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Comment: Re:If at first you don't succeed... (Score 1) 262

Says who? Let me repeat, I've done this a couple of times with a couple of software titles.

And if steam decided to take away your account and all your games you would have a similar right to issue a chargeback for ALL THE GAMES.

The key is to be polite, explain that the reason you are returning the game or issuing a charge back is because it's defective and does not work AND YOU'VE TALKED TO SUPPORT. Make sure you're speaking to a manager (or someone with decision making power), document everything, and if there's any push back mention your states attorney general.

You'll get your money back, and they'll say "right away sir"

Comment: Re:If at first you don't succeed... (Score 3, Informative) 262

If you buy with a credit card (which you are if you're using steam), you can call your credit card company and get them to issue a charge back.

I've done this with a couple software titles where I was told to "sod off" and nothing bad happens, and you get your money back.

The thing that makes me sad is most people don't ask for a refund, so they are creating an incentive for video game companies to create bad titles.

It's almost like the Producers, in video game form. Hype up a game, get a ton of preorders, make it absolute steaming shit, say "Sorry no refunds" and haul in the cash

Comment: Re:If at first you don't succeed... (Score 5, Interesting) 262

If we want to see a change of heart from the publishers, people should start actually returning defective games.

Despite what the EULA may say, lemon laws make it illegal to sell something that doesn't work, and even if a store says they don't take returns of software, if you tell them the return is because it's defective they'll take it anyways.

I can guarantee you if all the people who gave cash to Ubisoft turned around and asked for their money back because the game is defective (doesn't even play on a console), Ubi would think twice about pulling similar shenanigans in the future.

Comment: Re:Statistical Anomaly? (Score 3, Insightful) 108

by KingOfBLASH (#48314147) Attached to: Gigabit Internet Connections Make Property Values Rise

That's not how statistics works. If their sample size is large enough then, yes, it may be possible to determine that a good internet connection gives your house an increase in value of 2%.

And why shouldn't it? Small improvements like putting in a nice jacuzzi tub to make the bathroom nicer can also be shown to have single-digit-of-a-percent increase in value.

Additionally, I think it's more believable because it's such a small percent. If people were willing to spend 25% more, that'd be pretty crazy, right? 2% is something someone might not care about over a 30 year mortgage.

Comment: Re: Start rant here (Score 1) 156

by KingOfBLASH (#48195063) Attached to: GNU Emacs 24.4 Released Today

Well, stating the obvious here, but my tongue in cheek remark was meant to highlight the fact that Emacs is wonderful if you happened to have spent the 70s in an AI lab, but if you are illisperate, the usefulness goes down significantly.

This was not a suggestion that you actually go out and learn lisp so you can make your text editor work.

(Although, as an emacs user, if you invest in learning some basics of the language it pays off big dividends, fast)

Comment: Re:Each drink costs about 3 hours of life... (Score 1) 422

by KingOfBLASH (#48183795) Attached to: Soda Pop Damages Your Cells' Telomeres

...that horrible habit cut her down at the tender young age of 101 years.

How do you know she wasn't supposed to live to 130?

The key question here, is what is the mechanism that causes shortening of your life?

If, for instance, high fructose corn syrup is the culprit, well soda only started getting HFCS recently (old time soda was made with sugar).

Then again, maybe the mechanism is only for excessive use? The same way that how someone who drinks a beer a day is fine (maybe even healthier than someone who doesn't drink), and someone who drinks a gallon of beer a day ends up dead at 40 of cirrhosis?

Or is it something genetic? Perhaps some people have a gene that causes soda to lop off their telomeres quickly?

In summary: while the results are interesting, we're no where any where close to actually understanding the ramifications (if they're in fact true).

Comment: Re: (Score 1) 252

by KingOfBLASH (#48178825) Attached to: Apple's Next Hit Could Be a Microsoft Surface Pro Clone

IIRC back around 2000 there were some laptops (was it IBM?) released with fingerprint sensors for security, and you could use biometric authentication in windows.

So really what you mean is Samsung copied Apple who copied Motorola who copied ?IBM?

Technology is a pyramid. You only get to a higher point by building on the stuff before you.

Truly original ideas are few and far between and in most cases you have incremental improvements. And, in the cases of original ideas, you have improvements on the original ideas!

Comment: Re:"Perfectly timed"? (Score 3, Insightful) 252

by KingOfBLASH (#48177035) Attached to: Apple's Next Hit Could Be a Microsoft Surface Pro Clone

The fact of the matter is EVERYONE is playing catch up.

When the iPhone 6 (and +) came out, android users started talking about how they'd had swiftkey keyboards, etc., for YEARS.

They conveniently forget about things like how Samsung came out with a fingerprint sensor after apple's introduction, or any of the other features phablet makers played follow to leader to Apple on, like a half baked watch Samsung got out on rumours of the Apple Watch so they could be the first mover.

This is the nature of competition. Samsung, Apple, Microsoft, and any other phablet makers are going to innovate. They'll create unique features for their products. A few years down the road, anything that was a brilliant idea is going to get copied.

So can we please all stop this b.s. of "X is copying Y"?

Comment: Re:Parts Count drives Failure Rate (Score 1) 158

You bring up an interesting point. Replacing your in dash computer system is probably ridiculously expensive.

I'd disagree about their target market being throwaway devices. They are quite vocal about trying to become the dominant electric car player.

That's not going to happen if 5 years after sale all the boards are fried, and the car doesn't work anymore.

Pohl's law: Nothing is so good that somebody, somewhere, will not hate it.