You never hear about these BranstonPickleruined my life sites until someone tries to shut them down and it makes the news. Someone should explain the Streisand effect to these companies.
1226 posts • joined 28 Jul 2011
I would happily never speak to 'customer service' if companies actually admitted they made mistakes and had protocol to fix it. If I could fill out a box saying 'I have been charged for X when X is included in my plan, please correct my account and refund the charges' and the company actually did it I would be ecstatic.
Re: 360 vs xb-one (vs PC)
If my POS PC can handle it, the 360 (and the PS3) should have had no problems. In fact they went out of their way to make sure it would run on older PC's - the audio files are installed uncompressed so that the rig doesn't have to unpack them during the match.
(The full install is 48Gig - roughly half of which is audio!)
Re: I am with you on that ....
Even on UT the multiplayer wasn't stand alone; they always had a "campaign" mode that was basically a series of bot matches of escalating difficulty and challenge. You could have all the UT fun without ever going online if you really wanted to. As an added bonus you could explore the maps without letting your team down, and opponents of varying skill levels were always a click away regardless of your internet connection.
My biggest disappointment with Titanfall is that their "campaign" didn't go back to this well established method from decades ago. I had high hopes that botmatch functionality was making a comeback with the options in the latest CODs,
Just had an epiphany...
"it will cost manufacturers less to make a Windows Phone than an Android phone, all other things being equal."
Microsoft might be shooting themselves in the foot if they keep charging Android royalties now that WinPhone is cheaper; someone is bound to try to throw the various competition commissions at them.
Re: "Telepresence robots." Hmm.
That actually sounds like something that could really improve the 3rd world if it was possible and done properly, but I think it would take a lot of capital. You'd have to put in the technical and social infrastucture to support this - fibre optic data links to control the robot, and at least basic clean food, water, education in English and literacy and housing for the servants. The incidental benefits to your chosen cheap labour country would be immense even before you gave them the opportunity to earn a salary many times higher than locally available.
Re: What about the Euro mandate?
"better" is relative. The new model will be better in terms of occasionally saving people five seconds plugging it in. Micro USB is better in terms of millions of chargers already being in circulation saving significant manufacturing and shipping costs.
I think what he meant was that valuable economic activity takes place outwith the realm of milliseconds, not that slowness is inherently good.
Although I think you could make the argument that Ford speeding up the car process could have made it less good for the economy in terms of lowering the flow of money from wealthy industrialists to factory workers & taking jobs out of the economy. Not that I'm making that argument as I don't have the facts, I just think it could be debated.
This is where the Samsung-Google cross licencing alliance will start to bear fruit: Sue either of them and you could well end up taking on two tech giants in a war on two fronts.
Re: Robotics will be great...
But just think! This could be the first step towards an all-robot football league. This could be something your average nerd could actually get behind.
Microsoft will never* reverse course and decide to continue supporting XP for cash. That will keep them on the hook if/when in future a big company gets hacked or loses valuable data and an XP vulnerability can be proven as the root cause. Currently they have a fairly strong defence if this happened, but if they were still making money supporting XP? Lawsuit.
*Obviously the overpriced support available to big players is an exception to the rule. This is basically keeping big government departments sweet and should be low risk in lawsuit terms as big organisations still widely using XP can safely assumed to be too poorly managed to consider launching lawsuits.
Re: Oh come on...
I think with high quality spoof sites like theOnion and theDailyMash putting out top notch spoofs daily it must be hard nowadays to put out a standout gag article that, well, stands out.
Re: Oh come on...
Do tell when you get back. I'm a bit disappointed with Google's offering this year. Automatically photobombing the Hoff into your pictures is good, but it's not up there with the multiple cursor gag of years back.
Oh come on...
...You're not even trying. And putting HOLD DO NOT PUBLISH in the headline to make it look accidental?
EDIT: Full marks for the 3 page level of commitment though.
Re: Perfect, just waiting...
Pint to the clever plod who convinced his/her bosses that compiling this list and putting it online would be a good idea. BOFH would be proud.
Re: Might want to re-think the name
Agreed, I kept seeing vrArse.
All the networks seem to be bloody awful at doing anything nowadays. If it's anything that can't be done without phoning customer services you are buggered. They have been spoiled for far too long with public acceptance of long-term lock in contracts.
Comparatively, yes. That's the entire point. The US has degraded to the stage that asylum in Russia is necessary.
Re: Surrendered Control
Strictly speaking, as long as he's CEO he can run the company how he likes until the owners fire him. If I were in his shoes, I'd be tempted to piss off Facebook enough that they paid me to retire.
I think it'll all depend on how easily the Japanese bank brushes this off. Unless the lawsuit-flingers have proper evidence that the bank really did do something wrong, I can't see this sticking. I would imagine other banks around the world are in "wait and see" mode, much like the rest of us (possibly +/- popcorn.)
Re: "Everyone knows the NSA can legally eavesdrop on foreigners outside US soil"
Yeah I worded that pretty poorly. Didn't mean to imply Europe could tell the Commonwealth what to do.
Re: "Everyone knows the NSA can legally eavesdrop on foreigners outside US soil"
Europe should pass laws saying that hacking spy organisations outside Europe (and the Commonwealth) is explicitly legal. See how the NSA like it.
That's pretty low...
...it's definitely not Nice.
Re: "Back door" = "Security weakness"
"Back Door" implies it was deliberately designed in for illicit access, which is not an allegation which the currently available facts can support.
I would prefer Pandora over Spotify too if it was still easily available over here. The whole music genome thing was really could at predicting music I'd want to listen to.
The contractors should simply reduce the level of service they provide by an equal percentage in turn.
Re: Use the fine to help them become compliant
That puts the practice of fining government agencies into a whole new light. I previously thought they were trying their best with the tools available, but if they've had this capacity all this time...
Use the fine to help them become compliant
For my money, the ICO should get the power to appoint an auditor/advisor to oversee data breach offenders, helping/forcing reforms until they are compliant. Ideally a similar model to the court appointed auditor that Apple are fighting tooth and nail with at the moment.
If a company can shrug off £500K fines, perhaps an independent government employee doing rigorous penetration testing of their networks should send the requisite shivers down spines, especially when they realise the auditor could stumble across more naughty activity that they'd have a legal duty to report. As an added benefit the Directors would get a first hand taste of how important it is to protect data.
Re: On the upside...
The other downside is the possibility that his colleagues will take him seriously. I'm sure governments would love to move to electronic transactions only instead of untrackable physical cash.
I would put the joke icon up, put I'm not sure if I'm joking or not.
Re: call center work?
They don't have to be a fraudster themselves, they just have to know a fraudster through the prison network who is willing to trade them contraband for personal data.
For my money, they should have a pin code on the Google/Apple account which you have to enter unless you've just provided your card details. Maybe allow purchases of up to £10 to authorise without pin unless they are occurring frequently.
Boom, no liability for Google / Apple, user isn't overcharged unless they are negligent in protecting their account, and the freemium sharks have to move on to easier prey.
No it doesn't. I got one for my dad thinking exactly this at the weekend only to find lots of Motorola cruft that won't uninstall.
I wonder if they could make Motorola give up the 'lockdown' mentality and release a mobile with stock android sans uninstallable apps? I think there's a gap in the market for a decent hardware manufacturer willing to put out something that isn't bogged down with shite by default if they could undercut the latest Nexus a little.
"Legacy systems, often built before the internet existed, were simply not designed with the levels of interconnection and security threat we see today."
While I'm sure it's theoretically possible to compromise them, surely legacy systems that predate the internet (Jesus Christ critical infrastructure is practically running on abaci btw) have a strong level of inherent security unless they have been specifically modified to take remote instruction?
Re: Avarice ?
High end phones are £400 and up these days, and the mid range ones are hardly cheap either. You can't call people out for not writing off something that cost them a fair chunk of change. Unless I misread the article, the recycling company is just that - a company, not a charity.
I'm picturing a civil war within Nokia as certain factions resist being borged with their dying breaths.
I am shocked and astounded that a former Microsoft employee is shaping his new organisation in Microsoft's favour now that he's CEO. I did Nokia see that coming
Re: You never realise
Did you mean to put "without a data connection" somewhere in there?
Re: but...Dyson sphere
Stashing it in the cupboard would be murder though
I'd be willing to bet that there will still be organisations paying the $800 in year 3. It will be interesting to see if anyone tries to stop Microsoft from charging fees that are deliberately punitive. Not that I think they'd succeed, but it could be interesting to watch.
Weren't HTC bullied into a royalty agreement with Microsoft over Android? I wonder if the Nokia agreement replaces it or amends it?
Re: In the UK?!
"The NSA and GCHQ are listening to the inside of your colon as we speak."
They have a nice little sideline selling the output of this on to the Pop music industry.
Re: Why Zombies
The big problem in the game industry is bandwagoning. Zombies are here at the minute because x years ago one of the zombie games came out and at the time it was fresh and new. All the game companies pounced on it and now even though lots of people are sick of zombies the industry hasn't really got the message yet. It will eventually die off when the new bandwagon comes along, like the WW2 shooter glut from years ago died when Modern Warfare became the new hit thing.
Re: Why Zombies
"How about a game where the targets are the silly law makers, the corrupt politicians and the thieving bankers. No, I am not putting all law makers, politicians and bankers into the same cart, just the bad ones...."
You're looking for Assassin's Creed. Or possibly Watch Dogs when it comes out.
If Google, Samsung, Cisco and (maybe Lenovo, do they have a lot of patents?) all cross licence, they could very well achieve the critical mass of defences that would make even Apple and Microsoft hesitate to throw down in court.
Re: There must be more to this than we're being told
There's what you are legally allowed to do, and what Microsoft will allow you to do without dragging you through the courts for years. Whether it's legal or not, MS wouldn't risk that precedent being established. The confidential settlement amount was probably £100, infinitely preferable to being bled dry with legal bills over years.
Re: I see some difficulty
It's not unheard of for the government(s) to accidentally or deliberately fight itself.
Just tried to change my Sky password, the change password dialogue is doing sweet FA. Fantastic.
Re: Plus ca change...
I'm pretty sure your ISP is locked in at the network level nowadays, you need a MAC code before your current provider will let go of your connection.