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That’s one way to keep the support queue short

Here’s a brain-damaged gem I heard today while dealing with the answering service robot on the support line for Walmart Family Mobile phone service: “Just so you know, some issues can be resolved simply by turning your phone off and then back … Continue reading

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A CAPTCHA’d Audience

My thesis for today is that Google’s CAPTCHA facility ranks up there as one the worst thought-out pieces of garbage on the Internet.               How am I supposed to know whether this banner says “No parking” … Continue reading

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Who’s the brains of this gang?

I’ve received something like 30 copies of this pump-and-dump scam spam over the past two days, all identical except for the forged sender names: Alright, let’s get right to it… We’ve been out of touch for a while. I’ve been … Continue reading

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A slur in time

An aphorism of which I have always been particularly fond states that “isolationist” is a term created by imperialists to denigrate noninterventionists. With the advent of President Donald Trump, a new version suggests itself: “populism” is a term created by authoritarians to … Continue reading

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And now for something completely different…

1994: Citing the factoid that there are “more gun dealers in America than gas stations,” Bill Clinton announces new regulations that result in four out of five existing Federal Firearms Licensees nationwide losing their licenses, on the basis that they are hobbyists … Continue reading

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ChannelMaster DVR+ Announced

Earlier, I blogged about the abysmal quality and user interface of the ChannelMaster CM7400 Over-The-Air DVR. Last week, I received an announcement from ChannelMaster for their new DVR+ product, an upgraded unit for the same application. There are a few … Continue reading

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Error: Fatal Error in Error Reporting; Please Report This Error!

If stupidity came in styles, like prose and poetry do, this would be a Stupidity Haiku: Better yet, if stupidity were music, this would be a “round,” like “Row, Row, Row Your Boat”. (In case it’s not obvious to the … Continue reading

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