Interesting articles – Wednesday, 10/28/2020

Four by Cory:

Ferris wheels are being converted to fine dining restaurants. (Cory Doctorow/Pluralistic)

Congress has granted Presidents dictatorial powers over the years, and keeps forgetting to take them back. (Cory)

Comcast’s cable service notifies its customers that it might lose access to TV channels due to an internal dispute with another division of Comcast (Cory) – Comcast customers may lose access to the channels – Bravo, CNBC, E!, Golf Channel, MSNBC, Olympic Channel, Oxygen, Syfy, Telemundo, Universal Kids, NBC Universo, USA Network and NBC Sports Network – which are owned by another division of the same company.

Men who work at surveillance startup Verkada used its own tools to harass female colleagues. (Cory, again)

It’s almost as though being the kind of person who dreams of achieving incredible wealthy by spying on people makes you kind of an asshole….

Male Verkada employees maintained a private Slack channel where executives posted photos of female employees – captured with the company’s own surveillance tools – and made sexually explicit remarks about them.

When this came to light, the company’s founder and CEO Filip Kaliszan called an all-hands meeting, expressed disappointment in the harassers, and told them that they could either quit…or lose some stock options. They chose the latter and remain employed there to this day….

Verkada isn’t alone in being a creepy company run by creeps. Recall Facemash, Mark Zuckerberg’s prototype for Facebook, was created to nonconsensually rate the suitability of his female Harvard classmates for sexual congress.

And remember LOVEINT, the NSA’s cutesy codeword for the illegal use of its mass-surveillance tools by male spies to stalk women using the awesome power of the US intelligence apparatus.