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AFL-CIO open letter to game devs: things won’t get better until you unionize

In the wake of Blizzard/Activision’s announcement of mass layoffs following record profits, Liz Shuler of the AFL-CIO has published an open letter on Kotaku addressed to workers in the notoriously abusive video game industry, calling on them to unionize as the only path to a fair deal. My question is this: what […]

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Amazon’s 2018 profits: $11.2 billion; Amazon’s 2018 IRS bill: negative $129 million

Amazon doubled its profits in 2018, to $11.2 billion; the company will receive a $129 million tax rebate for the year. Though Trump denounced Amazon’s tax return, Amazon actually has Trump’s tax deal, which handed massive breaks to America’s richest people and corporations, to thank. In contrast to Amazon’s $129 million tax […]

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Justin Bieber song slowed down 800% and pitch corrected

Need a song for the third act of your indy film? Here you go: <iframe width=”100%” height=”166″ scrolling=”no” frameborder=”no” allow=”autoplay” src=”https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/4855050&color=%23ff5500&auto_play=false&hide_related=false&show_comments=true&show_user=true&show_reposts=false&show_teaser=true”></iframe> Image: Featureflash Photo Agency/Shutterstock <!– mark frauenfelder Mark Frauenfelder is the founder of Boing Boing and the founding editor-in-chief of MAKE. He is a research director at <a href="Kevin J. Anderson has written more than […]

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The Internet of Dongs remains a security dumpster-fire

The Internet of Dongs is Brad Haines’s term for the world of internet-connected, “teledildonic” sex toys, and Haines, along with Sarah Jamie Lewis, have exhaustively documented all the ways in which internet-connected sex toys can screw you, from leaking private data to physically attacking your junk. But Lewis and Haines’s work remains an […]

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Who can forget those scenes in Count Zero where they all stand around eating soup?

Back in the 1980s, the giant German sf publisher Heyne tried out an experimental partnership with a soup company Maggi (they’re still around), and it was bonkers. Under the terms of the deal, science fiction novels would be periodically interrupted by scenes in which the characters would drop everything and start eating Maggi […]

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GOP wants to grab student loan payments right out of your paycheck

Republican Sen. Lamar Alexander has introduced a plan to completely upend the existing student loan payback system. How big is this plan? About 40 million borrowers big. Under Alexander’s proposal, there would be just two repayment routes: one in which borrowers’ monthly bills are capped at 10 percent of their discretionary income and another that […]

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Bossfight: Allstate Insurance enters the Right to Repair fight, loans its lobbyists to fight Apple

The Right to Repair movement got state legislatures to consider more than a dozen Right to Repair bills last year, and have made great strides in the EU and elsewhere, but for every two steps forward they manage, they’re forced a step or two back by giant corporate lobbyists, led by Apple, who want […]

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The Final Version of the EU’s Copyright Directive Is the Worst One Yet

some of the biggest US tech companies have secretly lobbied for filters). Amazingly, the tiny, useless exceptions in Article 13 are too generous for the entertainment industry lobby, and so politicians have given them a gift to ease the pain: under the final text, every online community, service or platform is required to make […]

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Beyond GIGO: how “predictive policing” launders racism, corruption and bias to make them seem empirical

“Predictive policing” is the idea that you can feed crime stats to a machine-learning system and it will produce a model that can predict crime. It is garbage. It’s garbage for a lot of reasons. For one thing, you only find crime where you look for it: so if you send out the […]

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Tracking down Dick Davy, a mysterious “lost” comedian who once championed civil rights and antiracism

Jason from the Comedy on Vinyl podcast writes, “I’ve spent the last eight years interviewing people from Rachel Bloom to Harry Shearer about their favorite vinyl comedy albums on my podcast, ‘Comedy on Vinyl.’ A few weeks ago, inspired by the brilliant podcast ‘Mystery Show,’ I decided to do something new, as I attempted […]

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Which prison will house ‘El Chapo’? Probably this Colorado ‘supermax’

Good luck escaping from this one. Joaquin ‘El Chapo’ Guzman was convicted today of drug smuggling and related crimes, and will probably be sentenced to spend the rest of his life in prison. Where’s he headed? Most likely, ADX Florence in Colorado, a ‘supermax’ where none of his past successful prison escapes would have worked. […]

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Netherlands court strikes down Dutch grifter’s patent claim over Ethiopia’s ancient staple grain teff

Teff is one of the oldest grains to have been cultivated, a staple for so long that its original cultivation date is lost to history and can only be estimated at between 1000 and 4000 BCE; it is best known as the main ingredient in injera, the soft pancakes that are served with Ethiopian […]

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Southern grocer tells shoppers “Hell has open borders”

There are 17 Mac’s Fresh Markets throughout Arkansas, Mississippi, and Louisiana and this week, shoppers got a message about immigration in their sales flyer along with ads for discounted pork chops. You know, because nothing goes better with pork chops than a steaming side dish of xenophobic bullshit. Reggie McDaniel owns the Mac’s chain and […]

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Dan Mallory, bullshit artist

Dan Mallory is the latest in a long line of people — otherwise middling in talent, white of skin and surburban of origin — to make it big in publishing by fabricating their life’s travails and tragedies. “Want to sell a book?” writes Jessa Crispin. “Start lying.” But there is another story these fakes are […]

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VP Mike Pence to visit Auschwitz death camp on Europe trip

“The vice president will essentially call out Iran for their actions. He will give a message to those groups that are there, that, you know, if you stand with us, we’ll stand with you,” a White House official said. Conservative Christian and expressionless piece of furniture man Mike Pence, who is currently the Vice President […]

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