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June 01, 2008

Having said that…

Follow-up to That's one problem solved from The randomness of tomorrow, today!

The first time I played GTA IV online, there was only one other person there. This, I suspect, was the problem; they were solely concerned with killing me.

I played a few games yesterday afternoon, and actually managed to win two and hold my own on another. I believe this was related to the fact that there were around 4 people this time, so they were distracted with killing the others and I was able to prepare myself and get a few good shots in.

This does, unfortunately, mean that the expiration of my 1 month Gold trial is now a problem again. Damn you Microsoft, and your evil money-grabbing ways!


May 24, 2008

That's one problem solved

I've just solved the problem of Microsoft charging for playing games online: it's not actually a problem. Allow me to explain...

I'm quite good at most of the games I own; I usually have little trouble beating the computer and/or completing them. I also believe being able to play online is awesome, and find it hard to resist the option if it's present. This is where we hit a snag: past experience has demonstrated that I seem to be crap in comparison to most other players.

And this is why it's a good thing that I won't be able to play GTA IV online after this month: I won't feel compelled to spend countless hours being "pwned", because I won't be able to...


February 28, 2008

BACS: The "C" is for "Crap"...

Here are two scenarios:

  1. I use my computer to access my bank's computer-based Online Banking system. I log into their computer and the computer presents the interface. I have already passed the authentication process, so the computer should be happy that I am who I say I am. I tell the bank's computer to send some money to another computer to settle a bill. It does so, but it takes three fucking days.
  2. I physically go to my bank (or the nearest cash point) and physically remove some physical money. I then get in the car and physically drive (let's approximate to a maximum of 8 hours, which it about how long it would take to travel the roughly 600 miles from the top of Scotland to the bottom of England at 70 mph in a straight line) to the physical headquarters of the company that issued the bill. I physically hand them the physical money to settle the bill.

How the hell can I get physical money across the country faster than the banks can send virtual money in the form of electricity!?

If we assume the electrical signal travels at the speed of light, then if it takes 3 days for the money to arrive, that means the signal has had to travel about 2 million times around the equator (I love Google) before it eventually reaches its destination...

I've already established my identity with my bank's computer by passing the log in screen, I have the money available in my account, I'm assuming it's just computers that are handling the transaction, so what takes them so long?!

It's ridiculous.

UPDATE: Just found this on Wikipedia:

The BACS system, and in particular the time taken for money to move between accounts, has been widely criticised by consumer groups as inefficient and archaic, especially as it is the system used for money transfers made by telephone or internet banking. This compares unfavourably with other developed countries, particularly in Scandinavia, where the "Elle" system ("Early Late / Late Early") allows money transferred before lunchtime to reach a payee's account on the same working day, or money transferred after lunchtime to reach the payee's account the following morning.


October 22, 2007

I can relate to that..

XP has been playing up something dreadful this evening, so this really appeals to me right now...


May 13, 2007

So, BBC, was it worth it?

Follow-up to Blasted Eurovision from The randomness of tomorrow, today!

Doctor Who, or us coming second-to-last?

I know what I'd rather watch (not that I actually watched the damned Euro-crappy Catterwauling Contest, but it's the principle...)

I know it's (I believe) ten years Doctor Who's senior, but they should ask themselves this: Which of the two is awesome, and which of the two is a steaming pile of bull-plop?

Bastards... 


May 06, 2007

Blasted Eurovision

Damned Eurovision! I can't wait two weeks for more Doctor Who; I get withdrawal...

Why can't they create a new channel - something like "BBC Crap" - where they put stupid things like the Eurovision Song Contest and football matches and all the other nonsense that makes them cancel much better, and far superior, television programmes?


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