Comparing Bill Gates to Johann Gutenberg is a bit over-the-top. This entire article (ahem, Microsoft press release) at Salon is a little over-the-top. Yeah, Microsoft’s .NET is an interesting implementation of the already well-known and well-tested concepts of Web services, but it’s not “revolutionary.” Any journalist who thinks so has obviously been snowballed by Microsoft’s well-paid public relations people.
Is the Times of India a reputable news source? This article saying that the U.S. military is dropping $100 bills in envelopes with a picture of George Bush over Afghanistan sounds a little fishy. In fact, it sounds like made-up news. Is it true? A reader wrote in and said that this story is actually from the Reuters feed. Interesting… [via dangerousmeta]
Fun with Spam: I received a piece of spam at one of my Yahoo accounts with a 1-800 number, so naturally I called:
Them: Hello, Sweepstakes Center, this is Amber.[click] I call back:
Me: Yes, I’d like to speak with Jose please.
Them: I’m sorry, there’s no one there by that name. You have the wrong number.
Them: Hello, Sweepstake Center, this is Amber.[click] I call back:
Me: Yes, can I speak with Bob please.
Them: There’s on one there by that name. You have the wrong number.
Them: Hello, Sweepstakes Center, this is Jerome.[click, I try calling back a few times but no one answers. I’m sure it’s because they have my phone number logged.
Me: Yes, can I speak with Mr. Hormel please.
Them: I don’t think there’s anyone here by that name. Hang on…
[In the background I hear Jerome asking, “Hey is there a Mr. Hormel here?”
Them: There’s no one here by that name, you must have the wrong number.
Me: Yeah, you guys make a packaged meat product called Spam, I’d like to speak to someone about it.
Them: I’m sorry, we don’t know nothing about any Spam here.
Me: Can I speak with your supervisor?
So, if you want to waste their time and money and fight spam at the same time, call 1-800-430-9639. If we’re enough of a nuisance maybe we can shut these lame kinds of “Sweepstakes” companies down.
Update: I tried one last time and got through. This time I got to speak with a supervisor. Apparently this “Sweepstakes Center” spammed a bunch of addresses they got from an organization called GroupLotto.com. Honestly, I believe that these people don’t realize what they are doing is wrong and that this GroupLotto organization has obtained email addresses from somewhere. The representative I spoke with before being transferred to a supervisor told me that my email address and home phone number were likely obtained by purchasing the information from one of the credit card companies I have an account with. Aha! So that’s the trail. I used this particular Yahoo account with my NextCard account. You may notice a disturbing trend here regarding NextCard, who earned a couple of juicy links and comments last week.
Posted by Cameron Barrett at February 15, 2002 01:00 PM