OK, I'm recounting a user report on forum from years ago from the back of my memory here, so take this paragraph with a grain of salt: (may have been a similar copy protection system, if not exactly SecuROM) I remember a user reporting a broken DVD writer. He bought a new one and replaced the "malfunctioning" drive only to find out that the new drive was also "broken". Turned out it was a DRM system that blocked the DVD writer and that user threw away a perfectly functioning DVD writer. Actual monetary damage here.
This may have been me on
PC started running like crap after installing X3, so I decided to backup my music, photos and game files onto DVD. Every one failed. After much searching I found a website with an answer - a StarForce remover. Used that and my DVD started working again. Also my PC started running normally again. I have never bought a game with this kind of intrusive DRM since. The only way to get the message across is stop giving these people money, or better still, sue the bastards. Stopping people from backing up their photos because you are paranoid about piracy is not acceptable.
When I finally started using it for large purchases I decided to try out the the online banking, but as I had never used it before there was no password set up. I gave them a call and explained what I wanted to do and asked them to send me a password reset to get online with.
The reply: "Oh, we set that up for you when you opened the account. The password is set to your date of birth."
I was less than impressed.
This was Barclaycard in the UK, so If you have one of their cards and have never used the online banking I would go and change it right now (assuming they have not learnt anything about security in the meantime).
I would advise against eating or drinking whilst reading this, at least if you value your keyboard. Also, possibly NSFW.
Also, awful diseases in human waste.
Very true. In the UK you have to get immunisations for most of them, but you also build up an amazing immune system. Doing sewer surveys I never got ill in 5 years.
From now on, let those who have wives live as though they had none...
I have to do my own ironing?
Where is the fraud
Well I don't know if this would be called fraud, but in the UK it does break consumer protection laws.
In the UK, goods sold must be "as advertised" and "fit for purpose".
The PS3 update breaks both of these: the PS3 is now no longer "as advertised" or "fit for purpose" as the advertised OtherOS function has been removed.
Likewise, if you do not update, another advertised function (the ability to play on PSN) no longer works.
Giving the consumer the choice of which function to give up isn't much consolation (no pun).