Remainders

Here’s all the stuff we couldn’t think of enough clever things to say about but nonetheless found interesting.

  • There was some kind of recession from 2001-2004 and people made less money? Whoa, why doesn’t anyone tell us these things?!

  • Fed vice-chair pulled out. Inflation would take a pratfall when trying to sit down… but everyone just salutes what the chairman says anyway. Learning of this, political cartoonists, sigh and crumple scribbles containing a splintery chair labeled “Ferguson,” an anthropomorphic balloon labeled “Inflation,” a man smiling (or in some cartoonist’s cases, spinning) inside his coffin labeled “Greenspan” and an oblivious “George Bush” labeled burning bush snorting cocaine off an upside-down book spine.

  • Save 10% on Single Serve Coffee Makers. Can you stack multiple coffee pods into one brewing? Otherwise, we’re not buying.

  • Sniggling advocacy group tries to hamstring Craigslist, claiming bias in housing ads, instead of dealing with the real issue: motherboards are bigoted.

  • Creative
    s Zen Vision: M

    No one say iPod killer. Nobody. Stop it.

  • MoveOn.org, having nothing better to do and feeling sympathetic towards spammers, petitions against AOL email tax.

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  1. drsmith says:

    “Fed Vice chair pulled out. Inflation would take a pratfall when trying to sit down… but everyone just salutes what the chairman says anyway. Learning of this, political cartoonists, sigh and crumple scribbles containing a splintery chair labeled “Ferguson,” an anthropomorphic balloon labeled “Inflation,” a man smiling (or in some cartoonist’s cases, spinning) inside his coffin labeled “Greenspan” and an oblivious “George Bush” labeled burning bush snorting cocaine off an upside-down book spine.”

    What? Am I missing the Gawker Media Decoder Ring(tm) here, or are you speaking not-english? That has to be the hardest-to-interpret english I’ve ever read.

  2. SamC says:

    MoveOn.org, having nothing better to do and feeling sympathetic towards spammers, petitions against AOL email tax.

    You’re looking at this the wrong way. People pay postage to send you junk mail every damn day. And they will HAPPILY pay the tax to get by your email junk filter. They already pay a bit of money to generate all those crappy emails. This just raises their costs a little.

    Yahoo and AOL are selling direct access to your mailbox, and you have NO CONTROL over it. You will have to get another spam filter, to block the paid-for spam (And you’ll never see a dime of the protection money).

    Then, to increase their profits a little more, they’ll tighten up their spam filter a little more. Eventually, the only thing that will get through the filter is stuff that people are paying to get through it.

    You’ll end up with paid-for junk mail in your inbox, and everything else in your junk box.

  3. Ben Popken says:

    SamC: This initiative is not for the average pump and dump spammer but for larger companies. Also, the petition is only regarding AOL. Yahoo does not have a pay-to-send system. Initially, this was going to coincide with a phaseout of AOL’s current system of whitelisting servers where senders apply to get their servers okayed to bulk mail to AOL, a sytem that is easily gamed.

    Do you really think that AOL is going to make so that only bulk mail is received and emails from your Grandma and girlfriend and such end up in the junk mail box? That would totally devalue their service. This is just an attempt to bring some order and set the bar higher and to be cost-prohbitive to the skankier spammers.

    AOL sucks anyway and any users unhappy with this move would be well-advised to take this as an opportunity to switch to a real, broadband ISP and get a Gmail account.

  4. SecureLocation says:

    Before you buy a Creative Labs MP3 player you should check out the blogs on their products. In my experience they tend to die more often than iPods and CL’s customer service blows.