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krischik writes "The German Pirate Party received 2% of the votes on last Sundays federal elections in Germany. While this is not enough the pass the 5% / 3 direct seats minimum requirement to enter parliament it is still more then the 1.5% Green Party received on there first run in 1980. At it's time the Green Party needed three runs to enter parliament. The Pirate Party is now the strongest of the minor parties.
For those who wonder: Seats in the German Parliament are half assigned by direct votes and half assigned by proportional representation. To qualify any seats from the proportional pool you need 3 seats from direct candidates or 5% of proportional votes." Link to Original Source top
Martin Krischik writes "Fed up with buggy firmware, poor
customer support and virtually no communication whatsoever from the
company who sold them a less than satisfactory flagship product a
year ago, UIQ 3 smartphone users have submitted an Open
Letter to the new CEO of Sony Ericsson.
As he has expressed an interest in
customer relations, this letter is an attempt by the SE smartphone
user base to reach out to an interested and receptive audience at the
company's UK Headquarters. Raising concerns about the company's
perceived lack of interest both in fully supporting this line of
devices, and in communicating with its users, the letter may well be
the last attempt this sorely-tried user base (whose numbers have
shrunk considerably since the poorly-planned launch of the P990i)
makes to draw Sony Ericssons attention to these issues, before other
manufacturer's offerings draw them away.
Having saddled a huge swathe of their
smartphone user base with a 'flagship device' for which no more
firmware support is forthcoming, Sony Ericsson then released the P1i,
with specs making up in part for the shortcomings of the P990i.
However the company made no conciliatory gesture whatever to the
irate customers who had spent a small fortune on the P990i, and were
presumably expected to obligingly cough up again for the pleasure of
owning a device that might actually perform as advertised.
If you've been a part of the UIQ 3
debacle this past year, read on....
Rufly translated: "Amazon Kindle: Germany waits in vain". Seems Amazon could not agree with T-Mobile or Vodafone over the price wireless delivery in Germany and now there European launch has become all "wishful thinking".
These firmware releases meet the requirements of bug fixes prioritized by our operator customers and the Customer Services organization within different markets.
Well I always suspected it and now it is proven: The end user is of no concern to mobile phone producers.
Any remaining issues are of course unfortunate, but we feel that with the level of quality on the latest P990 firmware we now have a good, solid product.
May I quote from the bug list:
1. Memory leaks are still present - it's worse than Release 5.
22. The newest firmware contain a lot of defects. My P990 reboot 2-5 times per day. I can use "Exchange ActiveSync" only after a reboot cause maybe an hour later it doesn't connect to server.
24. The phone crashes on incoming SMS.
25. The phone crashes on incoming calls while another call is already active.
So that's what Sony calls a "good, solid product." — good to know. But the best quote from the announcement is certainly:
Due to all heavy features in P990, the need for RAM memory has grown. [...] The low RAM memory situation for the P990 will unfortunately remain for the heaviest users, and would not be fixed by a new firmware update since it's hardware related. Multi-tasking on the P990 however works satisfactory provided that you don't run too large and memory-consuming programs at the same time. Performance improvements have indeed been made for the new P1 phone compared to P990 and the user RAM available for applications has been increased with >400%, significantly improving multi-tasking performance and application behaviour so that you can run a lot heavier programs simultaneously.
So — Sony, you did not put enough memory into the P990i — your top of the range flagship phone — to work as expected and the solution is: Buy the now P1i. You made a mess of it by under powering the P990i and expect us to pay for your mistakes by buying a new phone?
Well, Sony did it again — treating there customers with content. I wonder if this time round Sony finally manages to destroy it's good brand name or if we are going to forgive them again.