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Comment: Re:Anybody know? (Score 2) 234

by JohhnyTHM (#47556181) Attached to: Free Copy of the Sims 2 Contains SecuROM

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 /. a few years ago, but it was with StarForce rather then SecuRom.
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.

Comment: Re:OK, but not sure 123456 is any better than 1234 (Score 1) 116

by JohhnyTHM (#46948183) Attached to: It's World Password Day: Change Your Passwords
A few years ago I swapped my credit card for a better interest rate on the balance, not really intending to use the card for purchases.

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).

Comment: Re:Groan (Score 5, Insightful) 273

by JohhnyTHM (#43858953) Attached to: Hospital Resorts To Cameras To Ensure Employees Wash Hands
Spot on. My wife has worked in a hospital for about 12 years. A couple of years ago they switched the sanitiser to a cheaper brand to save some money. After about 2 weeks so many staff were unable to work due to dry/cracked/bleeding/infected hands that the hospital had to hire agency staff to cover shifts. The cost of this and unions getting involved had the old sanitiser brought back in shortly after. They haven't tried swapping brands since then.

Comment: Re:Oh, stuff it. (Score 1) 469

by JohhnyTHM (#35792676) Attached to: Sony's Case Against Geohot Has Been Settled

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). :)

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