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Comedian John Oliver puts the boot into Samsung

Public memory is short and people probably do not have the Samsung Galaxy Note7 disaster at the forefront of their thoughts these days.

But the recent leak of CIA documents, wherein it was stated that one Samsung Smart TV could be hacked to listen to conversations, gave comedian John Oliver a chance to roast the South Korean company in no uncertain way during his show Last Week Tonight on Sunday US time.

Oliver described the CIA dump and then said, "Only one thing we can definitely say: the big loser so far is Samsung. They have had a rough couple of months. You probably remember what happened with their phones."

This was followed by footage of Note7 devices burning and melting and a voice saying, "Everyone's rocking the new Note7. Might catch fire, yo!"

Oliver continued: "That's not ideal. That is the worst thing that can happen to a phone other than someone leaving a voicemail instead of just texting you like a normal person.

"And it is not just Samsung's phones."

Footage of washing machines exploding followed from TV news clips, with the voice over saying: "Samsung launched a massive nation-wide recall back in November."

And to make it worse, a woman was seen on the news clip saying "I'm afraid to do laundry because it might hurt my kids."

Oliver was in fits over this. "Holy sh**. I'm afraid to do laundry is not a great review of a washing machine. However it is a fantastic review of Jaws 5: Laundry Shark.

"The fact is, Samsung is having a spectacularly bad run of PR. And to cover themselves in the future, they should probably come clean about all their product flaws."

Last Week Tonight has made a name for itself with its own ads, always heavy on sarcasm and wit, and what followed was one of these.

"Hi, we're Samsung and we understand you might be a little nervous around our products at the moment and we just want you to know, we get it. We totally get it," the voice on the ad said.

"And our promise to you is: no more surprises. So cards on the table, here's the truth: our phones secretly call your mom on speaker phone whenever you are having sex.

"Our laptop computers scream in pain any time you touch them.

"Our robot vacuums will f*** your cat and your cat is going to like it.

"Oh, and here's a fun fact. Our smart TVs firmly believe that Bill Cosby is innocent. No s***.

"Our fitness watch is actually fine. But it does make you look like a total douche.

"And finally, we're just going to level with you here: our driers make things wetter.

"But the one promise we can absolutely make you is that none of our products will explode any more."

After this, footage of every single Samsung product exploding was shown - with the punch line coming when the Samsung logo itself exploded.

In the light of this, it looks like Samsung will have to produce a phone that's out of this world to get consumers back on-side again and remove the nightmare visions of products exploding from consumers' minds.


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Sam Varghese

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A professional journalist with decades of experience, Sam for nine years used DOS and then Windows, which led him to start experimenting with GNU/Linux in 1998. Since then he has written widely about the use of both free and open source software, and the people behind the code. His personal blog is titled Irregular Expression.