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Bugger Productivity

It’s not like I was getting any work done anyway. (Ok, actually I was: Five of yesterday’s six posts took under 10 minutes, and four took 5 minutes or less.) But:

  • Scientists invade the privacy of Giant squid, intruding on their long-preserved solitude. Also be sure to notice National Geographic’s beautiful user interface for selecting photographs.
  • Ray Everett-Church has the right comments on the sad passing of Don Adams, in “Owner of World’s First Mobile Phone Dies.”
  • EPIC has good commentary on “Mass. Grocer to Market to Customers’ Wireless Phones,” including why this is more invasive than other “loyalty card” programs, and why they’re fooling you with the promise of lower prices.
  • The Wall St Journal has an article on the mash being made of the Do-Not-Call list, “Do-Not-Call Lists Under Fire.” It’s enough to make you think that the forthcoming data protection law shouldn’t have any state preemption. (Thanks to Rob for the pointer.)
  • And lastly, Republican Congressmen are questioning if the Pentagon is trying to evade oversight, as the New York Times reports in “Republicans See Signs That Pentagon Is Evading Oversight.”

4 comments on "Bugger Productivity"

  • John Kelsey says:

    So, was I the only one who got to the last paragraph of the WSJ article, and wondered if there would be any adverse consequences to alerting the DMA of my entire family’s untimely demise?

  • Adam says:

    I can’t believe they charge to put people on the list. It seems to me to be just good business sense not to upset greiving relations.

  • Nikita says:

    I’m now thinking of getting a voicemail-capable modem that can recognize DTMF modes and installing a CAPTCHA to get rid of pre-recorded calls. (Yes, I know you’re not a fan of CAPTCHAs.)

  • Adam says:

    Don’t forget to have it announce that this call may be recorded for quality assurance purposes.
    Also, I hate the thought of having to type a number on a cell phone if I call you while on the highway. (I’m not a fan of talking and driving. There are, however, degrees of stupidity in cell phone use.)

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