Archive for: fail

Shocker: HP Killed webOS With Limited Resources, Poor Management And Abysmal Support.

  • August 22, 2011 11:42 pm

Yet more bad news in a string of negative webOS headlines flowing forth after HP’s untimely announcement is a new post (Reddit) that sheds light on just how screwed up HP is and just how chaotic everything is within HP’s inner sanctum. The poster, “amaathrowaway”, claims to be a “hardware guy” working at HP on webOS. He details how HP had several new phones and tablet devices that were this close to seeing the public spotlight, but that were ultimately killed off due to either poor software, poor hardware, decisions by upper management or all of the above. Yeah, it’s that bad. Hop past the break for the cringe-worthy details…

AT&T Removing All But Unlimited Messaging Plans: Pay-Per-Message Or $20/$30 Text Plan Only Choice Come August 21st.

  • August 17, 2011 11:43 pm

AT&T has repeatedly claimed that the T-Mobile take over will make the wireless landscape a bajillion times better. But if looking back through AT&T’s long, trouble past wasn’t enough to show you their statements are empty lies full of bullshit, let us highlight yet another prime example of AT&T’s utter disregard for customers — they’re killing off all messaging plans except the $20 unlimited individual and $30 unlimited family texting plans starting August 21st. If you don’t want to fork out the dough for the high-end (and now only end) texting plan you’ll have to cough up a per-message cost of $0.20 for SMS and $0.30 for MMS (picture messages).

Just remember, if the AT&T-Mobile merger goes through we’ll all be able to look forward to anti-consumer tactics just like this — except we won’t have any other (GSM) choices. Yes, folks. That’s the AT&T way…

Backwards Politics: UK Sex Offenders Receive Lesser Punishment Than Accused Pirates/Infringers.

  • July 26, 2011 12:45 pm

In a sickening example of backwards politics, UK sex offenders can apparently escape severe punishments according to a new ruling. The preceding judge who issued said ruling states:

A blanket prohibition on computer use or internet access is impermissible. It is disproportionate because it restricts the defendant in the use of what is nowadays an essential part of everyday living for a large proportion of the public, as well as a requirement of much employment. Before the creation of the internet, if a defendant kept books of pictures of child pornography it would not have occurred to anyone to ban him from possession of all printed material. The internet is a modern equivalent.

Meanwhile, accused — and not always proven — file sharers and so called “infringers” face various punishments including lengthy jail time, blanket internet bans, and grossly over-exaggerated fines. How this ruling could potentially affect other similar cases remains to be seen.


Sony Exec: “PSN Hack Was Enlightening/Great Experience.”

  • July 14, 2011 9:38 am

Oh snap. You’d think that Sony would be perfectly content with only winning 2011′s “Worst Network Security Award”, but Sony’s very own Tim Schaaff (President of Entertainment) thinks the title of “Largest Foot Shoved In Mouth” is yet attainable.

When speaking with VentureBeat about the PSN hack among other things, Schaaf says that the overall PSN hack was “enlightening” and an overall “great experience”. Despite Schaff’s claim, we just can’t manage to shake the thought Sony’s PSN customers think differently.

“I think for people running network businesses, it’s not just about improving your security, because I’ve never talked to a security expert who said, ‘As long you do the following three things you’ll be fine, because hackers won’t get you… the question is how do you build your life so you’re able to cope with those things. It’s been a great experience.”

We know what Schaaf is trying to say. What it comes out sounding like, however, is a PR disaster. Speaking of which — Sony PR: Ready your fingers and keyboards!

AT&T Ups Data Allotment On Global Data Plans — They Still Suck.

  • July 12, 2011 11:21 am

AT&T is feeling a bit more generous these days towards globe trotters made evident by some newly revamped global data plans. The only problem, however, is that the plans are still grossly overpriced and give end users far too little data. The most generous 800 MB — yes, 800 megabytes — costs $199/month! As we’ve mentioned before, if traveling abroad for any length of time, getting your phone unlocked and a pre-paid SIM from a local carrier is a much, much better option.

AT&T’s super fantastic global data pricing:

  • 50 MB: $24.99/month
  • 125 MB: $49.99/month
  • 275 MB: $99.99/month
  • 800 MB: $199.99/month

For the record, the old plans followed the same pricing scheme but came in at 20 MB/50 MB/100 MB/200 MB respectively — they went from downright abysmal to merely terrible. Yay for progress AT&T!

We’re pretty sure — no, we’re really sure — AT&T’s percentage of the aforementioned roaming fees are not nearly high enough to justify the exorbitant costs being levied upon customers.

As previously stated, get a local pre-paid SIM. You’ll be happier (and far wealthier) for doing so.

AT&T Finally Approves BlackBerry Bridge App. $20 Tethering Package Required.

  • July 1, 2011 12:02 pm

Remember that “special AT&T announcement” we heard about late last night? Today AllThingsD confirmed with AT&T that the BlackBerry Bridge app for AT&T will officially launch at 12:00pm (EST) today. Though there is one big drawback — AT&T requires the $20/month tethering plan to make it work.

To be clear, the PlayBook will now be able to pull contacts, calendars and email free of charge. But using the internet portion of BlackBerry Bridge is what requires the new added charge.

Consider the PlayBook’s usefulness on AT&T’s network effectively killed.

To RIM we only ask one thing: What the hell were you thinking giving AT&T the authority to effectively remove one of the PlayBook’s required, core features from the masses? Looks like those open letters were spot on.

As for AT&T, their assertion that they needed to “properly test” the BlackBerry Bridge app is a blatant lie. Every single other carrier supporting the PlayBook released the BlackBerry Bridge app as normal on launch day. Provided they got the app at the same time AT&T claims — and don’t kid yourselves, they did — it further proves AT&T’s complete disregard for the customers. The only reason AT&T delayed the Bridge app was to rig it up in their systems to require the unnecessary $20/month tethering charge.

What’s currently unknown is how this new revelation will affect the countless AT&T PlayBook users already using the Bridge app that was made available through unofficial channels shortly after it became apparent AT&T was withholding said app. Will they fly under the radar or be hit with tethering plan upgrade charges. As asinine as AT&T is, we suspect the latter.

If RIM has even the slightest drive to truly get back into the game and compete with iOS, Android, and even webOS, this shit has got to stop. Doing things like this only furthers there competitors’ market share while also making RIM look even more incompetent/clueless than they already do.

Microsoft: “The Xbox 360 Faceplates Failed”. #fail #microsoft

  • December 16, 2010 10:11 am

In regards to massive engineering failures, the first generation Xbox 360 was one of the staple best. A poorly designed PCB and internal cooling system caused critical internal components to eventually wriggle apart and displaying the dreaded RRoD (Red Rings of Death) error. Over the last 5 years, the RRoD death has become as much of a sign of failure as it has the butt of countless jokes. Though theres one other big Xbox 360 failure that doesn’t get nearly the same amount of attention — customizable faceplates.

According to Microsoft’s Albert Penello in an interview with Official Xbox Magazine, customizable faceplates were “what everyone wanted to do”. Apparently not. Sales we never anything to write home about. With the recent Xbox 360 refrsh, the plates were discontinued entirely, leaving the scores of custom Xbox 360 faceplates to collect dust on retail shelves and forever live in the bargain bin at your local walmart checkout lane.

But one, rare occurrence where Microsoft admits defeat.

Photoshop #Fail: Verizon Photoshops iOS Maps App Onto Droid X Flyer.

  • November 29, 2010 10:16 pm

There are certain instances in life where you should take extra special care to make sure you’ve dotted all your i’s and crossed all of your t’s. In the above Droid X holiday promotional banner, Verizon did not do so. An epic Photoshop fail if we ever saw one.

Cue Verizon iPhone rumors in 3…2…

I have decided to become a jock because of this…

  • September 13, 2010 10:56 pm

Oh dear. There isn’t much I can say. So many things I love, and hold dear to my heart for over 20 years have been ruined, shat upon, golden showered if you will…

Please, watch at your own risk… It isn’t graphic, or disgusting, it is…just…wrong…

Follow the demons into the dark dark hole to watch…