Tag: Techdirt

Lending a helping hand

Techdirt just noted that one of the AOL subscribers to its Techdirt Wireless newsletter has been reporting the email as spam, and that AOL is now giving them a hard time.

Techdirt is being forced to remove all AOL subscribers to the email, in order to keep AOL off their backs, and despite having a compliant double opt-in policy for subscriptions.

Will the joker that keeps reporting the Techdirt Wireless newletters as spam please use the unsubscribe link at the bottom of the newsletter, rather than punishing the rest of the subscribers through their “actions” and inaction.

Rule #1: Spyware purveyors are liars

The term “spyware” has become a dirty word. So what do all the spyware companies do? They talk around it. Techdirt points this out plain and clear in Spyware Purveyors Still Talking Past Critics. These folks can call it targeted marketing, advertising deployment enhancers, or any other of a number of ridiculous terms that come out of their jargon generators. The bottom line is – people don’t like the ads. And I don’t like the idea of software being installed on my machines without my knowledge.

Unfortunately, the websites that utilize spyware companies’ services and/or popups, get immediately cross off my visit list. They lose my eyeballs, and any chance of me ever coming back. I suggest others do the same.

Fortunately, there is some light shining on the issue. As long as spyware companies keep up their silly tricks, there will be plenty of new jobs created at anti-spyware companies trying to fight them.

The State of Technology, Education, and/or Journalism

The Guardian covers a story about how students fair poorer in testing when they have access to computers to assist them in their studies. I end up getting the frank report from a technology blog. I don’t know which is worse, the computers in the classrooms, the calculators used to do the statistics for the study, or the journalist who buried the facts behind the policy flip flopping, at the bottom of the story.

Perpetual Phone Conversation Archiving

There has been a lot of recent speculation about everyone’s favorite search engine getting into the phone business, as well as a lot of chatter as to why anyone would think such a thing. So I thought I would put my two cents in, in as practical (and sarcastic) a manner as possible.