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Amazon UK Glitch Sells Thousands of Products For a Penny

jareth-0205 Re:Hmmmm ... legality? (138 comments)

Actually the laws here are biased towards the consumer. If the price is reasonable believed to be not a mistake (which this clearly wasn't) then the offer has to be honoured by the shop because otherwise you'd have a million bait-and-switch false adverts by shops. The consumer does still get 7 days to cancel.

5 days ago
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Amazon UK Glitch Sells Thousands of Products For a Penny

jareth-0205 Re:Hmmmm ... legality? (138 comments)

Far as I know this isn't an enforcable condition, consumer protection laws in the UK are strong and the price on the website is considered a shopfront, and therefore an offer and something they have to honour.

*Unless* it's obviously a mistake, which this clearly is, and then they don't.

5 days ago
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Amazon UK Glitch Sells Thousands of Products For a Penny

jareth-0205 Re:Hmmmm ... legality? (138 comments)

Or you could look at it that the vendor made the OFFER and *I* ACCEPTED their offer can you not?

The GP is slightly wrong misleading in that the price on Amazon *is* considered an offer (nomatter what they put in their T&C) and that your acceptance of it does make it binding, *unless* it's obviously a mistake. This was obviously a mistake therefore they don't have to honour it.

5 days ago
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Judge Rules Drug Maker Cannot Halt Sales of Alzheimer's Medicine

jareth-0205 Re:Can you say... (263 comments)

You cannot use 'slippery slope' argument and then complain about other people making 'either/or' arguments! They are *the same* concept! You saying that this is a slippery slope is exactly an either/or proposition: That we should not do this thing because it *will* lead to this other thing.

about a week ago
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FreeNAS 9.3 Released

jareth-0205 Re:x64 only (115 comments)

Grab the source and rebuild it for i386.

Yeah, if you think it's that easy then you're a fool...

about two weeks ago
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$35 Quad-core Hacker SBC Offers Raspberry Pi-like Size and I/O

jareth-0205 Re:But I want SMALLER (140 comments)

Raspberry Pi A+?

about two weeks ago
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How Relevant is C in 2014?

jareth-0205 Re:Very relevent for small target embedded stuff. (641 comments)

C is the high-level language there. If you want actual control over your target, you'll need to use assembly.

Luxury! You trust a compiler? When I were a lad we inputted the hex codes directly.
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Well of course we had it tough... tape and a magnetised pin was all we needed.
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You kids don't know you were born... we used to program using a cigarette end to burn holes in the punch cards.
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etc...

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Objective C Vs. Swift For a New iOS Developer?

jareth-0205 Re:You should learn both of them (211 comments)

You guys are reminding me of my manager that thinks 2 things can both be 'number one' priority. He's asking *which* to concentrate on, and for someone new to the field I think it's reasonable to only start with only one language.

about three weeks ago
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Philae May Have Grazed Crater Rim

jareth-0205 First post to mention RTG from ignorant position! (48 comments)

Just because you know someone's going to bring it up again for no apparent reason with armchair justification. Thought I'd get it out of the way...

about three weeks ago
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Ubisoft Apologizes For Assassin's Creed

jareth-0205 Re:Brand un-value (171 comments)

I am loath to join the general chorus of hate for Ubisoft and EA. Complaining about these companies being too focussed on commercial success and not enough of user-entertainment/"art" seems futile: they are, first and foremost, commercial companies.

I'm never quite convinced by this argument. Just because you can do something does not mean you must, and these companies are run be actual people, who can make decisions that aren't only following the dollar. Ultimately if you just want to make money then be a bank, everyone else has a certain amount of duty to provide their service, aswell as to being commercial.

about three weeks ago
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Uber's Android App Caught Reporting Data Back Without Permission

jareth-0205 Re:Permission groups (234 comments)

Crap, I missed that...

about three weeks ago
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Uber's Android App Caught Reporting Data Back Without Permission

jareth-0205 Re:Why is Android allowing Uber to access the info (234 comments)

Yes yes very sarcastic of you... You're comparing a specialised Linux niche with what is available on all Android devices that exist. I'm looking at default Android against default Linux.

about three weeks ago
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Uber's Android App Caught Reporting Data Back Without Permission

jareth-0205 Re:Why is Android allowing Uber to access the info (234 comments)

Google didn't create Android, they backed it and later bought it. The original developers thought users were too dumb to use Linux, so they dumbed it down by stripping the security out of it to make it user friendly.

I don't really understand how this is 'true'. Linux security doesn't isolate process disk data from each other, anybody can read any part of the disk under the same user, which in practice is all apps a user use because they all run under the user's account. Android has a far *better* security model in this respect because it puts different applications in different users, so they can't get at each other. Also, permissions for system information is far more granular in Android than plain Linux, in Linux you just look at /proc whereas Android has to actually get types of permissions for sensitive data.

about three weeks ago
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Uber's Android App Caught Reporting Data Back Without Permission

jareth-0205 Re:Why is Android allowing Uber to access the info (234 comments)

No Android app is safe, auto updates of a safe app can make it unsafe with no notice to the user.

Patently not true. If an app needs new permissions in an update it must be explicily accepted by the user.

about three weeks ago
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Uber's Android App Caught Reporting Data Back Without Permission

jareth-0205 Re:So, in essence, Uber's app is malware (234 comments)

How about Google does something about it? Like remove the app and takes Uber to court? I'm sure they can find a few terms in the app developer contract that they have violated.

Worse than that, Google an an invester of Uber. They have put in $250million, they should just go and demand that Uber stop fucking about.

about three weeks ago
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Elite: Dangerous Dumps Offline Single-Player

jareth-0205 Re:Shattered (473 comments)

I just disagree that this is 'screwing people over'. You contribte to a Kickstarter, and they start a 2-year development cycle, it's a bit naive to expect exactly everything to work out as was originally planned. You have to expect a bit of give and take in the actual result.

about a month ago
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Elite: Dangerous Dumps Offline Single-Player

jareth-0205 Re:Shattered (473 comments)

As has been pointed out before in this story, a lie requires intent. It is a bit of a stretch to claim they never intended to make a disconnected game, just that it hasn't worked out that way. A project that has been in development for nearly 2 years does not know all the challenges and how the whole thing is going to turn out. Things change all the time.

It would be far more accurate to say that they 'failed' to make what was initially promised, and then perhaps we can be a little less over emotional about it.

about a month ago
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Elite: Dangerous Dumps Offline Single-Player

jareth-0205 Re:Shattered (473 comments)

Frontier is going to fold, and you know it.

What you need to do is pay attention to who is in charge of this, and find ways to boycott any products they have anything to do with in the future. Especially the bastards who were involved in the marketing.

Yeah! Let's make sure we punish people for the rest of their lives! Damn them for not providing me with my exact requirements!

The internet has turned into somewhere we can destroy people. It's ugly.

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: Dealing With VoIP Fraud/Phishing Scams?

jareth-0205 Re:This is a legal matter. (159 comments)

I think his point is that you can shortcut the inevitable ignoring of a badly worded threat if you get a well-worded threat in the first place. Given the damage that's currently being done waiting the 7 days or whatever and actually starting a lawsuit you probably don't actually want to carry out... better to get a lawer immediately.

about a month ago
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After Four Days, Philae Team Gets to Rest

jareth-0205 Re:Design flaws (88 comments)

All they have, before they release the probe, was a series of GO / NO GO checklist, on the few chosen "preferred landing spot" on that comet

There was no contigensy plan for the many "what ifs" that may happen

Do you have any reason to believe this, any actual evidence that there wasn't a long list of contingencies, or are you just making it up? Because I certainly don't know all the inner workings of the ESA, and since you've provided no links then I somewhat doubt that you do either.

about a month ago

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