Monthly Archives: November 2016

Camelot Greed

I’ve become increasingly disenfranchised with Camelot, the operator currently given the license to run the National Lottery in the UK.

Just over a year ago they doubled the price of the basic “Lotto” offering, and by increasing the number of balls in the draw have reduced the odds of wining the Jackpot from something like 14 million to one to 45 million to one.   At the same time parallel changes have been made to increase the chances of winning a prize.  Many of my friends and family agreed that we’d be doing LESS lines on the National Lottery as a result, or at the very least spending the same sum on lottery tickets, but doing 50% of the lines.  The evidence of this failure is clear to see.  Gone are the £6-8m jackpots at a weekend with no rollover.  Instead we’re lucky if the jackpot reaches £4m without a rollover, and the number of sequential rollovers is clearly increasing.

The latest Camelot ploy has annoyed me further still, and to me points at a company that is loosing public support.  The paying public are voting with their feet, and not backing the National Lottery as they once did.  Not only are Camelot loosing out, but the extent of the Lottery funds channelled to good causes and charities is similarly shrinking.

At this time of year, there are normally multiple different seasonal scratch cards on sale.  These are usually a mix of £1, £2, £5, and £10 scratch cards with a Christmas theme.  The £1 scratch cards are often in the form of tags, so they can be used to label a present “from” and “to” an individual.

However it would seem that there are no £1 Christmas scratch cards on sale anywhere this year!  The list of Scratch cards in circulation most definitely doesn’t include a Christmas specific one for only £1 this year.

Many people (myself included) use these as part of our Christmas gift giving, using them as Stocking fillers or to boost presents, and it seems likely that Camelot expect everyone to just buy £2 cards instead.

I wonder if Camelot will retain it’s license at the next review?  Based on current performance, I sincerely hope not!

How not to do Security!

So I’ve been having some problems over the last couple of days. And by the looks of the Google search results, I’m not alone.

Our Chinese Spammer friends have found a new and really bloody annoying way of getting in our faces.

For anyone with an iCloud account (including just about anyone with an iPhone, iMac, iPad, etc) they are sending bogus event invitations to your iCloud e-mail address. These are mass sent events, and all you can do is respond with “accept”, “maybe”, or “decline”.

Screencap!

These events will pop up in your calendar, and depending on your reminder settings will disruptively pop up on your Phone or iPad.  Unfortunately ALL of these responses will send a trigger back to the sender, so he/she knows that the e-mail address is active, which anyone with a grain of common sense will know is the last thing you want to do, because they will then send a load more junk to the e-mail address if they know it’s active.

The only temporary bodge “fix” seems to be to create a new calendar called “Spam”, move the spam events in to it, and then delete the calendar.  I’ve not managed to get that to work as yet on any of my iDevices.

This is a poor show by Apple;  There seems to be no way you can restrict the receipt of event invitations to people in your contacts list, or to report an e-mail address for sending spam.

So thanks for this Apple.  Sort it out, please!!

Here’s hoping for an “update” soon that will give some better options!