Dickney DVDs

Couldn’t have said it better myself.

Menu Nightmare!

Disney’s Fast Play (Or the Marketing of a Flipped Bit)

Bourne Identity Theft

Imagine you’re just a normal joe. You turn on the news to discover that apparently you’re part of an international assassination squad because a killer (sanctioned by the government) stole your identity and used it to kill. Have a nice day.

Visit msnbc.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy


Warner Music Group during its fiscal results call today acknowledged that its digital music sales have slowed since it helped push for variable pricing on iTunes last year. In the fall, the company's digital sales equivalent to whole albums grew about 5 percent compared to late 2008 where it grew 10 percent over this past summer and 11 percent in the spring. Absolute digital revenue followed a similar pattern as the income grew 8 percent year-over-year in late 2009, but less than half the 20 percent from the end of 2008.



John Dvorak at Marketwatch:

In a Prius, as well as many computer-controlled Toyotas, the accelerator pedal is more like a volume-control knob than anything else. In the olden days when you stepped on the pedal, it would be directly connected to, say, a carburetor, and open a valve mechanically as you pushed down.

This is now passé, as this activity is done electronically on the most modern cars by network signaling.

A good article explaining how auto makers went from hardware to software and may have put us all into hot water. Here’s hoping not.


California needs high speed trains

I hate flying. But I love traveling. Yeah, it’s a pickle. Here’s a slick bit of promotion pushing for high speed trains in California. The Huffington Post has an AP article on the deal. Here’s a piece of it:

High-speed rail projects in California, Florida and Illinois are among the big winners of $8 billion in grants announced Thursday by the White House – the start of what some Democrats tout as a national rail-building program that could rival the interstate highways begun in the Eisenhower era.

President Barack Obama announced the awards during a town hall meeting in Tampa, Fla. – a follow-up to Wednesday's State of the Union address that focused on getting Americans back to work. Thirteen passenger rail corridors in 31 states will receive grants, which are funded by the economic recovery act enacted last year.

Your President, brought to you by Exxon Mobil

The New York Times and again The New York Times

The Los Angeles Times and again The Los Angeles Times

The Huffington Post and again The Huffington Post

Crooks and Liars




roundup of the facts.

Keeping Facebook private

Mahendra Palsule explains it all for you.

Hey, Zuckerberg. Get F'Booked!

This just in over at CNET. Apparently all you Facebookers are just grist for Mark Zuckerberg’s vision of an open society. Completely open. As in NOTHING IS PRIVATE. Read on if you dare to see just how wide open you truly are in his world. And, just so you know, in his world, he’s king. And you are a cash cow getting gored.

Read this. Then decide if you’re willing to ditch your privacy for Zuckerberg’s wallet.

Chris Matyszczyk writes:

And in it [see attached video], around the three-minute mark, he [Zuckerberg] says: "People have really gotten comfortable not only sharing more information and different kinds, but more openly and with more people. That social norm is just something that has evolved over time."

Perhaps you weren't aware that people's comfort with sharing had become a new social norm. Perhaps you were naive enough to think that people used laptops and social-networking sites to connect very specifically with certain other people in order to share certain things. You know, in a relatively private way. Like letters that fly at the speed of light. You were mistaken.

Waiter, there's shit in my soda

This from the L.A. Times.

Do want ice with that crap?
Amina Khan writes: All right, two burgers with a side of fries coming up ... would you like a large fecally contaminated soda with that? Like it or not, that's what you may be drinking, says a study published in the January print edition of the International Journal of Food Microbiology. The study looked at 90 beverages from 30 soda fountains in Virginia. A follow-up study took a look at the microbes they found in 27 drinks (including water). Researchers found that 48% of the drinks were harboring "coliform" bacteria -- which means they could contain fecal matter. 

Get the full poop

Photo credit: Los Angeles Times

Suicide is (Facebook) Painless

I had to do it. Several months ago I walked away from Facebook and Twitter. The endless poking, quiz bullshit and anonymous followers was wearing me down. However, while Twitter erased me completely, Facebook promised me that my online identity was always be there should I ever choose to come back. Honestly, it tempts me. Freakin’ weird.

Then there’s this. My salvation.

web 2.0 suicide machine promotion from moddr_ on Vimeo.

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Robbed by the Bank of America

Ever feel like you’re living in story by Kafka? If so, I could show you around. But you’re paying because the Bank of America stole $5,000 from me and refuses to give it back.

Here’s the deal: Up until the end of November the mortgage on the home I share with my wife and kids was held by Countrywide/Bank of America. We refinanced this past fall with Bank of America (no Countrywide) to lower our mortgage payment. So far so good. However, on December 2nd an automatic mortgage payment I’d set up with BofA’s online bill payment service went, by mistake, to the old now defunct Countrywide/BofA account
and to the new, less expensive BofA mortgage account. Simply put, we paid two mortgages. One payment went to a black BofA-owned hole. The other payment went to the proper account.

No problem. I call BofA and tell them to look at my checking account (they do), note the Dec. 2 debit withdrawn by mistake (they do) and ask them to either return the money to the checking account or apply the money toward our current mortgage. Easy peasy.

Thirty-six days later... BofA will not, seemingly cannot return my money. I’ve called. I’ve emailed. I’ve pleaded. The responses I get from the various representatives all revolve around “the payment research department.” It seems that this “department” must “research” this “payment” before a return can be made. However, this “department” is always down. The computers are down? The employees are down? Their thumbs are down on my missing money? I don’t know.

The latest email received today tells me that this problem will be resolved by January 6th, 2010. Note that this email from BofA is the fourth in a series that has promised resolution “within 5 to 6 days.” These emails go back four weeks.

Adding insult to injury, our Christmas-weary checking account has been repeatedly hammered (the $5,000 cushion ain’t there) and you would not believe the insufficient funds charges that are piling up. We’re talking hundreds of dollars. Money I’m sure they’ll be expecting from me
after they took my money in the first place!

This brings me to the
Huffington Post. Specifically their push to get people onto the Move Your Money train. Trust me, I’m on board. The moment the Thieves of America give me my money back I am so gone from those bastards and into my closest community bank. I’ll keep you posted.

Oh. And Happy New Year.

Distracted? Let Colin Explain It All For You

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