* Posts by Mephistro

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Google red-faced after Photos app labelled black people 'gorillas'

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On the other hand, if I am included in their images database, ...

... I'm probably classified as an albino silverback.

This is clearly NOT a case of racism. It's plain stupidity without any additives!. ;-)

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Palaeoboffins discover 500 MILLION year old ARMOURED WORM

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Re: Distance

An example of Turing-Style Cabageness Test (TSCT for short):

Q: Can you perform photosynthesis?

A: Hmmm... yes!

Q: Do you belong to the Brassica genus?

A: ... yes?

Q: Do you possess thick edible roots?

A: ... ... yes?

*** WRONG ANSWER!!! - WRONG ANSWER!!! - YOU'RE A TURNIP!!! ***

We could call it the Sauerkraut-Kampf Test.

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Re: Distance

" ...than the difference between a man and a cabbage."

I know some human individuals that wouldn't pass a hypothetical "Turing-Style Cabbageness Test", let alone a full Turing Test!!!

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Re: Ediacara biota?

True! Actually, this thing quite resembles Hallucigenia, a Burgess Shale fossil from the same period.

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Re: Hairy Collins Monster ?

"I must invent a new fly for salmon! :-)"

Cut the euphemisms and call it by it's proper name: "A morningstar for salmon!

:-D

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UH OH: Windows 10 will share your Wi-Fi key with your friends' friends

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Kill that WiFi Sense thing!

WITH FIRE!!!

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Isn't this obvious that this method to disable WiFi Sense is designed for making the costumers fed up with opting out of every new network they visit, or they'll just forget about it.

Must of us IT folks may understand the issue and put some remediation, but most persons out there are like sitting ducks regarding this issue.

Thanks to this article, I'll advice all my clients, family and friends -again- to steer well clear of Windows phones.

Thanks, ElReg. Some days I feel like the frecking Sisyphus!!!

;-)

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@ Your alien overlord - fear me

"On a similar topic, what if I use just WPA, how could I get access to a WPA2 network or via versa?"

On most devices I see nowadays -including smart TVs, WiFi routers and WiFi network cards- you can configure both protocols to work at the same time, i.e. looking for both kinds of WiFi networks and choosing the right set of parms. ..

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US SaaS firm bows to Snowden concerns with UK-based datacentre

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Re: Another company treating their potential customers as if they were retarded*

Oh, and let's not forget about those other corporate execs that understand the cloud related issues, but will use it anyway if it makes their numbers look better and puts them closer to a promotion or bonus.

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Another company treating their potential customers as if they were retarded*

More news at eleven.

* Which is probably the case for all those corporate execs who know shit about IT but accept everything some snake tongued salesperson tells them and at the same time ignore the advice from their own IT departments. Sigh...

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Microsoft releases free Office apps for half of all Android phones

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Hmmm... 'Microsoft' and 'free' in the same sentence...

It's a trap!!!

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Uber app will soon maybe track you 24/7, cry privacy warriors

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"We care deeply about the privacy of our riders and driver-partners ..."

Ahhh, there's nothing like the smell of corporate bullshit in the morning!

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Ready to go again, soldier? Final Fantasy VII remake revealed

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WTF?

Out of curiosity...

... Elreg, what is this article doing in the Hardware section?

Thank you!

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"...regularly requiring 40+ hours to complete..."

It took me closer to 100 hours of gameplay to finish the game, completing most of the optional missions and playing and replaying the mini-games for hours. Thanks to that, I smashed Sephirot flat into the ground in a few minutes without any effort.

I think I got really close to developing a bad case of OCD, but it was worth it! :-)

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EU MEPs accept lonely Pirate's copyright report – and water it down

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Small typo in the article

"... many of her colleagues have been BRIBED by the rights holders community..."

Here, fixed!

Sorry, couldn't find the damn corrections button! ;-)

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Did climate change scare off vegan dinos for millions of years? 'Yes'

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@ Toughluck

"Basically, after we burn all coal, oil and natural gas, Earth's atmosphere will be like in the Paleozoic/Mesozoic era?"

Quoting the article: "... similar conditions could develop and suppress equatorial ecosystems."

Which makes perfect sense as current fauna & flora are adapted to the current conditions and their survival would be at stake. And the same can be said about the crops and cattle humans need to survive.

"So, Earth can support 4-6 times higher levels of CO2 in the atmosphere and the temperatures will still not reach Venerian levels?"

Most of the ecosystems we depend on for our survival would be totally screwed long before Earth temperatures reach Venerian levels. And everything from crops, cattle and fisheries to fresh water and energy generation would be seriously affected also.

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Indie review of UK surveillance laws: As you were, GCHQ

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"Modern communications networks can be used by UNSCRUPULOUS CIVIL SERVANTS AND POLITICIANS for purposes ranging from cyber-attack, terrorism and espionage to fraud, kidnap and child sexual exploitation."

Fixed!

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Spanish TV journo leaves subordinates cowering after verbal shoeings

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Re: This is news?

Perhaps you've been unlucky. My experience is that managers and bosses -those with more braincells than fingers, at least- try really hard to prevent this kind of incidents, as they usually let the company open to being sued big time and generating lots of bad PR, as these cases are usually well covered by the press.

I've seen this kind of thing over the years in two of my many clients. These managers verbally abused their staff often, even with a contractor (me) watching. In both cases I run like hell (after finding some suitable excuse). One of them was sued by several of his employees and lost the case. The other closed shop ~two years after my visit.

Anecdotally, I also did some contract work for a small IT company with a dozen workers or so, where there was lots of verbal abuse going in both directions. A typical piece of conversation could be something like this:

Boss:" employee_name, so mamón ¿cuando mé vas a dar el informe que te pedí?"

Employee:" Te lo daré cuando a tí se te ponga de los cojones reclamarle a another_employee_name los datos que necesito.".

I'm happy to say they're still in business. :-)

YMMV, of course.

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Re: failing to adequately address the issue of her cleavage

"it will be interesting how this pans out from the perspective of how other countries apply eligibility of covert recordings obtained by a private person"

IANAL, but there have been other similar cases in Spain -usually in private companies- where similar evidence has been accepted -as corroboration of witness testimony, not as proof by itself- by the Spanish labour courts (which are separated from civil and criminal courts). The rationale is that in cases of bullying, this might be the only way for the victims to prove their cases.

Anyway, being courts what they are, the final result is anybody's guess, depending on political pressure, media coverage and public opinion.

Disclaimer: If I was Mrs. Vigón's boss, she'd be already unemployed.

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It's 2015 and hackers can hijack your Windows PC if you watch a web video

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(@ BristolBachelor)

Came here with that same quote in my clipboard, and to write almost exactly the same words. TY for saving me the effort! :-)

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Brit plods' post-TETRA radio omnishambles comes home to roost

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Re: Jamming.(@ The last Doughnut)

So a guy drops a packet into a trash bin next to a police station and, say, three hours later a timer goes off and isolates the police station from the rest of the world. Nah! Nobody could find a way to abuse that! And nobody would dare, as it's so easy to catch the criminals!</sarcasm>

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Don't believe the hype: When that DATA seems just too good

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Re: Low standards in 'proper' journals is much more of a problem...

"watching-fox-news-makes-you-less-informed-than-watching-no-news-at-all"

Let those words be engraved in stone!

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Dodgy colon bug is a total pain in the butt for Skype users today

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"I know the first thing I'm doing when I get in the office."

Citizen, you are officially requested to contact the authorities at your earliest convenience.

Signed: Cortana

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Re: So the app receives a colon...

"The problem here is clear...it's not Microsoft's colon!"

Well, while I dislike most of what MS has inflicted on IT in the last decades, I think that ripping off their colon is too extreme a punishment.

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So the app receives a colon...

... and it dies? Must be a trasplant rejection!

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Large Hadron Collider gives young ALICE a black-hole ray gun

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It's an interesting article

But I can't concentrate due to a small buzzing fly. It's very small. Mmmhh.. and round! And it has no wings!!

What the ... zzzzztttttt...[lost carrier]

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Apple recalls Beats speakers: Rap chap's crap batt rapped in zap mishap flap

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Ahhhh..., the ancient art of slashing the production costs to almost nothing, without compromising quality...

It never works, but they keep on trying!

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Apple: Relax, fanbois! We never meant to read your heart rate during wild wrist action

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"...if you're flapping around..."

I won't tell you how I misread that ('cos it's quite obvious). :-D

Anyway, I reckon this is a feature, designed to protect the privacy of the users in those 'private moments'. Otherwise, this app could be the cause of lots of divorces.

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Choose Deutsche Telekom for all your bargain spying needs

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It's about time...

... the EU does something regarding this shit, in Germany and other countries. Mass data interception without proper judiciary oversight? See where this takes us in a few years more.

And I'm quite disillusioned with Germany for allowing this to happen. Having suffered two totalitarian regimes for almost fifty years, one would expect them to be aware of the consequences of trampling citizens right to privacy.

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Polygraph.com owner pleads guilty to helping others beat lie detector

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@ Kryptonaut

ROFLMAO++

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Re: Wow - this technique needs to go to Wikileaks, pronto!

"...if there are techniques like meditating,..."

Forget about meditation. Use the Penn & Teller method instead. Can be learned in one minute or so, and is so mainstream that it has been explained in several TV series. The Penn & Teller's videos are in Youtube,

Can't understand why the USA is still using those devices for anything related to Law enforcement or security. It's a fucking scam!

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FCC: Thanks for the concern, telcos, but we're not delaying Open Internet rules

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Re: Good to see the boobs out so early

"...it is uncontrollable and will turn on its so-called masters."

You mean it will turn on the telcos? Hooray!!!

;-)

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New Windows 10 will STAGGER to its feet, says Microsoft OS veep

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Re: Tech enthusiast, not necessarily IT. (@ xenny)

"...you can drag Metro apps down to take up say 1/3 of the screen..."

If it wants a third of my screen, TIFKAM will have to take it from my cold, dead hands. ;-)

And I think the concept you are trying to express here is not 'tech enthusiasts' but 'tech hipsters'.

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"... and the Windows 8 people are more likely to be tech enthusiasts ..."

Ha Ha Haha Ha Ha Ha Hahaha Ha Ha Haha [chest explodes]

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Facebook policy wonk growls at Europe's mass of data laws

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Dear mister Allan:

Most of the policies will overlap, with exceptions only on the side of more citizen's privacy. You can either design your systems so they can serve/request a different combination of customer's data, personal data and services to every country. Good luck with that!

Or you can design your systems and your revenue streams so as not to interfere with citizens basic rights.

Or better yet, you can just sod off!

But don't worry, Mr. Allan, because yours won't be the only quango suffering under those new laws. Misery loves company. :-)

Yours truly: Cptn. Obvious.

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Microsoft: It's TRUE, you'll get Android and iOS apps in WINDOWS

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This -if well performed- would be a genius move for MS. If old Balmy had tried to pull something like this, his brains would've liquefied and oozed through his ears. :-),

But... as a user, I wouldn't be too happy with this tech. The security implications of having all the IOS and Android malware/scumware/crapware apps ported to Windows are too big to ignore. The attack surface would increase treefold at least, even if Windows 10 uses VMs to run the apps, as long as these apps must/can interact with others. No filtering process either in Android or IOS appstores seems able to completely remove such rogue apps, at least to date.

I also doubt MS is capable of a good performance. The amount of work needed to keep these elements (OS, apps, APIs, VMs, etc. ) correctly patched would be simply phenomenal. And there's no assurance that MS will keep this effort for many years. They could dictate how often you MUST change your OS, which fits nicely with the idea of renting OSs.

Note: We NEED a popcorn icon! Though now that I think of it, some beers could be described as liquid popcorn. :-)

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E-voting and the UK election: Pick a lizard, any lizard

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Re: Please, no e-voting! (@ Cynic_999)

"And online voting would enable it to be even more easily *and automatically* determined if a lot of votes were cast from the same IP address with 100% certainty."

Yep, except for public libraries, student residences, homes for the elderly, hospitals, shared networks, mobile data networks and the whatnot.

The easiest way to perpetrate this would be, IMO, using the victim's own mobile phones. If a PC is mandatory for voting, then you can take the victims to some workshop or pub with the baddies and a laptop with a 3g data connection. Depending on whether the network sends your true IP to the rest of the world or not, you may need to reset each connection after a few votes each time so as to change the IP or use an app to change your mac and/or reconnect.

The baddies keep the voters with them until 22:00, probably inviting them to some drinks and food to sweeten the wait. Even a stripper or two. Profit!

This method doesn't seem much more difficult or risky than the one in the Hamlet Towers voting fraud.(i.e. sending menacing mobs to the polling stations).

And a safer variant of this method could be used for buying votes. "Here's three hundred quid in exchange for your vote. You are also invited to a party with free booze, food and strippers!" It probably would be also cheaper in the end, as you don't need so much 'security staff".

But this discussion is quite futile. The worst part of e-voting is what could be done behind the scenes with the votes, without anyone being the wiser.

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Yay, we're all European (Irish) now on Twitter (except Americans)

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Re: You're damned either way

"the family trip to Disney World Orlando is indefinitely postponed …"

Yep, the poor kids would have to go to Disney World Paris instead . :-)

On a more serious note, I'd like any US official that makes such a request from an European company to be sued and judged -probably in absentia- by European courts. That would send a clear message to the incumbents.

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Post-pub nosh neckfiller: Tortilla de patatas

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Re: just checking

"seems a bit wasteful of oil to cook them in loads of oil, then straining them"

As I pointed out in a recent comment, olive oil can be reused several times as long as you don't overheat it, filter it immediately and keep it in a closed container after use. The only problem is that some flavours will remain in the oil, but you can reuse the oil from a tortilla española for making another tortilla, or for frying meat, to which it gives a nice taste.

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Re: Overcooked?

"Edwina Curry does not approve this message."

May her yolk rest in peace!

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Re: Success! (@Carl W)

You can use sunflower oil instead, but it decomposes very fast with heat and oxidises when exposed to air, so you can only use it once or risk getting some nasty flavours.

On the other hand, olive oil can be re-used many times, as long as you follow some simple steps. Don't overheat it ,filter impurities before storing the used oil, keep it in a closed container with as little air as possible and you'll be able to make many tortillas with a single bottle of olive oil.

Olive oil that has been used to fry spuds and onion can be reused to fry more spuds and onions, and also to fry meat.

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When the revolution comes...

... you anti-onionist will be FIRST AGAINST THE WALL!!!

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Default admin password, weak Wi-Fi, open USB ports ... no wonder these electronic voting boxes are now BANNED

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"...lack basic security measures against physical and electronic incursions."

That's a feature, not a bug.

Really, the name WINvote says it all.

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Adobe, Level 3 drive a stake through heart of vid-stream creature before it attacks again

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Sigh...

Software patents, again.

Most of them could be summarised as follows:

"A method of doing things with a computer that other parties have been doing for years, either with computers or with pen&paper, expressed in the vaguest language and whose biggest achievements are usually destroying innovation and making lawyers rich."

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Spanish election site in security cert warning screwup snafu

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Re: Must... not... get... angry...

Been there, done that, and I totally agree with you. Spanish govt. webpages are total rubbish, seemingly coded and maintained by -quite inept- interns. Standards compliance seems to be an exotic concept for these guys and the Java apps are simply terrible.

One of my clients was unable to fill a tax form -IVA(VAT) return- in time due to this and was correspondingly fined. After a complaint and lots of paperwork he got his money back. It only took him almost two years. :-(

The good side is that every year I earn some tidy €€€ fixing these issues in my clients machines. You know, the 'Broken Window' and all that stuff. ;-)

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It's not you, it's EE ... again! Mobe network hit by 'PDP authentication failure' snafu

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@ AC

"I'd rather have a monopoly (with decent coverage and decent service for a decent price)"

That's a huge oxymoron. The moment you get a monopoly, prices go through the roof and service quality sinks. :-(

I'd rather go with lots of competition and Antitrust keeping an eye on the providers, just in case. ;-)

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Tech troll's podcasting patent blown out of the water by EFF torpedo

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Re: Problem? (@ Mage)

"Are they paid more if they approve rather than reject?"

I think that's exactly the case, but the really important question is whether those payments are made openly to the USPTO or 'under the table' to the people who approves the patent. ;-)

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Microsoft's top legal eagle: US cannot ignore foreign privacy laws

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Re: turn it round ...

"How do you spell 'hypocrisy' in American English?"

Mmhhh... 'Hypocrisy' is the American spelling, the British one would be 'Hypoucrisy'.

Thank you! Thank you! I'll be here all week.

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Astronomers battle plague of BLADE-WIELDING ROBOTS

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Re: Methanol (@ Eddy Ito)

"If only there was a way of creating some sort of invisible fence by some simple means like laying a wire in the ground"

Or better yet, a visible fence made with some sticks and stickers in shiny colours, that the lawn mover could read with a camera and a simple artificial vision app.

I guess that for iRobot, the biggest issue with this later approach is that people would be able to make their own 'beacons' with an inkjet printer, instead of purchasing them from iRobot at inflated prices.

I hope this 'design decision' bites them in the ass. With extreme prejudice.

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Sony tells hacked gamer to pay for crooks' abuse of PlayStation account

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Re: He needs to escalate it (@AC)

"That could comfortably put a six figure dent in Sony if they're not careful, and it seems that would be richly deserved."

While I wholeheartedly agree with the sentiment of your post, I must disagree with the last sentence. When a big company acts the way Sony has done here, it's because they know that 99.99% of claimants will bend over and 'pay the man' just to recover the rest of their content -which in this case is being held hostage by Sony- and escape the hassles of a legal claim or a complaint to Trading standards.

Of course the only way for us customers to prevent this is to make the issue as public as possible and exercise our legal rights to their full extent, including also asking for damages for the time the user can't access his content.

It would be even better if the existence of abusive clauses in EULAs -like the ones discussed here- caused the company to be automatically fined by Trading Standards or similar bodies. Yeah, I'll keep on dreaming. :-(

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