DigiYumi: Xbox Live Real Life Security Issues
Posted 20 January 2009 - 07:22 AM
You seriously published a conversation about some guy who accidentally got charged by xbox, and who actually in fact thinks xbox 360 and the live experience is pretty good? AND THEN titled it security issues?
"OMG OMG My games didn't work very well via dial up!!" Well, duh?
"OMG OMG someone made a billing error on my account 4 years ago!!" I'm sorry, this kind of stuff happens to everyone, in every company ever. Sometimes companies make errors. You really think this is worth reporting on? Maybe if 1,000 people experienced this but one guy? Come on.
Maybe I miss understood something in the article, but this is just stupid. Honestly I feel more at risk signing up for this stupid PC World account just so I can comment, than I do about my xbox live account. I can't believe I wasted my time reading this, learn to report on real news please. Thanks.
Posted 20 January 2009 - 08:10 AM
Posted 20 January 2009 - 08:52 AM
Also, why is xbox outselling PS3 2 to 1? First off, it isn't 400 bucks. If xbox 360 charged their customers $400 for a system I would think they could make it bomb proof too. If you do in fact want something that is BOMB PROOF, then go buy a playstation for a couple hundred dollars more and stop whining because you don't know how to take care of your system.
Second, their online gaming beats every other online gaming network available.
Third, xbox360 has a much larger selection of games.
But, back to the point. Every company has it's flaws, and when you are dealing with hundreds of thousands of users you are bound to make mistakes. You could have written the previous article you are refering to (http://www.pcworld.c...155862/digiyumixboxlivepersonalsecurity_issues.html) about any company this large in the world.
Please learn to write about something that actually matters.
Posted 20 January 2009 - 09:04 AM
Posted 20 January 2009 - 09:38 AM
I did find some old class action lawsuits (I couldn't find anything more recent than a couple years ago) reguarding the scratched disks, but it sounds like Microsoft has been replacing games that get scratched even after the warrenty is up.
Also, check this website and see just how many companies deal with this kind of thing. Do you really expect me to believe that netzero and, apparently, microsoft are the only companies that have delt with this sort of thing?
Posted 20 January 2009 - 09:51 AM
By the way I think "hazards" is a slightly more prudent word than "security" when you are talking about this issue. I still think saying its hazardous is ridiculous though... Thousands of people have no problems what so ever. It is hazardous to start smoking cigarettes, not sign up for xbox live.
Posted 22 January 2009 - 05:58 AM
Posted 22 January 2009 - 08:26 AM
While not blindly defending Microsoft (I prefer the PS3 and do feel Microsoft has done some shady things in regards to the 360 in the past), I think calling this experience a "predatory business model" and a "security issue" to be needlessly inflamatory to the point of nearly being defamatory.
Posted 22 January 2009 - 12:24 PM
It is very common that when you pay for a subscription via credit card it will automatically be renewed at the end of the cycle unless you specifically request to cancel it. That has nothing to do with Microsoft attempting to rip off its customers. It's a pretty standard practice..
Most "REPUTABLE" companies will, at the end of the cycle, give you the opportunity to either renew or cancel. Rhapsody is one of them. I pay them on a quarterly basis and at the end of the cycle, I am notified that it is about to expire and given a chance to renew. The same was true when I was running Norton. Failure to notify at the end of a cycle IS PREDATORY . I agree that you should read the fine print and if they do not offer a renewal / cancellation choice at the end of the period, then you SHOULD NOT deal with these companies, and that includes Micro$oft. When you look at Bill Gates' lakeside bungalow and Steve Ballmer's Yachts, then you will know what Micro$oft is truely about. Is it a Security issue ? I don't know, but I do know that having someone arbitrarily charging my Credit / Debit card, doesn't give me much of a feeling of security. In this case Micro$oft set the practice, and for someone to speak out is neither inflammatory nor defamatory, but an individual's opinion of the practice. Unfortunately, we are beset by Corporate greed in which predatory practices are the norm, in order to sate that thirst for money and by which the consumer is constantly victimized. Sony, at least gives you a FREE site in which to enjoy and expand your gaming experience. In my opinion, you can pay at little more at the outset and have an enjoable time, or you can pay a little less and live with the constant agravation ( RROD) and having Micro$soft sucking you dry of money. coastie65
Posted 22 January 2009 - 01:04 PM
Posted 22 January 2009 - 01:29 PM
Posted 22 January 2009 - 01:41 PM
So I do apologize for the somewhat misleading title, again it was based off the first one which I called ms and they cited security issues of why you can't cancel online. It was very early in the morning I had spend days illustrating the cartoon to get it posted in time.
Posted 22 January 2009 - 01:52 PM