Dave Maass at the Electronic Frontier Foundation wants to experience bureaucratic obfuscation and evasion—vicariously, though you.
This year, EFF is setting out to recognize the most outrageous responses to Freedom of Information Act and state open records act requests. We are calling it The Foilies and we need journalists, citizen nominations for these dubious honors.
Send your nominations to foilies at eff.org by Feb. 20, 2015. Recipients of these dubious awards will be announced during Sunshine Week in March.
Zoe Keating reported the awful contract terms Google is trying to impose on its musicians; Google says her claims are 'patently false'. She fires back with transcripts of her interactions with its staff.
Several journalists have contacted me to say that a Google PR rep told them my claims were “patently false”. “Patently” means clear and without doubt. Either someone is not telling the truth or the very nice rep I have been negotiating with, for a year, is patently unclear. There seems to be very little clarity and a lot of doubt on this topic.
I still haven’t decided what to do (YouTube is not at the top of my priority list right now) but I don’t want to spread false information and I hope my transcript below will provide some clarity. Please, tell me what you think it means.
Zoe: Wow that’s pretty harsh.
Google rep: Yeah, it’s harsh and trust me, it is really difficult for me to have this conversation with all of my partners but we’re really, what we’re trying to do is basically create a new revenue stream on top of what exists on the platform today.
Google, where salespeople threaten users with the technology lawyers had engineers build, and PR people lie about it.
Zoe Quinn, a game developer frequently targeted by Gamergate and other internet trolls, launched Crash Override
, an anti-harassment site that will help victims get in touch with law enforcement, legal/threat monitoring and counseling services
Quinn and Lifschitz, who are currently funding the initiative themselves, hope that Crash Override will fill an important gap for people targeted by online abuse. As Quinn knows first-hand, it’s often difficult to find good advice about how to protect yourself from online harassment or know where to turn, especially when the responses from both Internet platforms and law enforcement tend to be either inadequate or nonexistent.
Play classic adventure game Zork simply by tweeting at @zorkplay
, by Tom Printy and John Biggs. You'll need patience and a map...
BBC: New travel and trade rules between the US and Cuba are to take effect on Friday, US officials say.
Glenn Fleishman: "They haven't withdrawn the petition
, but they have backed way off publicly
and in a follow-up FCC comment on their petition."
This is a dramatic reading of "a memo sent from Scott Dadich to all WIRED employees in San Francisco, obtained by The Awl.
We all treasure our photos of loved ones. Mementos of personal accomplishment. I encourage you to proudly display a few small items at your desk because our workspace reflects who we are. It reflects our values. But how we treat our workplace is a manifestation of how seriously we take our work. When we stop caring for our shared spaces, we demonstrate a lack of respect for the space and for each other. When you leave stains on countertops, it’s disgusting for your colleagues and embarrassing for visitors.
At copyright holders' behest,
reports TorrentFreak: "strange coming from an organization that was founded to offer more transparency."
A cleric in Saudi Arabia has forbidden the building of snowmen
: "It is imitating the infidels, it promotes lustiness and eroticism."
A group of men arrested at a bathhouse in Egypt, for the benefit of TV reporters filming the raid, have been acquitted in a sensational trial
The case became known throughout Egypt because a television broadcaster named Mona Iraqi was filming when police dragged them naked from the bathhouse on Dec. 7. Iraqi claimed to have tipped police off to sexual activities inside the bathhouse, and she featured it in a program purporting to tell, “the whole story of the dens for spreading AIDS in Egypt,” on the three nights following the raid. This is the first time a trial court has ever acquitted men accused of homosexuality in a high-profile case, according to human rights activists in Cairo. Tarek el-Awady, one of the defense lawyers, said this was a huge boost for the rule of law in Egypt. Egyptian courts routinely make convictions based on police testimony even when evidence is flimsy, and this was proof that at least some courts are unwilling to rubber stamp their actions.
CCTV footage from the United Kingdom captured a man removing his trousers and having a poo
in the cool glow of a bus stop: "Some people just don't respect the public transport service."
N.B.A. All-Star Abdul-Jabbar has been a Sherlock fan for 40 years, reports the NYT's Alexandra Alter.
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Protip for bent officers: don't drive to your day job in $250,000 cars.
Ch Insp Martin Brennan said [Osman] Iqbal's "greed had been his downfall". The crooked policeman's double life as a gangster was unveiled as a result of his decision to drive the Ferrari to Kings Heath police station. Officers discovered Iqbal, from Ward End, had bank accounts for two non-existent businesses that were being used to launder "hundreds of thousands of pounds" from brothels in the Covent Garden and Marylebone areas of London.
We See a new pink caddy convertible. The sticker is still
in the window.
Is that beautiful? I got it for
You fucking nuts? Didn't I say not
to go buy anything for a while?
You got a fucking car?
Don't get excited. It's okay. My
mother bought it for us. It's a
wedding present. It's in her name.
You're crazy. The bulls are across
the street. They're watching
everything we do.
The BBC: "Members of punk band Stereo Fire Empire have found and returned a $250,000 (£166,000) painting hours after it was stolen from a New Orleans gallery."
The nine- and ten-year-olds were overheard by others, ultimately foiling their "plan" to "put antibiotics around the classroom,"
where their allergic teacher might come into contact with them. The histrionic, terrorists-in-our-midst coverage of silly childrens' bullshit—"Another student seemed to indicate the plan to poison the teacher started with yet another student"—is the most dangerous thing about this.
Nellie Bowles on the Unofficial Brothel of CES
, which has mastered social media: "While it’s legal for the women to work at Sheri’s, it’s illegal to advertise... Many area brothels have been resistant to social media, which involves letting go of some brand control as the sex workers cultivate personal voices independent of the house."
Bravo, Intel! The chipmaker, after being spooked by adolescent misogynists into dropping ads at websites critical of gamer culture, is atoning in style: a $300m drive to support women and minorities in tech
. Nick Wingfield:
Intel, which was caught off guard by the ensuing controversy over its actions, eventually resumed advertising on the site. Mr. Krzanich said he used the incident as an opportunity to think more deeply about the broader issue of diversity in the tech industry. The issue resonated with him personally. “I have two daughters of my own coming up on college age,” he said. “I want them to have a world that’s got equal opportunity for them.”
"Arizona Department of Transportation posted this photo of a street Facebook, Jan. 1, 2015, with the caption: 'We might have spotted a family of sasquatches on SR 260 near Heber this afternoon.'"
Some communities don't pay much attention to who they elect. Check out this imbecile in Frederick County, Maryland, who threatened local journo Bethany Rodgers for using his name without permission.
Here's the story he didn't want to be named in: Shreve raises staffing, parking concerns. Yes, it's incredibly dull! It's about parking spaces. Just the thing to humiliate yourself over, for the entertainment of an audience of millions.
The fleshy lips of Ctenoides ales
"flash like a mirror ball
" as it stalks the Indo-Pacific seabed. [via
Erik Martin, Reddit's longtime general manager, recently left the site after years with the hardest job on the net ("appeasing a crowd that at some point got too big
.") His new gig is helping everyday people deal with corporate bullshit
This year, I'd like to write a lot more game reviews, so the task is upon me: build or buy a new gaming PC. Wasim Salman's article about "the ups and downs of building and owning computers that are more powerful than they need to be
" has made me think I should probably just grab an Alienware Alpha
and stop worrying.
"Yeah. That looks like a dolphin on wheels." [via
In an Idaho Walmart, a 2-year old reached into a woman's purse, grabbed her concealed firearm, then shot and killed her
This 30-minute compilation, created by gamers, is a lesson in how far one can go into the cracks of an already-batshit classic game in search of the deeply bizarre. [vis Digg
After aiming a series of nasty remarks at a black artist, rapper Iggy Azalea was threatened with the release of a sex tape by Anonymous. But when it's just a random online creep with no established connection to hacking, activism or anything else associated with the amorphous collective, who is "Anonymous"