Today on Cory Doctorow's Pluralistic: Cox violates the Geneva Convention and more

pluralistic.net/2020/06/0…

Cox Communications threatens to throttle bandwidth to an entire neighborhood because one man uses too much Internet. And Cox refuses to tell the man how much he needs to reduce to resolve the problem. This literally violates the Geneva Convention, which prohibits collective punishment.

=-=-=-

“Police budgets are out of control: ‘More than the city spends on health, homelessness, youth development and workforce development combined.’”

=-=-=-

Movie studios hire writers to produce rivers of screenplays that never get made into movies. Now, a twitter account called @ParamountUnprod “has come into possession of a hand-typed, hand-indexed catalog of 1,000 of Paramount’s unproduced screenplays from 1983-97, with summaries of each,” and is tweeting them out. Some sound awful, some sound promising and intriguing.

If there’s a novelist you loved who seems to be doing all right financially despite not putting out any more books, chances are they’re writing unproduced screenplays, doing the best work of their career, in the knowledge that virtually no one will ever read them.

I can think of two writers fitting that description – one best known for short stories rather than novels – one living, one dead.

=-=-=-

Omniballot, a voting system used in several states, is a security disaster. Easy to tamper with. “Paper ballots, marked with pencils, accept no imitations.” Pencils, Cory? What about pens? Pencils can be erased – although erasing pencil does leave a mark so I guess that makes pencils more tamper-proof?

=-=-=-

Inside Dark Basin, a band of cybermercenary hackers-for-hire targeting net neutrality and anti-Exxon activists.

=-=-=-

“NYPD’s structural racism: Bulk of NYPD human rights complaints come from Black and Latinx youth.”

=-=-=-

“IBM kills facial recognition program: But the problem with facial recognition isn’t just ‘bias.’”

pluralistic.net/2020/06/0…

Mitch Wagner @MitchWagner