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It hits the wall, Truman Show style...
2835 posts • joined 16 Jul 2007
It hits the wall, Truman Show style...
HMRC are following statute, something set by the idiot politicians.
Though I'd rather they suspended/seized a company's assets rather than give them a 85% reduction in tax bill by negotiation on £6BN or whatever
I should imagine though, that a judge who's had enough of apple's pram-face can say 'fine you're scheduled for preliminary hearings in 2017, as we're a bit busy with dickheads clogging up the system for everyone else.'
Weapons division = government pork for R&D.
R&D = invention and innovation (something still apple dimly remembers)
Which translates into tech for consumers.
The AC's (Apple Cultists) will disagree, natch, but they'll be the ones appreciating stuff like ABS and traction controls systems on their cars which comes from 'weapons grade' Formula One Car R&D. Same principle.
Still, the thought of One Infinite Loop as a Korean-crafted smoking hole in the ground does have its appeal.
Apple, the incessant whiner of people copying it's shit, releases
May I be among the first to raise a weekend-ahoy glass to another halving of their share price.
Pint for all.
A proficient lawyer NEVER shows you what his hands are doing.
Is the scariest word in the world.
Roughly translated it means 'We sure do got some biiig guns an we is a-comin fo ya, right or wrong' or possibly 'we goan be a-havin us a lynchin party yeah!'
Yes, that really is how the rest of the world thinks of the USA as a nation.
No. That's what minions are for.
'He' will be on the Whitehouse lawn sipping 'Camommiilytea' with a smug grin safe in the knowledge of how those expensive-per-hour jets are bringing a 'traitor' to 'justice'.
Presumably Justice is a small town in Arkansas/Cuba/Egypt or something, rather than the dictionary definition.
The chocolate factory could do worse than make an offer
"protect UK citizens and interests against terrorism threats"
Gather more data for the NSA under the 'Special Relationship'
"enable the agencies to operate more effectively"
Dear NSA, here's your PRISM login to GCHQ
"protecting Britain from the terrorist threat remains a top priority"
The Yanks wanted more data, and were happy to contribute to the cost
"the police counter terrorism budget will not be cut"
Had a great lunch with those fab guys at the ACPO
"Single Intelligence Account settlement"
Unaccountable slush fund
"protect the country from online threats"
Increased internet Surveillance
"raising awareness of the cyber threat"
Encouraging businesses to do our work for us
For those FRANDy things?
I thought the reason it had got this far was that they'd paid *nothing* and only offered comedy amounts?
Then you can cross out the A and tippex in a U :oD
In fact if they're free can you bag me one (or more)
Switch to Open Source.
@Nextweek - I hadn't even thought of that...
That chunk in the bank will help towards offset mortgage, too... cunning. Will be looking into that and doing some maths.
Just as well Timmy took a performance related pay-stock-money thingy then.
Still, half of absolutely-fecking-loadsa-money is still fecking-loadsa-money so he'll be laughing all the way to
Belize the bank regardless.
They opened the lid/screen at the wrong angle.
Literally, most likely.
Fair play though, if they manage to stiff some rich idiot investors for a bundle of cash, it does seem to be like shooting
plutocrats fish in a barrel
Actually if you're in the UK then your darling daughter should not have been accepted by Apple as you can't enter into a contract under 16 years of age (unless that's changed).
Onus on Apple to verify applicants' ages afaik, their fault. Tough.
He still gets 672,877 shares regardless of performance (if he's still working there) which is just shy of 270M at $400/share.
Even if the share price halves again that's $135M... unless I read it totally wrong (not impossible)
Such a sacrifice
They had problems picking up the IRA, yep, but not funding them.
About 0.05 GCHQ/sec :oD
That even crazy gun-nut control freak god-drunk spy-happy paranoid nuke-toting lunatic super powers don't always get what they want, either.
So, to quote yet more fiction...
The concept is valid no matter where it originated
But, where do you think all that 'imaginary money' disappeared to...
More likely that we're the utterly complicit Israel of Europe, being a pathetically willing extension of US intelligence into our poor European cousins under the 'Special Relationship' which, I suspect, is more akin to cock-in-arse than being a 'dialogue' with our Western 'cousins'.
*Waves at GCHQ*
He gets a Sean Connery type oriental disguise make over a la 'You Only Live Twice'
At least I *think* it was YOLT...
Depends if your filing cabinets contained shit you shouldn't really have in the first place...
He's working for an approved contractor presumably so vetting would be 'assumed' to some degree, that's my guess.
Fuck me, who let Ted Nugent in?
Paris, cos she's cocksucker, too.
I'd not be surprised if the Good ol' US of A claimed that 'As he was working as a contractor for the CIA which is a military organisation they can try him under military law'
Or whatever else gives them a hard on that particular morning.
And, IIRC, is originally a French word.
Like metre, centre and phrases like trou du cul (chucked in especially especially for prominent English language failers)
And before someone says 'We talk Ingerlish in the US of A, you don't. You speak Spanglish as words like humor, rumor, color are the Spanish spellings rather than misspellings of the English. Star-Spanglished Banner, and so forth.
There has to be a point where they can no longer store all encrypted stuff as quickly as they can find it.
At which point their heads explode, obviously.
Esp if you've just spent two gruelling hours battling round a dismal supermarket and your card stuffs up at the checkout.
Of excessive fucking hubris.
Fine - their entire shabby, arrogant existence.
Blimey I'd forgotten about that...
Just as They intended
To discover that the seemingly pointless acquistion of Skype for a large sum by Microsoft was partly (maybe largely) funded by the US gov as it knew MS was already a very backdoor-friendly (take that however you please) company and it was the easiest method to get a tapping interface into Skype.
Rename it to SPYke perhaps.
That must have caused a lot of head-scratching
Foxconn are more than happy to get another potentially large customer to plug the gap created by fapple scarpering off to Pegatron
Mostly then, 'you'll lose', I should imagine.
I'll likely buy a next gen console this Xmas though the only thing I know for sure if I get one at all is it's not going to be an XBOX Vista. Probably not a Nintendo.
Not even a PS4 if they don't release the fecker in time for Xmas - will have spent the money elsewhere by then - is it still the 31st Dec for that???
"The Kinect licensing content by the number of users watching is disgraceful"
This new learning amazes me, what is it ?
Yeah, the hardware.. 20% fail rate on the '360 IIRC ?? That's massive and MS aren't a learning-from-mistakes kinda company as this latest U-turn amply demonstrates. Right second time isn't good enough.
Not to turn DRM on later when they have your money.
They obviously want it but they want launch sales more (this week, at least).
Don't forget they've already demonstrated where they want the XBOX Vista to be at, even if they've U-Turned for now to avoid completely handing their market to SONY with little umbrellas and a cherry.
Not that I'll be buying an XBOX Vista to replace my 360 anyway. Stuff 'em.
At least half...
"I'm sorry Mr Putin, there's really no way to divert the bomber at this stage"
Access to NFC
Access to Data
Access to GCHQ/NSA
Thinking about it, do Windows Phones give you a browser choice screen...?
Microsoft complain about Google maybe following Microsoft's own playbook.
Perhaps they should have trademarked it.
If they're complaining about bundled apps then I'm fairly sure the manuf's are free to remove all the default functionality if they wish, it'd be a lot easier than disentangling IE from Windows was. Perhaps 'being able to make a phone call' is anticompetitive behaviour for a mobile OS.
Cos, yeah, IE for Android. Even if MS made it who the fuck would ever install it.