Tagged: opinion

Your silly government: Chapter 297

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“…Did you know that when this president took office, it was illegal for the President to end a tweet with a question mark without a six month approval process from the economists across the street at the “Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs.”

~and~

“This “corporate policy” is actually a law that makes your government act like this, and it’s nefariously named the “Paperwork Reduction Act.”

Those are just two snippets from The Law Everyone Should Hate.

This is the perfect example why Democrats & Republicans alike need to vote out every standing Congress man/woman in office and get new blood in there all at once—-so stupid laws like this get removed from the books quickly and quietly, and hopefully never get put on the books to begin with. Comical. Offensive. Stupid.

The government wants to keep us safe: A comedy

Computer software and hardware backdoors will allow the Government to keep us safe. That’s what the government wants us to believe.

Uhh, I’ve seen that movie before… it was called:
“TSA agents and metal detectors will keep people from bringing dangerous items on air planes”

The results: A new mother can’t bring 8 ounces of bottled breast milk on a plane, but any jackass can sneak a 5 inch blade or zip gun on a plane with little effort… as long as he is willing to wait in 2 hour security lines at the terminal.

Backdoors in software/hardware won’t keep us safe from anything. All it’s going to do is allow the government to spend hundreds of millions of dollars to create departments and committees that track the companies and back doors and give congress something to bloviate about every election season.

TV vs Netflix: TV just doesn’t get it

Just about a week ago, for instance, Time Warner hinted that it may start limiting the number of shows it makes available to Netflix altogether. It also hinted that it may increase the time it takes for a show to end up on Netflix after initially airing on TV.

Now, in yet another effort to quell the Netflix effect, Bloomberg recently reported that some TV networks are already cutting back on the number of aired commercials in an effort to keep viewers happy and off of their Netflix queue.

Netflix

Do you see what they did there? They completely ignored the reason that every subscriber of Netflix subscribed to Netflix for, and instead chose to pull a bait-and-switch on viewers while using it as an excuse to up the fees for commercials to advertisers. It would be an awesome business move were it not so shockingly stupid.

Note to TV studios: We don’t care if you remove ALL the commercials. That’s not why people cut the cord. They cut the cord because they’re tired of paying outrageously high monthly fees to the cable companies for channels they don’t even want. And they’re tired of being forced to spend time manipulating DVR schedules to record the few shows they actually want to watch so that they can watch them WHEN they want to watch them.

To combat Netflix (and other sites & services like it), the studios and distribution companies are withholding content for longer periods of time before letting Netflix distribute it to their customers. In some cases, they simply won’t let Netflix have certain content at all.

That’s brilliant. Look how great that worked for the music recording industry. Does the word Napster mean anything to these idiots?

The monkey wins. Sort of.

Monkey SelfieEarlier this month I lost much sleep over the issue of who owns the copyright to the photo that a monkey took of herself. If you didn’t click the link, the story is that a photographer handed his camera to a bunch of monkeys until one of them ended up taking a selfie. When the photographer released the photo on the web, some sites refused to remove copies of it because they claimed the monkey owned the copyright, not the photographer. (more…)

Where did tipping go wrong?

…we appear to have come a long way down a road paved with good intentions. What the hell went wrong?

Tipping
Yeah, that’s pretty much my thoughts on tipping in general. It went from a reward for good service, to an expected supplement to an employee’s compensation. Heck, everyone expects to be tipped nowadays.

We went to Yogurtini the other day and there was a tip jar on the counter next to the register. What’s the problem, you ask?

Well if you’ve never been to Yogurtini, here’s how it works:

  • YOU take a container from the rack at the start of the line
  • YOU fill the container with as many yogurt flavors as your heart desires
  • YOU scoop all the fat-filled toppings you want on top of your yogurt
  • YOU carry the cup to the register and place it on a scale (they charge by weight)
  • THEY push a button and tell you how much you owe them

Yogurtini is a self-serve yogurt shop. The kid at the register pushes a button. Beyond that, they keep the toppings filled, the machines running, and occasionally use a stinky wet rag to wipe-down the tables. So, what part of this process warrants a tip from the customer?

This excellent article by C.A. Pinkham titled The Gratuitous Injustice of American Tipping Culture sums it all up quite nicely.

I don’t mind tipping for great service, but when the expectation for a tip is there from the moment I walk in the door of a business, I’m immediately placed in a position of looking for a reason NOT to tip well. Of course, this situation exists mostly because employers don’t pay a livable wage in many industries, but still…