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  1. Last time I went to my local CAB I waited an hour to talk to a 16 year old. As much as it's about the principle really, there's only so much I'll do over £40.

    Well quite, it's hardly worth you spending an hour on the phone, let alone queuing up in CAB or filing with small claims. If it were £400 it would be a different story. And they know that.

    Really the bad press angle, which you're trying in cooperation with others, seems the best approach. Also contact Trading Standards. And maybe the police. If they're interested, great. If they're not interested you have more material for the press to run with: "... and what's worse is there is no practical way to hold Sony to account."


    Maybe contact self-proclaimed consumer justice warriors (CJW), too, like TotalBiscuit (over 300k Twitter followers and over 1m YouTube subscribers).

  2. I don't get the Sony bloke claiming that they get loads of people attempting to scam them? How do they know? And surely they can remove the game license when they issue a refund so there's no way to get a free game unless you disconnect the console from the net forever. Not much of a scam.

    They claim they 'know'. It may be true. It may not be true. They may believe it to be true, or they may just say it because they think it's expedient. After all, no-one is likely to take them to court (even small claims), the authorities aren't interested unless there is a big enough fuss at which point Sony can say, "after careful consideration blah blah blah we have decided to refund these customers blah lessons have been learned." You know, the usual guff. They don't need to do anything until there is a big enough fuss.

    Whatever; AFAICS, they are presently complicit in the fraud they agree is occurring and they have stolen money from the innocent customer.

    They would be compelled to do something if the amount was ten or a hundred times as much.

  3. The slippery slope isn't always a fallacy.

    Some of the people opposing the UK government's plans to filter extreme porn from the internet weren't concerned they would no longer be able to jerk off to extreme porn, they (rightly, as it turns out) feared other things would be filtered out including political speech and inoffensive things like Childline (yes, Childline the counselling service for children and young people, which was at one point filtered by O2).

    Assuming you don't want what might be at the bottom of the slope it is wise to keep an eye on things like that and consider them carefully, even if you wouldn't go so far as Voltaire in being prepared to die for them.

  4. No, those people come under 'liberals' who frequently find themselves being the enablers of actual fascists through application of their high ideals. Complete unrestricted freedom of speech is what allows fascists to organise and create support networks and cause direct harm to others. Hatred is obviously not on the same level as something like the Pegido march that's happening in Germany right now but it's being made by people whose politics are vile as an extension of those politics and is in fact being latched on to by gamergate types who are demanding that the developers add on levels where you can mow down 'SJWs' in addition to immigrants and whatever else. I have no truck whatsoever with people wanting to protect this game somehow out of some modified Niemoller argument; it's the complete wrong tree to bark up.

    Oh, and with relation to my views on free speech in general, I'll gladly take some hypothetical future comeuppance over white supremacists and racists being allowed to spread their ideals and cause the deaths of innocents right now, which is the verifiable consequence of allowing fascists to organise under the umbrella of free speech.


  5. It's really odd.

    Why not watch a few episodes of ER or something?

    GH-7 Medical Droid: I'm sorry, we've tried everything we can, but the damage is too severe and extensive.
    Obi-Wan: She's dying?
    GH-7 Medical Droid: We need to operate quickly if we are to save the babies.
    Senator Bail Organa: Babies?
    GH-7 Medical Droid: She's carrying twins.
    Obi-Wan: Twins?
    GH-7 Medical Droid: Yes, twins! Now stop asking stupid questions and give me a signed consent form with her insurance details.
  6. quite, she was Queen of a planet at 14, represented the planet as Senator at the galactic senate or whatever at 24, worked for some galaxy-wide disaster relief organisation and went on lots of adventures across the galaxy, became pregnant with twins, had faith in her lover's essential goodness despite him becoming a baddy and beating her up and then... just gives up. Why did that make more sense to Lucas than her suffering a fatal injury that she bravely fought but her will and medical science were insufficient to save her life?

  7. Yeah, they can't kill both black characters. And Mack's great, in any case.

    A shame that Reed Diamond's Whitehall was so easily dispatched as well - I loved him in Dollhouse.

    We don't know he's dead. He was shot and he was apparently incapacitated - that's all we saw.

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