26 posts • joined Saturday 3rd November 2007 09:37 GMT
Play.com no longer any good
I stopped using play.com after a succession of 'lost' items. In the old days everything was sent recorded delivery... but as soon as they stopped doing that and sent things by 'normal' post 1 in 4 orders would vanish without trace. I know that this could be down to dishonest postal workers, but it's play.com's fault for making the change in the first place... and failing to identify and take action to prevent it from happening.
I no longer consider them reliable and my business goes elsewhere now... even if it means paying an extra couple of quid.
Besides that.. have you looked at the play.com site recently, their prices are no longer very competitive and the ridiculous play trade usually has second hand items at higher prices than the new ones.
Another example of a company going down the toilet when it gets to big and decides customers don't matter.
I spent thousands with them on games and dvd's over a few years, but they couldn't care less about that... so over the last couple of years, my money has gone elsewhere.
In spite of the "claims" they have made over the years, they were always looking for a way to get rich from it... and it looks like they've succeeded, even after paying the fines they stand to become millionaires.
No doubt the site will now over time morph into something that the new owners will try and profit from, subscription services and so forth... TPB as we know it will die and the freetards will move to other sites and the whole cycle will begin again... and the new Payrate Bay will slowly fad into obscurity like Napster did when that went legit.
There's a Simple Answer to this
This is an invasion of privacy, and the more people that refuse to do anything about it the more invasive things will get and then when they suddenly find they have no privacy, there will be no one to speak out for them. I don't want my home published on the internet and as I live in an area that is supposed to be photographed by google I'm tempted to hang a big sign outside my house saying 'F*CK OFF GOOGLE'.. although that would defeat the object and make my home a target for millions of viewings when people find it. :)
The simple answer is to get the people in your street to complain to google and ask for their images to be removed... If entire streets start doing it, the whole thing becomes undermined and pointless.
Just because it's google, doesn't mean it's good.
I hate it
It's very simple, I hate the new layout... You gone and done what ebay have done... changed something that works perfectly well for something that looks horrible, is harder to navigate and looks like it's been done just so some one, some where can justify their job/salary/existence.
If it stays, consider me an ex reader... Just like ebay no longer gets used as it's new fangled search system cannot differentiate between MX3 and MX-3 or anything else with a hyphen in it... which means when you look for something with MX-3 in it, it simply searches for anything with MX or 3 in it... The old system worked perfectly well, the new one sucks... and so does this.
@ Charles Tsang
"According to Richard Marcinko's autobiography, SEALs can't have moustaches because of the face mask."
Really? I always thought it was because they found it difficult to hold those trimming scissors in their flippers.
Mines the one made from their babies.
@ Ramzi Yakob
I think you must be in a minority on this one. My entire family is now using sky broadband and the rebadged netgear wireless router. 80% of my friends have also switched to sky.
We've all done this because of the price, rather than the service. But I've been very impressed with the 8mb service I have and everyone else has too. I regularly get 700+k/s from P2P, my connection doesn't keep dropping nor does anyone elses.
The only issue I have come across is with my parents setup, where their wireless dongle (netgear one supplied by Sky) sometimes doesn't reconnect when booting the PC. But I suspect this is more to do with the fact their PC is USB 1 rather than the preferred USB 2 as plugging it back in and telling it to reconnect works fine.
First thing I did when I got mine setup (and my families) was change the default password to gain access to the router and the WPA key.
@ Micheal Hoenig
Whilst I share you hopes and optimism... I fear that neither Clinton or Obama will win, I don't think the US is ready for a black or female president yet. I don't think the US is mature enough for that, it's still a young country and firmly entrenched in the teenage years at the moment. :)
As for the laptop/phone/pda issue... It's just another reason why I will never visit the US in it's current state. I will happily go back to Canada again as I love it there... and when ever I meet an American, they often claim to be Canadian in Europe... because people are more friendly that way. :)
It's a good thing
For too long ebay sellers have had the upperhand... Here's a quick run down of the most common issues.
1: Sellers who refuse to leave feedback until the buyer does (I'd say 80% of power sellers use this tactic). The solution is simple.. once the buyer has paid for the item, their end of the deal is completed and sellers should be forced to leave positive feedback (kinda like ebay are suggesting with these changes). The buyer has upheld their end and should be rewarded for it.
2: Sellers who vastly overcharge for postage - ebay now give you the chance to rate them on several areas... I've yet to give more than 3 stars for postage costs. The reason they do this is simple... They avoid paying ebay as much in fees because postal charges are not included in the final listing value. So sellers offer something for £1 and charge £10 to ship it... but post if for about £2.50, thus making £8.50 on the sale and only paying ebay a percentage of the £1 + listing fee. 99% of all business and power sellers on ebay seem to use this tactic in my opinion... and it's a global issue not a UK one. US sellers are the worst, one guy tried to tell me it was going to cost 120 US dollars to ship a package about the size and weight of 2 dvd's... I asked if it was being wrapped in gold and told them where to stick it.
I could go on with more of the tactics used by ebay power tossers, but it bores me... I have been on ebay for about 9yrs and still only have a rating of 53 with 1 neg (retaliatory from a lying tosser who tried to rip me off)... I have however left probably over 100 positive feedback as a buyer and sellers can't even be bothered to do the same.
So now I refuse to leave feedback as a buyer until they do... and I tell them upfront that this is my policy and exactly why. Any decent and honest seller will understand and leave feedback... those that don't won't benefit from me and if they mess up.. you'd better believe I'll neg them.
Am I one of the rare breed?
I don't own a single apple product... No ipod, no mac, no iphone... In fact, I don't own a single thing with the obligatory "i" shoved on the front of it by any company trying to cash in on the implied association.
My mp3 player is 5yrs old, a 40gb creative zen.. doesn't even have a colour screen because I see no need for the ability to watch movies in a tiny screen, nor do I need to show photos to people.
I seem to be one of those rare people who likes to have an item that does one job that it's designed for, not several hundred jobs badly or at best mediocre.
If I want to take pictures, I use my digital camera
If I want to shoot video, I use my digital video camera
If I want to watch movies on the move, I probably have my laptop with me
My phone is one of these Sony Ericsson smart phones... it can do office work, email, wireless, pics, video, walkman.. and all the usual stuff... I use it for making and receiving calls and the odd txt message.
I could go on and bore you all rigid. :) You get the idea... All of the above do a job and do it brilliantly.
So I see all these people buying apple products like little sheep and all I can think is 'morons'.. it's not a must have gadget, it's a fashion item and you are all too stupid to know better.
The iphone is no different really... except perhaps that they have finally tapped into a market where people consider phones as must have fashion accessories more than any other market... But then all it really proves it that a lot more morons own phones than mp3 players and computers.
They're missing because...
Casino Royal (the comedy one made with Niven/Sellers and so forth) and Never say never again are missing from the list because they are not official Bond movies.
Never say never again was simply a remake of Thunderball and flopped (although I do remember going to the cinema to see it as a kid). Whilst Casino Royale was a spoof/comedy that failed to really impress.
Sorry to burst your bubble on this one Steven, but spouting that tired old argument these days is a little silly.
I bet you also spout the 'guns don't kill people, people kill people' argument too... I think you'll find that the gun often helps. :)
True, unstable people are more likely to commit acts like this regardless of influences... But that doesn't mean that these people are not susceptible to the influences that these games have. There simply is not enough evidence to support either side and studies need to be done in great depth and detail. You also have to take into account the 'mob' mentality, did he act alone, was he provoked, was there peer pressure?
Whether or not TV/Films/Games/Books or any other form of entertainment or literature are a cause of increased violence is as yet unproven for either side. What we do know is that the general population have become more desensitized to depictions of it, just like we have grown accustomed to increased sexual imagery.
So can you please bring something that's actually been given a modicum of thought out to the debate next time. Thanks. :)
A lot of morons
For all of you ranting about this and that... Why shouldn't they eat whales.. we eat pigs/cows/sheep and so forth. For all those bringing racism into it (although you actually prove your own racism by doing so)... There are very few good points being made amongst all the moronic rants.
This is not about them eating meat, it's not about culture, race, colour or anything else. It's about an entire species that was almost made extinct and is still at risk of extinction. It's about money, lots of it... if they weren't making a lot of money from this it wouldn't be happening. Same thing applies to things like fish stocks in our own waters. The average size of cod has dropped by 60% in recent decades due to over fishing and stocks not having time to recover. Yet because of business interests we don't do enough to ensure that there are future stocks... Same applies to whaling, there simply aren't enough to allow them to be caught.
Whilst the Japanese are basically saying "fuck you" to the rest of the world on this issue, action has to be taken... I just don't know what that action should be... Providing no one gets hurt in the process I'm all for a little positive action.
And no, I'm not a whale loving, card carrying member of Greenpeace or any other environmental group... I rarely recycle, waste energy and drive everywhere in my big engined sports car... I just have a brain and some common sense... Shame so many morons lack both of those and are allowed to use computers. :)
@ Steven Kraft
Bill Pullman? Bill 'can't act my way out of a paper bag' Pullman?
Go and watch that film again you silly boy... Nothing worse than coming up with a good idea and ruining it with a cock up like that. :)
I think the actor you meant was Bill Paxton.. as Pvt Hudson. :)
@ Hazel Rees
"Can I have your licence plate, so next time I'm thinking about shoes & makeup I know which boy-racer to run over in my Range Rover ;)"
Oh great... another woman in a Chelsea tractor... Not to worry about it though, unless you are driving near her kids school or the local M&S you're safe. :)
Couldn't resist that one.
As for the speeding, yes it's irresponsible in the eyes of the law. Yes it's irresponsible to be driving at those speeds on public roads in the UK. Not because the bike or the rider isn't capable of handling them. But because the roads in this country are poorly maintained and he could hit a bump/pothole and that could cause an accident... But it could cause the same accident at 70mph.. so it's the roads fault not the riders. ;)
Speed limits in the country need an overhaul, I don't actually mind dropping them on urban side roads if they also remove the ridiculous traffic calming measures. But increase them on the motorways, lane 1 upto 60mph, lane 2 for 60-80mph and lane 3+ for 80-100mph.
That way your lorry/coach/caravan drivers have to stay in lane 1 and won't be the cause of congestion as they try to overtake each other over a 5 mile stretch of road causing everyone else to try and move into lane 3 to get past them.. and causing a tailback. Those middle lane road hoggers who drive at 65-70 and refuse to pull back over even when it's clear of traffic can happily stay where they are... and the rest of us can happily cruise along at 90mph... which my car is more than able to do without dropping more than 1-2mpg in fuel consumption... Not that I have proved this is the case of course on clear motorways in good weather on a 300 mile journey.. that would be wrong and I'm sure some politician would try to make out it's as bad as paedophiles if they thought they'd get a sound byte out of it.
Stil won't make a difference to real world sales
I'll still refuse to buy music in a digital form regardless of DRM or not. I won't rip any of my own CD's at less than 192bit for use in the car and at less than 320bit for use through my network. Most of the stuff you can buy online is at best 128bit and the sound quality is pretty poor unless you are using pretty poor equipment/speakers... Meaning most MP3 players.
First thing I did when buying an MP3 player 5yrs ago was throw away the speakers and buy a decent set of proper portable headphones... Still got them and they still work great as does the MP3 player.
Even then, I'd prefer to listen to a real CD as you can tell the difference..
I also agree that there is very little music these days that interests me... I've actually been on a bit of an 80's retro kick the last few months and been searching out music I already own on vinyl, but not CD. So much in fact that my next gadget purchase will be a USB turntable so I can convert that vinyl into MP3... pops, clicks and all. Some of it you simply cannot find online.
The BBC forget one very important thing.
It's not the word that is offensive, after all it's just a collection of letters. It's not the word but the intent with which it is used, and when you realise that just about 'ANY' word can be harmful if used with vitriol and hatred, they'll be banning the entire English language next. In the context of this song 'faggot' is two friends bitching at each other, that's what friends do. I regularly call some of my friends 'cunts' with great affection. They're not offended by this, and you should hear some of the very creative words and phrases they use themselves.
What is offensive is that some moronic, dumb, idiots choose to allow a simple little word to cause them harm, I find it offensive that stupid morons think we need to be protected from a word that if viewed in it's proper context is no more offensive than any other endearing term.
Kids don't need to be protected from language like this, they need to be educated in it's proper use. :)
As a for Chris Moyles campaigning to get it to the Xmas number one slot... Great, and I will buy a copy myself just to stop the X Factor buying of the top slot as usual. The Xmas number one used to mean something, these days it's a joke.
P.S. I'm wondering if the word 'cunt' will make it past the El Reg censor..... twice. :)
"Oh, what the f*** happened to this world? There's only one trilogy, you f****ing morons. All right, look, there is only one return and it ain't of the king, it's of the jedi. Those f***in' hobbit movies were boring as hell. All it was, was a bunch of people walking, three movies of people walking to a ****ing volcano."
You are Randal Graves and I claim my 5 Republic credits.
Personally I am looking forward to this. I loved the Hobbit, it's a much better read than Lord of the Rings... and before the flames of wrath are sent in my direction... I'll explain why.
I first read the Hobbit when I was about 10 and loved it, I would read it at least once a year and it's the only book from my childhood to still remain in my current top 10 of favourite books ever.
I first read the LotR books in my early teens and struggled with it, it was too long and wandered of in to many directions for too long. It's a great trilogy but the Hobbit is structured much better and this allows it to be read by a much younger audience with a shorter attention span.
As for the film trilogy, I liked it.. I think it was a very good adaptation of the books... There was no way to film the books as they stand, unless you wanted 5 or 6 moves that were very boring for 50% of the time and did nothing to progress the important storylines.
Mind you... if anyone had an ounce of common sense in middle earth.. old Frodo would have ridden a giant eagle to Mordor and dropped the ring of in act 1. :)
BBC Back down
BBC have backed down after a day of criticism from the public, the band and Kirsty's mother.
Sure it might have been a cynical ploy to usurp the latest X-doesn't mater how you package it, it's still fucking karaoke-factor winner.. and if it was... Well done, I'd rather see Mr Blobby or Bob the builder back at #1 than any of those talentless tw@ts
El Reg censored me
I wrote a nice comment for this story, it was well thought out and if I say so myself... reasonably insightful and intelligent.
However, I used the word 'c*nt' in it twice, and even pondered if the El Reg censors would allow it to be published.
They didn't, whilst the could have taken the word and edited as I have done above and allowed a very relevant comment to be aired. They instead chose to ignore the whole thing and censor me for offering valid arguments against censorship.
Kinda ironic I guess.
It's ok to say fuckers, bollocks, shit, arse, faggot... and if you read comments above this one (if they allow it) you'll see all of those and more... But C*nt is still a dirty word.
As I said before (parapharsing my comments now)
It is not the word that is offensive, it is the intent with which it used... and once you realise that, you can make almost any words offensive if you lace it with enough hatred and vitriol.
Now I'm pondering if this will get posted.
Why are people surprised
This is what always happens on a site/forum where you give people power and don't monitor how they use that power.
I have seen this happen time and time again on forums I have used. I once got banned for criticising the actions of the so called moderators... they weren't even admins. Sadly the admins never bothered to moderate their moderators... and they were able to simply lie about me and get a few friends (other mods and ex mods) to agree and hey presto... Ban enforced for life, simply for disagreeing and having an opinion.
I was so disgusted, I set up a site of my own... and 8 months later, it's already competing on level ground with them, if not actually pulling ahead in terms of active members. It's become the place, the other one should have been all along.
This is what happens when you give people power and leave them to abuse it without steps to ensure they don't. I chose my admins based on their opposing views to my own and their ability to voice them. I cannot be 100% certain my site won't go the same way... But I'll damn well work my socks of to ensure it doesn't.
Wikipedia remains a source of useful information, but I've already had people from another site try to remove links and information pertaining to my own... So moderation simply isn't working.
@ Mike Peachy
QUOTE - After years an years of banging on at the powers that be about how ridiculous it is that a cheque should take so long to process in the current climate of communications technology, they've finally listened and changed the process to make it take.... LONGER?! /Quote
There are many dozens of different banks and building societies, but there are only 4 (I believe) clearing banks. ALL cheques are sent through a clearing bank and this is why it was always been at least 7 days to clear a cheque (less if you actually bank with a clearing bank). Typically they tell you it's 5 days, but they mean 5 working days from midnight the day you deposit the cheque. So deposit a cheque on Monday, and it won't clear properly until the following Monday anyway.
So there is no real change in the time taken to clear a cheque, the real change is in the guarantee that the money is cleared fully.
So it is progress, albeit a little on the late side, the use of cheques is in severe decline... I've been using the same cheque book for 3yrs and still have some left. Most of the cheques have been used to pay for pizza when I've been short of cash and too drunk to get to a cash point. :)
Are they that dumb?
Seriously, are these companies that dumb and stupid, do they not understand that piracy is rampant because of two reasons.. soon to be three.
1: Those that download because they can - No lost revenue to them because these are the sort who would never buy the goods in the first place
2: The casual downloader who has become so sick and tired of getting ripped of, by prices, drm restrictions or any of the other multitude of reasons that short sighted and greedy corporations are responsible for.
If this sort of technology were to be implemented, it would affect my DVD purchasing habbit as I already refuse to purchase many goods on moral grounds... This is just an incentive to go online and see if you can find an AD FREE version of it.
Well done Big Blue... That's another BIG mistake you can chalk up to stupid marketers.
Yawn, Yawn, Yawn
Paris Hilton Does Miss Universe
(sub headline) Promises to do Rwanda next week
really give a rats arse what this pathetic child did? She did what kids do these days, prove they have fewer brain cells than a delinquent haddock.
As for filming the crime and passing it around friends... they're at least smart enough to know they'll never get arrested and charged with anything, that would require far to much paper work for the police to bother with, especially when they're far busier with things like killing innocent Brazilians.
As for the x factor itself... Doesn't matter how you package it and try to sell it to the dumbed down viewing polulace... It's still just f*cking karaoke.
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