Stay Classy, PennLive

Jersey Mike posted an outstanding comment today that I wanted to call out for the attention it deserves.  You can read the entire comment here, but the part that I really want to point out follows:

One: don’t be disappointed in the people who wrote negative comments about this story. You, as a PN employee, should take this issue up with the higher ups because the “Comment” sections of this site and the forums are CHRONICALLY littered with negativity. If there are ten items posted in a day, you can bet your bottom dollar that nine of them will have diatribes from armchair quarterbacks who know all of the answers but have no other outlet than an unmoderated and anonymity-encouraging site to express themselves on.

This has been a MAJOR issue with the Advance Media sites for some time now. So, essentially, if you’re going to take the comments about Mayor Twelve Percent’s son to heart, you must view all of the other comments equally the same.

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The End of Radio: 2010

About five years ago I posted a diatribe about terrestrial radio. You can read the original post here. The gist of it was that radio was killing itself by refusing to adapt to changing times. And I said that by 2010, traditional broadcasting giants like Clear Channel and Cumulus will be in the fight of their lives against new competitors.

And you know what?  I was right.

In 2007, Clear Channel was voluntarily delisted from the NYSE.  They are traded over-the-counter and have fallen from their opening high of $20 to their current $3.10.  Cumulus shares have plummeted from $14.81 to $2.52 over the last five years.  Citadel is currently bankrupt, probably because they’ve spent the last nine months trading mostly under ten cents per share (although to be fair, they have gained in value by two cents — approximately 50%).

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Sprint and the 99-cent Netbook

I want to take a break from budget-related posting for a moment and go over this sweet, sweet HP netbook I just picked up for $0.99.  Yeah, that’s right — 99 cents.  Less expensive than (but not as tasty as) a double cheeseburger.  Don’t worry, fellow state employees — I will resume my kettle-banging and rabble-rousing on Monday.

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Local Tweeps

I came across this site today, courtesy of a RT by @sarabozich:

It’s an automatic Tweep aggregator (that’s right; it’s a Tweep aggregator, not a Tweet aggregator).  It locates Twitter users near you.  It uses a combination of Twitter and Google APIs to geographically assess your IP, translate it to a physical location, and correlate that with the location of other users nearby.  It’s pretty slick, and what with all the talk about maintaining a list of Central PA Tweeps (often coupled with talk about how we’re all too lazy to do it ourselves), pretty convenient.


Calling Verizon’s Bluff

In today’s Patriot News, a story was published about telemarketers selling your personal information.  This story contains a quote from Howard Waterman, a spokesman for Verizon Wireless:  “It’s a scam to get your cell number.  Do not call this number.”  Mr. Waterman goes on to state that this is an urban legend and is simply not true.

Mr. Waterman is wrong.

Take a look at Verizon’s own legal notice, found here:

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