I often “listen” to KOMO AM or KIRO AM overnight as I drift off to sleep. KIRO fills unsold slots with PSAs – the same three or four PSAs every ad break. KOMO fills in with rights-free jazz noodles. I can’t say which annoys me more.
The online ad rates must be so high, or the listenership so low, that nobody is willing to spend a dollar a holler to reach people listening to radio on an app while they drift off to sleep. I’ve considered making an insert that sounds like an alarm clock just to troll people like me, but I fear I’m the only person listening at that time.
If you watch KOMO’s TV feed in app, you’ll see a bouncy version of the KOMO logo over the noodles. KIRO’s studio feed, when they’re piping in ESPN filler, actually shows the darkened studio with a monitor displaying the KIRO logo. That ad time must be super sticky if they’re willing to run a screensaver on top of it.
Of course, the actual radio feed has ads. Why they don’t run those ads on the internet feed is beyond me.
I took my lead from Knox. If you get a ballot, vote, the turnout every year is shamefully low.
My former employer, PhotoRocket, just sent out the long-expected “we’re closing the doors” email. It’s a hard, under-served space – photo sharing. I still think the problem we were solving needs solved, but the people writing the checks didn’t see PhotoRocket having enough adoption to make funding it worthwhile.
You might think I’m being snarky, since there is a seemingly never-ending torrent of photo sharing sites, but none of them captured the nub of what we were about. Maybe someday.
I’ve linked to it multiple times, but Feynman’s Appendix F to the Rogers Report should be required reading.
For a successful technology, reality must take precedence over public relations, for nature cannot be fooled.
For software testers out there:
To summarize then, the computer software checking system and attitude is of the highest quality. There appears to be no process of gradually fooling oneself while degrading standards so characteristic of the Solid Rocket Booster or Space Shuttle Main Engine safety systems. To be sure, there have been recent suggestions by management to curtail such elaborate and expensive tests as being unnecessary at this late date in Shuttle history. This must be resisted for it does not appreciate the mutual subtle influences, and sources of error generated by even small changes of one part of a program on another. There are perpetual requests for changes as new payloads and new demands and modifications are suggested by the users. Changes are expensive because they require extensive testing. The proper way to save money is to curtail the number of requested changes, not the quality of testing for each.
If you’re working in a git workspace for a while, you might end up with a dependency change that doesn’t make sense.
c depends on b depends on a (merged)
Now, you want to push c for review but when you do this, b will be pushed as well. Use rebase to undo this:
git checkout c git rebase --onto b a
using the SHA (or tag, or whatever).