* Posts by VinceH

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You have a 'SIMPLE QUESTION'? Well, the answer is NO

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Re: A helping hand

"I notice that you have a printer. If I email you some documents could you print them for me and post them back."

Even easier, I can just enable remote printing so you can print them yourself... the password is 'muggins' ;)

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Re: A helping hand

"Good advice from an ex-neighbour of mine: Never let anyone on the local Neighbourhood Watch or Church Committee, etc. know that you have a computer and a colour laser printer."

Or even just family.

I'm sure I print more for other people than I do for myself.

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Feds finger Norks in Sony hack, Obama asks: HOW DO YOU SOLVE A PROBLEM LIKE KOREA?

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"Based on that statement it seems clear that the MPAA will be pressing ahead with its plans, revealed in leaked Sony emails, to rework the global domain-name system into something the studios can use to keep pirated material from becoming easily accessible."

It was a bit extreme of them, though, to attack Sony in this way and get the finger of blame pointed at the Norks, just so they can try to justify that.

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How much for a wrist job? A tenner normally, but for this one, over $30k

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And if so, why the hell didn't the shark have a frikin' laser attached?

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TorrentLocker ransomware pestilence plagues Europe, bags $500k

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Re: Got Caught

"The company I work for got caught with this.

Email with subject "Monthly Statement" from a known supplier was opened by someone in A/P, so it's hard to blame them."

I know that one of my clients has spotted emailed 'invoices' claiming to come from one of their regular suppliers - and apparently the email looks pretty spot on compared to the real thing, so it would be forgivable if they'd made the mistake of opening the attachment.

(The biggest giveaway for them was the account number didn't match - that the invoice is usually a PDF, and this was a .doc file, undoubtedly containing a dodgy macro, probably wouldn't have been noticed if it hadn't been for the account number.)

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Nork-ribbing flick The Interview AXED: Sony caves under hack terror 'menace'

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Re: How many...

It doesn't matter.

All that matters is that the film in question doesn't feature him - if it did the Guardians of Piss would've been too scared to try to stop its release.

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Boggling bum babe Kim fails to 'break the internet' – Robin Williams instead tops Google charts

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Paris Hilton

I actually feel quite proud to be able to say that I have searched for none of the things and people listed.

Paris wasn't on any of the lists. I'm truly shocked! Shocked, I tell you!

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Ofcom's new broom Sharon White sweeps into office

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Re: I'm glad she's an economist...

"I'm glad she's an economist... hopefully Ofcom will start to formulate policy based on maximising the economic benefit to the country rather than money to government coffers."

Did you miss when you aimed to click on this icon? -->

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European Commish asks for rivals' moans about Booking.com

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Re: Invaluable

"Without Booking.com quite a few hotels and B&Bs would not have got my business. 85% of nothing is nothing."

I usually start a search on booking.com* - but once I find somewhere that seems like a good choice, I then search elsewhere, and if I find it for the same price (be that direct, or another website) it gets booked that way.

However, I do this because I had a client that used booking.com, so I was already aware of (and disapproving of) booking.com's terms. To the average punter, though, what you say above probably applies in spades.

* I sometimes also search by wandering around the area using Google's StreetView. If I spot a suitable hotel or B&B, I then search for it 'properly'.

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Plusnet could face DATA BREACH probe over SPAM HELL gripes

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Re: Don't use <companyname>@yourdomain...

"Spammers have some odd name generation strategies. Here's two entries from today's server log:

ce5dd7553@xxxxx

ed780a549@xxxxx

Clearly some spammers have way too much CPU time available to them."

Those probably haven't been 'generated' by the spammers; they're probably Message-IDs (or part thereof). Because I have a catch-all on each of the domains on which I receive email, if I look in the spam folder, I can often see messages with recipients of that form, which have (usually) been lifted from usenet posts.

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Sony to media: stop publishing our stolen stuff or we'll get nasty

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Re: "a program to identify and destroy any copies of Sony-derived data"

Upon reading that, my first thought was the suggestion of malware designed to seek out and destroy Sony's stolen data - then I read the letter.

Simon could have phrased that better - unless he wanted people to interpret it like that, in which case he phrased it perfectly.

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I wonder how long before they turn this whole pwnage into a movie, portraying themselves as good and wholesome, and whoever perpetrated it as evil terrorists.

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BOFH: Capo di tutti capi, bah. I'm having CHICKEN JALFREZI

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"creating a hostile workplace environment"

I had to read that several times before I stopped seeing "hostile" as "hostfile" and thinking "WTF?"

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QEMU, FFMPEG guru unleashes JPEG-slaying graphics compressor

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Re: It's probably not what the web needs urgently...

"I guess I'll have to read more about this, because all the pictures in your link seem to resolve as a .jpg in firefox. Is that how .bpg works, by resolving to a .jpg in your browser?"

Make sure you enable javascript on PleebSmash's link, otherwise what you will see are the JPEG files used for comparison with the BPG files.

The BPG files themselves are rendered as PNG files: that's the point of the javascript decoder - to convert the BPG files, which the browser doesn't understand, into something it does.

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US Navy's LASER CANNON WARSHIP: USS Ponce sent to Gulf

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Looking at the size of the laser, all I can say is...

...we're gonna need a bigger shark.

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Hinge: An app that scours Facebook friends for dates banks $12m

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"The app scans your Facebook friends (if you have too few you aren’t allowed to join)"

That rules me out then. Since I set up a Facebook account again a few weeks ago, I have so far added... nobody.

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El Reg Redesign - leave your comment here.

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Re: Your redesign stinks, sorry, but it does

"Well you shall have an upvote from me!"

Which promptly got you a downvote from someone else.

El Reg commentards are a weird bunch - which, yes, does include me. ;)

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Re: Your redesign stinks, sorry, but it does

"http://www.theregister.co.uk/headlines.atom and something like FeedDemon Pro is your friend."

I don't normally comment on up/downvotes on my posts - but this time I'll make an exception because I'm a little perplexed as to why my comment has received a couple of downvotes.

The only obvious thing that strikes me as a possible reason is that the downvoters can't see the connection between not being able to open new articles in separate tabs, and using the feed and a reader. In which case: Depending on your settings, when you click on an an article in the reader, it can be opened in a new tab in your browser. This can happen regardless of how El Reg's front page is set up, and is entirely under the control of your own set up.

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I don't see the front page, since I use the feed - but some of the changes within articles are a little annoying.

The navigation bar is fine - but the thumbnails menu (the expanding section nav) that appears when your mouse is over it obscures the article you are trying to read. It isn't a problem if the article I've chosen to read isn't the topmost one in my reader - but if it is, I have to move the mouse before I start scrolling.

You have a similarly expanding (and therefore obscuring) pop up info box for the article author - so if I need to move the mouse to avoid the expanding section nav, I have to remember to move it such that that link isn't going to end up under the mouse as I scroll the page.

While neither are the end of the world, they don't strike me as being examples of good UI design.

Of the rest of the changes listed, of the stuff I've actually noticed, it's really just aesthetics - and of the stuff I haven't noticed; I haven't noticed it because it doesn't affect me (perhaps because my starting point is the feed).

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Re: Your redesign stinks, sorry, but it does

"I can't open windows in another tab anymore which adds a batch of clicks. I used to be able to throw all the articles in tabs and then get to them as I wanted. Now I have to read the main page, choose an article, click back to the main page."

http://www.theregister.co.uk/headlines.atom and something like FeedDemon Pro is your friend.

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Cloud Printing from a Chromebook: We try it out on 8 inkjet all-in-ones

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Re: Print Drivers

"The reason for doing it via cloud is - no doubt - because that makes it easier for Google to snoop on you (to better target ads (to better please their paying customers - i.e. advertisers - with an improved product i.e. you, or, more precisely a more detailed profile on you))."

Google's printing related wet dream is when it'll work like this:

You print something via Google's cloud printing service. The document wings its way from your computer over the intertubes to Google's system, where a little bit of processing is carried out, then it comes back to your network and hits your printer - and out pops your print out, complete with suitably targeted adverts. (Perhaps, to avoid frelling up your formatting, on a subsequent page or whatever.)

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Wanna buy a dot-word? If you want a .pizza the action, now's a chance

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Re: .immo

"I don't get the long ones though, everyone has been shortening their URLs and then someone comes along with .photography ???"

Mad, isn't it?

Having said that, despite my general misgivings about this new name protection racket these new TLDs , after a lot of umming and ahing, I have decided to register the appropriate .software domain name for my trading name.

But that's not in the interests of the gimmicky name, or an attempt to shorten it - it is a matter of protecting it. :(

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.Bank hires Symantec to check credentials

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Re: But what bugs me

"Is when banks send legitimate email with links in them."

What bugs me more is when the very same banks say they don't send them... then start sending them.

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Amazon comes over all eBay with new ‘make an offer’ facility

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Re: An offer you can refuse!

The one that bugs me is when I'm selling something such as a car and I use the local paper or whatever - some people ring, and ask on the phone "what's the lowest you'll take for it?"

Silly question. If I've advertised the thing at £x, and answer that question with £y, if they see the vehicle they'll try knocking me down from £y - expecting me to go lower than the figure I'll have said is the lowest I'd take.

So instead, I answer with "What's the highest you'll pay for it?"

This usually confuses them.

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Google App Engine has THIRTY flaws, says researcher

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Re: Surprise!

"Am I missing something?"

If the OP wasn't posting as an AC, I suspect he or she may have opted to use this icon. -->

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So this Saudi Prince calls and asks why he can't watch movies ...

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Re: Remember visiting a computer store in the middle of the 80s

"The second said: Let's not. What if it knows who we are?"

And fast forward almost 30 years, and those same girls are probably giving all sorts of information to the likes of Facebook, happily searching on Google, etc - forgetting what they (kind of, sort of thing) prophesied.

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Whitehall at war: Govt’s webocrats trash vital digital VAT site

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Re: The VAT site's been ****ed for weeks

"Lots of folks know nothing about this EU VAT malarky and it's going to bite lots of people in the bum rather hard."

Indeed. Not least because...

"In spite of HMRC and the government claiming that they have extensively publicised the forthcoming changes, I only became aware of them a couple of weeks ago"

Over the past few months I've brought it to the attention of people I know (both clients and friends) who will be affected and therefore need to know - not a single one of them was already aware. That's not a particularly good indication of HMRC/Gov having extensive publicised it.

(To make matters worse, a couple of them have pretty much displayed a head in the sand attitude now that they do know - but that's another matter!)

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BLAST-OFF! BOAT FREE launch at last. Orion heads for SPAAAAACE

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What type of vacuum?

Upright? Bagless? Cyclone?

Does the brand matter? Hoover? Electrolux? Dyson?

Not enough detail!

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What a pity: Rollout of hated UK smart meters delayed again

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Re: Meanwhile....

"For the avoidance of doubt, this wasn't against VinceH"

I should hope not - the joke alert icon was there for a reason! :)

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Re: Meanwhile....

"Water remains unmetered."

Lucky you.

Some people have to pay for the amount of water they get through - and to make matters worse, they then have to pay again for that same amount of water to be taken away. Which is a bit of a piss take.

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Sony Pictures MEGAHACK: Securobods pull out probes, analyse badness

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Re: Boo Hoo

Yeah. On the one hand I agree with the sentiment of AC at the very top on general principles, but on the other, this is Sony, and I can't help but think along these lines.

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Internet gossip has NOWT to do with data protection, EU Commish

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Re: internet

Agreed.

If anything, use of "internet" when referring to the web isn't necessarily wrong, since the "web" is "on the internet". What would be wrong is using "web" to refer to other things, such as usenet1 - and that's not what she did.

1. Web-based interfaces, such as Google's currently abominable replacement for Deja News, aside

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Orion 'Mars' ship: Cosmic ray guard? Go. Parachutes? Go. Spacerock shield? Go!

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Re: Its Amazing Really...

"Or the Earth's gravity has increased; that is surely the only explanation for all the bathroom scales..."

That would certainly explain mine. I presume the atmosphere has thinned out a bit now, as well, so there is reduced air pressure - which might explain my slightly expanding stomach.

But for the AC - the Moon's gravity was 1/6 of Earths when I was a nipper. (I left school in the mid 1980s.)

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#Gamergate folk load flamethrower, roast own feet over GTA V 'ban'

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@dan1980 Re: Sigh.

Upvote for obvious reasons.

Meanwhile, I had to read this bit twice:

"Or you can kill a police officer or an ambulance driver."

I read the second "or" as "with" the first time, and imagined the player swinging the ambulance driver around like a massive baseball bat to hit the police officer. (Which would be fun!1)

I have GTA V, but haven't broken the seal as yet - if I hadn't spotted my mistake, imagine how disappointed I'd have been when I finally started playing it. ;)

1. Note for the thought police: Fun in the context of the game. I wouldn't do that in real life... I'm far too unfit to lift an ambulance driver and use him that way, so all police officers are perfectly safe from this kind of attack.

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Man asks internet for $1k for pebbles. INTERNET SAYS YES

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Re: erm just put your whisk(e)y

Put a suitable amount in a shot glass, with (say) a spoon or something else that can serve as a suitable handle upright in it. Place in freezer. Wait. Retrieve from freezer.

If you're lucky, you might be able to remove the shot glass without breaking it - although I suspect it might need to be smashed. But whatever... hey presto. A whisk[e]y lollypop.

Note: Untested. It just seems like an interesting idea.

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Device fingerprinting tech: It's not a cookie, but 'cookie' rules apply

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Re: oh great!

"It's not about cookies ... You'd have thought IT people would understand the concept of abstraction."

And I'd have thought someone replying to the posts above would have heard about thread drift and understood how (and why) we got from one topic to another.

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Re: oh great!

"So now we can look forward to the ICO making all us law abiding folk put another stupid message on our websites."

Quite...

I don't mind websites putting cookies on my computer, because my computer is set up so that those cookies don't survive beyond the session. And while your average Joe and Joanne might not know how to do that, they could be educated (or the annoying ones could ask people like us to set up their system appropriately to start with.)

Overall, that would have been much better - but instead we get the silly law.

The silly law that means because of my sensible cookie management, I have to see the annoying pop-ups about cookies every bloody time I visit many websites.

The silly law that means they have to clarify things because those that don't like not being able to track us are now looking at other ways to do it - and are thus looking for ways to track those of us who didn't need protection from the law in the first place.

Stop legislating when educating is better. Grr!

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Sinclair is back with the Spectrum Vega ... just as rubbish as the ZX

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Re: Kewl!

"Do you know if the BBC trademark is still being used, so maybe we can revive the Acorn BBC micro?"

Yes, I believe there's a broadcasting company around here somewhere that owns the BBC trademark (Acorn were using it under licence).

The Acorn trademark is also not available - that's still owned by a French geezer who's name I've forgotten, and used here. (I have a recollection that they were punting PCs and laptops branded as Acorn, but it doesn't look like it now - but my disabled Javascript might be preventing me seeing the full site.)

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Apple patents NEVERSMASH iPHONE for fumbling fondlers

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Re: Why not just staple it to a cat?

"Or buy a £2 grippy silicon case, and not drop the fucking thing in the first place."

Just superglue it to your hands. This will instantly solve the main problem of it being dropped, and have additional benefits: Those fanbois who like to show off their iShiny will have it permanently on show, and it will also be harder to steal.

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Never fear, Glassholes – Intel to the rescue! 'New CPU' for tech-specs

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"Mobile has been a refreshing break from the Intel monopoly and ARM is one of the few developments still around from UK computer industry."

Yeah, I was thinking that if they move from ARM to Intel, I definitely wouldn't be buying Googly-Glass.

Then I remembered that I definitely wouldn't be buying Googly-Glass anyway, so it's no loss to them.

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Bought an iPhone 6 Plus? Odds are you've binned the iPad

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Re: @ Arctic Fox @Simple Si Indeed - thus demonstrating how easy it is for.............

"[PS : If you go a googling Vinces' references it is important to note that it might/will return a NSFW result..lol.... it made me laugh]"

Oops, yes - sorry about that; I should have said NSFW for the benefit of those who might have gone-a-googling.

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Re: @ Arctic Fox @Simple Si Indeed - thus demonstrating how easy it is for.............

"2 : The fanny will be used to pack something else."

Benidorm.

Sticky Vicky.

I'm ashamed to know that.

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VISUALISED: The Golden Vulture Dropping of Excellence

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Re: Is the award...

"...LinkedIn worthy"

Well, if I won it, I'd reference it on my LinkedIn profile - but there are those who think I don't take my LinkedIn profile all that seriously.

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"Bask in the glory, if you will, of the Golden Vulture Dropping of Excellence,"

Should not the dropping be a splat on the floor, rather than a splat somehow remaining in place vertically in mid-air, as evidence by the shadow on the floor behind it?

One possible explanation is that it's a splat on a vertical glass plane, but I'm sure gravity would then cause it to form a less evenly splatted shape.

Just saying, like.

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Oh BOY! The MICKEY MOUSE Apple Watch is no heart-throb

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Re: Us poor Apple fans, can't help ourselves being tricked.

"Downvote all you like Vince,

Hello, pot.

"the fact remains that 'three duff sigs' isn't an indication that a system is hard to use or inherently flawed."

I didn't say it was either of those things. I said that three different people all have a clear and obvious problem using the same system is indicative that that system is not as easy to use and foolproof as many people claim.

"It's and indication that the individual that set them up is at best sloppy, but more likely an idiot. The real idiot of this piece though is the idiot claiming the platform is flawed as a result of this."

I'd suggest the real idiot is the one who can't understand simple English - and seems to be taking personally any form of criticism of what must be his favourite platform.

Hint: Saying something is not as easy to use as many claim is NOT the same as saying it is hard to use, and nor is it the same as saying it is flawed.

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Re: Us poor Apple fans, can't help ourselves being tricked.

"And your first impression is that it's the computer, and not the fuckwit setting it up? "

Well, I try not to call my clients fuckwits - even when I think they are. It's bad for business.

What I see is three people and their three faulty sigs - all with one thing in common; their preferred computer platform. That commonality is why I think I'm justified in my criticism.

But, just to clarify, that criticism isn't that Apple's computers are crap; I've not used one anywhere near enough to form a proper opinion - my dislike of Apple means a dislike of their computers, but doesn't somehow magic up experience of them that I don't have.

The criticism is that the 'proper' fanbois (sadly including the three I mentioned) praise them, saying how wonderful they are, how easy they are to set up and use, how they just work, etc, etc, yada-yada-bloody-yada - to the extent that they seem to believe they are somehow idiot proof, and nothing can possibly go wrong...

And yet these three, by not having been able to achieve something as simple as set up a sig properly, are demonstrating quite the opposite. Hence my comment that they're "so easy to use that I can see emails from clients that use them in which their sigs are b0rked" - a straight on perfectly accurate summary of what I hear (these computers are so easy to set up and use) juxtaposed with what I see (three duff sigs).

Yes, the problem might very well be a PEBKAC one - and, indeed, probably is - but it's demonstrating that the computers can't be that easy to use and set up, and aren't that foolproof. If they were, their sigs wouldn't be b0rked. It's that simple.

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Re: Us poor Apple fans, can't help ourselves being tricked.

"So much for just works, you can keep it."

They're also so easy to use that I can see emails from clients that use them in which their sigs are b0rked - just glancing at three in my inbox now:

  • One can't get a company logo to appear.
  • Another has his own company logo, but the link is to a different company's website (which the alt text also references).
  • And in another I can see one person's email address in the sig, with the mailto: being to someone else at the same company.

Yup. Keep 'em.

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Re: Us poor Apple fans, can't help ourselves being tricked.

I don't know what you could possibly mean.

*hic*

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It's BLOCK FRIDAY: Britain in GREED-crazed bargain bonanza mob frenzy riot MELTDOWN

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Re: Buying For The Sake Of It.

"Dear Marjorie,

I have not felt the slightest urge to go out and buy anything today. Is there something wrong with me that even my best friend won't tell me ?"

Dear Alain,

The problem is quite probably that you have really, really bad body odour - and, deep down in your subconscious, you probably already know this. Your subconscious mind is therefore compensating for your serious problem by masquerading a false lack of urge to join the majority of people in the sheer, riotous joy of trying to get a bargain on yesterday's wondrous day of sales, just so that you avoid the embarrassment of people around you in the heaving crowd saying "Pheew, what's that pong? I think it's this guy here..."

As a solution, I'd suggest going out and buying some deodorant. It would have been practical for you to have done this yesterday during the sale, when you may have been able to purchase a suitably large amount at a lower cost that usual - but that would have been something of a problem for obvious reasons.

Yours

Dierdre.

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