No Software Patents!

Software patents would give large corporations a strategic advantage over small and medium-sized ones, and a potentially destructive weapon against open source. Those effects are explained in greater detail on other pages of this website. Less competition in the marketplace results in higher prices, which is why you would literally “get the bill” for software patents by having to pay more for software as well as for products that contain software, such as mobile telephones. Of course, that sentence was also meant figuratively, in the sense that there are various other negative effects of software patents that all of us would experience.

No Software Patents!

E.ON – Power and Gas

Although the English service record has always been particularly poor, utilities companies seem to employ people with part of their brains missing.  I recently moved into new flat, and dutifully informed Eon of the change of tenant.  I now get two bills regularly twice a week – one billed to The Occupier for bill prior to me moving in, and one also addressed to “The Occupier” for subsequent bill.  Now it seems to me that they have obviously received my details, as the date up to, and date from, on the bills tallies.  Maybe they are hoping I will pay both bills to save them administration.  Must be so complicated changing one name to another – obviously is for a UK company, especially lazy inept parasitic ones like Eon.

BT also step up to the mark on this one, but in a manner intended to confuse and worry you enough to pay up regardless.  They are a far more shameless bunch of idiots, and in process of taking them to court, as we cannot allow companies to feel they can bully – that is simply plain cowardice on their part.

Actually I am missing the point – you want to screw more money out of your customers – apply unreasonable inflation-busting charges, keep the intimidation letters flowing, and hire idiots to administer – pure credit-crunch brilliance!  It worked for The Tube, National Rail, etc.  Incompetence should be rewarded, and now is in the UK – welcome to world of “Nathan Barley”, an oft referenced comedy from the very astute Chris Morris (and Charlie Brooker).

I am not too churlish not to wish all a happy new year, so Happy New Year Eon and BT! ….. you bunch of morons.

la la lah lah lah

I have had a jingle going round my head the last few weeks, the result of being in front of the televisions a few times after 2am. “Lah lah lah, la la lah lah lah, la la lah lah lah, please text me .. Lah lah lah, la la lah lah lah, la la lah lah lah, i think i want to text”. It is hard to convey the fabulous tune that accompanies these lyrics in writing, but those who have seen the ad, will know it straightaway. I watch it, baffled on several levels –

  • One text costs £1.50, which would be a costly and frustrating way to converse (“stop waffling girl, you are chewing up my monthly Flext allowance!”)
  • The admittedly pretty girls somehow suggesting your text will be going to one of them (surely a little misleading)
  • The inanity of the advert – I guess it doesnt matter, it is imparting basic info – pretty girls, promise of sex, and the number to text drilled into your brain at every opportunity.

I think ads at this level have no subtly, so if you are hooked then you only hve yourself to blame when you cry into your mobile phone bill.    Onetext-dating  website even felt compelled to state “Real women reply to messages -not a computer”.  Well, thats a relief then.  What really interests my marketing head, is that even though I have no intention of using such a dodgy looking service, the ad has infected my brain better than any fucking bafta Guiness ad.  Go, go, cheesy cheap advertising!