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February 06, 2008

Any oxymoron up there with "Military Intelligence" and "Microsoft Works"...

Writing about web page http://www.bbc.co.uk/consumer/tv_and_radio/watchdog/reports/consumer_goods/consumer_20080204.shtml

On Monday, Watchdog did a report on the DS and how Brain Training doesn't recognise some people's voices. As much as I like Watchdog, there are two reasons why this report was stupid, pointless, and irrational:

  1. All voice recognition is crap; they all have trouble with accents and general recognition.
  2. Even people have trouble with accents (I refer you to complaints about Indian call centres that do not centre around job availability).

Here's a video to back me up:


December 14, 2007

TROTT's 101 Ways to Pass the Time: #76 iPhone Insurance

Watchdog recently ran a report on Carphone Warehouse sales staff incorrectly informing customers that if they didn't buy Carphone Warehouse's own insurance for their new iPhone that they would need to take out a second contract if it was stolen, meaning they were paying for two contracts but had only one phone.

On the off chance that there are still some ill-informed staff out there, make a note of Watchdog's number (020 8535 1000) and head to your nearest Carphone Warehouse. Enquire about an iPhone and if they give you the line about the insurance, say to them, "Hang on a sec," then get out your phone and ring Watchdog then say something along the lines of:

"Watchdog? Yeah, hi. I'm in Carphone Warehouse right now, and you'll never guess what? They've just given me the line about insurance! I know, and after you've mentioned it twice! Sure, it's [Insert City Here]. No problem. Bye. [To Salesperson] Sorry, where were we?"


November 30, 2006

Watchdog Sudoku

This is a screenshot from the Watchdog on the 28th. It was during a segment about a company offering dirt-cheap mobile phones on contracts where various puzzles and games were used in various contexts – such as a word search for the victims’ names – with this particular one being used to display amounts of money. However, if you know anything about sudoku puzzles, you’ll see they haven’t quite grasped the concept:

Watchdog Sudoku


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