28 May 2011

Everybody Sing La La La

It would be nice to think that the recent report of porn images being found on TS3 exchange will prompt EA to do something about the site that users have been complaining about for some time.  

The glitchy forums full of rampant trolls, spammers, flamers, drama llamas and bullies ... the lack of control over the creation of accounts that are being used to harass other users ... the slow response in dealing with reported content and users ... as well as the corrupt custom content and porn images in the exchange.  

My guess is that they will take the out of "an isolated incident" offered in the report and advise parents to monitor their children's Internet use and install security filters ... watch out, there are evil people out there, we must all work together make the Internet a safer place, as a company we take these things seriously, the incident is being investigated and our agents will take appropriate action ... there are so many clich├ęs available but you get the picture. 

This will be closely followed by them placing their hands firmly back over their ears and singing la la la*.  As with anything that doesn't show them in a good light, they'll move the whole thing to Technical Discussions then lock it and delete it.  

Some effort will go into diffusing the negative publicity ... no effort will go into fixing the problems.

* BTW I've decided to adopt this technique whenever Generations or new releases for the store are mentioned.  Seems fair to me.  Why don't you try it too? 

11 May 2011

Kiwis Ain't Russian Anywhere

Russian news agencies reported this week that a kiwi had been spotted in a Russian port, about 16,000 kilometres from home ... which is quite a feat for a flightless bird ... and a lot further than I flew (even with assistance) just recently.  Now it appears that it was a case of mistaken identity.

So folks, for future reference, this is a kiwi ...


And this is a Eurasian bittern ...


Now, could someone explain why my Russian readers were so interested in the price of bananas? (yes, these are really the only search keywords used to get here ... twice)

10 May 2011

Not a Winner

Today's losing number is 77.124.245.44 - please add it to your blacklist.

05 May 2011

Come Fly With Me

I've had to do a bit of travelling for work in the past month ... flying to both Western Australia and Queensland (and over New South Wales) in different trips.  It's 1,750 km from Adelaide to Perth and 1,600 km from Adelaide to Brisbane.  That's a total of around 6,700 km (or a touch under 4,200 miles) in one month ... which is apparently the same as the length of the Great Wall of China!  (Wow, you can find lots of interesting information on the Internet ... and travel trivia too!)  Needless to say, I haven't spent much time playing Sims.