[Plura-list] Bankruptcy and elite impunity; Stories from Black women's customer service hell; Tracking you with accelerometer signatures; Unauthorized cups

Cory Doctorow doctorow at craphound.com
Thu Jul 29 15:22:17 EDT 2021

Today's threads (a thread).

Inside: Bankruptcy and elite impunity; Stories from Black women's customer service hell; Tracking you with accelerometer signatures; Unauthorized cups; and more!

Archived at: https://pluralistic.net/2021/07/29/impunity-corrodes/




Today's Twitter threads (a Twitter thread).

Inside: Bankruptcy and elite impunity; Stories from Black women's customer service hell; Tracking you with accelerometer signatures; Unauthorized cups; and more!

Archived at: https://pluralistic.net/2021/07/29/impunity-corrodes/




Bankruptcy and elite impunity: The Sacklers offer billions of reasons to overthrow the system.

Stories from Black women's customer service hell: The women who answer the phone when you call Disney, Airbnb, Carnival and others.

Tracking you with accelerometer signatures: Yet another latent unique identifier with horrifying consequences.

Unauthorized cups: RFID-equipped disposable cups deny water to homeless people.


#20yrsago How to help someone use a computer https://pages.gseis.ucla.edu/faculty/agre/how-to-help.html

#20yrsago Declines in advertising in major magazines in the first six months of 2001 https://web.archive.org/web/20010714104017/https://www.magazine.org/news/press_releases/01_June_pib_ytd.html

#15yrsago Cingular threatens Consumerist over “how to discriminate” docs https://consumerist.com/consumer/cd/cingular-wants-to-yank-docs-from-consumerist-190501.php

#10yrsago Batman logo in equation form https://www.reddit.com/r/pics/comments/j2qjc/do_you_like_batman_do_you_like_math_my_math/

#10yrsago Bill Nye explains to Fox News why lunar volcanoes don’t disprove anthropogenic global warming https://web.archive.org/web/20110924185725/https://www.mediamatters.org/mmtv/201107280007

#10yrsago House Committee passes bill requiring your ISP to spy on every click and keystroke you make online and retain for 12 months https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2011/07/house-committee-approves-bill-mandating-internet

#10yrsago Vindictive WalMart erroneously accuses couple of shoplifting, has husband deported, wife fired, costs them house and car https://web.archive.org/web/20111002102637/https://www.courthousenews.com/2011/07/26/38455.htm

#10yrsago Man with camera in park who fled angry parent sought by police (turns out he was taking pix of his grandson) https://web.archive.org/web/20110829052009/www.pixiq.com/article/man-photographing-grandkid-in-park-deemed-suspicious

#10yrsago Copyright extortionist ripped off his competitor’s threatening material https://torrentfreak.com/anti-piracy-lawyers-rip-off-work-from-competitor-110727/

#10yrsago US ISP/copyright deal: a one-sided private law for corporations, without public interest https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2011/07/graduated-response-deal-what-if-users-had-been

#10yrsago Why they call the Tories “the nasty party” https://www.theguardian.com/uk/2011/jul/28/tory-lib-dems-clash-on-policy

#5yrsago The Ice Bucket Challenge did not fund a breakthrough in ALS treatment http://www.healthnewsreview.org/2016/07/ice-bucket-challenge-breakthrough-experts-pour-cold-water-superficial-reporting/

#5yrsago Silicon Valley banks offer tech giants’ new hires 100% mortgages on 24 hours’ notice https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-07-27/zero-down-on-a-2-million-house-is-no-problem-in-silicon-valley

#5yrsago RIP, MAD Magazines’s Jack Davis https://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-36912468

#5yrsago Laurie Penny at the DNC: “Dissent will not be tolerated. Protest will not be permitted.” https://medium.com/welcome-to-the-scream-room/bad-moon-rising-8cd348df50e9#.9lhcixjn1

#5yrsago North Carolina’s voter suppression law struck down as “racist” https://www.cnn.com/2016/07/29/politics/north-carolina-voter-id/index.html

#5yrsago Nobel-winning economist Joseph Stiglitz calls Apple’s tax strategy a “fraud” https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-07-28/stiglitz-calls-apple-s-profit-reporting-in-ireland-a-fraud

#5yrsago Trump campaign frisks, then blocks ticketed Washington Post reporter at Pence rally https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-fix/wp/2016/07/28/a-washington-post-reporter-was-banned-from-a-trump-pence-rally-yesterday-that-should-frighten-you/

#5yrsago Pregnancy-tracking app was riddled with vulnerabilities, exposing extremely sensitive personal information https://www.consumerreports.org/mobile-security-software/glow-pregnancy-app-exposed-women-to-privacy-threats/

#1yrago Bitcoin is not a socialist's ally https://pluralistic.net/2020/07/29/break-em-up/#bitcoinism

#1yrago No consequences for police violence at BLM actions https://pluralistic.net/2020/07/29/break-em-up/#impunity

#1yrago Let's force Big Tech to interoperate https://pluralistic.net/2020/07/29/break-em-up/#beyond-breakups

#1yrago Break 'Em Up https://pluralistic.net/2020/07/29/break-em-up/#break-em-up

#1yrago Police "unions" are not unions https://pluralistic.net/2020/07/28/afterland/#selective-solidarity

#1yrago Snowden's Little Brother intro https://pluralistic.net/2020/07/28/afterland/#snowden

#1yrago Audible Exclusives https://pluralistic.net/2020/07/28/afterland/#acx

#1yrago Mexican copyright crushes free speech https://pluralistic.net/2020/07/28/afterland/#mexico-copyright

#1yrago Afterland https://pluralistic.net/2020/07/28/afterland/#XY


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