Legal downloadable music stores still not getting it.

Jan 21, 2005 | | 2 comments |

So we're watching "I Love the 90s part deux" on VH1 at the moment, and I decided it would be neat to get hold of a copy of 2 Live Crew's "Me So Horny" after it was featured a couple of nights ago.
First stop, the VH-1 website. They only have the whole album for $14. No thanks. Next stop iTunes. They don't have it at all. Next stop Napster. They have it but you need to put their spyware on your PC and cough up $9.95 to subscribe before they'll let you grab the tune for 99¢
Moving on to mp3.com - littered with pops and adverts (thank God for Adblock and Firefox!). Eventually they link to RealPlayer. Follow the link and again you need their proprietary piece of spyware installed, but now it's $14.95 before you can download the track for $1.50.
ezmp3s.com - nice site but it forces your browser full-screen and forcibly tries to install its own software without you knowing. Again thank God for Firefox. If I'd been using InternetExplorer, no doubt my machine would be on it's knees by know riddled with worms and virii.
AllCoolMusic.com - crappy selection. Audiogalaxy.com - popups, banner adverts, and you need to register before you can even search so I don't know if they've got anything.

So having tried all the legal routes, and having failed, I shall now revert to the illegal method. Until these boffins get it right, pay-per-song downloadable music is never going to work. They put all these barriers in the way of you getting what you want, so what do they expect us to do? Force people away with crappy selections and spyware, and of course they're going to download illegally. What I want is to be able to go to a site, paypal 99cent; to them and get an MP3 back that I can do what I want with. I don't want spyware, logins, accounts, subscriptions, digital rights management and all the other shite that prevents you getting what you want. I just want the God Damned Frickin' music!

A "President" of two faces.

Jan 20, 2005 | | 0 comments |

So it's official. B*sh has been sworn in for another four wars. In his speech he vowed fight tyranny and oppression around the world. A valuable sentiment, undermined somewhat by the fact that he had all the anti-B*sh protesters along the parade route arrested and taken away.

Clever Amex scam.

Jan 19, 2005 | | 7 comments |

I got an official looking letter this morning from some group claiming to be the "Lipuma Class Action Settlement" group, telling me that if I'd used my Amex card outside of America after 1997, I was entitled to money back from American Express due to some fraud or other. It all reads very clever, but then they ask for my name and address, telephone numbers, credit card numbers and a bunch of other stuff. Yeah right. Like I'm going to put all that info in an unsolicited mail. Still, I guess some morons somewhere will fall for it. Suckers.

MIRAS is alive and well in America

Jan 18, 2005 | | 0 comments |

When we bought our house in England, the government abolished tax relief on mortage interest payments the same year. Fortunately, they've not cottoned on to that plot over here in America yet. I was going through our tax return tonight using Turbotax, and lets just say when I got to putting in the mortgage interest and tax payed on our house, the little refund number Turbotax had calculated got much bigger very quickly. I like mortgage interest tax relief. It's A Good Thing. Even once I'd declared Paula's income from the UNPS and my Google Adsense income, we still got a refund, due exclusively to us owning a house. Sweeeeeet.

Home is where the bird's corpse is.

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Well Dory, our cat, has indicated to us in no uncertain terms that she knows where home is now. She presented Paula with a dead bird this evening. This is nasty and nice at the same time. Nobody wants to deal with dead wildlife in their home, but it means Dory truly feels safe and at home with us now. Paula dealt with the corpse accordingly and our Dyson vacuum made short work of the remaining bits and feathers.

Zieg Heil! All Hail B*sh.

Jan 17, 2005 | | 1 comments |

From the official list of things you cannot take to B*sh's innauguration ceremony:

Firearms, weapons of any kind, ammunition (either real or simulated), explosives of any kind (including fireworks), knives, blades, or sharp objects (of any length), aerosol sprays, coolers, thermal or glass containers, mace, pepper spray, sticks, poles, pocket or hand tools (such as a leatherman), packages, backpacks, large bags, duffel bags, suitcases, laser pointers, posters, signs, placards (including supports structures), animals other than guide dogs or service dogs assisting handicapped individuals, strollers, chairs, umbrellas, alcoholic beverages, and any other items at the discretion of the security screeners that may pose a potential safety hazard.

When you research deeper into it, they're also banning props, folding chairs, bicycles, papier mache objects, coffins, crates, crosses, cages, signs, portable balloons, cellphones, baby carriages, strollers, wheelchairs and get this : sunglasses.

You have got to be frickin' kidding me. Strollers and puppies are security hazards? And God help us ! He's got a stick!

No banners or posters? Is that because they don't want pictures of folks with "Fuck B*sh" signs? This isn't news though. Sadly they've been selectively removing folks with signs from B*sh's tour routes for a while now.

I guess Democrats, Independants, free thinkers, Catholics, Jews, blacks, gays and women are also banned?

It turns out that if you don't have a ticket, you will be moved to around 14th street, which is off the parade route. And if you do have a ticket, according to the site, you are expressly informed to not look directly at him or look side to side or make any sudden movements.

This really is a truly sad state of affairs when the American public will put up with shit like this and still live in the belief that B*sh has their better interests at heart. That website reads like a pre-Nazi rally checklist.

I would have thought barring the United States Citizens from going to the inauguration, or God forbid expressing their feelings there is nothing short of facism. In fact.....

fascism ( P ) Pronunciation Key (fshzm)
n.
often Fascism
1.A system of government marked by centralization of authority under a dictator, stringent socioeconomic controls, suppression of the opposition through terror and censorship, and typically a policy of belligerent nationalism and racism.

2.A political philosophy or movement based on or advocating such a system of government.
Oppressive, dictatorial control.

From Dictionary.com

Zeig Heil. All bow to B*sh.

B*sh is going to make the same mistake all over again.

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US commandos are operating inside Iran selecting sites for future air strikes, says the American investigative reporter Seymour Hersh. In the New Yorker magazine, Hersh says intelligence officials have revealed that Iran is the Bush administration's "next strategic target". That's nothing we didn't already know. Hersh says that American special forces have conducted reconnaissance missions inside Iran for six months. Naturally, the White House has described his article as "riddled with inaccuracies". But lets not forget that this is the same guy who broke the Abu Ghraib story, amongst many others, so I'm more inclined to believe him than the current administration.
"President" B*sh has authorised the operations, defining them as military to avoid legal restrictions on CIA covert intelligence activities overseas.
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Unbelievably, the arrogant SOB also said this in an interview today: The public's decision to reelect me is a ratification of my approach toward Iraq and there is no reason to hold any administration officials accountable for mistakes or misjudgments in prewar planning or managing the violent aftermath.

Proof if proof were needed that he doesn't learn from his mistakes. Hell - he can't even admit he's made a mistake!

Here's the new spam, same as the old spam.

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I got in to work this morning and checked out my spam-filtered weekend email. It seems this weekend's big craze is the "Hey, we're giving away a ......, want one?". The items vary from PS2s, Nintendo DSs, laptops etc. But they're all the same scam. I can't believe these retards just don't get it. Nobody buys anything from spam email. Nobody. Why do you keep sending it? Nobody clicks the links, nobody purchases anything, you don't make any money. And in my case, my spam filter eliminates all of it so it never even reaches my inbox. Millions of other users have the same ability. So why? Why not go play in traffic or something? At least then you'd be actually doing something useful - keeping the coroners and morticians busy.