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Comment Re:50-60 batteries, out of 2 millions sold (Score 2) 54

If you disregard the first release of phones with the acknowledged fault that everyone should replace after being told to do so... and being brutal its their own fault if they haven't by now given the suppliers all have the stock sitting waiting.

In the second release we have 1 case (possible, no actual proof/acknowledgement that it was a replacement phone or if the fault was the battery or something else, and the phone wasn't tampered with which it might have been given the suspicious timing of the fault occurring) out of about 1.5 mil (given current worldwide replacement progress).

Seems like anything post-recall is just overreaction, possibly driven by some agenda other than safety.

To be honest the real indicator that there are other things than safety at play is the fact that the US (who tend to play fairly loose when it comes to consumer safety) have been all over Samsung while the EU states (who tend to be ultra consumer safety driven) have been quite happy to let Samsung sort it out without intervention.

Comment Re:Where do I line up? (Score 1) 178

Given the number of documented malware-like tricks (deceptive buttons, hidden options, X that means "accept", disguised and misrepresented patches, unable to disable without additional software etc.) The should have jst turned updates off argument won't stick.

As for the eula $5 limit... doesn't wash and isn't legal in a good chunk of the world as it can't trump the consumer rights laws especially when the product is actually retail priced around 25x that value.

Finally while people say "Which? is just a consumer rights group" should realise that they have a very good reputation both with consumers and with Trading Standards (or whatever they call themselves these days, stupid government "rebranding") in the UK who are the legal authority that could force Microsoft to compensate (either directly, or through the courts depending on the specific situation). There have been many Which? articles in the past that have progressed into full on legal sanctions to companies.

Comment Re:Moving the goalposts (Score 1) 551

I sense an over-sensitive Apple fanboy ;)

At no point did I say the others weren't sheep copying Apple for some features, just that in the specific instance of waterproofing (which Apple are pushing as one of the *main* features for this version) others did it first :)

Comment Re:DRM ahoy :( (Score 3, Informative) 551

you realise that apple are the sheep with the water resist idea and there are already a number of android phones out there already with water resist? and the others managed to give water resist and keep the headphone jack? and that my 3 year old android phone is just as usable as it was when new?

Comment Re:Meme (Score 3, Informative) 186

But while the meme is "about the cat" the original meme is actually based on a specific photograph/video(s) of the cat that the owners published on the internet and hold copyrights on - the cat itself doesn't exist inside a computer and isn't published on the internet. While they have allowed use of the image for memes they also have chosen to require any commercial use to be licensed (using both copyright and trademark laws as appropriate).

The drawing is almost certainly a derivative work of those images/videos being used for commercial use... having done some further reading the drawing in use was *not* made directly from the real life cat which pretty much ties up the copyright claim for every instance where the drawing, a derivative work of a copyrighted image, was used without licence.

As far as the trademarks go its a little more fuzzy but in initially licensing the use of trademarks from Grumpy Cat LLC for the one product the coffee company acknowledged and accepted the validity of the trademark and will make it difficult, if not impossible, for them to argue otherwise in court.

Comment Re:Contracts? (Score 1) 422

contract would have been "Unlimited" in data use but as far as duration they would only have had a minimum term, likely followed by monthly extensions. They are likely free to terminate ALL the Unlimited users if they wanted at this point but are choosing to only terminate those that they are losing significant money on. Seems like they are trying to be as customer focused as the economics allow them to be.

Comment Re:Unlimited. You keep using that word. (Score 0) 422

This isn't about "Unlimited". This is about a company that used to offer a particular contract structure no longer wishing to offer such structure as it is not commercially viable. The "unlimited" contracts have not been available to new customers for some time. The nearest (UK-centric) equivalent I can think of outside of telecoms would be in up to the 80s dairies used to do widespread daily morning door step deliveries of milk, however due to a number of factors (bigger car ownership, better refrigeration, more supermarkets selling milk cheaper, to name a few) the demand for doorstep deliveries dropped significantly, the areas that they offered the delivery rapidly shrunk and then understandably they stopped entirely as they were losing money. Forcing Verizon to continue to service these un-viable contracts would be like forcing the dairies to keep delivering milk to the 5 people that still wanted it no matter if it cost them £100s per delivery.

Comment Re:How? (Score 1) 347

Actually it probably is... European trade rules prevent a company from "constructing" a limited market or artificially inflating prices for their goods through restrictive contracts to resellers or other like parties. Basically they have the choice of selling to the resellers or not. They aren't allowed to put restrictions (other than in some specific cases territory limits) on how the resellers sell the products or enforce minimum pricing for those products. I suspect that they need their resellers more than they know/realise and certainly more then the resellers need them (there are a dozen other brands they could be selling instead) and will back down fairly quickly when it starts impacting their bottom line.

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