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dogged
WTF?

Re: Fanbois relying on Cupertino's idiot-tax outfit

Shows what I know. Where is the Reg getting "idiot tax" from then?

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ST Silver badge

Re: "Cupertino idiot tax"

> Hahahahahahaha nope.

And that's where the Cupertino Idiot Tax term comes from.

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Pat Att

"Can we come up with something better than "idiot tax"? It's even less funny than the round corners meme."

iDiot tax?

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Anonymous Coward
Anonymous Coward

Re: Ah yes, the idiot tax

"Apple's idiot tax"

Yes - so guess someone buying a BMW is paying an idiot tax etc. - maybe it's their choice?? Also when you consider TCO rather than just initial purchase price the 'tax' may actually be a 'rebate' - the original hardware purchase price is often a small part of the overall cost.

What is Apple's idiot tax on Watch these days? 'About $265 or 80%'

gnasher729 Silver badge

"Idiot tax"? More like idiot writer.

Only an idiot would think that the difference between bill of parts and retail price is profit.

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Anonymous Coward
Anonymous Coward

Re: But...

Havent you spelt that incorrectly ?

Instead of Cupertino Idiot Tax company

CUpertiNo idiot Tax company ?

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ST Silver badge
Mushroom

Re: "Cupertino idiot tax"

> 'Cupertino Idiot Tax' is a personal pet hate;

No. It's a clear and concise statement of fact.

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Phil O'Sophical Silver badge
Coat

Re: Cupertino's idiot-tax outfit

iDiot, surely?

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Anonymous Coward
Anonymous Coward

I prefer

"The (tax-dodging) Cupertino idiot-tax corporation...."

What is Apple's idiot tax on Watch these days? 'About $265 or 80%'

Oninoshiko

Re: Idiot?

Everyone pays one idiot tax or another.

I bought some imaginary space ships, myself.

Get over yourself.

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Remove titles and shoot idiot who put them in in the first place

Idiot tax.

Apple's iCloud goes titsup, email evaporates for unlucky 1%

kode
Angel

Re: Cupertino's idiot-tax outfit

What can be appropriate for stories about a company that's holier-than-thou but in reality is one of the most unethical companies around? Fanbois see it as their God. Idiot-tax is just perfectly said :D

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Stuart Castle Silver badge

Re: Idiot-tax ...

I use Apple gear. I am an Apple fanboi. I’m not offended by term idiot tax, because I know that el reg criticises *everyone* in the it industry. They also freely praise those who do well.

Besides, I have far more important things to worry about.

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Anonymous Coward
Anonymous Coward

"Cupertino idiot-tax giant"

i presume, this being el Reg and not das Bild, that there is a hidden meaning to "idiot" in this phrase.

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werdsmith Silver badge

Re: Idiot Tax?

Relax about the idiot tax thing, it's just banter.

Do you care that other people feel a need to poke fun at your purchase choice?

Really, if you think deeply about it, it's actually an unintended compliment.

Think Aesop's fox here.

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The Crow From Below

Re: As usual, with Apple you pay more and get less

I know the article references an "idiot tax" but I can only conclude that you have some sort of idiot tax avoidance scheme because the force is damn strong in you if you've actually been paying to access the iTunes store.

Apple kills iTunes, preps pricey Mac Pro, gives iPad its own OS – plus: That $999 monitor stand

Lord Elpuss Silver badge

Re: "Cupertino idiot tax"

@Anonymous Cowtard

By all means insult Apple; they’re big enough to take it. Highlight the profit margins too - not a problem. But Cupertino Idiot Tax is an insult to the CUSTOMERS; that only idiots would buy Apple. So yes, I take that personally. And so should you, on your maxed-out 2007 MacBook - because according to this article’s author, you’re an idiot too.

Macs, iPhones, iPads to get encrypted DNS – how'd you like them Apples?

Psmo Silver badge
Trollface

Re: Idiot-tax ...

Personally, I find "retarded" (word used by the OP) far more offensive than "idiot", as one's a condition and the other can be a momentary lapse.

Dumbasses.

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dogged

Re: Idiot Tax?

> I think you are right, in the past you could get the same PC equivalent as a Mac for half the price, but these days the 'Idiot Tax' joke doesn't fit any more.

I disagree This thing rubs the Macbook Air's face in the dirt and is literally half the price.

iMacs are also stupidly expensive.

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Andy

@Mat Stace

try 'idiot tax'

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Anonymous Coward
Gates Horns

ha!

Idiot Tax?

Sounds fair.

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Wibble
Childcatcher

Idiot tax

Darwin writ large?

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VikiAi
Boffin

Re: Re "Idiot tax"

While the idiot you are replying to is certainly quit taxing, the link they provided is not to facistbook but to Stallman's page against it.

Macs, iPhones, iPads to get encrypted DNS – how'd you like them Apples?

werdsmith Silver badge

Re: Idiot-tax ...

"Idiot Tax" was amusing at first but it's really really tired now. Ancient recycled old rubbish soon loses its comedy value and makes the writer look lazy.

Other banalities includes: "crysis", "popcorn", "goes up to 11", "rounded corners" and many more. I wonder if the people using these trites imagine that they are being witty and original when they put them into a comment.

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And wonder what else has leaked from Cupertino's highly secretive idiot-tax operations.

Apple could not be reached for immediate comment. ®

Cupertino's highly secretive idiot-tax operations.

Apple could not be reached for immediate comment.

So, some poor El'Reg scribe calls Apple's operations idiot-tax and wonders why Cupertino fails to respond in time ...

Note, I think idiot-tax is both quite suitable and funny in this context, but to expect them to get back to you ? Hmmmm ... you could have at least tried to bury that in the article somewhere! Sad, just as you managed to break the ice, last few papers I read here about Apple they had actually gotten back with a comment ... now you are all back to square 1 ...

Keep Biting the hand that feeds IT!

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Anonymous Coward
Anonymous Coward

Re: Idiot Tax?

@dogged - personally I'd rather be an "idiot" and pay to have OSX running properly out of the box.

(And also retain the ability to multi-boot any other OS I wish)

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Anonymous Coward
Anonymous Coward

Apple's Idiot Tax

iTax

Macs, iPhones, iPads to get encrypted DNS – how'd you like them Apples?

Financegozu
Paris Hilton

Idiot-tax ...

I have to have me called out an idiot by the author of this article because I use Apple gear. But if I call him retarded for using such a derogatory term, will my comment be blocked?

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Anonymous Coward
Anonymous Coward

Really?

In April 2014, the Cupertino idiot-tax operation

The people who buy Apple kit are all idiots then?

I buy and use Apple kit for many reasons but hardly ever new unless I'm in places that have no VAT/Sales Tax.

Over almost two decades I have had far fewer issues with it than with anything running software from Microsoft that I had to use for work.

But I given your all embracing description I really am an idiot and my PhD in Non-linear Control Engineering means nothing. Time to retire the idiot tax banner?

I much preferred Foxconn-reseller as a derogatory term myself.

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Lord Elpuss Silver badge

Cupertino Idiot Tax

Grow the fuck up.

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SkippyBing

Re: Re "Idiot tax"

'And the other tax costs much much more dearly than a thousand dollars once in four years.

I'm going to have to see some maths on that.

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DerekCurrie
FAIL

The Microsoft Tax

"The Cupertino idiot-tax operation" is a lame, knee-jerk reaction to the long well known and infamous "Microsoft Tax". Which one of the two concepts makes sense? You decide. But check your facts before you decide. Knowing what you're talking about is consistently useful.

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dougal83
Trollface

Ahh...

Idiot tax is quite a premium these days.

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W Donelson

"...the Cupertino idiot tax operation..."

Really?

Grow up.

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Anonymous Coward
Anonymous Coward

Re: Too good to be true?

No apple idiot tax

Apple kills iTunes, preps pricey Mac Pro, gives iPad its own OS – plus: That $999 monitor stand

Anonymous Coward
Anonymous Coward

Re: "Cupertino idiot tax"

It's only offensive to idiots.

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Lord Elpuss Silver badge

” The Cupertino collector of idiot tax”

Fuck off.

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macjules Silver badge

Re: An an Irishman

Really simple: impose an idiot tax on their products until enough idiots decide to switch to a rival product ... f**k did I say that?

I meant ‘ impose a tax above and beyond the existing Fanboi Fap Tax on their product’.

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Steve Davies 3 Silver badge
Holmes

Nah...

This is just a temporary pause in hostilities.

Next week, the use of words like 'Cupertino tat seller' and 'Idiot Tax' will reappear.

Then we can breathe a sigh of relief as normal service is resumed.

After all (sic) who around here will admit to buying new stuff from the 'Fruity' company? /s

I buy used stuff but new? and pay the Idiot Tax? don't be silly.

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Lord Elpuss Silver badge

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"Cupertino idiot-tax operation..."

Grow. the. fuck. up.

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Anonymous Coward
Anonymous Coward

Re: "Cupertino idiot-tax operation"

Why change - what's different?

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Stuart Elliott

"The Cupertino idiot-tax racket"

... and I stopped reading.

Apple kills iTunes, preps pricey Mac Pro, gives iPad its own OS – plus: That $999 monitor stand

BGatez

Re: "Cupertino idiot tax"

Updateable RAM and drive? Mac = 0

Apple kills iTunes, preps pricey Mac Pro, gives iPad its own OS – plus: That $999 monitor stand

Lord Elpuss Silver badge

Re: "Cupertino idiot tax"

Agree - hence ‘diamonds as jewellery’.

Apple's iCloud goes titsup, email evaporates for unlucky 1%

Anonymous Coward
Anonymous Coward

Re: Fanbois relying on Cupertino's idiot-tax outfit

iCloud is free.

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W Donelson

"The Cupertino idiot tax operation ..."

Wow. Steve insult you personally?

Remember when Apple's FaceTime stopped working years ago? Yeah, that was deliberate

Lord Elpuss Silver badge

”Cupertino idiot-tax operation“

Grow the f*ck up, Kieren.

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Chinashaw

Re: Am I being over cynical?

I am one of those who pay the idiot tax (begrudgingly) and who puts up with less than the best hardware, though tbh I am not sure I see the maximum benefits of any of it anyway. The overwhelming reason I do pay the idiot tax, is Googles less than stellar privacy policy and their demands to know all there is to know about you. That plus, all my apps are on here and I cannot be bothered to re purchase them for Android and to a very much smaller extent, I am used to iOS and don't really like the Android way.

I massively resent the idiot tax but thats why I pay it.

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Hans 1
Headmaster

Re: "Cupertino idiot-tax giant"

DIE Bildzeitung, aka Bild .... not das ....

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Anonymous Coward
Anonymous Coward

Re: Huh?

Who's the subject in "idiot tax operation"? Government? Consumers? Companies?

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