The Big Think

November 17, 2004

Rolf

Filed under: Uncategorized — jasony @ 10:27 pm

My friend Rolf has some good thoughts on corporate America, tolerance, and red/blue state hysteria here.

Farewell Tivo, We Hardly Knew Ye

Filed under: Technology — jasony @ 11:25 am

No, our personal Tivo is working just fine, thanks, but if this article is correct, some of the joy of using Tivo will soon be diminished. To wit:

By March, TiVo viewers will see “billboards,” or small logos, popping up over TV commercials as they fast-forward through them, offering contest entries, giveaways or links to other ads. If a viewer “opts in” to the ad, their contact information will be downloaded to that advertiser — exclusively and by permission only — so even more direct marketing can take place.

And before certain people defend this practice as innocent because it’s opt-in and entirely voluntary, consider this:

Perhaps even more significant is TiVo’s new role in market research. As viewers watch, TiVo records their collective habits — second by second — and sells that information to advertisers and networks.

So where do I go to tell Tivo to lay off selling our viewing habits? Can’t? Oh.
TV-free life is getting closer all the time.

N. Korea

Filed under: Uncategorized — jasony @ 10:37 am

Something weird is going down in North Korea. Hey Patrick, I wonder if Kevin knows what’s going on?

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