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6/24/2007


My Score on NerdTests.Com

Filed under: General — Charlie Summers @ 1:05 pm



My computer geek score is greater than 84% of all people in the world! How do you compare? Click here to find out!

What does this mean? Your computer geekiness is:

High-Level Computer Geek. All of those below you are envious of you! (…Well perhaps not the cool people)

I don’t know whether to laugh or to cry…

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6/22/2007


The next step in self-checkout

Filed under: News — Charlie Summers @ 1:08 pm

From CNN: The next step in self-checkout

“Convenience” my rear-end. If they wanted to make shopping convenient, they’d have more checkers, not fewer. What they want is for you to do their work for them…and I speak from experience. Our local Giant supermarket, recently remodeled to widen the isles so they could shove more standups into them making navigation impossible (my personal favorite was pitching a tent in the head isle, forcing everyone to navigate between a pole and a rope), is working hard every day to force their customers to do more and more of their work - believe me, they would have the customers unload the trucks and stock the shelves if they could come up with a way to do it…thay have radically reduced the number of checkers they have available, closing their “Express” lanes and even closing down all checker lanes during the overnight hours, in effect forcing their customers to do their work for them. Service economy? Pfui…it’s all about doing as little as possible while making as much short-term profit for shareholders as possible.

Me, I’ve about had it. Go ahead, Giant, check to see how my purchases there have dropped. You see, I know with your privacy-invading “Bonuscard,” you have the ability to manually review all of my family’s purchases, creepy as that is, along with everyone else you’ve coerced into using one with the artificially-higher prices you charge without one. Honest to goodness, I never thought I’d see the day I’d get better service and less hassle from a Wal-Mart or big-box store than I get from the local grocery store…

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6/14/2007


Video recording leads to felony charge

Filed under: News — Charlie Summers @ 8:52 pm

From The Patriot-News: Video recording leads to felony charge

This is insane, and yet another reason I’m embarrassed to live in Pennsylvania. Making any recording in plain view on a public street should never be illegal, let alone a felony.

But will Pennsylvania lawmakers straighten this mess out? Of course not…especially since they have exempted police, who may record you without telling you…

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6/10/2007


XMPR Schedule - Another Set of Changes?

Filed under: Radio Today — Charlie Summers @ 11:27 pm

Who can tell?

You know, trying to keep up with the XMPR schedule is getting annoying, especially when the folks at XM don’t seem to care. The PDF schedule on their website still doesn’t reflect RadioWest, so it doesn’t have a prayer of having anything to say about the weekend changes I’ve noticed (and those I haven’t, even). I’ve used strike-out to note the programs I think have been replaced, and if/when I ever get some straight information from anyone, will make the corrections.

If anyone reading this heard additional changes to their schedule they aren’t bothering to tell anyone about, please let me know.

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6/4/2007


RIAA Accused of Extortion and Conspiracy in Tampa, Florida Case

Filed under: News — Charlie Summers @ 1:03 pm

From Recording Industry vs The People: RIAA Accused of Extortion and Conspiracy in Tampa, Florida Case

In a new Tampa, Florida, case, UMG v. Del Cid, the defendant has filedfive (5) counterclaims against the RIAA, under Florida, federal, and California law. About friggin’ time!

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