Kiss my ass Amazon

One of my favorite female vocalists is Dido so when I saw this Twitter message come across my timeline I figured – cool a free copy of one of her newer songs.

So like any fan I clicked through on the link and found myself at Amazon which I guess is where the freebie is being made available.

You want to know what makes people turn to pirated copies of stuff?

Pain in the ass multiple screens that you have to navigate through in order to get something for free (the same applies to buying stuff but that’s another story). The first screen I see in a process that is totally and utterly irritating was the landing page. Hate the movie but really like Dido so I figure I can ignore that it is coming from the soundtrack to a stupid movie.

Once there on the landing page I clicked on the Get MP3 button figuring that I would head off to the download page. Think again, I had to sign into Amazon first (or create an account) and then I had to navigate through two screens that tried to talk me into downloading and installing the Amazon MP3 Downloader.

Uh. No.

Having made it through yet another screen to confirm my ‘purchase’ I come to this

Like you couldn’t have told me this on the first page – you know the landing page from which this mess started from?

Talk about pissing off customers – not that I could be one in the first place since you don’t accept PayPal, which I understand. I may not like it, I may want to be a long term customer of Amazon but you sure take the fun out of getting even free stuff.

Share this post:


Education: The one resource we can’t afford to screw up – but are.

This is one of those rare occasions where something I have written at The Inquisitr is something I feel deserves to be cross-posted here.

We live in a society that likes to think that its most important resources are the physical ones like gold, diamonds, oil, or just about anything that can be translated to a dollar amount. However when it comes to the intangible resources we slough them off as if they aren’t important – something that we can worry about later.

The most important intangible resource we have as a society is the education of our children and right now it is in a state of crisis in the US, and to a degree in Canada as well. Like everything else in our society it is seeing massive waves of change and not all of them are for the better. As these waves of change come crashing down around us our children are increasingly finding themselves adrift in a world that has continually downgraded its responsibility to the future by denying children the best of class education that they need, and deserve.

As Alvin Toffler, noted American futurist, wrote in Revolutionary Wealth:

Perhaps the greatest case of wave conflict in America will be paid by nearly fifty million children currently compulsorily enrolled in schools  that are attempting to prepare them – and not very successfully at that – for jobs that won’t exist. Call that stealing the future.

Education is about far more than jobs. But the schools, with minute exceptions, also fail to prepare students for their roles as consumers and prosumers. Nor does this system, by and large, help kids cope with the rising complexity and new life options they face in sex, marriage, ethics and other dimensions of the emerging society. Least of all does it succeed in introducing more than a tiny fraction of them to the enormous pleasure of learning itself.

This is what happens when education becomes more about the bureaucrats running the system and the politicians looking to constantly make brownie points. This is why we have states like Texas looking to influence the rest of the countries schools through the textbooks used in classes. It is able to do this because it is the second largest purchasers of textbooks, next to California, and the Texas school board want to adjust what it calls a liberal bias.

Read the complete post over at The Inquisitr

Share this post:


Braindead TechCast EP 68: The bluebird craps on advertisers

Given that it is Monday this would normally be the space reserved for the Moronic Monday show but given two major pieces of news today in the tech world Sean and I figured that they were too important to hold over until Tuesday.

I am of course talking about the PR spin that the Washington Post published today from Facebook’s CEO Mark Zuckerberg because really that is all it was folks. Just another of his we’re so sorry and we’re listening to you all which we know id Facebook-speak for – okay now for our typical one step back but hey we’ve got them sucked in a little more.

The second bit of news that is still rippling through the tech blogosphere was the news that Twitter was shutting off API access to advertising networks like Sponsored Tweets, Magpie and others. In other words – this is our sandpile and we’re going to be the one’s make money from it.

Posts referred to in the show

Enjoy the show

Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.

Share this post: