Do you hate telemarketers? If so, then you’re right there with Donovan as he explains his experience with some relentless telemarketers this week that kept wanting to speak with “Barbara”. Now they’ve started something called “ringless voicemail” and the Republicans are all for it! Donovan’s recommendation, at least for those calls that actually ring you, is to use a service called Nomorobo. The link is in the show notes below.
Georgia won’t allow drivers to put “Covfefe” on their vanity plates and it could turn into a First Amendment issue. Food stamp use plummets in Georgia, but is still higher than it was in 2007.
Internet is a human right according to the United Nations and Municipal Broadband Networks are a good thing according to Donovan, who just happens to have experience with them – he ran one for a number of years. Snapchat has updated their app and added a new feature called “Snap Map” which has some people concerned about privacy. The London Met Police still has 18,000 PCs that are running…Windows XP! Are they upgrading? Yes! But to Windows 8.1, not 10! What’s the value of Uber? Well, did you know that all of the fares have been subsidized? Can Uber truly compete?
From Cracked.com, 12 supposed facts of life that are actually propaganda.
The Mandela Effect — is what we remember about Eli Whitney a product of it?
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- Ringless Voicemail Telemarketers – Simplemost — Forget phantom rings. The most buzzed-about telemarketing annoyance right now is surprise voicemails that pop up—even though your phone didn’t ring. What the heck?!The practice is known as “ringless voicemail,” and there’s major debate playing out in the government this year about whether it should be allowed.
- Georgia Bans ‘Covfefe’ License Plates, Stopping Trump Meme Sensation — The word (typo?) and any of its variations combined with numbers joined phrases banned by Georgia such as “H0TBODY,” “2SXC4U,” “BUTT,” “KKK,” “PERVERT” and more than 8,000 phrases previously ruled unsuitable for car tags.
- Georgia law to require ignition interlock device for D.U.I. offenders | 13wmaz.com — Drivers beware — if convicted of driving under the influence a new Georgia law could require you to use a device that could stop you from starting your car.It is called an ignition interlock device. According to Mothers Against Drunk Driving, these devices have kept 2.3 million drivers off the road nationwide.
- Food stamp use plummeting in Georgia — Georgia is seeing a significant decrease in the number of people receiving food stamps as the improving economy lifts many recipients into new jobs and frees them from the fear of going hungry.
- Are City-Owned Municipal Broadband Networks Better? – Consumer Reports — Cable providers are among the least-loved companies in Consumer Reports surveys. Some of the biggest—such as Comcast and Spectrum—earn low scores in multiple categories, including value and customer service.
- How Much Money ESPN Is Probably Making Off People Who Don’t Care About Sports — As the cord-cutting revolution continues settling in, generations of cable and satellite subscribers are learning more and more about the behind-the-scenes happenings at so many of the companies we’re been pumping money into for years.
- Snapchat’s new Snap Map feature raises privacy concerns – ABC News — A new update to the popular social networking app Snapchat that allows certain users of the app to track down your exact location is raising privacy concerns for parents and child safety advocates.
- London Met Police’s 18,000 Windows XP PCs is a disaster waiting to happen – MSPoweruser — The majority of PCs used by the London Metropolitan Police are still running Windows XP, which has been completely unsupported since 2014.
- Fired Employee Hacks and Shuts Down Smart Water Readers in Five US Cities — A Pennsylvania judge has sentenced Adam Flanagan, 42, of Bala Cynwyd, PA to one year and one day in prison for hacking and damaging the IT networks of several water utility providers across the US East Coast. The sentence was passed down last week for crimes committed in the spring of 2014.
- With Travis Kalanick out, we’ll see the real value of Uber — and it won’t be pretty – LA Times — What’s the real cost of an Uber trip? The passengers don’t know, and we don’t know. That’s because customers pay only a portion of the fares shown on their Uber smartphone apps; much, if not most, of the cost is covered by the company’s venture investors — that’s where a goodly portion of their investments has been burned up.
- 12 Supposed Facts Of Life That Are Actually Propaganda — When we think of propaganda, our minds almost immediately go to posters made during times of war featuring racist caricatures performing nightmarish atrocities against others.But propaganda is used by literally everyone who has an agenda, and we fall for it all the time.
- Eli Whitney, inventor of the cotton gin, wasn’t black. But here’s why so many people think he was. — Why do we still need Black History Month? On its first day alone, this February provided two good answers. One is that we need it because our president and his spokesman seem to have no idea who Frederick Douglass was or even that he is not currently alive. But a second is that, mysteriously, it seems a large number of Americans believe that the inventor of the cotton gin, Eli Whitney, was black.
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