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  • Jul 2nd, 2014 @ 5:06am

    Re: Fixed?

    "Due to a technical error, however, some customers whose devices were not infected by the malware experienced a temporary loss of service. As of 6 a.m. Pacific time today, all service was restored. We regret any inconvenience these customers experienced.”

    Umm... It's 8am the next morning. My one site I left routed through no-ip is still down.


  • Jul 2nd, 2014 @ 5:02am

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Thumbs up

    I have two sites through no-ip.com. One of which I rerouted through another service yesterday, the other is still hanging.

    Here's how I see it:

    If MS had been properly prepared they could have served this order, rerouted the service correctly, and did what they wanted to do with either (1) no one the wiser (or 2) getting praise for their action. Even though it's not their job to do this and I don't agree with it.

    If they had done it correctly they could have possibly shut down some of these malware users. Instead they now know what's going on have moved on (as said by an earlier commenter).

    But they weren't prepared. They screwed up royally and are paying for it. This 'reputation' everybody is talking about is tarnished yet some more (not that it matters with their history).

    They'd do better to just release the service back to no-ip and just cut their loses. Admitting they screwed up might just earn them some favor in the public view.

  • Mar 21st, 2014 @ 5:46am

    Re: Re: Communism?

    So it's Communism for company's? Maybe we should create a new name for that.


  • Mar 21st, 2014 @ 4:05am

    For my kids

    I hate to say this but re-brand it for parents of teenagers and they've got a pretty good business model.

    I'd buy two. It'd be nice to know what it is my kids are constantly deleting from their phones.

  • Mar 21st, 2014 @ 3:46am


    Am I wrong in seeing this as a communist point of view? He's wanting to abolish the concept of personal property.

    Am I wildly off base?

  • Mar 13th, 2014 @ 10:20am

    Re: DIY Solution

    DVDFAB (which you can still get), Plex, and a a house full of ROKU boxes. I'm slowly converting an entire bookshelf full of DVD's to instant access.

    I'd love to support Kaleidescape if they had stuck to their guns, but their device is now crippled and pointless.

  • Feb 13th, 2014 @ 4:10am


    It's sad but I place my money on this being another one of those: "The lawyer took the opportunity to send out a letter and aggressively pursue rather than actually notifying the home company first". The lawyers at Pokemon probably just saw dollar signs like usual and went into attack mode without thinking (also like usual).

    Now that it's making the new they're thinking "oh s**t, maybe we shouldn't have done this."

    We'll probably hear later about how Pokemon quickly dropped the matter and states about how they encourage their fans to support their product.

  • Dec 16th, 2013 @ 11:31am

    Facebook wins either way

    "But what about the other situation where someone is about to post something that is going to make a lot of people miserable."

    Then that leads to more people posting as they debate/argue over it. It's a win-win for Facebook.

    Either way it's just another reason for me to stay away from that site.

  • Sep 26th, 2013 @ 11:26am

    (untitled comment)

    As a school employee and a parent I'm on the fence about this. I wouldn't want my kids being shot at with a pellet gun while walking by someone's yard.

    But... If they stayed to play then that would be their own stupidity and they'd get what they deserved. That's the kind of parent I am, if you continue to do something stupid then you live with the consequences.

    The fact remains though that this was a police issue and had NOTHING to do with the school. They WAY over-stepped their bounds. If the police failed to act then it should have ended there.

  • Sep 16th, 2011 @ 6:51am

    The sad truth

    Class action lawsuits will not disappear completely if people would not agree to TOS contracts forbidding them. Companies (smart companies, this may not include Sony) would catch on that including this bull was costing them money and customers and then they'd just concentrate on good service instead.

    Playing games and having their PS3 is more important to most people. The toy they get to play with is more important than the possibly of getting to sue when everything goes south.

    But sadly this won't happen. I never read TOS contracts so I can't blame anyone, but news articles like this alert myself and others to what Sony is trying to pull over on us. Most people will click "agree" and move on. I won't, I haven't bought a Sony product since my PS2 and I doubt I ever will again. There's too many reasons why to list here.

    To everyone who's reading this story (on any news site, not just this one), you know what you're doing by agreeing to the terms and you know what the company's been capable of in the past so good luck.

  • Aug 3rd, 2011 @ 9:11am

    Help Summit fight the fans!

    I think that suing the fans is great! We should help Summit fight the idea that it's ok for a 106 year old man to sleep with a 16 year old high school girl.

    Ok, my bias of how stupid Twilight really is aside:

    I hope this kind of crap NEVER ends! It just means that smarter people who actually have good product value and are smart enough to not stab their fans will have all that much more "wiggle room" in the market and will be appreciated that much more.

  • Jul 8th, 2011 @ 9:02am

    Tickets too (as Keith Foster)

    So will they get Internet Tickets too?

  • May 24th, 2011 @ 11:13am

    Medicines (as Rex Mitchell)

    My losses can't be measured in dollars. I've lost one relative to Alzheimer's and one to cancer. My fiance' lost her mother to cancer and father to heart disease (when she was only 13). My 8 year old daughter has suffered from type-1 diabetes since she was 5.

    How many medicines and cures are being held up because of copyright bickering? I vaguely remember some articles on this site concerning that. I care not about the stealing of copyrighted material as much as copyright law being broken and holding up innovation.

  • May 3rd, 2011 @ 7:34am

    Re: (as Rex Mitchell)

    "So if the boss of Sony committed ritual suicide then this would be forgiven?"

    I won't be happy until the entire company falls on it's sword.

    ...Or at least the legal dept.

  • Apr 28th, 2011 @ 3:49am

    Well... (as Rex Mitchell)

    I guess if they believe that gold farming is funding terrorism then I'd understand it (but wouldn't that be homeland security?).

  • Apr 13th, 2011 @ 12:03pm

    How?... (as Rex Mitchell)

    I will never understand how attaching things to other things getting passed through Congress (Both here, and whatever New Zealand uses) is legal.

  • Mar 11th, 2011 @ 5:38am


    Not "Twilight", you're thinking of "Dim", and I agree.

  • Dec 23rd, 2010 @ 7:32am

    (untitled comment)

    So, let me get this straight. After Anonymous's attacks on anyone cutting off wikileaks this company thinks it's a good idea to ban anything to do with it to PREVENT DDoS attacks????

    Sounds like backwards thinking to me.

  • Nov 5th, 2010 @ 7:33am

    Buddy System

    This is what it's like to have a cop as a friend or relative. It's great when you need them but you don't want to be on the wrong side. A little "wink-wink" and buy him/her a beer and you have paperwork rushed through, a ticket torn up, or an enemy picked up on suspicion. I'm not knocking it because I have those friends but it does go to show that the "Buddy System" is still around. I'm still not condoning it though.

    Luckily technology and the internet brings it to light easier. This story is a great example.

  • Sep 16th, 2010 @ 9:53am

    None really

    This just has to be another pathetic attempt at publicity. No one can be this stupid.

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