Goodbye newspapers

I’ve subscribed to a newspaper for 15+ years. I used to read quite a bit of it, but of late, I’ve just been reading the Money section and the most important part, the Comics. I was getting papers Friday, Saturday & Sunday, and realized I was effectively putting the Friday & Saturday ones directly in the recycle bin.

I kept holding on to the subscription because I felt that I could keep the dying industry alive. Clearly I’m not enough, they need to help themselves. Last night they emailed me to notify me that my subscription rate was increasing due to increased costs. INCREASING? you’re a dying industry you need to keep subscriptions as long as possible and as many as possible as well. Increasing renewal rates is NOT the way to go.

That was the last straw. I emailed their customer service last night and asked to cancel my subscription. Fully expecting to have to fight them to cancel it, but found this morning they just cancelled it. No wonder they’re a dying industry, they’re not even trying to keep subscribers. I’ll keep getting newspapers until 9/26th when my current subscription ends. But that will be it, no more newspapers for me.

SSL sucks

I swear every time I start going down the SSL path I get similar errors and never remember what they mean. Trying to get my app talking to qpid broker using the JMS client.


Caused by: javax.net.ssl.SSLException: Received fatal alert: bad_certificate
at sun.security.ssl.Alerts.getSSLException(Alerts.java:208) ~[na:1.7.0_55]
at sun.security.ssl.SSLEngineImpl.fatal(SSLEngineImpl.java:1630) ~[na:1.7.0_55]
at sun.security.ssl.SSLEngineImpl.fatal(SSLEngineImpl.java:1598) ~[na:1.7.0_55]
at sun.security.ssl.SSLEngineImpl.recvAlert(SSLEngineImpl.java:1767) ~[na:1.7.0_55]
at sun.security.ssl.SSLEngineImpl.readRecord(SSLEngineImpl.java:1063) ~[na:1.7.0_55]
at sun.security.ssl.SSLEngineImpl.readNetRecord(SSLEngineImpl.java:887) ~[na:1.7.0_55]
at sun.security.ssl.SSLEngineImpl.unwrap(SSLEngineImpl.java:761) ~[na:1.7.0_55]
at javax.net.ssl.SSLEngine.unwrap(SSLEngine.java:624) ~[na:1.7.0_55]
at org.apache.qpid.transport.network.security.ssl.SSLReceiver.received(SSLReceiver.java:102) ~[qpid-common-0.22.jar:na]
... 3 common frames omitted

Phone scam

Just received a call from 1-202-456-7890 (notice the increasing numbers) telling me that I’ve been selected by the “government” for a $9,000 grant. It is only given to those citizens that pay their taxes on time, no bankruptcies, etc. Apparently I can use this money for whatever I want home repair, buy a new car, etc. EXCEPT for gambling. I can receive this money in one of two ways either a bank account (savings, checking, money market) or a “plastic account” that is credit card, debit card, etc. I asked if this money was subject to income tax, they said NO (yeah right), then I asked to have a certified check mailed to a PO Box. They said it can only be sent via bank or plastic account. The “government” has not authorized payment via check.

At this point I grew tired of his bulls**t and said that I’m going to report them to the FTC, FBI and FCC. Do not call my number anymore. After I hung up I called the number to see if it was indeed a fake one, and sure enough “you’ve reached a non-working number”.

So if you get a Washington, DC or any call asking for information, don’t give it to them. It is fun playing along though :)

The FTC already has this scam in various forms:

http://www.consumer.ftc.gov/articles/0113-government-grant-scamshttp://www.consumer.ftc.gov/blog/another-chapter-free-grant-fictionhttp://www.consumer.ftc.gov/search/site/grant