Yelp, extortion scheme?

Techcrunch [hat tip Robert Schultz]: "The plaintiff in the suit, a veterinary hospital in Long Beach, CA, is said to have requested that Yelp remove a negative review from the website, which was allegedly refused by the San Francisco startup, after which its sales representatives repeatedly contacted the hospital demanding payments of roughly $300 per month in exchange for hiding or deleting the review." - This should be interesting to monitor. I can't imagine an up-and-comer like Yelp doing something so stupid. Could it have been an opportunistic employee? Guess we'll find out.

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I'll give you $40

On Edge 559: "On December 30th a post appeared in the art/media/design jobs section of requesting a graphic designer. The poster wanted to hold a contest to design an ad for a 'high end clothing store' and the winner would receive a $40 reward. What ensued were impassioned responses by several readers." - I hate to say it, but it's true, this is what you get in the Fresno area. Thing is, they'll get someone to do it. Hey, maybe Noah Stokes can help you?

Come to think of it Maybe I'll put together my own submission, I'm good with Acorn and Visio.

NOTE OF CAUTION: There's a bit of language in the post, but it is funny.

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Boise State #1 in 2010?

ESPN: "If the Broncos wore, say, Florida's laundry, or USC's, or Ohio State's, they'd be the landslide No. 1 team heading into next season. Amazing how much a team's uniform and tradition can affect how we look at it." - There's no way on God's green earth the BCS would ever rank a mid-major #1, not gonna happen. If you look at Boise State's record over the past five years you'll notice something very interesting, they don't lose very often. Now they've closed out the 2009 season with a 14-0 record. Only one other team has done that, Ohio State. Boise State had better finish #2 in the final 2009 BCS standings, nothing else makes sense.

We'll continue to have great college football, no doubt about that, but we'll never really know who the best team in the land is because they don't play for it.

It's time to BUST the BCS, and have a playoff system. Come on guys, you know it's the right thing to do, just do it.

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NBA, Land of Punks and Thugs

ESPN: "NEW YORK -- Washington Wizards teammates Gilbert Arenas and Javaris Crittenton drew guns on each other during a Christmas Eve locker room argument over a gambling debt, according to The New York Post." - Hey, if you need a gun to settle a dispute, or defend yourself, you're not much of a man. What every happened to that time when two men would stand toe to toe and slug it out?

Why in the world do these punks continue to get hired, and paid, to play a game? Clearly they're not men, and not deserving.

Boot them out of the NBA, let them get a job at 7-11, or McDonald's and let's see how much they like that. Better yet, put them in jail for a while, cool their jets a bit. Maybe, just maybe, they'll grow up a bit.

Looks like that worked for Michael Vick.

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Thomas L. Cable, Jr. - Loser

ESPN: "In 1989, Sandy Cable sought a temporary order of protection, which said, in part, 'On two occasions, one back in '86 and the other in '88, he hit me. The second time in the face, however on attempts to call law enforcement, my husband would rip the phone out of the wall.'" - What a man! It takes a real man to knock around a lady. Gee Tom, what do you do for an encore, knock down little kids and steal their candy?


Hey, get in touch ( when you'd like to go a couple rounds. I live in Exeter, California, and I'm in the phone book.

I'm game.

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Ev hasn't a clue?

James Robertson: "Comedy Gold ensues as Ev bobs and weaves - it's pretty clear that he has no clue whatsoever. It amazes me that people keep throwing money at this guy." - Go check the link in James' post. I think their revenue model are the deals they just signed with Google and Microsoft. That's it!

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The need for Doctor computer order entry

Jerry Fahrni: "There are two medications contained in the hand written orders below. I double-dog dare you to find them." - Wow, no way I could figure out what that doctor had written. Go take a look if you like puzzles.

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No, no, no, no, no, no TO!

ESPN Chicago: "The Chicago Bears quarterback would not say Wednesday whether he'd like the team to acquire the flashy and controversial receiver from Buffalo." - Please, Chicago, please, don't bring that cry baby to the Bears. He's a team destroyer, not worth it folks. I'd been a Cowboys fan since I was eight years old and became a Bears fan when the Cowboys signed TO. He'd be a great player if he could just keep his opinions to himself, catch passes that hit him in the hands, and be a team player. I'm just sayin.

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Hey, Al, fire the bum!

Commitment to MediocrityFanhouse: "The other coaches pulled Cable from Hanson, but an enraged Cable broke their grasp and attacked Hanson a second time, allegedly screaming, 'I'm going to kill you!' over and over as he kept a hand around Hanson's throat. " - Al Davis is unquestionably the worst owner in the NFL, leaps and bounds above #2 Jerry Jones. He may have known football at one time, but that time has passed. Now he has coaches threatening to 'kill' other coaches.

It's no wonder Al Davis had to hire Cable, nobody in their right mind would want to work for the man.

Hey there, big Al, do the NFL a favor and fire Tom Cable and yourself! The Raiders are a complete joke.

Raiders - Commitment to Mediocrity!

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Just a little obsessive are we?

Time: "Although extreme cases of Internet and video-game addiction have not been widely publicized in the U.S., it's a different story in Europe and in East Asia, where game-playing has even been linked to player death." - Wow. It's hard to believe we now have game addiction centers. Yes people, XBox, and the internet can combine to create a beast. Get a life, go outside, talk to real humans, not just their digital representations. Crazy stuff.

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Sci Fi is now Syfy?

NY Times: "One big advantage of the name change, the executives say, is that Sci Fi is vague - so generic, in fact, that it could not be trademarked. Syfy, with its unusual spelling, can be, which is also why diapers are called Luvs, an online video Web site is called Joost and a toothpaste is called Gleem" - We watch Sci Fi all the time, and love it. This whole name change thing is not so good IMHO, and of course my opinion doesn't matter, but I'm going to share it anyway. They say they can't get a trademark, but what about branding? Their new message, which I'm sure they spent a mint on, is horrible. Syfy, Imagine Greater. What the heck does that mean? The station isn't so good and you should find something else to watch? I liked their edgy commercials, this... I don't know what to make of this. It's very mellow, like some kind of network for women.

Sci Fi should fire the company they hired to come up with this crap, fire their executive staff, and go back to what they were, an edgy science fiction channel, not a happy-go-lucky-warm-and-fuzzy channel like so many others.

Yeah, I know, my opinion doesn't matter. Move along, there's nothing to see here.


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Former NFL QB McNair Murdered "NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Former NFL quarterback Steve McNair's shooting death was a homicide, police said Sunday, but authorities stopped short of saying it was a murder-suicide committed by the 20-year-old girlfriend found dead by his side." - Crazy.

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What a turkey

CNN [via James Robertson]: "'It's all fun and games until somebody gets stalked,' Kutcher wrote in a Twitter posting late Monday." - I've never figured out why people like this guy. He thinks he's the stuff, pushes to get one million followers on Twitter, then, in typical Ashton Kutcher style whines about it. Someone needs to punk this turkey because he can't take it. Please pull the plug on your Twitter account, that would be just fine with me.

Stars, gotta love 'em.

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Poor UI Design

The Daily WTF: "'I honestly think that Aquamacs could have tried a third row of buttons on this confirmation dialog,' notes Rowan Lewis" - Yikes! Hey, I just wanted to save the file. Thanks.

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Pot meet kettle

The Last Days: "According to the survey, 54 percent of Americans who attend church at least once per week said the use of torture against suspected terrorists is 'often' or 'sometimes' justified, while only 42 percent of Americans who 'seldom or never' attend church services agreed with that viewpoint."

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Slow down

Visalia Times Delta: "The Passat was traveling at a speed too fast for the roadway and the driver, Masson Blow, 19, of Lompoc, lost control, the CHP reported." - I spent just over a year driving this highway when I worked for Paramount Farms. I have friends that still drive it. It's an extremely dangerous road because people tend to get very stupid. It's a two lane road in the middle of nowhere so folks believe they can drive 90+ and get away with it. The problem is they can't control their vehicle at those speeds and folks pay the ultimate price. There are multiple deaths on 41 EVERY year. You'd think the CHP would be given the resources to properly police the area and write monster tickets, along with hauling folks to the pokey, for speeding.

One of Exeter's own, Casey Goodwin, was kill on that very highway in 2003.

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How stupid can you get? Pretty stupid.

Fresno Bee: Police say a Bulldog gang member held down his 7-year-old son while another gang member tattooed a gang insignia -- a dog paw -- on the boy's right hip. - Unbelievable.

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Terrorists? Who needs 'em?

CNN: "Speaking to an energetic and angry tea party crowd in Austin Wednesday evening, the Lone Star State governor suggested secession may happen in the future should the federal government not change its fiscal polices." - Crazy talk. Go ahead, secede. So many are worried about terrorists, we don't need them to tear the country apart, all we need is a looney governor and a group of crazies to make it happen.

Honestly I think the news is making a bigger deal of it than it really is. I don't think the Texas Governor is that stupid, he's just unhappy with the way things are going.

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I, Cringely on Sun

I, Cringley: "I know that Sun walked away from the deal, by the way. Iím not THAT out of touch with the world. I just think that understanding the Sun mindset might help explain that bonehead move." - At one point I was a Sun fanboy, and wanted to work there. Now, it would seem they're trying their darndest to become a piece of Silicon Valley folklore. I hope Schwartz is some kind of genius that knows something the rest of us don't, for his sake and the sake thousands working there.

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Weird Dream

Duct Tape, fixer of all things!I've been listening to a lot of podcasts lately, Adam Corolla, Core Intuition, and my latest find, Developer Lives. Monday, on the drive into work, I listened to the latest Core Intuition, great discussion guys, and on the way home I grabbed the latest Developer Lives. Both podcasts featured Daniel Jalkut, Daniel is the co-host of Core Intuition, and was the featured developer on Developer Lives. The stage is now set...

In my dream I'm working on my Mac only drawing and diagraming desktop application, think Visio. In the dream I'm doing the thing I like to do above all other development jobs, I'm adding scripting capabilities. Mind you, I'm not coding yet, I'm working through what to expose to the outside, and trying to make a scripting environment/language choice. My two choices were AppleScript and Python, because you can embed it in you application, great example Acorn.

I pick up the phone and call Daniel. We're having a nice discussion about the plusses and minuses of both approaches, and the idea of supporting both, then my wife's alarm clock goes off; it's 5:30AM, my dream of a Mac only, highly extensible, drawing and diagramming engine is just that, a dream.

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Starbucks Customer Horror Stories

Starbucks Gossip: "Here's the perfect story to start a discussion on Starbucks customer horror stories" - Read the comments, pure gold. Our daughter has never shared a story quite like any of these, maybe that's a good thing.

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Yeah, we can be bad

blink, blinkDerek Powazek: "Programmers are the Gods of their tiny worlds. They create something out of nothing. In their command-line universe, they say when itís sunny and when it rains. And the tiny universe complies." - While I'd never compare myself, or anyone for that matter, to God. Developers are, by and large, quite fickle. We can come across as arrogant butt heads, yep. I'm sure there are a number of folks over the years I've completely offended, or pissed off, especially as I've gotten older.

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Melt down, in progress

I have to vent somewhere so I don't destroy the nearest thing to me. Where to begin...

My MacBook is dead, okay, let's move on. Fire up the Linux box, hmmmm, I can't see outside my network, no internet connection. Great, can't VPN to work to get something useful done. Still trying to figure that one out. Then I notice my iPod Touch needed some juice, so I plugged it in to my Windows laptop. I guess that's a bad idea. Friggin iTunes REMOVED ALL MY APPS! Look, it just needed some juice, why, why in God's name, would you remove all my apps? That is just plain stoopid guys. Come on, you're smarter than that. So now what? I'm guessing I have to wait until I get back my repaired MacBook so I can get my apps back?

Someone on the iTunes team please step up, it's time for a cage match. I'm really pissed and want to destroy something.

Thanks for ruining my day fellas.

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Hate at Lockergnome?

Lockergnome: "I have prepared an alternative statement that David Cameron, leader of the British opposition, should release immediately to the rest of the free world:" - Read the comments. People are blowing this way out of proportion. We'll be just fine folks. Breath in, breath out, repeat.

I never expected Lockergnome to be the home to a racist.

UPDATE: As a reader pointed out. The hateful part wasn't in the body of the post, it was in the comments below. My brain managed to meld the two into one.

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This is the United States of AmericaMy daughter just came home from school with a massive headache, she gets them on occasion. On the ride home she tells my wife "We had a mock vote and a kid behind me saw I voted Obama. Then when we were on the way to the bus the kid pushed me and called me 'N* Lover'." You know what N* means, and it's not nice.

I just got off the phone with the Principal and he said this has been happening a lot over the past week. He assured me the situation will be dealt with.

You don't have to like Obama, you don't have to support the man, but for heavens sake, don't get violent over someone else supporting him. In this country we're allowed to make a choice but that sort of behavior is simply Un-American. Men, and women, have given their lives unselfishly to afford us this wonderful honor. Don't disgrace their memories with violence against one of your own.

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Radar Online: "CNBC confirms that someone did indeed march up to Lehman Brothers CEO Dick Fuld and "knock him out cold," right after the bankruptcy was announced." - Whoops...

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Seven long years ago today.

Dave had a great flow of information, and at times was the only source I could reach. The big resources were getting hammered.

I'm watching the replay on MSNBC now, it's bringing back so many memories, I couldn't work that day.

And to think, the people behind this, the big wigs so to speak, are still free men. Pathetic.

Timeline on Wikipedia.

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More Comcast woes

Stuart Rawling: "So I took my dog for a little walk, and guess what. Every house on my street has a satellite dish. Every one. I spoke with my neighbor and asked what service they used for High Speed Internet, and they said ATT dsl, cos cable is too expensive if you donít get their TV service (it is about $58 a month). So if all those other neighbors have a Satellite dish, I am guessing they also use ATT DSL." - It would seem Comcast is as stoopid as the RIAA. They hate their customers.

I've been using Verizon DSL with few problems for a few years now, I'm definitely pleased with it so far. I'm also a DishNetwork subscriber and I love their service. Never had a problem with it as far as I can remember.

It funny that Stuart asked if others in the neighborhood were having problems only to have Comcast report 'No', which is true, but none of his neighbors are using the service, that's priceless.

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9to5Mac: "IAmRich is the latest from developer, Armin Heinrich. It costs almost $1,000 (£599.99), and does absolutely nothing at all." - Yes, someone will buy it, simply because they have too much money.

Why didn't I think of that?

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Not surprising

The New York Sun: "GENEVA ó An Iranian official says his country will refuse requests to freeze its uranium enrichment program in exchange for a pledge of no new U.N. Security Council sanctions."


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Yes, I'm a bit insane

Tom Distler: "My friend Rob (whom I share an office at work with) made the mistake of sending me the following picture, which I couldnít resist turning into a motivational poster." - Remember, when you send a goofy photo to your friend, it will most likely wind up on the internet. My personal favorite is "Reality: This guy could be your office mate!"

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Giant, since when?

Scoble: "Well, weíve fought about it. Made noise about it. And youíre witnessing two giants (Google and Facebook) fighting over our social networks. Here, letís discover my social network:" - Since when did Facebook become a giant? The Silicon Valley has a strange effect on people when it comes to technology, just like Hollywood with stardom. Facebook is a giant like Paris Hilton is a star, why?


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Oklahoma City [insert name here]

ESPN: "Sonics chairman Clay Bennett is so eager to sever ties with Seattle that he's willing to leave the team's name, logo, colors and history behind to avoid a messy divorce." - If this turkey feels he must move the team the least he can do is leave the name behind for the next team in Seattle.

As for the name of the team in Okie City, here's a list of Oklahoma State symbols(linked in the article above), you can also let your minds wander. What do you think of when you hear Oklahoma?

UPDATE: I'd go with Oklahoma City Wild Turkeys. This would allow them to do a marketing deal with Wild Turkey Bourbon; logos on the uniforms, Wild Turkey on the sidelines instead of water or Gatorade, and discounted shots at the game. It could be a huge draw!

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Why is this news?

ESPN: "Among major leaguers, though, just 8.2 percent were black players, down from 8.4 percent in 2006 and the lowest level in at least two decades." - So? Do we measure the number of white players in the NBA, or NFL? Statistics like this are nonsense. All it means is black folks are choosing to not play baseball, that's all. Does it really matter what color the player's skin is? Hey, I don't care if you're purple. I guess baseball needs something to distract from the steroid issue?

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Too late

Think Progress: "A new report by the Energy Information Administration ó 'the statistical and analytical arm of the Energy Department' ó predicts that 'average gasoline prices will shoot up to $3.60 a gallon in June'" - I wonder what that means for the average Californian that's paying $3.60 per gallon of regular gasoline in early April? Yikes.

I've already seen Chevron regular priced at $3.85, with super priced at $4.00, in Fresno.

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Racial Divide

Speak Up! Memphis: "Philadelphia prosecutors say 27 year-old Tyrone Spellman killed Alayiah Turman in September 2006 with at least five blows to the head when she pulled down his Xbox console." - This is of course a VERY tragic story, a grown man kills his 17-month old child because she broke his XBox. So why link to it? Check out the comments. Racism is still alive an well in the United States.


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NY Starbucks Robbery

Original Starbucks LogoGothamist: "After the startling Midtown robbery yesterday afternoon in which a man was beaten and robbed of $149,000 in cash on the street, the police are still looking for the suspect." - This sounds like something out of a movie, not real life.

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Smoking Crack

The Economist: "That is a very small stake, but it nonetheless values the three-year-old firm at $15 billion, an amount that experts think is mad." - Do you remember the internet bust? The downfall that brought all of tech to its' knees for a while? This is complete insanity, $15 billion, based on what? I know there's an entire crowd of people that believe taking drugs expands your thought process, I'd bet there was some crack smoking involved in this valuation.

I think I'm getting old. For all the hype I still don't get Facebook. Sigh...


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