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Comment: Re:Exploited procedural loophole (Score 1) 397

by Cyberdyne (#47559675) Attached to: A 24-Year-Old Scammed Apple 42 Times In 16 Different States

The two times I've had in-store card referrals (high value transactions: the first time was buying a P3 laptop, which was quite high end in those days; the second was furnishing a new apartment after moving to Houston), I'm pretty sure it was the issuing bank ultimately handling the call - I can't imagine the bank would have transferred the personal information they were asking for as a security check to the merchant services provider: past unlisted contact details, previous transactions etc. I suspect the call may have been transferred to them, though, rather than called directly.

I had a similar issue this year with British Telecom working on a broadband fault. The service manager wanted to speak directly to the field engineer working on the fault (different divisions: the engineer's BT Openreach, the manager was BT Wholesale) - but the Openreach guy said he couldn't call the Wholesale one directly. So, the Wholesale one called my number and asked to speak to him ...

Comment: shift of blame. (Score 1) 397

by Cyberdyne (#47559595) Attached to: A 24-Year-Old Scammed Apple 42 Times In 16 Different States

it is the retailer who is supposed to make the call to the financial institution on the retailer's own phone line

To be fair, the Apple Store staff tried phoning on their own iPhones first, but none of them could figure out how to hold it to get a signal, so they had to borrow the customer's phone instead...

Comment: Re:Yes it should ship! (Score 1, Insightful) 107

by gmhowell (#47556803) Attached to: Samsung Delays Tizen Phone Launch

"Apple didn't come from behind in the smartphone market. They created the market. "

Well, that's one view into the reality distortion field.

And I bet if he had said something along the lines of "Apple came from behind in the smartphone market and knocked the heretofore industry leaders on their asses", you'd have an equally useless and snarky rejoinder.

Sometimes the inverse RDF is just as strong as the RDF itself...

Comment: Re:So what? (Score -1) 230

by jawtheshark (#47556065) Attached to: Free Copy of the Sims 2 Contains SecuROM
Look to play it, you must run Windows, to run Windows means that you almost certainly have malware already. To me that makes it a non issue. Want to game? Have a Windows partition for that specifically and consider it "nukable-from-orbit". Do important stuff on sane platforms. That's how I see it, and as such, SecuROM is no big deal, even with the rather overblown claims of it being malware. It might be, and if it is, it's still no big deal as you isolate it from important things. At least slashdotters should, and normal people have malware regardless.

Comment: Re:Unknown (Score 1) 16

by gmhowell (#47555929) Attached to: Shot in the back, in self-defense

Nobody is forcing you to read what I write. If you don't like it and don't want to talk about it then feel free to go read someone else's JE. You can allege "judge first" all you want, but you should be aware of the judgment you yourself are casting when you do that.

The difference being that I'm here to entertain myself. I don't get all self congratulatory with my higher goals to improve the plight of my fellow human beings. I'm also not claiming to engage in anything approaching a fair or reasonable discussion. Much like I read and posted for years at Daily Kos (and here), "it's the hypocrisy".

Comment: Re:So what? (Score 0, Troll) 230

by jawtheshark (#47555899) Attached to: Free Copy of the Sims 2 Contains SecuROM
Yes, I don't get this. They give a game away for free and instead of saying "Fun! Thank you EA" many people are complaining about the DRM. Yes, there is DRM, but you're running Windows to play it, so that really is the least of your problems. I grabbed it. I don't even have Windows in active use, but should I ever have tons of free spare time and want to play a game, I can now install it on a Games-Dedicated-Windows partition.

I say "Thank you EA".

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