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Class Action iPhones

Attached below is the filing to begin a class action lawsuit against Apple and AT&T in Federal court. There is also a separate California State suit filing available on the internet. My thoughts, in a brief letter I wrote, are below. You can read the California Business and Professions Code here. The relevant sections can be found by starting with, I believe, section 17200. Good luck with that.

Very interesting. My reading is that the Federal case rests on whether or not the iPhone is a market is specific enough to be considered a monopoly. I think the restraint of trade and bundling of products/services is clear in and of itself, but I will admit that it is a long way to stretch the iPhone market to be a monopoly one. The California case has, upon an initial reading, more of a chance of success because it relies on sections of the California Business Code, which I tried reading briefly. I will say, it is a very broadly worded document that seems to wish to protect consumers from unethical activity, whether directly specified in the document or not. I tried to read for something specific in the document, but quickly realized I'd rather stick my head through a wall. There is something very wrong with laws that go on for over 20,000 *sections*. Ack. Also, I'm sure there is some pieces of Federal consumer protection legislation I'm not aware of.

And a final serious thought. I'm not sure if, under US Law, what Apple and AT&T have done is illegal. But I am sure that it should be, and that if it isn't we need newer, stronger consumer protection laws a-la the European Commission.



I once had a friend with a brilliant idea: that we should start referring to all money in terms of "grand" or "large". For instance, "And your total comes to .043 large."

In that vein, I think we should start referring to all lengths of time in Hz. It's genius! And don't argue to me that not everything comes cyclically: if you think about it, by the act of debating that thought every time you talk to me, you've proven my point.

For instance, the interval between my last post and this one was 27.7 microHz. You can't beat that with a stick! (I think...) Or even, "I can't believe I wasted a Hz of my time on this!"

Oh, and pay no mind to the amount of time it takes to calculate out. It's well worth the effort. Trust me. That's it, trust me (update below).


On Wikipedia and Deletionism

"Maybe the time has come for Wikipedia to amend its famous slogan. Maybe it should call itself "the encyclopedia that anyone can edit on the condition that said person meets the requirements laid out in Wikipedia Code 234.56, subsections A34-A58, A65, B7 (codicil 5674), and follows the procedures specified in Wikipedia Statutes 31 - 1007 as well as Secret Wikipedia Scroll SC72 (Wikipedia Decoder Ring required)."

A very interesting article by Nicholas Carr which you can read here. It talks about the rising scourge of Deletionsim on Wikipedia. </Trotskyist language>

I must say I notice this to be a significant problem. On Wikipedia, space is cheap. IMNSHO, as much as possible should be included on Wikipedia. There are well over 6 billion people on this planet; some significant percentage will be very interested in a topic another group considers "obscure." Sure, quality and NPOV need be followed*, but that's why anyone can edit Wikipedia. Deletion of an article should be akin to capital punishment in criminal law: only used where it is thought absolutely necessary. Else, the knowledge base that is Wikipedia can't grow.

*A note: I've always wondered about ways of including "popular perceptions" within articles while retaining NPOV. I understand they are sometimes at loggerheads, and often the main page should simply be facts. I also understand the perception can be hard to measure and balance. But often, especially with historical periods, people, ideas, actions, and things, changing popular perception is an important component (at least to this person with a more-than-passing interest in Cultural Studies). Perhaps a second page is required, or perhaps an entirely separate wiki. But it is an idea that I believe is worth exploring.


So guess what I found today?

So guess what I found today? A computer. In the trash outside somebody's house.

Now, in and of itself, that's not really all the exciting. I actually already have one I'm using as a big MP3 player. But you expect such a thing to be, well, trash: an ancient machine with almost anything of value ripped out. But this is practically brand new: it's an HP Pavilion with a 2.2 GHz Athlon XP Processor and 512MB of RAM. It has an onboard GeForce 4 MX video card and a 160GB HD. Hell, it even has an 8-in-1 memory card reader in the front and onboard firewire. It's a pretty recent machine. And right there with it was a keyboard, mouse, and power cable (not that I'm really short of any of those components...). Absolutely astonishing: I can't figure out why someone would toss it: hell, put in on eBay for a few hundred bucks (hmmm.... no! I can't resist computer hardware). But there loss is my gain, I suppose. Before you ask, yes, it was in the trash... trust me, it was surround by it. It's not taking someone's patio furniture, "becuase it's out on the lawn, they're just throwing it out!"

I just powered it on and it all seems to work well. It is registered to "Owner" (wow, that's specific...) and has very little on it, aside from some demo games. I mean, no one ever even bothered to take the stickers off the front of the machine. I'm guessing it was someone's kids computer and they simply bought a new one and tossed this one. Whatever, as I said. I'm ecstatic. Well, maybe just happy. But now I need to find a use for this thing! Shouldn't be too hard, right?

Update: (I guess I really like these updates, heywhat?)


Phil Rizzuto

If you were not aware, Phil Rizzuto passed away last night. Holy cow, what a loss for all of us.

Here was my Father's reaction:

'Two Thoughts

"I heard the doctors revived a man after being dead for four-and-a-half minutes. When they asked what it was like being dead, he said it was like listening to New York Yankees announcer Phil Rizzuto during a rain delay." - Late Night host David Letterman

"My best pitch is anything the batter grounds, lines, or pops in the direction of (Phil) Rizzuto." - Pitcher Vic Raschi '

May he rest in peace. Though he had been ill for a long time, and though it was easy to disagree with his style from time to time, he will be sorely missed.


Panorama (preview)

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An Unfortunate Captcha...

While I am eternally grateful for all the unsolicited advertisment on this site, I felt my cut wasn't big enough. So I've institued a Captcha on posting comments and/or registering as a user. But! If you register, you won't need to use said Captchas. Hey! A reason for registering, besides getting to have a cool icon next to your posts. Cool icon not included. Offer void in Utah.

Anyway, I've just spent a good bit of time deleting all the spam I could find; if I've accidently deleted your precious comment, it was accidental! (Maybe mentioning prescription drugs in your comment titles was a bad idea...) Feel free to repost them, if you can remember them. Or whatever. Also, let me know if you have trouble with the Captcha system. It seems to have some problems when you preview a post, but certainly works to actually post it.

And to anyone who tried to buy prescription drugs or get a work-from-home job here I, um, I... I... I don't really know what to say. Why in the hell would someone by Xanax illegally from a poorly written ad, anway?

Anyway III, let's hope this works. ::crosses fingers::


::Hangs head in shame at having written "Out." at the end of a blog post::


So I was walking down the street

So I was walking down the street tonight, mostly lost in my own thoughts. All of the sudden, I notice someone waving at me. And by notice, I mean she looked me in the eye and said, both nicely yet forcefully "I'm waving at you!" I had never met her before in my life. But it made me smile.

I thought you might want to know.


The subway car I rode today

The subway car I rode today

Check out the date. And then the car number.

I wonder if it's a sign?

Well, I mean, a know it's a sign, but is it a... oh, nevermind.


Does this ad go a little too far?

Manhattan Mini Storage ad on the West Side Highway at or about 42nd st. For those who doen't know, Manhattan Mini Storage has been running a campaign of clever ads that, well, sometimes push the boundaries of taste. (EG: "Your closet is more shallow than Paris Hilton," with a picture of a lap dog wearing a tiara.)

But boy, even I'm not sure if this one hasn't crossed a line. I mean, jeeze.