44 posts • joined Friday 4th April 2008 09:10 GMT
I'll be very suprised if Activision's release goes any better than this. The last 2 COD's have been a joke with the last one being the worst of all for glitches, bugs and lag. Shame of these mega publishers for putting out sub-par product at a premium rate.
Not all of those who signed up wanted in on this
Don't forget any foreign national applying for any kind of visa to reside in the UK was forced into accepting the ID card as their proof of having a visa at all. No more stamps in passports.
Some keep banging on about people wanting this and are stupid because they opted in but I would think a lot of the final number of cards issued were not wanted or asked for.
Guilty or not, you're paying
Recently I went back home for a trip to see friends and family for two months. Good times were had and I was pleased to see how enthusiastic the country was about the upcoming world cup.
One night a mate and I went out for a drink in Jozi (Jo'burg) to meet a friend who lived out there. We are both from Cape Town so aren't familiar with the roads and areas of Jozi. Being in different surroundings always makes you a little nervous which would prove to cost us later.
After have one beer over the course of an hour (Amstel 330cl bottle) we drove back to my brothers house where we were to spend the night.
Along the way there was a road block and we got pulled over. My mate was driving and was asked what he was doing on the roads at 1230am. He said we'd met a friend and had a drink. Big mistake. Out came the breathalyzer and he was told he was over the limit. Ignorance was not on our side when he said the limit was 0.15 and he had blown 0.16. The officer would also not let us see the reading or get retested.
After he threatened us with 2 nights in jail because it was the weekend and we could only be processed on Monday, he said "so what now". Obviously this was our que to cough up. R400 later we were allowed to drive off foaming at the mouth knowing we'd been done in by the very people employed to serve and protect.
I suggest the commentard who recommends obeying the rules of the road doesn't go to my homeland because even his squeaky clean driving will be punished, especially if the officer hears you're from out of town...
This is why people like pigspotter exist back home.
"The team clarified the nature of the individual's business, were satisfied with his explanation and the man went on his way."
So what if they weren't satisfied? Back to a police station for intensive background checks and probing into another inocent persons life just because of the "current environment".
I can only imagine how different this story would have been if the guy had a perma-tan and a big black beard...
...the rich get richer.
I too use Steam pretty much exclusively when purchasing games. However, lately I have noticed that latest releases are being sold at the highest price point the title can go for (£35) while I can order a physical copy from the likes of play.com often for £10 cheaper.
I really cannot figure out how an online delivery system which removes the costs of manufacturing a dvd (installation/intro booklet, dvd cover, dvd and delivery) can end up costing more than the physical version.
The above problem applies to the digital music and movie industry too. A downloadable film costs as much if not more than a physical copy from any high street store.
Can anyone enlighten me as to how these two delivery methods cost widely different amounts and more importantly, why the digital copy often costs more than a physical version.
He gets beaten with a stick, man-handled, pepper-sprayed and then a dog is set loose on him only to finally electrocuted and he's the one charged with assault... I suppose it would only be considered to be excessive force if the events had unfolded in reverse. Tazer first, pepper-spray, dogs and batons later.
Iron Man 2 better not pull the same nose dive
Luckily I watched the sequal to Transformers 30000 feet up plied with free alcohol over Africa somewhere at 3am. The little screen on the back of the chair didn't help make any more sense out of it, I can assure you...
I remember coming across a med students online forum a few years ago where they would post the strangest things they had to deal with in the ER. Some of the stuff was pretty outrageous. Boredom drives a lot of people to try to fit things where said things should never go. Ever!
Internet governance: and so it begins
It will start with this loose and wide spread carpeting of what's legal and illegal relating to the "creative industry" and will end with our every move online monitored, recorded and archived. Labour has already come right out and said that's the plan with Jaqui Smiths uber-database of all internet use by everyone in the UK under the ruse of our protection from terrorism.
It won't be long before they start implementing more and more rules and regulations on basic internet use. As has been mentioned above, there are SO many question marks to all of this. Multiple users in one household, wireless network security, openly sharing connections, who's going to be held accountable? They'll soon figure they need more stringent methods of nailing users to the wall above just saying, "we have your IP downloading/uploading files which have copyright protection".
All Dark Lord Mandelson has to do is say the word and a new method/technology will be used to monitor our use even further (P2P user or not). It starts with the excuse of the protecting copyrights and ends with even more liberties being eroded and erased.
Just look at all the different and bizarre ways the anti-terrorism legislation has been used to harass citizens. You don't think this new scheme won't start spreading into everyday, legitmate internet use? It won't be the first or the last time it happens...
The internet is one of the last bastions of true freedom of speech and anonymity and that's bad for the business of politics.
This country is turning into a smaller version of america with just as many idiots. I reckon we're fast approaching 45/55 plonker/gent ratio per square mile on average. Just wait until the generation brought up by their 16 year old parents start going on summer holidays...
Pablo nailed it
Pablo Francisco nailed it when he said Hispanics see the images of icons in everything...
"Move the rice, move the beans... IT IS MARIA!!!"
Good news for people who like bad news
Well, this doesn't make me feel any more at ease about going for a 2 month long surf binge in South Africa next week. The Great White "nip" is pretty potent I hear.
I had a go with my mates driver at a range a couple months back and they are just as loud as these people are suggesting. I've shot some pretty high calibre weapons in the past and his driver easily compares with the decibel output of most of the hunting rifles I've handled.
Grumpy old men beware!
Smith would be proud
Jacqui Smith would be positively creaming herself for coming up with something like this and it actually being approved for trial. They seem to take the exact same approach as she does down there. Ignore the statistics, ignore the experts findings and reports that you commissioned and do it your way regardless of the facts.
Chinese democracy indeed, Mr Rose...
ISP's look elsewhere
Maybe the ISP's of the world should look into this problem instead of restricting Torrent bandwidth (See Virgin article)? Seems like it would be doing the online community a greater service and, as Paolo mentions, saving on all sorts of resources being squandered.
And all this over such a crap album? So not worth it, Kevin... SO not worth it.
I have a dream
Legalise it, Cypress Hill will advertise it.
The problem is, it will never be legalised. How will the "man" keep control over a crop that can grow just about anywhere? Nicotine and Alcohol require a lot of time and effort to produce and so are a lot easier to keep an eye on but how will the tax man collect on Joe Schmoe with a plant or two in his backyard?
As usual, it's about money and greed.
Metallica said it best
Come crawling faster (faster)
Obey your master (master)
Your life burns faster (faster)
Obey your master (master)
Master of Puppets I'm pulling your strings
Twisting your mind and smashing your dreams
Blinded by me, you can't see a thing
Just call my name, 'cause I'll hear you scream
Great to get some insight into the voting system over there. Thanks for putting in the extra time to inform us about what goes down in the weeks running up to a presidential election. It's no wonder there can be discrepancies and miscounts with the amount of work you guys have to get through.
Take it easy after it's all over, mate. Sounds like you'll need it.
We are so boned...
Finally we get a little insite into the minds of these loons. Can you imagine the stuff they talking about and considering implementing behind closed doors? I think we would all use our fight or flight instinct. Unfortunately I see most of society embracing the former whilst clutching the latest celebrity gossip magazine and an apple product.
Can someone tell me why Madonna and her bullshit is on the front page of most papers and this is hardly reported, if it is at all?
They have so much control over us already it's scary.
Is she a left over from the bush administration or what?
This woman is something else. Just like the reclassification of cannibis, she has completely ignored any information that contradicts her fascist view and goes ahead and does what she wants anyway. Oh the boys over the pond must envy G. Brown so. Palin is there best attempt and she seems like a political genius in comparison.
This pompous bigot needs to be relocated to a position where she can put her personality to better use and still serve the public in some constructive way, like being a night bus driver...
John Lennon's famous words
I wonder what the repercussions would be if a popular band repeated what Lennon said about the beatles but replaced "Jesus" with "Xenu". I'm thinking some serious lawsuits would be thrown around.
This organisations constant willingness to use lawyers to inhibit free speach and investigatory journalism is more hostile than Canadian festival goers at an Oasis gig.
Start with the voiceless...
They obviously starting with immigrants because they don't have all that much say in matters especially the likes of people in the possession of student or marriage related visa's.
You'll be next, citizens.
That's a very good point. I know you have to always accept the terms and conditions of the software before you install it and if you don't accept them, the installation doesn't continue. I'm assuming that in those T's & C's it has a licensing section with all kinds of crazy clauses.
I truly believe that this £16,000 win DL has had is all very convenient. Now all of a sudden they asking for 25,000 more names. It started with only 300 last year, then a further 750. They are obviously getting a lot of people to fall for their strong arm, "I AM THE LAW" judge dread tactics and forking over cash left, right and centre.
I'm thinking that if you ask some of the questions mentioned by Reg readers above, you won't get a response and you won't hear from them again. They playing the percentage game, and they winning.
I wish this country would treat the knife wielding chavs with this kind of disproportionate fining. If they can say the parents are responsible for what happens on i-net connections in their name, even if it's a minor commiting the offence, then they should do the same to parents who let the kids roam the streets with mums kitchen knife in their back pockets. I can promise you those parents would all of a sudden take a much bigger interest in their own childrens lives just as will parents getting threatening letters from law firms regarding copyright violations.
What a coincidence that on the day my mother informs me she will have to put done our 18-year-old border collie cross alsatian, this story is posted. Perhaps it is a sign that Rab has a chance to come back as long as the funds can support him.
Where would we be without modern science? Prorbably a lot richer and less likely to see the same dog twice...
Au revoir, old friend.
This company must have the worst customer support service in the industry. I bought Assasins Creed and unfortunately got a disk from a "bad batch". That bad batch was the limited edition version, go figure. Perhaps it was limited because it didn't work. Anyways, I still have not been able to play the game as it won't install on my system. There were 11 pages on their official forum with customers having the same problem. Their response? "We'll look into it." Nothing more has been done.
Frankly, Ubisoft, you can stick it in your grandma. I'm never going near another one of your games again!
RE: How about just reducing the population a bit?
I like your thinking but we all know governments won't make any money out of people not popping out juniors. Now a war on the other hand... That'll reduce population AND make the weapons manufacturers a lot of dough (who all happen to be in the back pockets of the politicians). Everybody (who survives) wins!
Guinea pig, guinea pig let me in...
This confirms what I've suspected for quite a while now... The US are pushing all this biometric/IRIS/Face recognition .etc crap on the UK as a little experiment to see how well it will work with the general public (albeit the wealthy in this case). Our government is the only one on the planet soft enough to actually agree to their "suggestions" (read demands). It's like Britain is the 51st state run by a 16 year-old tea girl who can't say no to the boss man...
The G4Z debacle
Looking at that response from your MP it bring to mind the old adage "with friends like these, who needs enemies?" What a fascist!
Anyone but labour, indeed...
If society is in any real danger from this "lethal" drug...
...then why has no change been made to the punishment for those distributing this evil menace to society? I thought the idea of fighting drug related crime was to bring the source down. This change has so many hypocritical holes in it that even stoners can see the fundamental flaws it has. How can they make 24hr liquor licensing legal and then do this is to Mary J after all the deaths and hospital visits we know alcohol causes in this country every day?
Luckily I've got a trip to the 'Dam at the end of this month. Anyone else going to PinkPop? The grass IS greener on the other side!
Why, oh why?
Is there no place left that doesn't report on this garbage? I have to ask, why do people care so much about these wealthy idiots and their day-to-day behaiviour? It's pathetic and I can't seem to find any "news" sites or "news"papers that don't have this crap plastered all over their respective walls.
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