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Modded Xbox Bans Prompt EFF Warning About Terms of Service 254

Posted by Soulskill
from the by-reading-this-you-bequeath-me-all-your-possessions dept.
Last month we discussed news that Microsoft had banned hundreds of thousands of Xbox users for using modified consoles. The Electronic Frontier Foundation has now pointed to this round of bans as a prime example of the power given to providers of online services through 'Terms of Service' and other usage agreements. "No matter how much we rely on them to get on with our everyday lives, access to online services — like email, social networking sites, and (wait for it) online gaming — can never be guaranteed. ... he who writes the TOS makes the rules, and when it comes to enforcing them, the service provider often behaves as though it is also the judge, jury and executioner. ... While the mass ban provides a useful illustration of their danger, these terms can be found in nearly all TOS agreements for all kinds of services. There have been virtually no legal challenges to these kinds of arbitrary termination clauses, but we imagine this will be a growth area for lawyers."

Comment: Re:Old OS (Score 1) 339

by qurk (#30199460) Attached to: No More Fair-Price Refund For Declining XP EULA
Today has for $650 a much nicer computer than those listed at much lower prices. 1 HP Pavilion dv7-1261wm Dual Core 2.2GHz Turion, 4GB DDR2, 500GB HD, Gigabit LAN, BluRay, eSATA, HDMI That's pretty nice, and it can upgrade ram to 8 gb even. I'm all for supporting local or online linux only vendors, but when the prices are like double...sorry. Windows tax or whatever, sometimes it comes in handy to have a valid windows liscense.

Comment: Re:The writer is clueless about end users (Score 1) 244

by qurk (#29889509) Attached to: Comparing the Freedoms Offered By Maemo and Android
I love my N810 too. Last I looked though the prices spiked after they stopped selling them new at Amazon. For my new phone I chose the best "dumb phone" with the most features I could find, because really as long as I can tether my n810 that's good enough! My old phone's bluetooth was not reliable at all, and that really sucked. It sucks that n900 is T-Mobile only, in any case. They have no plans to offer coverage where I live.

Comment: Granted bugs happen and is obviously nice exploit (Score 1) 156

by qurk (#28717073) Attached to: Firefox 3.5's First Vulnerability "Self-Inflicted"
Still it was fixed by the time I heard about it, yesterday. I've become a recent Microsoft convert, but they tend to pretend this isn't happening, till they release a fix on their own good time. And Apple just breaks everything for everyone else all the time so let's not go there. I'll be the first ever person to ever say I bought Apple hardware just to find out that Apple broke it for me cause I wasn't just cool.

Comment: Re:BooHoo (Score 1) 789

by qurk (#28263627) Attached to: iPhone Users Angry Over AT&T Upgrade Policy
I agree. AT&T has enough issues and people have enough reasons to complain, people who want standard pricing to bend around them just cause they are the most loyal Apple guy don't help anyone. The two year plan helps subsidize the cost of the phone. I don't understand. All you hear is iphone people saying that any other comparable device sucks compared to their wonderful technological wonder of a phone, and now suddenly they just can't live without the next super duper upgrade, which may or may not still be inferior to what they had just been dissing a short while ago. Suck it up Apple guys, you always have and always will pay a premium to flaunt your superiority at the rest of the world :(

Comment: Re:hey Asus (Score 1) 644

by qurk (#28125693) Attached to: Asus Slaps Linux In the Face
Hey I paid $100 for Windows Vista, and it's missing a lot of features on my Gentoo install on the computer over. If not amateurish to charge all this money for an inferior operating system, I don't know what to call it. Arrogant and demeaning? Hey I like video games, is why I paid for Windows, but Microsoft peddles amateur crap all the time, and like Apple it's fanboys will mock you and defend it till the end.

Comment: Re:Not even going to RTFA (Score 1) 295

by qurk (#27982917) Attached to: When Does It Become OK To Make Games About a War?
You'd have a point, if non-votes were counted. Unfortunately, if none of the candidates agree with you on a certain issue, sometimes it's better to vote for the lesser of two evils. I think often the act of participating in voting is stressed a lot. If you can find a candidate who agrees with you on a lot of things, sometimes that's your best bet. Then again, sometimes things said in the campaign are forgotten during their term. It may be for the better if non-votes got some weight, it's like saying all of these candidates disgust me why would I vote for one of these. Or it's just being complacent, in which case your non-vote could count as approval, like for the incumbent or his party. It's pretty easy getting to the voting booth where I live, but with those long lines in lots of parts of the country, those people's non-votes due to inconvenience would have counted too.

Comment: Re:Well, not quite... (Score 1) 710

by qurk (#27842391) Attached to: Shuttleworth Says Ubuntu Can't Just Be Windows
Considering you can get an OS for $0, suddenly paying more than $20 seems crazy for a computer os. Then again, if you just buy a computer for games to out-rival ps3 or 360, $100 for a video game OS seems more realistic. Not sure what Microsoft was thinking, not including NFS and ftp support in "Home Premium" but wanting another $100 for "Ultimate" which is targeted to "power users". Who are running other OS's for free and Microsoft wants another $100 just for the privilidge of using their network protocol? You really have to ask yourself why you pay so much for something. Irrationality is pretty common amongst every group of people though :)

Do We Need Running Shoes To Run? 776

Posted by ScuttleMonkey
from the kenyans-have-it-right dept.
prostoalex writes to tell us The Daily Mail has an interesting look at current research in the field of running and injuries related to running. Most of the evidence pointed at a lack of any need for running shoes. Some of the more interesting points: the more expensive the running shoes, the greater the probability of getting an injury; some of the planet's best and most intense runners run barefoot; Stanford running team, having access to the top-notch modern shoes sent in for free by manufacturers, after a few rounds of trial and error still chose to train with no shoes at all."

Vista Post-SP2 Is the Safest OS On the Planet 1010

Posted by CmdrTaco
from the color-me-skeptical dept.
pkluss noted Kevin Turner, COO of Microsoft making the proclamation that "Vista today, post-Service Pack 2, which is now in the marketplace, is the safest, most reliable OS we've ever built. It's also the most secure OS on the planet, including Linux and open source and Apple Leopard. It's the safest and most secure OS on the planet today."

Comment: Re:Expected (Score 1) 1654

by qurk (#26473165) Attached to: Woman Claims Ubuntu Kept Her From Online Classes
Indeed. AT&T's support telephone network is a collossal cluster fudge. At one point in getting my dsl switched from telephone/dsl to just dsl I had 3 different ip addresses, the same number of accounts, and this was something that took about 7 hours talking to dozens of different representatives to figure out. The next 10 hours were spent explaining the situation first, then either getting made fun of or transferred. I listened to that infuriating answer message 100 times I bet. Eventutally they sent out a tech to my place, he saw with his eyes what I'd told dozens of people and called in and it was working right the same day. To make it even more infuriating the dozens and dozens of people I'd spoken with were all in call centers, had no way to identify themselves, and refused to admit they had a supervisor. If DSL wasn't more reliable than cable here...alas. Besides I'd wasted so much of my time (and had had to upgrade my new cell phone from a different company's minutes 3 times), it was just more convienient to stay with AT&T. Never received a sinsere apology, they never admitted that they had done anything wrong. The AT&T tech support guys are pretty great people though. They don't have a problem with you running linux as long as you can do all their steps...which is better as no rebooting just command line.

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