395 posts • joined 24 Feb 2009
Re: Apple are not being unreasonable.
"I choose to read my eBooks on a Kindle, yet I was being forced to pay more because of Apple and their price-fixing cartel buddies."
There fixed that for you.
"His mere distaste for Jobs is not the main reason for his divestment of his Apple shares. In fact, if Jobs were still around – he died two years ago last Saturday – Robertson would forgive his faults and stay invested in the iDevice maker.
"I think if he were still there, I'd still be in it," Robertson said of his investment in Apple. "I think he's one of the great geniuses of the world.""
Absolutely breathtaking hypocrisy.
Still, what else should we expect? Everyone seems to have forgotten that share dealing arose to provide pooled capital to finance a company in it's ventures. Needless to say this somewhat altruistic notion has been turned on it's head by the likes of Robertson and his ilk, who simply see the market as a gambling machine to make money (and lots of it).
Scumbags, the lot of them.
...until they bring out OSX Scunthorpe...
Re: How to make a big company pay their debts on time
I don't think so, in my experience it's always the bean counters who hold things up. Speaking with the actual client (or rep) usually reveals that they thought the invoice has been paid.
Re: How to make a big company pay their debts on time
A friend of mine in the music business (he ran a studio) used this method against Sony UK. I can't remember the size of the invoice - about £1,000 I think - He delivered the statutory notice and carefully pointed out that if they still didn't pay he had lawyers ready to ensure they cease trading.... Worked a treat!
Re: Named by Sasha Barron-Cohen?
Bugger - beat me to it..
No no they have systems in place..
...to ensure complete reliability and the strongest possible oversight of the whole process by their knowledgable and efficient employees.
Being away a lot I had a machine programmed to record John Peel's show. When I got home I'd edit it down to another one.... Oh happy days indeed.
(yes I realise editing John Peel is tantamount to sacrilege but he did play some strange stuff at times...)
Re: Anyone else remember
I think autocorrect got in there - you meant 'preceding'.
One thing you missed was that by winding the tape back it reduced the print through after storage.
Re: Fascinating article
Or why you still see the spewed remains of a cassette round many a traffic light even today....
What a lot of hot air being blown about here about a CEO worth around $300m posing in a rather interesting way for a STYLE magazine. Photoshopped or not - who the f**k cares! Would you rather see Donald Trump?
Here's another CEO in an arguably stylish photo, although I'll freely admit that I prefer Marissa's...
That stirred the memory gland
I started watching that clip and realised I could remember most of it....
And hiding behind the sofa watching 'Pit'... seriously scary...
The fact that they rolled over doesn't really mean anything. Given the costs of litigation it's only corps like Apple who have deep enough pockets to take the guvmint on.
No conspiracy theory but I'd imagine there were more than a few frantic phone calls between the publishers CEO's wondering who was going to blink first. The book trade (especially here in the UK) is totally at the mercy of retailers, the ultimate losers being the authors of course. The agency model at least seems to have the possible advantage of a bit more money getting back to the publishers and thereby (yes, yes I know...) the authors.
It's going to be a really interesting case. If Apple wins what are the publishers going to do?
Errm... I was somewhat disappointed to find the article referred to 'North Korea'. Back when I lived in Oz the word 'norks' was attributed to what later became Bulgarian Air Bags.
Did I miss something?
/with the jazz mag
Never mind Eadon...
...Whatever happened to manfrommars...?
My stepmother, at 92, is as bright as a button and most certainly neither 'thick' nor dribbling, however even she struggles with some of the menu intricacies of her mobile phone (incidentally, the third one after the first two were sold to her by over zealous salesmen...). Most of us under 60 (I'm not but then I'm special...) know about clicking on buttons relating to what's on the screen and understanding how those menu commands change according to what mode you're in. But that's because we've grown up with that technology.
I was once in a phone shop (god know's why, appalling places...) and I witnessed a very agitated chap of about 40-45 loudly saying to an assistant "I just want a phone to make phone calls!" And every time the assistant tried to show him some whizz bang model he got angrier and angrier.
I work in IT but I understand his (and the elderlies) point. It is highly offensive to suggest that they should all be able to cope. It precludes a lot of people who JUST DON'T WANT TO. It's called freedom of thought and choice.
I think it's a great idea and I wish him luck.
That sounds interesting... How about knocking up an article for El Reg on the nuts and bolts of how to do it?
Lots of levels of competence on these forums....
Re: Best xkcd ever
Re: You want to know if it'll work?@Mike Richards
Trainspotters on El Reg!
(Actually I'm always envious of people who can keep all that information in their heads).
Well as a friend said to me...
'enough for two hands and a chicken to perch on' did ok for him....
...or it didn't .... Oh wait....
"Every computer user in New Zealand should install a Bit Torrent client, whether they intend to use it or not. Call it a gesture of solidarity."
"Calm down dear, it's only a commercial!"
And in other news
I've just got back from a client in Medmenham near Marlow in Bucks - about 35 miles from central London. She moved there 5 years ago and can still only get dial-up!
Oh BT have promised her (and all the other villagers) that it will change one day... The only change came about 6 months ago when BT (on a support call!) swore that she HAD broadband and that she obviously didn't have it connected up right. They even sent a new router....
After plugging it in and talking to BT support again they finally admitted that she DIDN'T have broadband.
Double pah! Try using a 300 baud acoustic coupler in a phone box at the side of a busy road in order to get an important document off via Telecom Gold - first proper email service in the UK as I recall. .. (not that I do very much...)
Oh the joys of someone putting a cup down a bit hard on your desk just as you're about to finish 30 minutes 'online'.....
Re: "a little more careful murdering people under the Stand Your Ground law "
'I think I'd sleep a little easier with a gun in a safe by my bed...'
"Psst! There's someone in the house!"
"I'll get my gun from the safe.... right 24, left 15, right 32... oh wait errr... what was it again?"
Where have I heard this before?
"Girls have to dress modestly and constantly fight off these pornified yet blameless predators."
Hmm... For a minute there I thought I was in Afghanistan....
Alternative way to get of them
Is to stand in a bath with a bit of water and sand in it, then when they come down for a drink you step out of the bath and pull the plug....
/hair shirt on the left please...
Re: Is this the precursor for a new type of "cat flu"??
*cough* Pedant alert...
It's 'duct' tape - as in originally used on air-conditioning ducts. In the film and music industry it's 'gaffers' tape, as in the gaffer was the electrician in charge (I think this is right) of the tape.
Of course, as an ex-roadie I knew that duct/gaffers tape has a light side and a dark side and holds the universe together...
/keys on the belt...
Re: Military using windows
Sorry just have to....
Why re-invent the wheel? If the work is already half done by someone else what's wrong with buying them up? It's what businesses do.
Also, as has already been pointed out here, there's the question of <spit> patents.
Re: doesn’t always give you the best route to a destination
I'd welcome any satnav that could show a route bypassing the Hanger Lane Gyratory/Ealing Common clusterfuck going south on the N. Circ toward Kew Bridge/A3.
And yes I know about cutting through Harlesden, Wood Lane to Shepherds Bush/Putney.... No dice son.
Not that I'm being specific....
Re: Be careful who you engage with anti-competitive allegations
.."corporate-level felonious bellendery..."
Upvote just for that. Thanks!
Hmm.. that's the first complaint of John Lewis I've ever seen. Their customer service is generally reckoned to be well above average. Did you trying contacting their customer service?
(No I'm not associated with JL in any way, just curious as I know an awful lot of people who use them.)
Re: Open Source
Or maybe just a twunt.
Re: What have BT done to upset El Reg?
Absolutely spot on. I went through all those scenarios on behalf of clients. They have a sales force that could sell fridges to Eskimos and a support force that couldn't wire up a 13 amp plug properly.
For the past year or so a client of mine has been battling (with my help) to get her dodgy, intermittent broadband sorted. We changed ADSL modems 4 times, routers 3 times, spent hours monitoring and performing speed tests. In the end, with the help of Zen Internet, we managed to present a prima facie case that the physical line must be the problem. They STILL said that if they send a bloke out and it's not their problem, they'll charge £250. So the next day blokey comes out to check... and finds no less then SEVEN faults on the line.... ffs.
This is not a one off story by the way....
and then there's the spoof version by Pete and Dud which I saw for the very first time this vey day... <sigh>
What is this 'wearable computers' schtick? Am I missing something? Why would one want a wearable computer.
The aerospace angle yes, I get that...
"...deported in a cruel and unusual manner: an economy class flight on American Airlines."
That is all.
Re: The security services obviously have a need to spy on us en masse
" Govt Interception Modernisation Programme"
Re: What is there to cherish
Hmm... Never mind the language, this is Michelle Shocked.
I'd say you have no experience or concept of how a musician/songwriter is supposed to make a living. The very first step is to sign a publishing contract, in which you immediately give up 50% of your income to the publishers. It's only 50% because it's illegal for the publishers to demand more....
It's downhill from there...
Re: Frank Zappa - Dynamo Hum!
That is all.
Re: They can explain why a slinky does its thing...
Yeah but no but...
There's profit and there's ripping the testicles off with exorbitant charges. I'm looking at you Holiday Inn Express in Peterborough. £15 per day.....ffs....
"Gallic Nut Butter"
Screen and keyboard please....
Old and/or current vehicle registration numbers work quite well IMHO. Combining them makes it very tricky. Plus it has the benefit of helping you remember what your vehicle reg is when asked by the officer.... :-(
Re: Mail order
In over 15 years dealing with mail order on behalf of myself and clients, thousands of items, I'm struggling to remember if I ever had to deal with goods broken in transit. Not even with goods bought via ebay...
Re: Perhaps it was lost in translation
I don't think they're hers. More likely to have the caption "A pair of breasts yesterday" by way of illustration.
Talking of illustrations, here's one from Turkey: (sadly no Playmobile).
Re: This story is not primarily about Global Warming...
"And trying to hide this has cost the BBC and the taxpayers a lot of money...."
There, fixed that for you.
Re: Without knowing the ins and outs of this..
Are you, by any chance, 'Disgusted of Tunbridge Wells' ?
I think we should be told....
Sue the wife....
/coat and handbag.
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