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Buy a Vowel, M.R@N

There really ought to be some kind of thought put into the names of products. Things are getting just a little bit silly out there.

Hey, I have an idea. I’m going to start a dating service for idiots. It’s called DUMeBASSLyOvE.me. Hello, $billions!

…Becomes a Flood

Now Schumer is also expressing concern about employers requesting Facebook passwords.

Ugh, Adobe (redux)

butt ugly

The mind reels at the thought that Adobe–a company almost wholly devoted to the sale of software for creative professionals–seems either unable or unwilling to hire a graphic designer. Behold this icon. No, Adobe, “doo-doo brown” is not a pleasing color for an icon.

Granted, I don’t wish to say that the above Adobe Ideas icon is the worst piece of crap that Adobe has excreted. That dubious distinction belongs to another.


Let’s put aside the unbelievably awesome concept for just a minute and check out this gem from Star Simpson, one of the company’s co-founders (emphasis mine):

Honestly I think it’s not totally unreasonable to regulate something as potentially dangerous as having flying robots slinging tacos over people’s heads … [O]n the other hand, it’s a little bit ironic that that’s the case in a country where you can be killed by drone with no judicial review.

OK, now back to the concept. I want taco-delivery via flying robot right now.

Did Wal-Mart Buy Private User Data For Marketing Purposes?

Well, this isn’t shady. No, not shady at all.

Hey Employer, Show Me Yours And I’ll Show You Mine

Senator Blumenthal is working on a bill that would prevent employers from asking potential employees for their Facebook passwords. It’s a great start, provided it passes (which is anything but a given for our corporate-owned Senate). Now let’s do something about pre-employment credit checks.

Annoying Updates

Does anyone find it annoying when Apple’s “Software Update” pushes RAW camera support updates to all users, whether relevant or not to all users? I don’t (currently) use a camera to which these updates might apply. And even if I did, I likely wouldn’t have this exact camera. Irritating.



Poor Little Billion-Dollar Crybabies

Jean-Louis Gassée brings an applause-worthy smackdown to U.S. wireless carriers via an exhaustive rebuttal of a blatantly biased Wall Street Journal article:

You walk into an AT&T or Verizon store with a fully-paid unlocked phone. Will you get a lower monthly deal? I asked and, in both cases, the answer is a polite no.

Buy Our Product, But Please Don’t Use It

Newsflash: a 2GB data plan lasts about ten minutes over a fast connection. Can you imagine any company other than a wireless carrier getting away with this sort of thing? Imagine a milk company which:

  • charges you $30 per month for one cup of milk;
  • makes you sign a contract which stipulates that you’ll owe them $600 if you buy milk from anyone else over the next two years;
  • forces you to use their own crappy bottle with a leaky mouth;
  • etc.

Why do we put up with it? Because the biggest two of the four major carriers in this country have conspired to use this insane business model (though T-Mobile throttles after 2GB, and Sprint still has unlimited plans–for now). We really have no other choice. So enjoy your cup of milk and shut up.

I’ll leave the excoriation of the Wall Street Journal for conflating this issue with Apple to others.

It Turns Out That Sausage Is Mostly Wholesome Meat

This American Life has just issued a retraction of its popular episode “Mr. Daisey Goes to the Apple Factory,” in which monologist Mike Daisey recounts horror stories about working conditions at Foxconn’s factories in Shenzhen, China. While I’m not surprised to learn that Daisey modified the truth a little bit, I am a little bit disappointed in TAL for presenting the story as fact.

Anyway, let’s not forget that even if these factories aren’t quite as hellish as they’ve been painted to be, working in them is still not quite the same as working in an American factory. And let’s remember that every single object we buy is made in factories like these–not just our gadgets, which we are apparently fixated upon because of some kind of guilt.