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Friday, April 29, 2005

Call the White House and file a complaint

Let the white house know if you dont like what they are doing.

Posted by zaphod at 9:36 PM
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Wednesday, April 27, 2005

Healy Announces new curfews for Jersey City

JERSEY CITY, N.J. -- Jersey City is now enforcing a curfew on some businesses. Stores in designated areas -- except for pharmacies and bars -- must now be closed between 11 p.m. and 5 a.m. Violators could face fines of up to $1,250 and the possibility of up to 90 days in jail.
The measure, which took effect Saturday night, is part of an effort to curb violent crime at nighttime gathering spots. It was formally passed last fall and supersedes a curfew law passed in 1987 that had been enforced sporadically.
Businesses in a 135-block area are affected by the curfew, NewsChannel 4 reported.
The curfew is not popular with store owners who fear it will hurt their profits.

Posted by developer at 8:22 PM
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Tuesday, April 26, 2005

A new Tuskegee Experiment

A NY city agency said Friday that it has asked for a review of its policies and whether they were followed when it allowed more than 400 HIV-positive children in foster care to be enrolled in tests of HIV drugs from the late 1980s to 2001.

John Mattingly, commissioner of the Administration for Children's Services, said the inquiry would look into whether the agency acquired the necessary parental or guardian permissions to include the children in the research.

The agency said that about 465 HIV-positive children were enrolled in drug tests between 1988 and 2001, the majority before 1996. The tests were conducted as researchers tried to figure out what kind of drugs would combat HIV and AIDS in children.

What have we learnedin the 33 years since the end of the 40 year Tuskegee Syphilis experiment?  Once again it is the most poor and defenseless put up as lab rats for corporate experimentation.

Posted by developer at 2:10 PM
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Sunday, April 24, 2005

FCC Consumer Information Recommendations


There are some sites that the fcc recommends for consumer information about Cellular Service

Consumer Reports ( provides free consumer information on its Web site, including details on the various mobile service plans available in major U.S. markets and their accompanying handsets.

With an online or print subscription, consumers can obtain a full ratings report and comparison of mobile service plans and handsets.

J.D. Power ( provides ratings on its Web site of all of the wireless carriers in major U.S. cities. The carriers are rated on various criteria, including call quality, cost and customer service.

CTIA ( is a trade association representing the wireless industry. Its Web site contains tips for consumers on purchasing mobile service as well as an overview of all mobile handsets that have hands-free accessories.

AARP, the American Association of Retired Persons (, provides on its Web site a publishedsurvey entitled Understanding Consumer Use of Wireless Telephone Service that discusses various issuesrelated to wireless service and older consumers.

Posted by developer at 7:37 PM
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File your complaints: get us all some leverage on the beauracracy of big business.

Are you as fed up as I am with getting screwed out of your minutes? Or over billed for cable or whatever? These companies get away with it in part because we have such a limited voice in setting the prices or the quality of service.  If we all do our part, thing might change a little.

  • Airline Baggage and Service: Aviation Consumer Protection Division, U.S. Department of Transportation, Room 4107, C-75, Washington, DC 20590; 202-366-2220; Email:
  • Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms: Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, Office of Liaison and Public Information, 650 Massachusetts Ave. NW, Room 8290, Washington, DC 20226; Email:
  • Auto Dealers: Federal Trade Commission, CRC-240, Washington, DC 20580; 877-FTC-HELP (382-4357).
  • Automobile—Vehicles and Equipment: U.S. Department of Transportation, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Office of Defects Investigation, NSA-10.01, 400 7th St. SW, Washington, DC 20590; 888-DASH-2-DOT (327-4236); 202-366-7882 (fax).
  • Banking—Federal Savings & Loan and Federal Savings Banks: Office of Thrift Supervision, 1700 G St. NW, Washington, DC 20552; 800-613-6743; 800-613-6743 (fax); Email:
  • Banking—Institutions with National or “NA” in the name: Customer Assistance Group, 1301 McKinney St., Suite 3710, Houston, TX 77010; 713-336-4301; 800-613-6743 (fax); Email:
  • Banking—State Chartered Banks: Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, Compliance and Consumer Affairs, 550 17th St. NW, Washington, DC 20429; 800-934-3342.
  • Banking—All others in the Federal Reserve System: Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee: Consumer Complaints Supervision and Regulation Department, Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, 104 Marietta St. NW, Atlanta, GA 30303-2713; 404-589-7239. Delaware, New Jersey, Pennsylvania: Online complaint form: All others: Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve, Division of Consumer and Community Affairs, 20 & C Streets NW, Stop 801, Washington, DC 20551; 202-452-3693.
  • Cable Television Complaints: Federal Communications Commission, Cable Services Bureau, Consumer Protection and Competition Division, 445 12th St. SW, Washington, DC 20554; 888-CALL-FCC (225-5322).
  • Cell Phones, Pagers, Wireless: Federal Communications Commission, Wireless Telecommunications Bureau, Enforcement and Consumer Information Division, Informal Complaints and Public Inquiry Branch, 1270 Fairfield Rd., Gettysburg, PA 17325; 888-CALL-FCC or 888-TELL-FCC (TTY); 717-338-2694 (fax).
  • Consumer Products (except cars, food, drugs, cosmetics, and medicine): 800-638-2772.
  • Charities: Federal Trade Commission, CRC-240, Washington, DC 20580; 877-FTC-HELP (382-4357).
  • Cosmetics: Complaints Coordinator, Office of Cosmetics and Colors, 200 C St. SW (HFS-106), Washington, DC 20204; 800-270-8869 (automated phone system); 202-205-5098 (fax).
  • Companies (including finance, mortgage, credit card, and credit bureau): Federal Trade Commission, CRC-240, Washington, DC 20580; 877-FTC-HELP (382-4357).
  • Credit Unions: National Credit Union Administration, Office of Public & Congressional Affairs, 1775 Duke St., Alexandria, VA 22314-3428; 703-518-6330.
  • Food (except meat and poultry): Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition, Food and Drug Administration, 200 C St. SW, HFS-555, Washington, DC 20204; 301-443-1240 (emergency only).
  • Health Clubs and Exercise Equipment: Federal Trade Commission, CRC-240, Washington, DC 20580; 877-FTC-HELP (382-4357).
  • Home Improvement: Federal Trade Commission, CRC-240, Washington, DC 20580; 877-FTC-HELP (382-4357).
  • Investments: Securities and Exchange Commission, Office of Investor Education and Assistance, 450 5th St. NW, Washington, DC 20549-0213; 202-942-7040; 202-942-9634 (fax).
  • Meat and Poultry: Food Safety and Inspection Service, United States Department of Agriculture, Washington, DC 20250-3700; 800-535-4555 (voice), 202-720-3333 (Washington, DC area), 800-256-7072 (TDD/TTY).
  • Medicines, Drugs, Medical Devices, Medical Drugs, and Products Sold Online: MedWatch, The FDA Medical Products Reporting Program, Food and Drug Administration, 5600 Fishers La., Rockville, MD 20852-9787; 301-443-1240 (emergency only); 800-FDA-1088 (332-1088) to request a complaint form; 800-FDA-0178 (332-0178) to fax a complaint form.
  • Online Service, Auctions, Websites, E-commerce: Federal Trade Commission, CRC-240, Washington, DC 20580; 877-FTC-HELP (382-4357).
  • Retail Stores: Federal Trade Commission, CRC-240, Washington, DC 20580; 877-FTC-HELP (382-4357).
  • Spam or Junk Email: Federal Trade Commission, CRC-240, Washington, DC 20580; 877-FTC-HELP (382-4357); Forward spam or junk email:
  • Securities and Stocks: Securities and Exchange Commission, Office of Investor Education and Assistance, 450 5th St. NW, Washington, DC 20549-0213; 202-942-7040; 202-942-9634 (fax).
  • Telephone Service (Billing, Access, Service, Long Distance): Federal Communications Commission, Consumer Information Bureau, Consumer Complaints—Telephone, Washington, DC 20554; 888-CALL-FCC or 888-TELL-FCC (TTY).
  • Vaccines: 800-822-7967 or 301-217-9660.

Posted by developer at 7:18 PM
Tuesday, April 12, 2005

DirecTV UltimateTV vs Tivo: ultimate still a winner.

DirecTV, UltimateTV, Tivo, satellite tv,satellite television

Posted by developer at 5:08 AM
Monday, April 11, 2005

Bill Maher: Selling out to the alledged more conservative middle

Bill Maher, Iraq, Richard Perle

Posted by developer at 1:50 AM
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Sunday, April 10, 2005

Sprint PCS Sucks Ass

All this week SprintPCS service has been completely screwed up.  Outbound calls would drop after varying intervals of connection often within the couple of minutes.  Also, I found that there were voice messages for calls that went directly to voicemail. This wasnt just a problem with my phone as I have two roomates who were having the exact same problem yet have 2 different and more recent phones than my own.

So I call Sprint and after about 20 minutes of arguing with the representative, I am offered 60 free minites.

Quick aside, if you are a person likemyself who has basically replaced his land line with a cell phone and has a plan with 2000 daytime minutes and unlimited off peak and evening minutes then free minutes as compensation is no compensation at all. This is no penalty for Sprint either.  There needs to be real compensation in the form of reducing your bill as in the Quality of Service Agreement other copmanies like bandwidth providers offer.  There is no leverage for forcing better service currently other than leaving the company.   We need more consumer advocacy and lobbying of the government and public shaming of companies who like Sprint think they can provide sub standard services with imputinty.

So back to the story at hand.  I get 60 free minutes and tell my roomates to also call and make a compalint to empasis to Sprint that there is an issue.  One of my roommates calls Sprint only to find that according to the operator she spoke with, that  there was NO REPORT of an issue in our area  on file.   Moreover, her more polite approach only got her 5 minutes of additional airtime. 5MINUTES!!!  This doesnt even equal the amount of time she had to waste speaking to these lazy jerks. Or the missed calls she had to then followup on. Or the wasted time in her life spent calling people over and over when calls repeatedly dropped.  Or even the poor reflection on her professional image for having such defective service.

After her call, I decided to call Sprint back to further berrate them for not recording the error in any appreciable way, for making client do the work of monitoring thier network, and for the lack of appreciable compensation. This lead to me being transferred to a supervisor named Ginger, operator number  GROANE01.  This woman, upon hearing my complaints at one point responded with "If you are so unhappy with our service why dont you just leave?" This is a great indicator of their actual respect for thier customers. My response  to her was that the ONLY reason i have service with Sprint is because when working properly thier network is 230kbs.

  But as you will see in other posts to this blog, that is not so frequently the case and if it werent for the idiosyncrasies of my professional life i would probably just drop them and switch to using just my Bluetoth Modem enabled, international capable,T-Mobile phone. The only unfortunate thing is that T-Mobile has a network with only 115kbs.  And for some reason there is a major dropped ball in the form of a bug with Bluetooth Authentication , the Nokia 3650 phone  and important Windows services like Terminal Service and Fax Service.   I will go into this further in a future post to see if any one else out there has the same problem.

So in the end, I am told that they will review my case and make an "appropriate adjustment" but that that would not be in the form of reimbursement on my bill.

Posted by developer at 4:21 PM