Saturday, November 03, 2007

Outrage! No more POPCORN!

They discontinued the phone number you call to get the time. (853-1212 in most area codes - POPCORN in the SF bay area). AT&T says people aren't using it any more because computers and cell phones and so forth set time automatically and it wasn't used much, but how much could it have possibly cost to operate? If you call it now you just get a snarky recording saying it's been discontinued - which presumably costs the same as the actual time. I imagine they'll eventually unplug it totally.

Ah, here's an article if you want to know all the gory details. I'm still not convinced they couldn't have programmed something to do it in a more modern fashion for pocket change.


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