* Posts by Steve

14 publicly visible posts • joined 22 Aug 2007

Acer punts £199... er... £220... er... Linux laptop


They're not misproced

The advertised price is a "invitation to treat". Until you make an "offer" to buy at that price and they accept your offer there is no contract. Play are quite specific about this, they have not accepted your offer until they dispatch the item.

Nor does this come under "bait and switch" which is where a product is adverised at a very low price but once a customer enquires they are told it is not available and are offered a more expensive alternative. The idea is that some customers will go for this as they've already spent time and money coming in and it's easier than going elsewhere.

@Tom, that's just Sainsbury's (and a lot of large company) policy. Theory being that in the scheme of things it's not worth the aggro to annoy a couple of customers. No retailer is obliged to sell anything to anyone at any price. If I don't like your face I can refuse to sell you anything. Until I take your money it's mine and I can do what I like with it. My shop is also private property and I can ask you to leave for no reason.

What I'm trying to say (in a roundabout way) is: If you don't like the price on offer you are at liberty to buy elsewhere.

Asus speaks out on UK Eee PC 900 battery issue


@Marc Lawrence & ref death

Well guys, if you ordered before the specs were released then you have no reason to complain. It's a bit like me complaining that I ordered a new Ford Fiesta before the specs were released and then feel let down when it didn't come with a V8. After all, Ford never said it wouldn't.

Seriously, if the spec matters that much to you then read it before you spend your money. Otherwise, live with it.

HP begs AMD PC owners to put XP SP3 on ice


@Vernon Lloyd

Well no, you wouldn't because you don't have an OEM sysprep image. You have a clean install on an AMD chip. If HP had done that and sysprepped that onto subsequent boxes then they wouldn't have a problem either.

Phones 4u accused of misleading customers


@Well thats Sh*theads4U

Unlike Virgin with their Indian call centres then?

eBay gets negative feedback about ban on negative feedback


What feedback really needs...

...is no ratings. You just leave feeback. You don't get to pick Positive, Neutral or Negative you just have to write something.

Then, the onus is on the seller or buyer to actually read what's been written rather than rely on arbitrary numbers.

O2 misses iPhone targets



"And maybe people that don't want to advertise the fact they have an iPhone and get it snatched?"

What's the point of having one if you're scared to use it???? Why would you buy a phone (any phone) and not use it because it might get snatched? If that's your view of the world then you need some ancient, generic Nokia.

Just for a change, I have used an iPhone and must say that it was very pretty. Didn't really like the interface and it seemed really slow to do anything. The owner was also in the process of lambasting it's call performance and interface speed while I played.

Man uses mobe as modem, rings up £27k phone bill



Can all the people posting comments slagging off Vodafone's use of "unlimited" do some research first. Vodafone does not call this plan unlimited anywhere. It clearly states in numerous places that you get 120Mb for his £7.50 extra. It does also say that if you go over this then it costs you £1 a day for a further 15Mb then £2 per Mb above that. It really is quite clear.

Yes, Vodafone's systems could have flagged it sooner but if he downloaded a high number of Gb quickly then it could have acrued before it got to billing. It is only 15Gb

Virgin Media network collapses nationwide



SD is indeed 625 lines.

Indeed, the term "PAL" is often used informally to refer to a 625-line/50 Hz (576i, principally European) television system, and to differentiate from a 525-line/60 Hz (480i, principally North American/Central American/Japanese) "NTSC" system.

Peter Jackson to lord over 'Rings' prequels

IT Angle

Two films?

No way does the Hobbit justify two films. More Hollywood greed "Let's see how much we can squeeze out of Tolkein this time".

Auction watchdog says eBay is illegal in France



@Anonymous Coward, I think you'll find that the Sale of Goods Acdt (or SOGA as you put it) does not apply to private sellers. Hence why dodgy car traders try to advertise cars as private sales. You have no recourse in law from a private seller.

@My Opinion, good job of self contradiction. You are quite right that Ian Nice didn't buy from eBay but from an independent seller. So, why exactly should eBay be responsible? If you go to a car boot sale and buy a DVD that you later find to be fake, you can't claim against the boot sale organiser. If you buy a faulty radio from a Currys shop in a shopping centre, you can't claim against the shopping centre owner. In both cases, the car boot seller paid the organiser for the plot and Currys pay the centre owner rent for the shop. AFAICS, eBay is the same, it is a marketplace not a retailer.

Melting ice kills polar bears, say boffins


@Roly Gross

But none quite a pathetic as your post. Shame you can't be bothered to constructively put across your arguments instead waiting until there's something that you think you can rubbish by regurgitating the Al Gore line.

UK mobiles not worth stealing



What was the point of making IMEI changing illegal? So it's now illegal to change the IMEI on a stolen mobile. When was that ever legal?

However, just because it won't work doesn't mean that the thief is not going to be able to sell it. After all, if you bought a stolen mobile in the pub and it didn't work, are you that likely to take it back and complain? No, didn't think so.

As a result, there is still a profit in it for the thieves most of whom are probably too dumb to know that it'll stop working in a couple of days so it would never stop then thieving. Most thieves are not distinguished by outstanding academic achievements.

eBay employee 'torpedos' fraud trial



@Neil Weller

Wrong. Great Britain consists of England, Scotland and Wales.

Then there is "The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland" which is what is says on the front of my passport.

So, NI is not part of GB but is part of UK.

No data protection exemption for YouTube baby battle video


RE: Consent

Once you hear the message about the call being recorded, if you continue with the call and don't ask for it not to be recorded then you have given your consent.