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wtf porsche (and contextual advertisers)?

November 30th, 2013
paul walker porsche ad

poor taste porsche ad

This is what happens when contextual advertising goes horribly wrong. Paul Walker just died in Porsche and the article talking about his death has two Porsche ads. Way to go Porsche! Crash your Porsche and turn it into a fireball that kills your friend – never fear, you can lease a new one for just $984/month. WTF Porsche? You may want fix your ad targeting so it doesn’t promote you on articles talking about people burning to death in your cars.

RIP Paul Walker. I always enjoyed your movies. Sad to see you go so young.

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irs, seriously, wtf?

December 27th, 2010
big worm

"My emotions don't like to be played with"

Dear IRS,
Ok, it isn’t bad enough that you have been requesting additional documents for almost a year for the homebuyer credit.
It isn’t enough that when I called and waited on hold for what seemed like an eternity it was only to speak with a 50+ year old man who sounded like he was fresh off the fry station at McDonald’s.
Can it be worse than when I had an accountant call and you basically told him you are understaffed and really have no idea what is going on or where you misplaced my documents, but you can confirm you received them.
Or the time you mailed me a letter saying that you were denying my claim in its entirety and wanted me to sign two documents saying that I agreed with the decision. And then in a follow up phone call said it was just an automated letter because you were behind on your paperwork.

That was frustrating and annoying. I mean what else can an individual do when IRS makes a decision, even a wrong one. It’s not like you can lock the IRS up in prison for failing to pay out a refund (kind of funny that they can lock you up though for failing to file). It’s not like it is worth it to get a lawyer because a lawyer’s fee will quickly eat up whatever potential return you are expecting.

But now I know you are just f—ing with me. WTF is going on over there? Not only did my credit magically appear in my bank account. It was 3 times the amount it should have been! I’m sure you made yet another mistake. I’m sure I will have to pay you back. I’m sure it is my fault somehow and I will owe interest. But seriously IRS, it really isn’t funny to tempt people with thousands of dollars they can’t touch even though it is in their account. Glad you think my bank account is a place where you can stash cash. To quote Big Worm, “Playing with my money is like playing with my emotions,” and my emotions don’t like being played with. He also said, “First of all, don’t be callin’ here like you some straight up G, cause I’ll cut ya balls off and hand ’em to ya, patna. I had to warn you too many times about my money, Smokey. You see, it’s the principal. There’s principalities in the whole thing.” Unfortunately, I think that is what the IRS will be telling me when they want their money back.

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Content Licensing WTF

December 22nd, 2010

Alright, I realize this is the content provider’s agreement, but listen up.  So I subscribe to HuluPlus and Netflix because it saves me money, it’s not for everyone but I just don’t need shit the day it comes out because I watch very select bits of TV.  With that said hulu plus wtf is up with your content licensing, I mean really let me tell you all the content licensing schemas for the different shows that you provide are absolutely insane.  Example:

Sons of Anarchy, great show, INSANE LICENSING RESTRICTIONS.  I swear they must roll dice to determine when content is available.  For season 3, the first 3 episodes aired “normally” for hulu subscribers which is to say like a week late, ok cool I don’t mind waiting around it’s all good.   So the original air date was Sept 3. followed by the 10th and the 17th for the first 3 episodes for all people who normally get FX, for people on hulu plus its shifted a week.  This is not the WTF.  The WTF is that they then put a hiatus on releasing new episodes until december 6th!  It just doesn’t make ANY SENSE.  It’s like they are trying to figure out people’s breaking points or something to get them to subscriber with the really popular content or something.  You might as well just say hey you can only watch them on the internet every tuesday at 4pm.  If I am on the internet I shouldn’t have to get out a freakin calendar to check whether or not I can view your content, either put it up or don’t at all save us all some hassle.

Second verse, same as the first.  Of having recently acquired a PS3 I decided to see how the hulu plus app is on that just for shit’s and giggles, now I knew it would probably  not be as good as my media PC but I said what the heck might be entertaining.  Then I go to my Queue and like half the shows I have in my queue are not there.  I go huh, that’s odd, did hulu pull them without telling me like they did with “It’s always sunny in philadelphia”? (Hmm, note also an FX show).  Go searching on the huluplus app and it says “Web only”, oh gee so you can offer it on PC that is using a television as a display, but you can’t offer it on a PS3, oh dear me what POSSIBLE horrible forms of piracy could evolve from the PS3 that you couldn’t do on a PC.  What is the FREAKING POINT of denying the content on known working platforms.  Probably the point is they can’t figure out a way to limit the content on those devices …  yet!

Listen up you marketing GENIUSES at FX.  I am sure if I tried to find other examples of insane content licensing I could find them I am just too steamed right now to waste my time looking for them.  This kind of marketing crap it doesn’t earn you viewership, it earns you ire.  Put on your big boy pants and start walking around in the digital age.

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all i have to say

July 21st, 2010

goodnight and

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seriously
wtf people?

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WTF is wrong with hiring managers & recruiters these days!?!?!

September 26th, 2009

I know the unemployment rate is over 10%. I understand that this is market is employers market and I don’t expect 5 job offers for each position I apply to. However, having positions posted, harvesting resumes, telling people that there is an urgent need to fill the aforementioned positions and then not even sending a quick yay or nay response is ridiculous.

I am not asking for much, I know how overwhelming the resume submission can be for certain positions. But with today’s Human Resources Information Systems, Applicant Tracking Systems and the web based application processes at least send out an automated impersonal notice that the position is filled and don’t leave people hanging! WTF!

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wtf are you doing searching for career advice here?

August 24th, 2009
for doubling traffic

for doubling traffic

Did you know that wtf list ranks well for career advice? It’s true! Do a search on yahoo for “wtf is a good career for me” and you will find us. Looking at the referral stats for the site I found this steamy nugget. This makes me go wtf?! for a few reasons.  First, who searches for career advice like that? I’ve got a pretty good idea why you are unemployed. Second, what made you think we had career advice to dispense? Look at the last few posts! Do we look like an educated bunch? Do we sound employable?

But hey, we aren’t complaining. You just doubled our visitor count all by yourself. Be sure to put that on your resume before your next interview. To help, just print out the image above and tape it to your resume. It’s quite the accomplishment – you should be proud!

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wtf is with mommy bloggers?

August 10th, 2009

If the title doesn’t say it all then you’ve never happened across one of these pink and whatever colored, animated avatar using, I used to be a professional but, ego-centric, self-pitying, self-aggrandizing, blahblahblah websites. I don’t care who you are or were, blogging is not a career.

It’s time to start celebrating the daddy blogger! I’m talking about dads like those over at Mydadhomies. It’s time there was more testosterone in the blogosphere to hold back the estrogen tsunami. That right I said hold back. No need for any more rising up. The man has been beaten down as far as he can go.

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meat business cards, wtf?

May 6th, 2009
tasty business

tasty business

This one is, dare I say, kind of cool. It definitely made me say wtf? It’s business cards made from beef jerky. The guys at Meat Cards take 100% tasty beef jerky and use a 150 watt CO2 to burn in all of your vital details. They hope to work out the logistics soon so that they can sell this new must have for business professionals. It’s meat for when you meet.

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WTF is wrong with banks supposedly trying to unload their real estate portfolios?

May 6th, 2009

I am very curious as to where 400 billion of our tax dollars that were disbursed to the banks during the Bush Administration, went. The whole package was designed to allow banks to become liquid and in return stimulate the housing and real estate markets. well several months later, we are in 2009 and an escrow that can be done in 15 days is taking 45! WTF!

The officers of the bank that owns the property won’t sign the purchase agreement on time; the lenders have no liquidity and are scared of a loan application with perfect credit, verified income and lump sum down payment; and Fannie and Freddie now demand that all the closing fees be paid by buyers (and their reasoning is that the property prices are so low that people may make a profit!) I am sick and tired of these corporate and government affiliated (i.e. Fannie/Freddie) thieves that not only misuse and misappropriate our tax dollars but on top of it refuse any help to people who need it. WTF!

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it really is 1984 in the UK, wtf?

April 19th, 2009
not the type of home office one dreams of

not the type of home office one dreams of

Oh, don’t you just love the Orwellian schemes dreamed up by politicians to monitor, track and control the masses? Most of which are easily thwarted by true criminals. Case in point, the UK’s £1.2 billion  e-Borders scheme (that’s $1.78 billion for our American readers).

Under this new immigration scheme, every person leaving the United Kingdom will be forced to provide detailed personal information like their home and email addresses, phone numbers, passport information, credit card information and detailed travel itineraries. In order travel abroad (by any means – including swimming the English Channel),  Britons will have to submit the information a day before departure. Fail to comply? Well then you will be facing a £5,000 fine or possible criminal prosecution for not obeying Big Brother.

Oh wait, it gets better! They plan to hold your information for 10 years. Judging by how well governments (in the US, UK or wherever) keep sensitive networks/information secure, we’ve got nothing to fear about this database being compromised.

As Chris Cuddy points out in an article at Travolution, “…this additional Stalinist hurdle to freedom to travel from the UK is not what ordinary travellers seek when planning a holiday abroad…”

What is worse, with all the money thrown at the misguided scheme, it still has serious holes. Like most things having to do with transportation safety, the effort is more for show than actual safety (the TSA’s 60% failure rate is a good example of all show and no substance). e-Borders is not even online and already problems are surfacing. Have dual passports (something fairly common in the UK)? Darn, they forgot to think about how to handle that. According to the Daily Telegraph, “An airline, under the ‘e-borders’ system, would be denied permission to carry the passenger home. Even if a British passport were presented.”

“But wait!” you say, “that is a minor inconvenience if we are all safer.”

“Not so fast,” I say, “that’s where you are wrong.”

Experts like Frank Gregory, professor of European Security at the University of Southampton, are already warning of holes in the e-Borders system. In his report, he states:

There are two key problems with the e-Borders programme. First, it will not reveal if the person matching the identity documents has created a false identity and, second, ‘watchlist’ scrutiny only works if a suspect person continues to use a ‘flagged’ name.

Unfortunately, the e-Borders ship left port long ago with Big Brother at the helm and Stalin as its navigator. The e-Borders scheme starts this year and will become more and more draconian through March 2014, when it is expected to be fully operational.

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