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June 28, 2007

Bad week for the internet.

What's been going on this week in tech news?  Nothing good:

Shopping on the internet predicted to become more expensive.  

SCOTUS: Price fixing by manufacturers is now legal.

For a long time it has been the law that once a manufacturer sells a product to a retailer, the retailer may sell that product for whatever price they wish.  This allowed, for example, Best Buy to sell a newly released DVD for less than they paid as a "loss leader" in order to get customers in the door spending money, and even allowed them to sell a product for a lower price on their website in order to get eyeballs on their website and then exposed to other suggestive marketing.  Possibly harder hit, though, is the ability for online retailers to undercut competitors, considering the ease of comparative shopping, online.  This is bad for consumers in general, though I cannot yet predict what will happen to manufacturers which set prices.  I suppose instead of overstock that didn't sell at the regular price getting reduced to get it out of the warehouse, that merchandise will just have to be incinerated, or something.

Many 'Net Radio stations are being forced offline on July 15.

Being charged rates much higher than terrestrial (AM/FM) station.

Read about it straight from the horses mouth.  Well, it's sort of the horse.

My prediction is that if the law isn't amended, smaller "hobbyist" stations will go out of business completely (or move over some national border?), and the larger, more popular net radio stations will be playing more commercials in order to pay the bills.  Net loss for the consumer with fewer choices and less quality, neither good nor bad for the big radio stations who will gain enough new listeners displaced from the niche stations to offset lost listeners disgusted by increased commercials, and a win for.... nobody?  The RIAA is going to be driving away enough listeners who wont be purchasing their product which will offset their increased licensing rates.  And I suppose some congressman got paid well by RIAA lobbyists.

FTC rejects net neutrality.

Internet providers may now double dip their customers: yes, it costs you money to provide your content to the internet... but now it'll also cost you if you want your content delivered.

"Net neutrality" is one of the most confusing issues about the internet today, because it is so bad that it's meaning is purposely obfuscated by those with the most money to gain by controlling what is reaching your eyeballs.  What has always been free (certain aspects) is now going to have a price.  We've all... readers and web page producers alike... always paid for our bandwidth; now we'll be paying for bandwidth and access fees across networks.

In a nutshell, if Time Warner decides they want the owners of DTMan.com to pay a special fee to get access to their Roadrunner users, then they'll just block us until we pay up.  Big deal?  Well, apply that to sites people might actually visit, like their favorite political opinion website.  That is something I could actually see happening, when sites like Little Green Footballs, which do nothing more than link to other news sites and add a sentence or three of commentary, are often blocked by web filters as pornography, spam, or hate speech.  My point being that it will soon be legal to extort money from websites that the People In Charge (otherwise known as THE MAN) may not like.

Wikipedia entry on Network Neutrality.

What do I predict happening?  If net neutrality is allowed to exist as-is, then we'll keep on doing what we've been doing: paying our $40 a month for broadband, and allowing personal taste to dictate what web pages we bookmark, and occasionally write our own little rants and allow them to find an audience.  If net neutrality is officially terminated... what part of this can be good for the end user, you and me?  Are the middlemen... the ISP's and telecoms... going to make a shitload more money from everyone ponying up not only for the bandwidth they have always paid for, and now the "toll stops" on the internet highway, and buy so much new equipment that it'll be like we just got a massive upgrade in our internet experience?  For some reason I doubt it.

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Not a good week for the end users.  I hope someone with more authority than me takes notice.

 

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June 16, 2007

If it works in healthcare...

    Went to the grocery store today. I was a little surprised to see the final payment, but I guess things are just more expensive with a kid around. $40 for a week of groceries. Not bad, but certainly more than the $25 per week I was used to paying for the two of us. Even that was up $5 from last year. I know they have to make money, but do they just have to keep nickeling and diming us?

    I guess we don't have it too bad. A good friend of mine lost his job and had to pay over $300 for groceries for his family last week. $300! The craziest part is that I saw my receipts from last week. Sure, the original charge was around $300 as well, but that's not what the grocers make. It's hard to make sense of those statements, even with my finance MBA, but as far as I could tell the reimbursement they received was about $160. So, with my $40, that means they only get around $200 for the same food my friend pays $300 for.

    Craziness.

    I guess it's just going to continue though. On the way home I saw that wheat prices were at an all time record, and meat prices just keep going up too. Won't be too long before they pass that all down to us helpless consumers. Probably be $45 a week before too long.

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May 29, 2007

Ponies for Everyone.

Barack Obama unvieled his health care plan recently, promising to "Creat[e] a Healthcare system that works."

To summarize, his plan will:

  • Insure everyone

  • Do it affordably.

  • Save the typical American family $2,500 per year.

  • Lower drug costs

  • Prevent health insurers from denying coverage based on pre-existing conditions

  • "Increas[e] state and local preparedness for terrorist attacks and natural disasters."

Some highlights:

He will "increas[e] insurance industry competition" and by "making health insurance universal, [we] will reduce spending on uncompensated healthcare." Barack's plan will guarantee eligibility while including "coverage of all essential medical services."

Premiums will be "fair."

The plan will create a national beauracracy to oversee all insurance plans. To ensure they are cheap.

Employers that don't offer "meaningful coverage" will be required to contribute a percentage of payroll towards the cost of the national plan.

Did I mention the pony?

I read the whole damned detailed plan, but damn if I can see how he's gonna do it. Maybe there's a magic wand he forgot to mention in there.

Oh wait, no, he's just going to raise taxes. He'll let Bush's "tax-cuts on the wealthy" expire, and raise taxes on all businesses to finance this $50-60 billion plan.

If he's increasing efficiency so much, why doesn't the plan just pay for itself?

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May 2, 2007

How To Live in a Polite Society, or, common sense for small town dwellers.

Last year we moved from quiet neighborhood in a small city, interstate, to the tiny town in which I grew up.  And god damn it, I think it was quieter in the city.

Here's a list of things that I may or may not have been dealing with in the last few months.  I'm a strong believer in the "10 to 10 Rule," meaning neighborhood noise, even if annoying, is expected between 10 am and 10 pm.  Mow your lawn.  Cut down that tree.  Play the loud music while washing the car.  Just not at 3am, asshole.

Anyway, here's the list.  It is things that seem obvious, but hey.... maybe it just never occurred to the perpetrators.  I wouldn't just assign malice where ignorance could be in play.  Spread this list far and wide wherever you happen to hang out, real world or cyber.  Don't even assign credit to here.  My intention is to spread the word, not get glory for compiling it.

  • Don't speed through neighborhoods.  Know who live in neighborhoods?  Families.  Families have kids.  Kids sometimes dash out into the street without looking.  Are you in such a hurry that wasting a kid is an acceptable risk?

  • Don't mow the grass at 8 am.  I don't care how old you are, I don't care if you can't sleep past 5 am because of your bladder, and "if the sun is up then it is time to work" only applies on farms and the military (not counting the Air Force).  If you are in a neighborhood, expect that some of your neighbors might sleep different hours than you, and adjust accordingly.

  • Don't own a rooster if you have 5 neighbors within 50 yards of your chicken coop.  You would think this goes without saying, but believe it or not some people didn't get the memo.  Some folks can't sleep with the windows open on cool spring nights unless they want to be awoken at 5 am by a god damned rooster.  I'm not one to call the police on these types of people.... but in this case it is very tempting.

  • If you have a burn barrel, don't burn your trash on windy days.  Or even slightly windy days.  Especially if the breeze is blowing directly at your nearest neighbor's house, prompting a run to close all the windows before the smoke detectors go off AGAIN and wake the baby from his nap.  I mean, yeah, it's illegal to burn trash within town limits, but as good neighbors you are expected to look the other way.  That goes both ways in the "control your smoke" department.

  • Do you really need to mow your lawn 3 days a week?  I mean, it makes you look weird.

  • Let the god damned dog in the house, already.  It's 1 am.

  • Don't drive your snow mobiles through my yard.  It isn't your little short cut.  I have small trees and stuff I don't want run over.  Hello, fence.

And finally, something to which I bet we can all relate:

  • Your music sucks, your car is shit, and your sound system sounds like crap.  If you are in a neighborhood, turn the "music" down.  Believe it or not, nobody wants to hear it.  In fact, most people actively want to not hear it.  It doesn't matter how COOL you are.  It doesn't matter how BAD ASS you think the music is.  Whatever you are playing, and who ever you are, whatever booming I hear coming from your car sucks, and by extension, you suck.  And there you are calling attention to both your and your music's inherent suckiness with a rattley bass boom that can be heard from inside a house.  What are you, a fucking idiot?

I can't even believe the crap I was expected to tolerate when I was an apartment dweller for 10 years.  "Never again," I said.

So spread the word.  Discourtesy is a disease, and with enough firepower we can all help in the search for a cure.

 

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April 21, 2007

Stupid idiotic liberal hippies.

How's that for the title of a post?

I was just involved in a discussion on "another forum" in a thread called, "McCain jams foot deeper into mouth; sings 'Bomb Iran.'"

It was a thread with 90% of the participants claiming that "you just don't mock those people, it's bad for all of us," and "this isn't the kind of behavior I want from an elected representative/obviously he is a stupid faggot and u should vote democrat because all repulicans are stupid loosers."  That kind of thing.

The only thing I had to add to the discussion was:

Actually, McCain only sang that song for profiling purposes.  He wanted the uptight, overly-political fucktards to announce themselves to the rest of us.

To which some uptight, overly political fucktard named "SombreroAgnew" responded:

Just like when he was whining about John Kerry's joke, right?

This stupid, liberal, idiotic hippy compared a joke (and song by Vince Vance and the Valiants) about America's ideological opposite and new cold war enemy to a former presidential candidate claiming that American servicemen only enlisted because they lacked education.

The joke Kerry told about how people join the military because they are uneducated?

Yeah, you're right, no difference.

"Bomb Iran" == "American serviceman are stupid." Brilliant observation.

Kerry was running for president of Iran, right?

And there hasn't been a response to it.

And do I have a point?  No, not really.  Sometimes I just wish to point out the sheer, utter stupidity and assholishness of the liberal mind.

 

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April 20, 2007

Save the Planet: Kill a Tree.

This is a post for those of you who think we're ALL GOING TO DIE from the build-up of CO2 (a greenhouse gas) in the atmosphere.  I won't even use the phrase "global warming" in this post, except for right there.  If you are at all concerned about humans putting CO2 into the atmosphere from where it had been locked away deep underground, then this post is for you no matter what your politics:

Houses are, for the most part, made up of trees.

A house will stand, typically, at least 30-100 years.

Trees are mainly made up of CO2 that the tree pulled out of the atmosphere while it was respiring.

As long as the components of the tree exist in some form, like in the lumber of a house, that CO2 remains out of the atmosphere, and not expanding the wavelengths of incoming photons which keeps them from being bounced back into space (which is what has the potential to heat up the planet, you stupid, uneducated hippy).

Most lumber for houses comes from tree farms owned by lumber companies.  Those trees are planted and harvested on a cycle of many years.

For every tree that is cut down for a house, another tree is planted to replace it... thus pulling more CO2 from the atmosphere and locking it up in wood that will typically last 30-100 years in a house, for example.

Therefore, in order to do your part to reduce the amount of CO2 from Earth's atmosphere, buy a tree from a tree farm and preserve it in some way, perhaps as a shelf upon which to place your elevated self esteem so it can be enjoyed and envied by company.

Kill a tree, save the planet.

Next week: How to get better gas mileage by kicking a puppy.

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April 16, 2007

Virginia Tech shooting.

This is horrible.

Federal law enforcement officials told FOX News that the 32 dead includes the shooter. Police at the campus in Blacksburg, Va., said there was only one shooter responsible for the two shootings, which occurred about two hours apart from each other.
FoxNews.com

 It's horrible that more of these adults weren't armed so they could defend themselves.

And scuttlebutt has it that several people were lined up and killed "execution style."  What kind of mindset is it that makes you wait your turn to be shot?  This isn't the Krystalnacht with an enemy around every corner and no hope to escape.  Just one crazed wacko.

I hope I can keep the village from instilling this "roll over and die" mentality into my son.

But my thoughts today are with the victims, and their parents.  It's my worst nightmare.

 

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April 11, 2007

Apologizing for slavery.

So this bad penny has turned up again, and was spent in North Carolina:

The North Carolina Senate apologized Thursday for the Legislature's role in promoting slavery and Jim Crow laws that denied basic human rights to the state's black citizens.
Newsmax.com

 At least they stopped short of reparations.

But what's also interesting is this part of the article:

Black members of the Senate said they were pleased to see the resolution pass, but added that lawmakers also need to help improve the quality of life of blacks who still suffer from the effects of slavery and discrimination. They called for improvements to the state's education system and giving black-owned businesses more access to state contracts.

"This is a noble gesture but I urge you, don't let it end here," said Democratic Sen. Larry Shaw. "There's plenty of work to be done."

So even though conditions have improved so much that (possibly) the descendents of former slaves now sit alongside confirmed descendents of slave owners, black lawmakers want to completely destroy their hard-earned, legally protected equality by having the state now discriminate against everyone that isn't black.

How much we've learned.

But in the spirit of healing the past, which dtman.com may or may not have had a major part in, we offer the following as an official rebuilding of bridges between all of god's children.

And nothing says, "Sorry" like a kitten.

 

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April 5, 2007

CNN: Immigrants saving cities.

CNN sez, "Census: Immigrants stabilize big-city populations."  But really, the Census Bureau released some raw data, a private firm analyzed the data and made some conclusions, and then CNN reported something and said it was from the "Census."

Well...

Without immigrants pouring into the nation's big metro areas, places such as New York, Los Angeles and Boston would be losing population.
CNN.com

Well here's a thought: maybe if the cities weren't full of crime of every type, more Americans would want to live there and not leave.  Right or wrong, maybe they see a 2 bedroom apartment with a family of 3 and 25 of their closest relatives as part of that problem, because there is a language barrier and nobody knows if they work 21 hours a day in their own business, or their oldest kid is running with a local gang.  Or both?

Who knows?

I don't.  But I'd put money against the idea that immigration is saving America from itself.

 

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April 4, 2007

They found somebody crazier than Howard Dean.

And probably a lot more dangerous.

Here's the face of "modern Democratic leadership," Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, when she recently defied the break in diplomatic relations with terrorist-sponsoring state Syria:

 

Yes, she's covering up her head, because to not do so might get her stoned in the street.... or maybe she just wanted to show how sensitive she was to the feelings of an oppressive patriarchy dragging the culture of the 14th century into the 21st.  We definitely want to encourage and grant legitimacy to these cultures to continue oppressing their women.  Now that's Progressive Multiculturalism!  Sorry 'bout your basic human rights, ladies!  We got to think of the big picture, here!

Maybe in her mind she's pretending to be Amish.

Anyway, there is a faction inside Syria struggling for reform.  Here's what they thought about Pelosi's visit:

As a Muslim, I fully understand respect of our religion by visiting US officials and I applaud that respect. Had Speaker Pelosi worn the Hijab inside a Mosque, this would have indicated respect but for Pelosi to wear it on the streets of Damascus all the while she is sitting with the self-imposed Baschar al-Assad who has come to symbolize oppression and one of the reasons why women are forced to wear the Hijab as they turn to religion to express their freedom is a statement of submittal not only to oppression but also to lack of womenís rights in the Middle East. Pelosi just reversed the work of the Syrian civil society and those who aspire for womenís freedom in the Muslim countries many years back with her visual statement. Her lack of experience of the Middle East is showing.

Assad could not have been happier because Syrian women, seeing a US official confirming what their husbands, the Imams in the Mosques tell them, and the society at large imposes on them through peer pressure will see in her wearing a Hijab as a confirmation of the societal pressures they are constantly under. No one will ever know how many women took the Hijab on after seeing Pelosi wearing it. The damage Speaker Pelosi is causing with her visit to Syria will be felt for many years to come.
Reform Party of Syria

Howard Dean publicly claim to "hate Republicans and everything they stand for."  At least he stopped short of saying that stupid bitches should just shut up and stay in the kitchen and do what the god damned MAN says to do.

(Hat tip: LGF)

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April 3, 2007

This is why I find the ultra-religious to be scary.

Because they think they know the minds of their gods... or at least pretend they do?  Same same.

Some woman put up a "honk if you love Jesus" sign, and her neighbor countered with a "honk twice for Satan" sign.

Claudette Soden, a devout Christian and owner of Photos Onto DVD, fired the first shot last week when she put up her Easter sign. Phil Young, who works at No Regrets next door to Soden's business, countered on Friday morning with his satanic sign.
Soden says Jesus is her "partner in business," and she wants everyone to know it.

"His sign is not bothering me, but I know it's bothering Jesus," she said.
Republican-American

I am not an atheist... I don't have a belief system based on not believing, and I'm not looking to convert anyone to my church, nor do I want your money (well, I do, but not for that).   But I don't believe, follow, or represent any deities.   I don't typically volunteer this information since it makes me somewhat unique in my circles of travel, but I don't lie when asked.  To me the idea of people talking to entities that aren't there is sort of scary.... what if somebody's disembodied voice tells them to kill me?  I mean, the Voices could say anything, right?  And if a person talks to people who aren't there..........  

But hey, anything is possible.  There might be a fuzzy God with his sunny Jesus.  But if there is, there is no way in hell that he is "bothered" by a hand-made sign in a parking lot.

Claudette is scary, and I hope she doesn't decide that Jesus is so upset that He wants her to "take steps" to remedy the situation.  That belief system has already killed millions of people.

I have many religious family members, and while I don't understand their faith, I know them all and I am not scared by them.  Hell, I even like most of them. 

But I don't know Claudette, nor do I know 99.9999999% of the rest of the religious members of the human race.  We have already put an estimate on how many of those people that we are aware of that want me dead or converted... doesn't matter which.

 

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April 2, 2007

He's running for President.

Barack Hussein Obama wants your vote in 2008.

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