“I haven’t been this disappointed in a Microsoft product or service, ever. And I installed Windows ME.”

So, I really don’t think this needs any commentary, quite honestly. I thought this whole problem was going to be a mildly irritated Facebook post, but I think this whole thing stands on it’s own as a reason why Microsoft may not be ready for XBox One to be a cloud-only gaming console… and this comes from someone who’s a Microsoft advocate, and owns six 360 consoles. This chat log is unedited, other than to redact certain personally identifiable information. Make sure you read all the way to the end, where the really juicy bits are. I’m filing this under /robots, because based on my experience, I think an Eliza-bot might be more effective at solving problems. info: “Please wait for an agent to respond.  You are currently ‘1’ in the queue.”  info: Privacy Statement You are now chatting with ‘Trey’. Mark: Hello. Trey: Thank you for contacting Xbox Customer Support. My name is Trey. Please give me a moment to review your concern. How are you doing today? Mark: Doing ok. HAving trouble connecting. Trey: Glad to hear that you’re doing okay. Trey: Just to verify your concern, you’re having issues connecting to LIVE, am I right? Mark: Yes. Mark: Error is: “Cannot connect to Xbox LIVE. Select Test Connection to troubleshoo, or try downloading your profile again.” Mark: I’ve checked my connection already. Trey: I see. I’ll do my best to assist you with this Mark. Mark: I’ve been able to log on to XBL with other accounts. Mark: Went and checked my billing info, changed it to a good billing method. Mark: (information was outdated, could have been causing the issue) Mark: It’s been about a half hour, still not letting...

Early Adopter Grief: Google Video and Yahoo Buzz Bite the Dust

Early adopters are having a hard time with the lives of their early favorite apps lately. Two deaths are hitting me where I live right now: The first one is Google Video. I got an email from Google, letting me know that I needed to download all my old videos and find a new home for them by April 29th: Later this month, hosted video content on Google Video will no longer be available for playback. Google Video stopped taking uploads in May 2009 and now we’re removing the remaining hosted content. We’ve always maintained that the strength of Google Video is its ability to let people search videos from across the web, regardless of where those videos are hosted. And this move will enable us to focus on developing these technologies further to the benefit of searchers worldwide. On April 29, 2011, videos that have been uploaded to Google Video will no longer be available for playback. We’ve added a Download button to the video status page, so you can download any video content you want to save. If you don’t want to download your content, you don’t need to do anything. (The Download feature will be disabled after May 13, 2011.) Please note: This download option will be available through May 13, 2011. Thank you for being a Google Video user. Today, the news hit that Yahoo will be “sunsetting” Yahoo Buzz. On the Buzz website: “Yahoo! Buzz will be discontinued as of April 21, 2011. As of this date you will be unable to access the Yahoo! Buzz site. This was a hard decision. However this...

Fun With Bots (Now, on GChat!): Chat with juicyqt72

I’ve posted other fun chat logs with bots in the past. This one seems to be pretty much a slightly modified variant on the old ones from six or so years ago. Funny that this one lies about its age. The name is juicyqt72, which indicates that, born in 1972, “she’d” be 39, yet “she” claims to be 24 in the first response. Previously, previously, previously, previously, and previously. Bonus: this never quite explained thing from 2003 where Google was crawling IRC conversations that one time. Chat with juicyqt72 1 message juicyqt72 <juicyqt72@aim.com> Fri, Feb 25, 2011 at 11:28 AM To: rizzn.dourden@gmail.com 11:21 AM juicyqt72: me: hello juicyqt72: hi .. have we chatted before? 24/female here…you? me: don’t think so. just saw a friend request 11:22 AM juicyqt72: i’m sorry ..i get to be forgetful at times!! how’re you?? me: i’m fine. juicyqt72: Just got out of the shower…long day been kind of busy! but i’m feeling naughty! so what’s up ….. want to have some fun? 😉 me: I always love fun! do you play magic the gathering? 11:23 AM juicyqt72: I need a man that can make me squirt……have u ever made a girl squirt? lolz me: Squirt what? Capri Sun? My sons do that sometimes, but then I yell at them for getting it all over the carpet. juicyqt72: gonna change my clothes … want to see ? 😉 11:24 AM me: no thanks. juicyqt72: no worries..thouhght u wanted to see me naked ..:) me: What gave you that idea? 11:25 AM juicyqt72: wanna play on cam? me: Magic the gathering? Hells yeah! I’ll break out...

RURO: The Cutest Robot You’ve Ever Seen!

This robot is probably too cute to be used as an effective security &#8216;bot, but it does have some interesting features for an educational robot. RURO the robot was designed to teach kids about recycling.RURO was designed by grade-school kids and sponsored by Osaka’s business community. A contest… via RURO: The Cutest Robot You’ve Ever...

Who Do You Trust?

Is it a bad thing that I tend to trust machines over humans? Obviously, not in every single case. There are certain exceptions. All things being equal, though, were I to come across a human stranger or a strange machine, I think I’d be more likely to trust the machine to perform up to expectations over the human. What I’m not self-aware enough to know is whether that’s an innate trait of mine, or a bias built from experience with humans and...