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Tjm86

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Scalp-botting
« on: 22 January, 2021, 02:14:36 PM »
Saw this article on the Grauniad.

https://www.theguardian.com/money/2021/jan/22/scalper-bots-uk-xbox-series-x-playstation-5

TBH I'd never really given it much thought but it does make sense.  Particularly since the likes of Amazon and eBay are in such a dominant position.

It really feels more and more like the promises of the early days of the internet are being distorted by gaming, to the detriment of far too many.

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Re: Scalp-botting
« Reply #1 on: 22 January, 2021, 03:07:52 PM »
It really feels more and more like the promises of the early days of the internet are being distorted by gamingcapitalism, to the detriment of far too many.
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Re: Scalp-botting
« Reply #2 on: 22 January, 2021, 03:41:33 PM »
First time I encountered this kind of thing was when trying to get a driving license. There was a long waiting list for slots but once you'd booked one you could swap it for a cancellation. Those were generally grabbed up very quickly by people running a bot that was available (for a small fee) online. You stood very little chance of ever getting a cancellation slot without using the bot.

It felt bad but I eventually gave in and paid up because I couldn't face the delay involved in sitting in the queue (it took me a couple of attempts to pass).

Completely unsurprised that people are exploiting the same thing to scalp high demand goods.

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Re: Scalp-botting
« Reply #3 on: 22 January, 2021, 05:27:23 PM »
reminds me of a workmate who would book every Friday off weeks in advance, just in case he wanted a long weekend, and then cancel each one on the Thursday if he didn't, freeing up leave days which he'd then book for the following months - this meant that nobody could ever get a full week as there was never any availability on Fridays

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Re: Scalp-botting
« Reply #4 on: 22 January, 2021, 05:45:48 PM »
It really feels more and more like the promises of the early days of the internet are being distorted by gaming capitalism corporatism, to the detriment of far too many.
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Re: Scalp-botting
« Reply #5 on: 22 January, 2021, 06:11:36 PM »
reminds me of a workmate who would book every Friday off weeks in advance, just in case he wanted a long weekend, and then cancel each one on the Thursday if he didn't, freeing up leave days which he'd then book for the following months - this meant that nobody could ever get a full week as there was never any availability on Fridays

What a dick. Surprised the management let him get away with that long term.

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Re: Scalp-botting
« Reply #6 on: 22 January, 2021, 10:55:47 PM »
reminds me of a workmate who would book every Friday off weeks in advance, just in case he wanted a long weekend, and then cancel each one on the Thursday if he didn't, freeing up leave days which he'd then book for the following months - this meant that nobody could ever get a full week as there was never any availability on Fridays

I worked with one of those too. My version would then spend the Friday vocally being a martyr about being too busy to take her day off, and despite coming in to work up to 2 hours after most of the staff would hail each person as they left at the correct time with "another half-day, is it?".

Thank you for dredging up that memory, DDD, this is genuinely the first time I've felt okay about being an underemployed waste of space in about a year.

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Re: Scalp-botting
« Reply #7 on: 23 January, 2021, 09:44:58 AM »
reminds me of a workmate who would book every Friday off weeks in advance, just in case he wanted a long weekend, and then cancel each one on the Thursday if he didn't, freeing up leave days which he'd then book for the following months - this meant that nobody could ever get a full week as there was never any availability on Fridays

I worked with one of those too. My version would then spend the Friday vocally being a martyr about being too busy to take her day off, and despite coming in to work up to 2 hours after most of the staff would hail each person as they left at the correct time with "another half-day, is it?".

Thank you for dredging up that memory, DDD, this is genuinely the first time I've felt okay about being an underemployed waste of space in about a year.

Terrible management. I've seen people made to take their holidays. Nips this kind of thing in the bud.
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