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Comment: Re:This seems relevant, re: leaked Sony emails: (Score 1) 437

by XahXhaX (#48732159) Attached to: Netflix Cracks Down On VPN and Proxy "Pirates"

Part of the joy of being a major company their size is you don't need to care what anyone thinks. For every person you talk into your boycott there will be one hundred who just don't care.

The only cure I know for this anti-consumer behavior is piracy. You have piracy to thank for a music industry that cannot inject DRM into music files and for bringing them into digital distribution kicking and screaming. For every platform that succeeds like Spotify or Pandora despite the RIAA, you have piracy to thank for keeping that sword dangling over their heads, always knowing that if they are too obstinate and too greedy then people can always go back to taking music for free.

So you go out there and start teaching those same people to run a bittorrent client instead of some silly impotent boycott, and then we'll see the movie companies change their tune.

Comment: This seems relevant, re: leaked Sony emails: (Score 5, Informative) 437

by XahXhaX (#48727731) Attached to: Netflix Cracks Down On VPN and Proxy "Pirates"

"Netflix are heavily resistant to enforcing stricter financial geofiltering controls, as they claim this would present a too high bar to entry from legitimate subscribers. For example, they want people to be able to use various methods of payment (e.g. PayPal) where it is harder to determine where the subscriber is based. They recognize that this may cause illegal subscribers but they (of course) would rather err that way than create barriers to legitimate subscribers to sign up.

We have expressed our deep dissatisfaction with their approach and attitude."

Comment: Happened to me (Score 2) 281

by XahXhaX (#38963235) Attached to: 4G Phones Are Really Fast — At Draining Batteries

Within a month of buying my iPhone last year, we went camping. I put a lot of effort into preserving the battery so I could test out the compass feature the following morning and take photos all day. I didn't realize that in being unable to find a signal, it would _continuously attempt it_ all night. I had about 90% battery when we went to bed, woke up to about 5%. I was pretty unhappy with this discovery, where I previously figured they were smarter than that.

Comment: I could use some advice (Score 1) 378

by XahXhaX (#37416962) Attached to: New Sony PSN ToS: Class Action Waiver Included

I've been a PSN user for several years, on account of owning a PSP. I was using Sony's MediaGo software and created the account to buy some DLC.

When they changed their TOS on April 1st, I declined them. My understanding from reading online was that Sony was supposed to refund whatever remaining money in the account and close it. As far as I can tell this never happened.

After those couple weeks later when they were hacked (multiple times), I received an email that my information had been among the millions of others jeopardized by Sony's lack of security. I emailed them back that I wanted nothing to do with them and to purge my information and close the account.

I played email tag for awhile as they refused to do it. I also called them a couple times (hold times were understandably long, so this required setting aside an hour minimum), and got the usual run around and contradicting excuses depending upon who I spoke to. I tried to elevate it to supervisors and they also refused. I cannot make any changes to the account, as I will not accept any iteration of their TOS. I have informed them of this numerous times. Sony's best offer was to ban the account--as if accessing my own information was ever the problem.

I've been waiting around for any news on the state of the class actions, and to see whether I can join. I have not forgotten this, but I don't know how to proceed. Is waiting on the outcome of a class action my only recourse here, or can I pursue this on my own?

Also note that I did not accept their token offer of free, valueless digital downloads, nor the credit service membership that they partnered with. I told them they can shove it. I would personally turn down a free copy of every game in existence if it meant that they would be held responsible and some new regulations would get passed to put Sony in their place. It's clear now they will do as little as possible for their users unless legally obligated, and are wont to treat our information like a commodity with no real reverence. I don't trust them having any of my information and regret that I ever offered it in the first place. I regret that there are no laws requiring that being able to remove our information should be as easy as submitting it.

I need suggestions on what to do, as I don't feel like letting them get away with this. It is amazing to me that they would come down on each of us for the slightest violation of their TOS, yet all this while they are holding my personal information despite being in breech of this same agreement.

Comment: Re:Ha ha rupert (Score 1) 52

by XahXhaX (#36620168) Attached to: Specific Media To Buy MySpace

That's probably why it became popular. The development of social networking mirrors the rise and development of the internet. Myspace is to social networking what Geocities was to the early web.

Plus, it was 'the thing' to do if you were in a band, so just about everybody from major to indie was on there and that attracted a ton of their users.

Comment: Re:Wake me up... (Score 1) 129

by XahXhaX (#36608650) Attached to: Opera 11.50 Released

That's a trivial non-point. I'm sure it's a devious statement to make on Slashdot, but open software does not necessarily mean _better_ software. See Windows vs Linux, iPhone vs Android, Nintendo DS or PSP vs one of those Chinese handhelds, and of course Opera vs Firefox.

Opening Opera would gain absolutely nothing beyond appealing to OSS zealots, especially now that they've stolen/adopted Firefox's plugins model.

Comment: Yet 90% of my web browsing is with Flash disabled (Score 1) 63

by XahXhaX (#36122660) Attached to: Adobe Rolls Out Privacy Controls In Flash Player 10.3

Over umpteen versions and so many years, and they still haven't added settings to disable audio (banners and embedded video commercials with audio enabled have become worse over time) and it has only grown increasingly bloated over hogging processing and memory. Thankfully Opera makes it simple and accessible to disable the plugin for the majority of browsing, or even on a per-site basis for the worst offenders. But these are things that Adobe should be implementing so users can take control of what plays on their PC.

One of the things I had to consider when I bought my iPhone recently was that it couldn't play Flash--and the more I debated this the more I realized that 99% of Flash on the web is now junk. Despite the occasional Flash game or intentionally viewing an embedded video, I suspect we would all be better off without it on most sites.

To restore a sense of reality, I think Walt Disney should have a Hardluckland. -- Jack Paar