February 23, 2013
Musician Jackson Browne's managers were so excited when they heard Maryland's high court had struck down Ticketmaster's unpopular user fees in Baltimore that they promised free lifetime tickets to the city resident who had filed suit alleging he'd been ripped off by "exorbitant charges. " The Ravens, Orioles and Baltimore concert venues - along with city politicians - didn't share the singer's jubilation. Concerned that Ticketmaster and other ticket vendors might refuse to handle events in Baltimore, the City Council is poised to carve out an exception to its long-standing anti-scalping law, which bars companies from charging fees in excess of 50 cents on top of a ticket's stated price.
February 14, 2013
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January 12, 2013
I was overjoyed to learn that no one was nominated for entry into the Baseball Hall of Fame this year ("Voters shut out players," Jan. 10). A few nominees, including Roger Clemens, Sammy Sosa and Barry Bonds, were shunned in their first year of eligibility. I have been patiently awaiting this: We are witnessing the backlash of negativism toward former ball players who allegedly abused steroids. The really lamentable thing is that these men would have likely traipsed into the Hall without the assistance, if you will, of steroid use. Those players who used or abused steroids put themselves above the sport, and that is why I am happy to see these men suffer the consequences and futility of not gaining entry at Cooperstown.
November 28, 2012
More than three years ago, I was just a newly minted tech reporter at the Baltimore Sun when I met Bill Anderson, who demo'ed some software and hardware that blew my mind. At the time, in the spring of 2009, Anderson was still prototyping his Chameleon software but already it could work magic. He could use software to direct a computer to identify a user's eye gaze, and scramble the screen for anyone else who tried to steal a look. I wrote about Bill's efforts here , and blogged about it here . A video we produced at the Sun actually went viral on all the tech blogs, including Gizmodo, which featured it . (The video was watched nearly 100,000 times and was the most successful online video I ever produced.)
October 8, 2012
Jill Babchak, 34, of Columbia, has joined Weight Watchers before, but this time around she's dropping pounds with the help of the organization's mobile application. “I like it because it has all the restaurants, all the foods, right at your fingertips,” says Babchak, a senior marketing specialist at DP Solutions in Columbia. “You can actually scan a food right there in the grocery store, and it brings up the amount of points it is worth,” she says, referring to Weight Watchers' system of assigning different point values to foods based on their nutritional content.
September 27, 2012
We all have fixed expenses of one kind or another, but are we now going to be charged for things we don't use as well ("PSC may limit fees during outages," Sept. 25)? Maybe they plan to charge users both ways all the time (a use and no use bill). We eventually could be charged for food we did not eat, water we did not drink, etc. How can we be asked to conserve when there is a chance we will be charged for it? BGE and the people who would allow that are just plain crazy! There is a cost to doing business, as we're told that all the time.