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Tue, Dec. 5th, 2006, 10:25 am

Most people, when they forget to lock their phone before putting it in their pocket or handbag end up making a brief call to the first person on their contacts list. I had to go one better though and download twenty quids worth of Shakira videos - from my pants.

Tue, Dec. 5th, 2006 10:34 am (UTC)
penexpers

And I thought I was bad for accidentally downloading "Can't Get You Out Of My Head"

Tue, Dec. 5th, 2006 10:46 am (UTC)
mr_wombat

I'm not sure I merely downloaded it, the thing had been playing out of my pockets for god knows how long before I noticed it. By the time I did (I was checking the time and noticed what had happened) it was half way through that "my hips don't lie" song.
In my pants.
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Tue, Dec. 5th, 2006 10:47 am (UTC)
mr_wombat

Go online using the upper right keypad button bumping against your keys, then press down once by pressing it against your lighter. Your cigarettes should press "Buy this video" quite easily and from there you can cancel and repurchase the video (and others by pressing up or down some more) to your hearts content. Replace keys, lighter and cigarettes with the contents of your own pockets to taste.

Tue, Dec. 5th, 2006 10:48 am (UTC)
mr_wombat

Oh yeah, the most important bit - don't lock the stupid thing before putting it in your pocket. Never happened to me before but then this is the first time in many many years I've owned a phone that wasn't a clamshell.

Tue, Dec. 5th, 2006 11:23 am (UTC)
sshi

May I suggest to the honourable gentleman the useful and convenient Technologikal Device of Usefulness, to whit, Auto-Lock?

Tue, Dec. 5th, 2006 11:42 am (UTC)
mr_wombat

*pokes phone settings* Ooh... I see that now. Further proof that the future is AWESOME.

Tue, Dec. 5th, 2006 12:20 pm (UTC)
cartographer

That's a sucky default and I'm half inclined to think it's there for that reason. But they wouldn't do anything so dastardly.. or would they?

BTW, you can remap the keys so that up goes to missed calls or something instead, and there's also an autolock thing.

Tanya, closing that stable door.

Tue, Dec. 5th, 2006 12:31 pm (UTC)
mr_wombat

I've enabled the autolock so that should be the problem solved but on the dastardly topic - of course they would. By way of an unrelated yet comparitive tale, Symths toy store have over sold the pre-orders of the Nintendo Wii but to make matters worse they're taking some of the pre orders and turning them into "special bundles" that no one knew about when preordering (they preordered on the basis of getting the 250 quid machine) so roughly 1/3 of the people who preordered will get their Wii, one third will get a far more expensive bundle containing shite they didn't want (I guarantee you that part of the value will be in vouchers for X% off the latest [sports personality]+[sport]+[year] title for example) and one third will walk away empty handed. Preorder fees being non refundable, those poor sods will have to either forget about their 30 quid and go elsewhere or wait for Smyths to be restocked.

Dastardly? yeah. Entirely cynical and intentional? sure. Reasonable example of what complete pricks the corporate types can be? you betcha.

Tue, Dec. 5th, 2006 01:20 pm (UTC)
evilrobotshane

Electronics Boutique did something similar here, from what we could ascertain when we were on the prowl shortly after midnight a few weeks ago. People were getting the system, possibly another controller, five games, five of those useless strategy guide books to match, and a carry case, from what we could see. I bet they were laughing at us for camping in a queue, but we were laughing at them too.

Tue, Dec. 5th, 2006 01:29 pm (UTC)
mr_wombat

I'm prepared to bet that Game will pull the same shite too, knowing full well that you have a choice between
a) Muttering and buying it
or
b) Making a stand and not actually having the Wii for god knows how long, even if you DO somehow force them to behave in a legal and appropriate manner.

By the by, a correction - Smyths are supposedly making bundles out of ALL the Wiis they're getting in. I think its the console, Zelda and an extra controller for about 350 (after telling customers it'd cost 250). Not bad value technically but for 380 and being allowed to buy your own stuff you'd have the console, the sports pack, zelda and an extra controller or two

Tue, Dec. 5th, 2006 05:10 pm (UTC)
mollydot

See, smoking is not only bad for your health, but costs money.

Tue, Dec. 5th, 2006 10:57 am (UTC)
utterlymundane

My jacket has a dedicated phone/mp3 player pocket that means I couldn't use such a transparent excuse to cover up my rampant Shakira fetish.

Tue, Dec. 5th, 2006 11:18 am (UTC)
mr_wombat

I sort of rely on the phone being in my pocket so I can feel it vibrate when it rings as I am normally listening to anything *but* shakira on my mp3 player while walking around.

Tue, Dec. 5th, 2006 11:17 am (UTC)
mytholder

I can only describe that as beautiful.

Tue, Dec. 5th, 2006 11:41 am (UTC)
mr_wombat

My guess is that its karmic retribution for something I did. Maybe I spoke ill of a kitten or frowned at a puppy recently.

Tue, Dec. 5th, 2006 12:27 pm (UTC)
gwennie: We have done something right

For that was verily a beautiful tale to hear and cheer! :>) Only thing missing is someone pointing it out to you, while Shakira warbles on ..from your pants.

Tue, Dec. 5th, 2006 12:31 pm (UTC)
mr_wombat: Re: We have done something right

In retrospect I think that might be the source of the extremely odd look I got from the woman behind the counter as I paid for my orange juice on the way to work.

Tue, Dec. 5th, 2006 12:55 pm (UTC)
leftoftheedge

I was going to make a joke about having Shakira in your pants... but then I got lost in the happy imagery of it all...

Tue, Dec. 5th, 2006 02:24 pm (UTC)
mr_wombat

I was more worried about Wycliffe Jean guest starring - in my pants.