TiVo to Let Users Record Shows Via Cellphone

March 7th, 2006 | Posted in Technology | Comments Off on TiVo to Let Users Record Shows Via Cellphone

Ok, who else thinks this is getting rediculous?

Cellphones are, in my opinion, getting out of hand. I may be silly or old fashioned, but I always thought that the purpose of a phone was voice communication. Anymore, the blasted things are internet ready, camera equipped, music downloading monstrosities that have more crap in them than you can shake a stick at. Now people are even watching video on them?

Assinine! Ever get a good look at the screen on one of those things? It’s freakin tiny! I can’t imagine trying to watch Boston Legal on a phone, Can you? (I didn’t think so.)

Granted, the story below isn’t about watching tv on the phone, it’s about using a phone to schedule TiVo to record something at home. It just made me think of people watching Tv on their cellphones and IPod’s…

All I want to do when I see things like that is ask WHY?

TiVo to Let Users Record Shows Via Cellphone
Carl Bialik writes “Verizon Wireless plans to offer a new service called TiVo Mobile that will allow its customers who also have TiVos in their homes to schedule TV shows for recording when they are on the go, the Wall Street Journal reports.  ‘ A customer might use the service to impulsively schedule a sitcom for recording after the show is recommended by a friend at a party,’ says the WSJ, adding, ‘Verizon Wireless executives said the service, to begin this summer, is expected to cost less than $5 a month, in addition to normal cellphone-service charges and TiVo subscriber fees, which are $12.95 a month.'”

House approves safeguards to Patriot Act

March 7th, 2006 | Posted in News, Privacy, Security | Comments Off on House approves safeguards to Patriot Act

I cannot help but wonder how good are the “safeguards” that the Senate, and now the House approved? How carefully are civil liberties protected?  How much attention is paid to people’s right to privacy? Will it perhaps mean an end to unconstitutional wiretaps without warrants?

Here’s hoping there’s *something* decent in there. If not, I suppose we’ll all know when it’s too late.

House approves safeguards to Patriot Act (Reuters) Reuters – A White House-backed bill to bolster protection of civil liberties under the anti-terror USA Patriot Act won final congressional approval on Tuesday from the U.S. House of Representatives.

AT&T, BellSouth announce 67 billion dollar merger

March 6th, 2006 | Posted in News | Comments Off on AT&T, BellSouth announce 67 billion dollar merger

A long time ago, in a world that made slightly more sense than this one does today, As a result of an anti-trust suit, Bell Telephone was ordered split into a separate company from AT&T, and then in another anti-trust suit, Bell Telephone was ordered broken up into several “baby bells”.

Now, years later, we are seeing the slow formation of a behemoth even larger than the original monster as various telecomunications companies merge and the smaller ones are bought outright.

The thing is, if these things would take even a tenth of resources that they dedicate to swallowing up the competition and spend it on improving service, they’d grow a lot faster and generate a heck of a lot less suspicion. As it is, I for one am going to keep my eyes open.

AT&T, BellSouth announce 67 billion dollar merger (AFP)
NEW YORK (AFP) – US telecommunications giant AT&T Inc., and BellSouth Corporation announced a giant 67 billion dollar merger deal.

The deal, if approved by US regulators and the companies’ shareholders, would create the country’s largest telecommunications group by market capitalization, overshadowing rival Verizon Communications.

“This merger is a logical next step that creates substantial value for customers and stockholders of both AT&T and BellSouth,” AT&T chairman and chief executive Edward Whitacre Jr., said in a statement.

The companies said in a joint statement that Whitacre would become the chairman and CEO of the newly-merged company.

The merger will also streamline the operations of Cingular Wireless, which is jointly owned by both companies.

AT&T and BellSouth said that their tie-up would promote competition and that it would be good for employees and shareholders.

Meet the Parents

March 6th, 2006 | Posted in Humor | Comments Off on Meet the Parents

While I admit this is hilarious, There’s a twofold moral to this story:

  1. Before you say something, think about what you’re going to say and whom you’re saying it to.
  2. Abstinence before marriage is a much better, safer way to go

A girl asks her boyfriend to come over Friday night and have dinner with her parents. Since this is such a big event, the girl tells him that after dinner, she would like to have sex with him for the first time.  The boy is ecstatic, but he has never had sex before, so he takes a trip to the pharmacy to get some condoms. The pharmacist helps the boy for about an hour.

He tells the boy everything there is to know about condoms and sex. At the register, the pharmacist asks the boy how many condoms he’d like to buy…a 3-pack, 10-pack or family pack. The boy insists on the family pack because he thinks he will be rather busy since it was his first time.

That night, the boy shows up at the girls’ parents’ house and meets his girlfriend at the door. “Oh I’m so excited for you to meet my parents, come on in!”. The boy goes inside and is taken to the dinner table where the girl’s parents are seated. The boy quickly offers to say grace and bows his head.

A minute passes, and the boy is still deep in prayer, with his head down. 10 minutes pass, and still no movement from the boy. Finally, after 20 minutes with his head down, the girlfriend leans over and whispers to the boyfriend, “I had no idea you were this religious.” The boy turns, and whispers back, “I had no idea your father was a pharmacist!”

South Dakota governor signs key anti-abortion law

March 6th, 2006 | Posted in Last Days, News | Comments Off on South Dakota governor signs key anti-abortion law

South Dakota governor signs key anti-abortion law
CHICAGO (Reuters) – The governor of South Dakota on Monday signed into law severe restrictions on abortion, in a direct challenge to the U.S. Supreme Court’s legalization of the practice 33 years ago.

Finally some good news. Now the Mississippi legislation needs to be signed as well as more states coming on board in a grass roots move to get Roe v Wade overturned once and for all.