|added Wed February 11 2004 at 9:00 PM
|Any time a company has the following on their front page, you have to worry:
Our game has grown so fast that we have received some emails and phone calls asking about the nature of our flash games. Our games interact with instant messengers by promoting the game among the user's network of buddies. Please understand, our flash games are in no way a virus.
I consider any program that propegates itself by using a person's good name against him to be a virus. I was wondering what my mom was talking about when she asked if she should install something (the answer, in case you haven't figured out yet, is no). I also remember getting the message from a friend of mine. I thought that the game that she was sending me to was really stupid, and wondered why she thought it was so cool (Nubia-- UNINSTALL IT).
They claim to use the "industry standard opt-in and opt-out," but they don't actually tell you what you're opting in for. I clicked the link to see what my friend was sending me, but it wasn't even actually sent to me by that friend. I question how people can try to advertise a break-through in technology with such deception and under-handed method of spreading.
I sent them an email telling them what scums they are (I can post the email if you're really interested), and they sent me an automated reply telling me how to uninstall the program. Obviously, I'd already figured out how to uninstall it by the time I researched enough to find an email for them.I still don't think that any company that knows that everybody wants to uninstall their program has any right to exist.
|added Wed February 11 2004 at 10:44 PM
|"Just ask for help," they say. "Call us when you need to." I don't doubt that they are sincere, because I say the same things and mean it. Nor do I have any reason to not believe they would follow through. I would.
Fact of the matter is that I have a hard time taking people up on those offers. Part of it is that I really don't like talking about things that upset me. I hate trying to explain to people why I'm depressed, or angry, or whatever. Partially, because I already know that it's not a rational way of thinking. Maybe partially because talking about it makes it all that much more real. Somehow writing it just gets it out of my system, maybe because I don't have to try to convince anybody but myself in my writing.
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