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Ah yes, modern society where nothing you do is your responsibility, everything bad that happens is the fault of someone else and everyone else has a duty to ensure you face no consequences for your actions.
No, that's not what I'm saying.
What I'm saying is that designing games to appeal to the vulnerable - and children are that - is much the same as charging 4000% APR on a "pay day loan" designed to scrape the last vestiges of money away from the poor. It's immoral, unethical, and downright reprehensible.
Yes, the kid is to blame, as is the mother, as (perhaps) is iCompany for allowing a security flaw like that to be possible (assuming mummy is telling the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth, which I doubt), as is the credit card company. But the developers shoulder the main blame for deliberately crafting a game to do just that.
And I thought EA was bad with their DLC model ...
"I have no idea what I did, but I'm taking full credit for it." - ThisOldTony
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"It was hard to be too angry with her because she didn't really know what she was doing and she didn't understand.
"We are really angry, but she is innocent. She said she thought it was free.
"She does look sorry. She looked white when we spoke to her about it and she started crying.
Oh, she looks sorry. I guess that makes it alright.
Without getting into the technical details...she managed to reset the payment settings. She must've known something or she wouldn't have done that.
Her iPad has been confiscated and she has been banned from using iTunes games as punishment.
What about paying back the money? Clearly the parents are going to have to pay back the debt, but the kid needs to pay back the amount to her parents. She's 8--she's going to need to do chores for a long, long time to come. But she shouldn't be let off the hook. (No, I don't have kids. Yes, that's exactly what I'd be doing.)
"However, we empathise with Ms Phillips' situation, so we have made arrangements not to charge any interest on the transactions.
How benevolent of the credit card company.
I thought it must have been fraud at first. But then I saw the transactions were all from Apple and I just thought 'oh my god'.
There is an Ockham's Razor hypothesis: often, in the academic world, what matters is passing the orals, and getting the advanced degree by whatever means. All the code has to actually do is exhibit some functionality: the effort goes into the thesis, and getting the thesis committee members to sign off on it.
Most likely, the author knew the likelihood of any reviewer actually examining his code was low. That may account for his "teasing" remark you cite.
I can speak from personal experience on this: I was awarded a Master's degree from UC Berkeley after returning from a year-long 1975~76 fellowship for study in India with a 200+ page thesis with 200+ footnotes. None of my committee actually read it ! I remember with delight my meeting with the key person on signing off that the thesis was kosher in terms of methodology: he picked up the thesis, appeared to be weighing it, and said: "well, as long as I don't have to read this ..."
I was kinda disturbed by this: both happy I was getting the degree six-months early, and, disappointed no one read the tome I literally sweated blood to write
Of course, as Bob sang: "I was so much older then, I'm younger than that now."
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