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Stop The Chat Window

by on Jan.07, 2014, under IT, WTF?

This is an open letter to corporate web sites.

Who thought an obnoxious offer “to chat” was a good idea?

Please STOP annoying me with your unwieldy, annoying, pop-up blocker circumventing offers to “chat”.  If I wanted to chat with you, I would find a “contact” link on your web site and speak with someone in an off-shored call center.  Why do you think it would somehow be more attractive to instant-message this person?  It’s merely a form of less effective, less efficient and more annoying customer service.  Whoever thought up of this IS AN IDIOT.  And everyone else who thinks it’s a good idea to jump on this bandwagon is suffering from EXTREME STUPIDITY and incompetence in leadership.

OK, I’m done.  You may now continue with your regularly scheduled programming.

 

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Misappropriation of resources?

by on Nov.05, 2012, under Politics, WTF?

Several years ago, the City of New York went around digging up and replacing sidewalks.  I’m not talking about the ramps that comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act, I’m talking about the city determining that your sidewalk is in a state of disrepair, and showing up one day with jackhammers, digging it up and replacing it before you have a chance to complain about the noise.  Of course, a very costly invoice arrives shortly thereafter.  This invoice is generally two to three times what such work would cost in the private sector and failure to pay results in the usual collections and seizure tactics.

While the public-safety motivation behind this policy is obvious, the simple fact is that landlords, not the City are liable for slip and fall accidents and the extremely subjective and unpublished criteria by that determines whose sidewalk gets dug up makes the process suspect.  Universally, landlords and supers see this as another form of taxation: a cash-grab by the New York City.

Sidewalk Replacement in NYC on 11/5/12

And now, the point of today’s post: this morning, I saw the sidewalk being dug up on 111th Street and Broadway, in front of the Citibank.  I stopped in to joke with a friend who works there.  He informed me that the city is replacing the sidewalk, pursuant to the policy I’ve just described.

My question: could these work crews not be more useful helping clear debris in the communities ravaged by the hurricane?

Oh, and for the record, this sidewalk was absolutely fine and did not need replacement.  What qualifies me to say this?  Simple: I walk on it every day.  Unlike the sidewalk on the opposite side of Broadway, where I’ve twisted my ankle several times along the uneven surfaces.

 

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Top 2 Reasons Facebook Annoys me, this week

by on Apr.17, 2012, under IT, WTF?

1. Why do you think I’m German? Why are all the adverts you send me adverts in German? I can’t read this. Whether it’s my laptop, workstation or work PC, you’ve got some algorithm somewhere that says I’m German. WTF? I mean, this is good because I’m unlikely to buy anything. But still, I’m curious what made you think that ich kann Deutsches sprechen?

2. I’m not interested in posts you think are relevant. I want my posts chronologically. Why do you keep changing my settings back to featuring crap that monkeys in a cube comment on, and that I don’t care about?

Sincerely,
Someone who is using you less and less every day.

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Blockbuster video?

by on Jul.25, 2011, under WTF?

So I got this direct mail today from Blockbuster Video, promoting some “New Deal”.

I think Blockbuster is horrible.

It’s not something they’ve ever done to me, I’ve probably rented videos from them less than 10 times in my life.  The reason I hate Blockbuster is because it’s a company whose annual cash flow has historically depended heavily on late fees and penalties.  In other words, this company’s business model is fundamentally predatory and dare I say usurious when you consider how a few days of late fees cost more than buying the damn movie.

I’m tickled silly that Netflix has beat the living snot out of blockbuster with an innovative and consumer friendly business model.  In fact, check it out OnLine: NFLX is soaring and Blockbuster is in the crapper.  Yes, it really stinks for the people who will be out of work once blockbuster takes its last gasp, but something tells me that working there doesn’t make for a career path with growth potential.  If only money could be made shorting the few pennies left in blockbuster stock.

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NY State Senate is a joke

by on Jun.30, 2009, under Politics, WTF?

NY State SealIf you live in New York State, whomever your state senator is, you need to vote for the person who runs against the incumbent at the next election. The only way these morons will learn that their irresponsible partisanship and poor judgment is unacceptable is if they lose their seats as a result of their behavior.

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