Honey, I got fired today because I make too much

So Circuit City fired 3,400 employees recently. It’s being talked about a great deal around WordPress.com today. Gotta love this one post where we’re reminded how Circuit City says that their employees are the best part of it. Had a chuckle over that.
I don’t think much of Wal-Mart but at least they just capped their employee’s salaries and told them to go after promotions.
And it’s not the first time the Circuit City has done this either or screwed over their victims, um clients I mean.
edit: It would have been a major PR advantage if a company like BestBuy stepped in and hired them all.

Happy Birthday to the Internet

I’m a day late on this but April 7th, 1969 was the day that the first Request for Comment was filed. RFCs are the governing documents on how the Internet is supposed to run. Companies like GoDaddy and Microsoft don’t follow them that often but they’re supposed to. As I read RFC #1, it was about how data is supposed to be transfered from one computer to another.

Spam came later. 🙂

Satellite Radio Rivals XM, Sirius Agree To Merge

Now this is a bit scary:
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Satellite radio’s two rivals have agreed to merge.
XM Satellite Radio Holdings and Sirius Satellite Radio announced the plan Monday.
The deal will consolidate the only two companies in the emerging business of subscription-only satellite radio. It’s sure to face tough scrutiny from federal regulators.
A clause in the Federal Communications Commission ruling that gave the satellite radio operators a license said one company cannot own the other one.
Investors and analysts have been speculating about a deal for months.
The two companies said in a statement that Mel Karmazin, the CEO of Sirius, would become chief executive of the new company while Gary Parsons, the chairman of XM, would remain in that role.
The merger will join Howard Stern and NASCAR on Sirius with XM’s Oprah Winfrey, Bob Dylan and Major League Baseball.

Can you say Monopoly? I knew you could.
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Victoria’s Secret and Breastfeeding, Revisited

There was quite a hubbub a few months back when it got out that some Victoria’s Secret stores refused to let breastfeeding mothers nurse on the premises. The company issued an apology and made it clear that the bra giant supports breastfeeding.

Apparently there was another incident last week, this time at a Victoria’s Secret in Boston. A mother was not allowed to nurse her baby in a changing room.  The employee told her it would be “unsanitary” and directed the mom to a bathroom instead, citing “store policy.”

ProMom has a letter you can sign and send (online) to company honchos. It asks that they do a better job of educating their employees about breastfeeding.

(Note to self: Do not try on clothes there if the changing rooms are really less sanitary than a toilet.)

Taken from here.

China close to being top spammer

From here:
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The US is close to losing its place as the top spam sending nation on Earth.

Statistics from security firm Sophos show that China is fast catching up the US as a source of junk e-mail.

Graham Cluley, Sophos senior technology consultant, said that in 2004 more than half of all the spam in the world was coming from the US. This has dropped, he said, because the US was making efforts to find and fine prolific spammers in its orders.

Shoddy Email Practices Cost US$1.1M

From here:

March 13, 2006: A U.S. email marketing company has agreed to pay US$1.1M and clean up its act after being caught using unethically obtained consumer data from several data mining companies.
New York Attorney General Eliot Spitzer’s office has reportedly said that Datran Media Corp used emails obtained from data mining companies to spam consumers with a reported six million emails selling discount drugs, diet pills and other products.

AT&T claims MPEG-4 patent infringement, wants Apple to pay up

From here: AT&T claims MPEG-4 patent infringement, wants Apple to pay up – Engadget

We already knew that between MPEG-LA, Via Licensing and others, MPEG-4 and the H.264 codec were already awash with patent holders and complicated royalty systems, but it looks like there’s a new kid on the block that wants its share of Apple, CyberLink, DivX, InterVideo and Sonic Solutions pie. Fresh from its SBC merger, AT&T is going after the big iPod bucks claiming that the device infringes on their patents which they claim are “a core component of MPEG-4.” AT&T claims that they’re not just after the money and that they’re looking to “make sure others are able to take advantage of this technology,” but they also state: “what we’re doing is pretty common among intellectual property holders,” which isn’t exactly comforting given the tech industry’s history with such things.

Can’t we all get along?