Oh, the joys of getting old(er). I just received a sales call for an “I’ve fallen and I can’t get up” system. Instead of being forthright, the caller was “just confirming delivery of the system.” When I tried to say I wasn’t interested, she talked over me, following her script.
I’m not sure what bothers me more: that some businesses consider deception and rudeness a viable business strategy, or that these business target seniors.
Please, read the Boulder Pledge1 and consider expanding its application from spam email to junk mail and junk phone calls:
“Under no circumstances will I ever purchase anything offered to me as the result of an unsolicited e-mail message. Nor will I forward chain letters, petitions, mass mailings, or virus warnings to large numbers of others. This is my contribution to the survival of the online community.”
Argh! A couple of days after moving my cycle computer to Sage, I drop it outside REI during a lunch shopping trip and the LCD fritzes out. Removing the batteries to do a hard reset doesn’t fix it.
Looks like I’ll be shopping for a new one. Maybe this one. I wonder if it fits in the mount already on Sage.
It’s getting hard to comment on today’s mainstream news without sounding like yesterday’s wacko, conspiracy, nut job.
Space Invaders. “Why you should never, ever use two spaces after a period.” Had to forward this article, again. :-/
I think I want to start an electrical utility. After researching pricing plans, I like the following:
- Pre-paid, flat-rate pricing, say $199.95 per month for 1,500 kWh of home electricity usage. If you exceed the monthly allotment you pay an additional $0.99 per kWh.1
- $0.30 to recharge a AA battery. If you recharge a lot of AA batteries you can pay $9.95 per month for unlimited AA battery charging. Other sizes of batteries will have different rates.
- $9.95 per month to connect a work laptop to your home electricity service.
- $9.95 per month to use an extension cord to “tether” other devices to your home electricity service.
You may wonder why I would propose such a complicated pricing plan.2 Clearly, you don’t understand these charges are necessary to cover the costs of maintaining and upgrading the electricity infrastructure.
It makes total sense to me.3 After all, I just paid my cell phone bill.
Obama is funding al quaida they are in the employ of the CIA benghazi was preplanned murderr in the first Obama is going to be in for atleast 3 more terms and will be another charismatic Hitler whom people will virtually worship as god all before he is wiped from the book of life and fed flames for he is worthy he is full throttle gay ,communist Muslim and devil possessed that’s why he is so greatly admired ‘ no greater deception can come upon human minds……..’
During election season we get to see the political opinions of our friends and our friends’ friends on Facebook. The quote above falls into the latter class.
I chose this rant because I can’t tell whether it is terribly misguided or brilliant parody.
And that’s sad…
Update. Upon further investigation, I’ve determined that it’s terribly misguided opinion. And that’s even more sad.
Normally, I’m not in favor of drone strikes. However, I think I might make an exception for purveyors or fake antivirus Trojans. Who do I call to suggest a target? ;-)
Netizens1 got upset about SOPA/PIPA. We rose up and defeated the terrible bills even though a technical workaround existed before the vote was called.
Now that CISPA is upon us2, we are getting upset again. “Please vote no! We don’t want the government reading our online files.” Yet we continue to send and store our personal information on the Internet equivalent of a postcard.3
A technical solution to CISPA could exist and should have been readily available years ago. Yet, strong encryption is not commonly used. Maybe after CISPA passes, we will finally demand the encryption we need to safely store our information in the cloud.
After all, the government isn’t alone in wanting to read our private information.
What do you think?
It seems “for national security” is the new excuse for bad legislation. Sorry “for the children” — you’re no longer needed.