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Judgements / Another winning judgment (full refund!)
« Last post by braaaah on October 26, 2015, 02:39:58 pm »
The court issued an order which is completely in my favor and destroyed all of Alpha's arguments. They even agreed that Alpha was acting unreasonably.
The only bad thing is that I forgot to quantify the interests in my filing.

Update: I sent a copy of the judgment to Alpha and threatened to transfer it up in case they don't react. A couple of hours later, I received the following reply:

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Hello there,

Thank you for your patience. Your payment has been successfully sent to the bank details provided. Please allow 1-5 working days for this payment to clear.

Best Regards,

Alpha Technology Team

Update 2: the money arrived on my bank account.
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Judgements / Re: How to make Alpha Pay Up
« Last post by fightalpha on October 19, 2015, 08:02:36 am »
Excellent! Keep us updated, it's exciting!!!
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All Developmental Updates / Re: All Developmental Updates
« Last post by johannes on October 19, 2015, 03:30:48 am »
 Greetings Miners!

As stated in our last update, we were going through some design iterations, these changes were sent for prototyping and we have received back our prototypes. The initial power-up and testing are successful, we are currently performing some more intense testing by mining for longer durations to identify any fine tunings required. The mechanical enclosure, SOM interface board and other accessories are all ready. Once the testing of the SCRYPT boards are completed we will proceed with integration of the viper system and mass manufacturing/assembly. We will keep you updated on further advancements.

Lastly we would like to add that we offer our sincerest apologies for any issues throughout development, when developing a new technology such technical delays were out of our control. We hope to deliver a product that has no issues during operation. And would also like to state that if you feel we have wronged you in any way we sincerely apology and hope to make up for it.

Please find below the images of the new SCRYPT board and the enclosure:

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Best Regards,

Alpha Technology Team
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Judgements / Re: How to make Alpha Pay Up
« Last post by Paul66 on October 15, 2015, 12:14:18 pm »
Let's see how it goes in my case :
 Hello Mr XXXXXXX,

I am contacting to inform on return of the sealed Writ of Control, we will now send the Notice of Enforcement to the defendant giving seven clear working days to respond to the arrears in full.

Kind Regards,

James Adlington. 

Direct Collection Bailiffs Limited
Tel: 0203 2980201
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Success Stories / Re: Successful recovery of all funds and legal costs
« Last post by CryptoDevil on October 13, 2015, 05:21:02 am »
Flat fee of GBP60.00 to 'Transfer Up' the judgement and then they begin the process as described. If Alpha don't pay up and DCBL have to do a full enforcement then they add their own fee to the amount they seek to recover from Alpha, which might be another motivating factor to settle before that stage.



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Success Stories / Re: Successful recovery of all funds and legal costs
« Last post by fightalpha on October 12, 2015, 05:26:06 pm »
Excellent, Excellent, Excellent. What was the fee for DCBL?
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Success Stories / Successful recovery of all funds and legal costs
« Last post by CryptoDevil on October 12, 2015, 01:46:48 pm »
As the title says, I recently received payment by bank transfer of the full amount of the court judgement. After the deadline, but before the enforcement agency had to actually get serious.

The process went like this:

March: Engaged LPC Law (Small Claims Solicitors - Andrew Morgan is the contact person 'Andrew dot Morgan at smallclaimssolicitors dot co dot uk')
'Letter Before Action' sent to Alpha and they are given 14 days to respond, which they did by writing back claiming that there was no 'right to a refund' as per their T&C's, to which we responded by pointing out that we weren't exercising our rights under their T&C's because we had already rescinded the contract due to Alpha's failure to deliver anything.

April: Claim form drafted, issued, served and certificates of service filed with the court.

May: Asked, if needed, whether I'd agree to mediation, said I would on the basis that it always looks better to the courts to show that you were willing to settle the matter amicably before it gets to a court hearing. Nothing came of it though.

June: Manchester Court advises of hearing dated for August.

July: Witness statements prepared and filed

August: Judgement awarded against Alpha for the full amount owed plus interest and my costs. Alpha given two weeks to pay.

September: Deadline passes. I immediately contact DCBL (http://www.dcbltd.com/high_court/ccj/) and sign the form to 'Transfer Up' the judgement, who send Alpha a Notice of Enforcement that day, which results in me receiving an email a couple of days later from Alpha stating they are now ready to make the 'refund', to which I point out that it will need to be for the full judgement amount, just in case they tried to make it solely for the original amount only.

A few more days pass and there is no sign of any money. I suspect they may be stalling for time so I email them and explain that I have no reason to believe them and will continue with the enforcement unless the funds are received immediately, to which they claim it has been sent.

DCBL then make a visit to their, what turns out to be, 'Virtual' office at Aviator way, leaving a copy of the Writ for Alpha on 30th September.

Less than a week later the full amount arrives in my account. Job done.









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Judgements / Re: Form N349 - Successful
« Last post by Alpha-Oops on September 30, 2015, 06:00:18 pm »
Still so much money chasing Alpha and lawyer fees, i see many winning judgements but zero $ received, are we all just paying lawyers to buy vacation homes??????????????????
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All Developmental Updates / Re: All Developmental Updates
« Last post by Serge on September 14, 2015, 04:52:53 pm »
Very interesting and in some respects encouraging that development updates are continuing to come out. Andrew Morgan from SCS says that it is a good thing that a UK company is on board now, as it makes enforcement just a little easier.

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We sincerely apologise for getting this update out to you after such a long time. As we have been at a stage where we have just been awaiting system design changes and tweaks there has not been much to update on; as these have been more technical than physical so we do not have much to show.

We had originally planned to have our devices already shipped, as said in our previous update we have all our chips ready; the only delay was getting the system design so we are manufacturing and assembly ready. We had sent our system design for review before manufacturing to a UK based company who are experts in system design, they had found flaws in the system design which was made by the Indian design team. We were told if we were to take our design for manufacturing there would be serious issues. Therefore, we have contracted this UK based company to commit to making these on both the 50Mh/s and 250Mh/s systems.

The technical recommendations and changes are summarised below:

 

Design analysis shows that the issues found can be solved by bill of material (BOM) and hardware changes. The proposed solutions need to be tested on a prototype to verify that the proposed solution is effective.
DFM review shows that an update to the PCB is needed before going into mass production.
System analysis shows that the Enpirion power supply can be used as an alternative power supply solution to the Texas Instrument power supply without compromising cost and performance. Recommendations for future expansion are also considered.
Recommended that the USB port at the back of the data miner system be reallocated as a USB to serial interface. Having a freely accessible serial interface would be useful in scenarios requiring emergency recovery due to an invalid network setting rendering the system inaccessible via Ethernet. One such solution would be to use an appropriate FTDI USB to serial transceiver.
 

Towards the end of July these changes were sent to our Indian design team so they could implement them and send prototypes back to the UK based team. The Indian design team is days away from completion, once these changes are made we will start manufacturing and shipping in phases; the 50Mh/s devices first and then the larger devices.

We truly apologise for the delays and are doing the best we can to ship ASAP. We have been with our original designers from the start and it is difficult to change contractors if they have first hand knowledge of our chip and system design, this knowledge dates back since 2013 with our FPGA design. But now when we have hit the stage of the project where we have had the chance to slowly hand-over our designs to a UK based company we are seeing positive signs and progression.

When developing a new technology from a white-paper and concept, there are bound to be delays which we cannot anticipate, unfortunately we were hit by these delays. As this was a pre-order project we did make customers aware most of the work was yet to be completed. I also believe there are currently no other scrypt-based miners being shipped from any competitors, so when we do ship I believe customers would be delighted to finally have our product in-hand. Finally there is something very important to me that I want to make mention of, my intention is to try to compensate all batch 1 customers (including those refunded) in the future with our further projects.

Best Regards,

Mohammed Akram

Managing Director
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Judgements / Re: How to make Alpha Pay Up
« Last post by fightalpha on September 12, 2015, 08:03:38 am »
Good find!
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