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5/16/2009


RIAA vs. Public Radio - Performance Rights Act Moves Ahead

Filed under: News — Charlie Summers @ 12:26 am

From ZeroPaid: RIAA vs. Public Radio - Performance Rights Act Moves Ahead

This is frightening…if I read this right, even classical music stations would need to pay the RIAA “tax” for the right to broadcast non-copyrighted music. I’m thinking a note to our congresscritters would be a really good idea.

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5/14/2009


The War on Sharing: Why the FSF Cares About RIAA Lawsuits

Filed under: News — Charlie Summers @ 10:40 am

From TorrentFreak: The War on Sharing: Why the FSF Cares About RIAA Lawsuits

This is a fascinating guest-post by John Sullivan, Operations Manager at the Free Software Federation who explains why the FSF thinks these cases impact not just music, but also free software and its technology. And, by extension, you.

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5/12/2009


FBI ‘Going Dark’ with New Advanced Surveillance Program

Filed under: News — Charlie Summers @ 9:36 am

From Wired: FBI ‘Going Dark’ with New Advanced Surveillance Program

Yipe. Big Brother has arrived.

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5/11/2009


To Boldly Go…or not.

Filed under: General, Television, Films and Video — Charlie Summers @ 12:48 pm

Anyone who has known me since my misspent youth is asking me if I’m going to go to the Star Trek movie opening in theaters nationwide. So to put this at rest once-and-for-all, the answer is a definitive no. But let me take a moment to explain why I’m not going to be in the theater, and why I probably won’t bother watching it on DVD, either, even if it ends up in the $1/night Redbox.

First off, I do not go to movie theaters anymore. There’s no point. I mean, c’mon, the “communal experience” of going to the movies of my youth is long gone, replaced by louts talking loudly throughout the film, cell phones ringing, and annoyances of every shape and size. Children are no longer taught to be quiet and respectful, and their children are even less well-behaved - “feral” would not be too harsh a description for some of the children I’ve experienced. I think the last film I saw in a theater was the original Superman when it returned to the Hiway Theater (no longer in existence) for a nostalgia release. You can get me to go to the legitimate theater, but movies? Not bloody likely, since I like to actually see and hear the film, not the audience.
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5/9/2009


PA High School Gives Shot Glasses as Prom Favors

Filed under: News — Charlie Summers @ 5:25 pm

From the AP via the San Francisco Chronicle: PA high school orders shot glasses as prom favors.

No comment.

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5/8/2009


How KFC Screwed Up. Twice

Filed under: General — Charlie Summers @ 3:49 pm

KFC is promoting the hell out of their unfried chicken…and made a deal with Oprah to promote it with a free two-piece Kentucky Grill Chicken dinner. All you had to do was go to Oprah’s website, download the coupon, and print it. (No more than 4 times, please.)

Yeah, no one can see a problem with that coming…

Gee, Oprah is kinda popular. Lots of people watch Oprah. Lots of people ran to their computers and printed out coupons; emailed friends and co-workers to let them know about the free lunch. KFC retail locations are clearly going to be shoveling out a lot of free meals. What’s a company to do?

Simple. Refuse to honor the coupons.

Seriously, how bone-headed is that from a public-relations perspective? We stop by KFC frequently (I’m partial to the meal bowls, Katie likes the twisters) for a quick meal when Annie’s running late from work. Last night, after an art show at school, we stopped by for a meal; Annie had a two-piece coupon, so we would only need to purchase two meals and sides instead of our usual three. But, “not so fast there, bucko, since we screwed up and offered way too much, we’re not accepting the coupons we ourselves promoted, and instead must demand specific demographic information from you on this form and we will mail you a coupon. Of course, we can’t promise we’ll honor that one any more than we did this one, but at least we’ll have your personal information this way.” I decided to decline their offer, and headed across the street to another chain for a fast dinner.

So KFC screwed up twice. I’m pretty sure they won’t miss our $20-30 a week, but it’s still going to be a loing time before I go back to that fast-food restaurant…and I won’t be stopping at Pizza Hut, Long John Silvers, or any other Pepsi property for that matter. Clearly, those companies not only have no ethics, they don’t have the courage to stand by their own mistakes, instead blaming their customers for their screwups. If enough of us stop bending over, allowing companies like this to screw us around, maybe they’ll get the idea that they exist to serve us, not the other way around.

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5/6/2009


Update to the pqi i815 Plus Flashdrive Review

Filed under: General — Charlie Summers @ 8:57 am

To keep everything together, I’ve posted an update to the pqi i815 Plus Flashdrive issue - while the folks at pqi spent considerable time on this, the issue still exists, even using the additional equipment they sent to me…and this time, I have some video to demonstrate. (If you missed the original review of this tiny flash drive, scroll up and catch up; that link is to the latest update only.)

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5/5/2009


The Cincinnati OTR Convention Needs You!

Filed under: Old-Time Radio — Charlie Summers @ 6:00 pm

As many of you know, the Cincinnati convention had to scramble to find a new hotel at the last minute when the hotel that was already booked closed down suddenly. Bob Burchett, convention organizer, took a big hit financially because the new hotel was substantially more expensive.

To help cover his extra expenses, Bob is offering a special DVD to those who will donate to keep the Cincinnati convention alive. Please read how you can help, and get this unique DVD in the process.

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